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  • Paperback: 1 pages
  • Publisher: PATHWAY BOOK SERVICES (1 Jan. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979855136
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979855139
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 14 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,929,401 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Colt Lewis, a rookie fire paramedic, is obsessed with finding the severed foot of his first victim after she dies in his arms. His search takes him into the connected lives of a graduate research student, with the rarest blood in the world and the va

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A turn paging enthralling story - the characters and places portrayed by the author give the reader a perfect picture and you can imagine yourself in the background observing and following the main characters.

A rookie fire paramedic on a shout is horrified to find a victims severed foot has disappeared, but who has taken it and who would want it? This is a mystery he cannot let go of and will pursue all avenues to solve. The thief is an albino goth who has a strange fetish and obsessions, he gets drawn into the Russian underworld to feed his fetish habits, which he then has to find ways of making money to pay them or lose his life. Working in a research lab, the goth finds a way he could pay the Russians back after discovering a Chinese student has a very rare blood type, which his fellow goths, who have a taste for human blood, would buy.

Will the paramedic solve his mystery before the goth gets his blood? Will the goth survive or die?

This story had me hooked from page one and I found it really hard to put down. The author has kept the storyline simple which means the reader can get to grips with what makes each character tick and their reasons for pursuing their own individual goals. I would strongly recommend this book to all readers who enjoy a really good thriller.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
The stupidity of evil 15 Nov. 2011
By E. A. Lovitt - Published on
Format: Paperback
It has been suggested that ordinary people become evil when they identify with evil ideology. This might be the case with the villain in "Code Blood" who is a wannabe vampire. The sight of blood arouses him. He has started a collection of body parts, including the foot of an accident victim which he stole from the scene of a car crash. He somehow normalizes acts that the rest of us would consider unthinkable. Author Kurt Kamm has crafted a truly despicable, yet believable villain in Markus the albino, who tumbles into an evil that is far greater than his own drug-addled attempts at blood-letting. I actually ended up feeling sorry for him.

Stories of vampires are found in all cultures, as we learn from another "Code Blood" character, who is a PhD student from Tibet (or as the Chinese now call it: "The Tibetan Autonomous Region) at the University of California:

"The Tibetan Book of the Dead told tales of the Wrathful Deities, also called the Blood Drinking Deities. These spirits stole blood from sleeping people and drank it from cups made of human skulls."

A Li has her own personal demons, including a 'deceased' twin sister, a PhD advisor who seems to scorn her work, and lastly Markus the wannabe vampire, who has hacked into her personnel records at U of C and has discovered that she possesses one of the world's rarest blood types: Bombay blood, which occurs in only 1 out of every 250,000 people world-wide.

Colt Lewis, the hero of "Code Blood" is a paramedic-in-training who is obsessed with finding the missing foot of an accident victim who died en route to the hospital.

The chain of events that connects Markus, Colt, and A Li is filled with fascinating details about the California Goth scene, the workings of Los Angeles County Fire paramedic teams, shady morticians, life in Tibet under the Chinese invaders, and research into the DNA of blood. The author has very obviously done his homework on the background of this techno-thriller, but unlike many novels in this genre, his characters come alive. They live, breathe, make mistakes, and stumble toward their individual dreams, even though one of those dreams is a blood-soaked nightmare.

***review copy supplied by publisher
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Another spell-binding tale by Kurt Kamm 16 Nov. 2011
By Susan Haley - Published on
Format: Paperback
Kurt Kamm is on his way to becoming to stories of fires and firefighters what W.E.B. Griffin is to war and the military. "Code Blood" teeters into the somewhat paranormal for most, but quite normal for a vast section of the society. What fits as true, is the broad cross-section of culture that firefighters commonly engage in a day's work. This 'brotherhood' so overflows the boundaries and tenets of simply fighting an angry, out of control blaze, Kurt Kamm's books have become a compelling portrait of society.
In his third book, "Code Blood", Mr. Kamm takes us into the heart and soul of a paramedic firefighter, a career all of its own within a career, actually. When called to an accident, Colt Lewis, fresh out of Paramedic training, has one main thought driving him . . . if a life is in jeopardy, save it. What happens when he can't and his obsession then becomes finding a missing body part that carries him, and the reader with him, into a world of cult tattoos and blood lust and a realm of underground tunnels and Nano-tech labs beneath a California University?
What is most frightening to this reader is how close this story teeters into the world of 'normal'. Being faint of heart, this book's content may not have been what I'd have chosen to read for time off pleasure, but past readings of this author's work would sway me. Once picked up, I found myself steadily inching closer to the edge of my seat; I'd been overtaken by a compulsion to keep turning pages to reach the end of this eerie tunnel!

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A great read! 22 Nov. 2011
By RP Dahlke - Published on
Format: Paperback
The book opens with a young woman who is obviously delusional. And, in a strange set of circumstances, Colt Lewis, a new EMT encounters this same young woman at the scene of an accident. As he tries to save her life, he sees her for what he'd like to imagine her to be, but when she dies he becomes entangled in trying to find her severed foot which has gone missing. It threatens to become his undoing as he makes it his own personal quest and eventually a vendetta against the person who's responsible for stealing it.

Then there's Markus, whose life as an albino has lead him into the bizarre desire for status as one of the city's vampire types. And, then there's a young Asian scientist whose unusual blood type makes her a target these same wanna be-vampire types.

I suspect that most of these characters are from the author's collection of strange characters he's met during his career as Southern California fire fighter. You should also read his first book: Red Flag Warning

I was impressed with how the author managed to connect these wildly divergent characters into one intersection. There are no heroes here... eveyone is flawed, from the brilliant young scientist to the EMT who is driven to recover the foot. This was a VERY satisfying read, unique in its take on the underbelly of Southern California and I, for one, look forward to reading more from Mr. Kamm.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Dark and disturbing... 6 Nov. 2011
By Thomas Duff - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Is it possible to mix together paramedics, vampires, and bio-researchers and get a good novel? Actually, yes. I was sent a copy of Code Blood by Kurt Kamm for review, and I'll admit it was more curiosity to see if a story like this would work. Kamm does a good job of starting the novel out quickly and drawing the reader in, as well as delving into a dark world of vampire fetish behavior. I ended up reading this book more quickly than I expected...

Colt Lewis is a new paramedic, one that hasn't quite yet figured out how to maintain an emotional distance from those he treats. When called to a nasty accident on the Pacific Coast Highway, he finds a pedestrian near death. Her foot has been severed in the accident, but there's no sign of it anywhere. She dies shortly after arriving at the hospital, but Lewis can't let go of the fact that her foot disappeared. He's compelled to find the foot and reunite it with the rest of her remains, but the only clue he has is a sighting of a guy dressed completely in black, leaving the scene with a bag.

Meanwhile, Markus Draper, the self-styled goth vampire (and albino) discovers that a researcher in the bio-tech company he works for has the holy grail of blood... Bombay blood. He starts to lay out a plan that involves trapping the researcher and drawing numerous vials of her blood. But his scheme keeps running into issues, and his lack of money has some nasty characters putting pressure on him to pay back what he owes... or else. His only hope is to take enough of her blood to satisfy his own bizarre desires and sell off the rest to others of the same bent.

The author's background with fire and rescue workers lends a air of authenticity to the accident scenes. The descent of Draper's character into a world of pain, paranoia, and desperation gave the story a very dark feel, and I've often wondered how hard it would be for someone in Lewis's position to learn to shut down emotions when it comes to dealing with life and death situations. The midpoint of the novel seems to lose some focus and ends up drifting for a short time. But it does pick up the thread again, and the ending has enough pacing and urgency to make up for it.

Code Blood was an interesting read, and I could see myself checking out the first two novels that Kurt Kamm has published. Now if I could only find more free time...

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Code Blood 9 Jan. 2012
By Philip Ruben - Published on
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I really enjoyed Kurt Kamm's Code Blood. It is an exciting thriller that takes the reader from a freak traffic accident on a Los Angeles costal highway to the bowels of UCLA campus stem cell research Laboratories. A devoted Los Angeles County Fire Paramedic Colt Lewis comforts a dying beautiful girl whose foot was severed in the accident. When the severed foot was not found Colt is driven by his pursuit to recover the missing foot and becomes involved with an albino psychotic wannabe vampire whose intelligence is muddled in the macabre world of the occult of blood and body parts. This weird albino wannabe vampire, pursuits a Chinese research student who has the one of the world's rarest blood types and becomes his obsession to taste it. To pursuit his passion for body parts, which he keeps in his freezer, he becomes involved with a Russian underworld body parts dealer, working out of a funeral home. When he becomes indebted to the Russians he must find a way to pay them the money he owes by pursuing the unsuspecting Chinese student. All of this is set in L.A. and its multicultural background. I found it very informative in many areas. Obvious Mr. Kamm has done extensive research to make the reader feel the intensity of the drama. I found it an exciting page turning read and would recommend it to anyone who likes a good mystery.

Philip Ruben
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