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American Blood: A Novel by Ben Sanders

American Blood: A Novel (2015)

by Ben Sanders

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American Blood is a decent read for one not wanting anything too heavy to contemplate.

The main character is flushed out through flashbacks and piecemeal parts and seems to be a blending of Jack Reacher from Lee Child and Thomas Perry's The Butcher's Boy series.

The writing style of the author is a bit different from American authors and the tale unfolds as the different characters spin around in a way that we know all of them are going to converge at some point.

It would not surprise me if this is the first book in a series because the ending is left with potential strings left untied.

Still, it's a decent thriller and better than a lot of others out there.

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  EricEllis | Sep 2, 2017 |
Taking up the the mantle of hard-boiled, gun obsessed, blood soaked American lone wolf characters, New Zealand author Ben Sanders has created his second book to fit into that world like a clenched fist in a black, leather glove.

http://reviewingtheevidence.com/review.html?id=10540 ( )
  austcrimefiction | Jan 24, 2016 |
Once working undercover for the New York City Police Department, Marshall Grade has relocated to New Mexico, courtesy of the Federal Witness Program. Although he generally follows his own rules, he’s been keeping a relatively low profile until he decides to find a young woman who is missing after a night of clubbing.
Enter the drug cartel goons, an Albuquerque police detective on stress leave, a federal marshal, and the hit man out to eliminate the former cop and watch the flying bullets and flowing blood as the good guys take on the bad guys in the new Old West.

An action-filled page turner with well-developed characters and a conflicted but honorable protagonist, “American Blood” spills out its violent story of good versus evil with enough plot twists and turns to keep readers guessing right up to the final reveal.

Highly recommended. ( )
  jfe16 | Dec 20, 2015 |
Thank you Goodreads for the copy Of American Blood by Ben Sanders. Marshall Grade is an ex-cop who is now in a witness protection program. He tracks down drug dealers in an effort to locate a young girl that has gone missing while trying to stay undetected from those hunting him. Working outside the law, he takes matters into his own hands to bring justice. To be honest, I almost put this book down and wasn't going to finish it. The beginning was confusing and I found the writing style to be choppy. I think the incomplete sentences worked in some instances but I think this technique was over-used and detracted from the flow of the story. I stuck with the book however and was glad I did because the action picked up and there were a few surprising twists at the end that were worth waiting for. All in all an okay book that I can definitely see being made into a movie. ( )
  kremsa | Jul 30, 2015 |
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"After a botched undercover operation, ex-NYPD officer Marshall Grade is living in witness protection in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Marshall's instructions are to keep a low profile: the mob wants him dead, and a contract killer known as the Dallas Man has been hired to track him down. Racked with guilt over wrongs committed during his undercover work, and seeking atonement, Marshall investigates the disappearance of a local woman named Alyce Ray. Members of a drug ring seem to hold clues to Ray's whereabouts, but hunting traffickers is no quiet task. Word of Marshall's efforts spreads, and soon the worst elements of his former life, including the Dallas Man, are coming for him."--… (more)

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