written by David J. Bain
published by Bo Iti Press
Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Did I enjoy this book: I liked parts of it.
Bain does a brilliant job of giving his characters totally different voices, attitudes, and personalities. No two characters sound alike. That’s really hard to do. And I don’t think I’ve seen an author do it better than he does.
Some of the characters use foreign words to go with the setting. They are highlighted so you can tap on them and have the word defined from a glossary. Usually, I complain about anything that takes me out of the flow of the story but in this case, it worked. Adding the foreign words strengthened the connection to the scene and added authenticity of the story.
It goes without saying that not every story is right for every reader. And for me, Torn Blood wasn’t a good fit. There’s nothing wrong with the book. It just wasn’t interesting to me.
Would I recommend it: I think there is a broad audience for this book. Read the description and see if you think the content is interesting. It’s detailed, scientific, historic, and at times disturbingly realistic. Kind of like a Dan Brown novel, but not as fast paced.
About the book – from Goodreads: Three weeks before officially reporting for duty at the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv, Addison Deverell arrives in Israel determined to find an answer to a question buried for nearly four thousand years.
Bound to an escort by the embassy, he is unable to begin his search as time is running out. Mere days before he must report for duty, Addison is freed from his forced escort, Hafiz IbnMansur, as a female escort, Elizabeth Daniels, takes his place.
Addison issues an ultimatum to Elizabeth that he must go into Palestinian territory for answers he can’t find in Israel. But, as Addison races to uncover a long buried truth that promises to establish a career, he faces peril from those he seeks to understand and finds himself a pawn in an international plot to drive Israel’s Jews into the sea.
Nearly seven thousand miles away in Oregon, Dr. Janelle Henning confronts a past that threatens to destroy the only family she’s ever known. A search for understanding thrusts her into a foreign world long buried to confront a birthright hidden by the passage of time. With no place—or no one—to turn to, Janelle tries to put the pieces of her life back together.
An ill-boding call shreds the little of Janelle’s world that is left, compelling her to leave her home and fly to Israel in search of Addison. But terrorists stand in Janelle’s way of reaching him, the one person that might unlock hidden identities in a relationship that has spanned a lifetime. But will Addison live, or will death, the master of all, once again keep its secret buried?