Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Dead Man Stalking by TA Moore

Agent Luke Bennett proved that humans could rise just as high in the ranks as their vampire colleagues—until a kidnapper held him captive for a year and turned him without his consent.

Now he’s Took: a reluctant monster afraid to bite anyone, broke, and about to be discharged from his elite BITERs unit.

When an old colleague suggests he consult on a BITERs case, Took has little to lose. The case is open and shut… but nothing is ever that easy. As he digs deeper, he discovers a lot more than one cold case is at stake, and if he wants to solve this one, he’ll need the help of the BITERs team. Even if that brings his old commander, Madoc, back into his life.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This is wonderfully dark dystopian Urban Fantasy. In a world where humans and vampires almost manage to coexist without constant bloodshed, Took finds himself torn between worlds when he’s made a vampire against his wishes. This first book sees Took slowly finding his way back to himself, the job he loves, and the relationships he needs after his horrific attack. As Took becomes Luke once again, his work with the BITERs has him investigating a string of gruesome murders.

This is an exciting, gory read. Luke is a slightly unreliable narrator and his fear and mistrust forces readers to question everyone in his life. Luke’s BITERs team is fantastic but Luke suspects that someone in the BITERs team had something to do with his kidnapping. Luke’s suspicions make his relationship with his boss, Madoc, complicated, especially as attraction flares between them. Something about the human-vampire investigative pairings within the BITERs team reminds me of Charlie Cochet’s THIRDs books but this book replaces the light humour of that series with angst and layers of dark secrets.

I love the different sides I’ve seen to TA Moore’s writing in the past couple of years. I think I probably prefer the Digging Up Bones books to this new series, but I really like Moore’s darker writing and I’m loving the imagination that went into creating this alternate reality. It’s pretty difficult to find a fresh take on vampires in such an oversaturated market but the world Moore builds in this story feels fresh and fascinating – even if it pushes more into dystopian horror than I usually like. I’m really excited to see how this series develops and I’m already keen for the next book.

Avid Reader☆☆☆
M/M Paranormal
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Took, formerly known as Luke, is coming to grips with his new life. He was part of a BITER team before, but now, after he was kidnapped and turned against his will, he will have to figure out where he fits. He is in between two worlds – stuck. Took is constantly thinking about his abduction – who can he trust? Why would someone do this to him? What will happen now?

Madoc is leader of the BITER team and has loved Luke/Took for a while. When he realizes that Took is working a case that the BITER team deemed closed, he's a little mad, somewhat confused, and a lot curious. Madoc has a new human partner and even though he does trust her, he knows that Took had special skills that nobody else had and wants to see where Took will go with the investigation.

What follows is a lot of strange occurrences and a somewhat disjointed relationship. I had difficulties, at times, comprehending the narrator’s side. He was suspicious and sometimes with his memories, not very comprehensive in his thinking. And while it was an intriguing mystery, it just felt very choppy.

However, the mystery of Took's kidnapping did get me interested enough that I want to try book two and see if there are questions that are answered. Hopefully the second book will feel a little less disjointed for me.

TA MOORE genuinely believed that she was a Cabbage Patch Kid when she was a small child. This was the start of a lifelong attachment to the weird and fantastic. These days she lives in a market town on the Northern Irish coast and her friends have a rule that she can only send them three weird and disturbing links a month (although she still holds that a DIY penis bifurcation guide is interesting, not disturbing). She believes that adding ‘in space!’ to anything makes it at least 40% cooler, will try to pet pretty much any animal she meets (this includes snakes, excludes bugs), and once lied to her friend that she had climbed all the way up to Tintagel Castle in Cornwall, when actually she’d only gotten to the beach, realized it was really high, and chickened out.

She aspires to being a cynical misanthrope, but is unfortunately held back by a sunny disposition and an inability to be mean to strangers. If TA Moore is mean to you, that means you’re friends now.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Dead Man Stalking (Blood and Bone #1) by T.A. Moore to read and review.

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