CODE BLOOD

CODE BLOOD

by Kurt Kamm

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ISBN-13: 9780979855139
Publisher: MCM Publishing
Publication date: 04/01/2012
Pages: 238
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Malibu resident Kurt Kamm uses his access to Los Angeles County and Los Angeles City firefighter and his experience in several devastating local wild fires to write his novels. He has also attended classes at El Camino Fire Academy and training sessions in arson investigation and hazardous materials response. Kurt Kamm was Chairman of the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center Foundation at UCLA for six years.

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CODE BLOOD 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
BookStacksOnDeck More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book! It starts off with a firefighter turned EMT, Colt, responding at the scene of an accident. Something about the girl causes him to become overly emotionally invested in her. Her foot was severed in the accident and wasn't able to be located at the scene. Colt is determined to find that foot and if she was able to be saved at the hospital. Other interesting characters are intertwined among each other in the story - a weird, albino vampire fetishist, a foreign exchange student studying stem cell research with the rarest of blood, and Russian body part dealers disguised with a funeral home front. The story was fast-paced, suspenseful, and I'm sure just about everybody will really enjoy this one!
LivelyLady on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This is not my usual genre which is why I wanted to read it. Very interesting having people with blood fetish in the 21st century. Kamm has done a good job of integrating modern day society and life with this theme.Colt, a new EMT, and Marcus, an "old soul", have paths that collide. This collision path takes a dark path as Colt searches for a missing limb of a woman who is killed in a freak accident. This certainly is a good drama and I wanted to know how it turned out.I think this would make a great movie! This is a very popular subject currently. Would not recommend this for teens, although I am sure some of them will read it anyway!
coker74 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Hard to put into words why I couldn't get into the book. Read about half the book before I retired it. It just dragged to me. I normally read Burke, Connelly, Coben, Cannell. I do work in a library and plan to put it in our circulation. Just because I didn't care for it doesn't mean someone else may find it very appealing. Like art, a book is beauty to the eye of the beholder.
Scrabblenut on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Code Blood had an interesting premise - a paramedic is called to the scene of a freak accident where the beautiful blond girl who is the victim has lost her foot when a light standard comes crashing down after being hit by a car. The paramedic looks around for the foot to send with the girl in the helicopter, in case it can be re-attached, and it is nowhere to be found. Thus begins a story with multiple characters and points of view. Unfortunately, one of the characters turned my stomach, and it was hard to identify with either the paramedic, or the stem-cell researcher who becomes part of the story later on. Code Blood sounded very much like my type of story, but I found the writing just didn't involve me and it was a bit of a chore to get through when I didn't like or identify with any of the characters. It did get better towards the end of the book, when loose ends were tied up and the truly odious character suffered the consequences of his actions.
abcarroll on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Colt is a new paramedic in LA. During his shift he is called to an accident where a girl was hit by a car. While attending to the girl he crosses paths with Marcus. Marcus is a "vampire" and that has seriously lost touch with reality. Code Blood is told from the point of view of several different characters who are all connected even though none of them truly know each other. This was a good fast read but sort of out of my normal reading genre.
murphy430 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This is a story of an EMT who becomes too involved with his clients. A young woman loses her foot, and he tries to find it. A man in the crowd had taken it. I'm sure regular readers of Kurt will enjoy this book, for myself I found it to be detailed and slow reading. But that is just my taste. I like books that move along and not so descriptive.
crazybatcow on LibraryThing 5 months ago
The book has 3 main characters and the story focuses on each with about equal amounts of focus. So there's about 75 pages about each character. You'd think this would provide a detailed characterization for each of them, but it is mostly just stereotype behavior.The paramedic lost his mother, his father, then his mother again - so he compensates by trying to "save the world". His motivations around looking for the dead girl's foot were not really sensible... even if we accepted his abandonment issues as prime motivators.The Chinese girl is traditional. Low self esteem because she's Chinese in America even though she's doing doctoral work. I don't think someone able to live in a foreign city so far from home and work at such a high academic level would also be so insecure. She is a researcher, not a kitchen staff.And the bad guy... well, he was creepy and well-written for the first half of his story, then the story went off into some body part black market thread and the rest of his story was spent in drug-induced craziness. I think this foray into drug use actually detracted from his character - he was bad and sick enough as it was, making him "high" or crazy just took it into silly realm. He would much more frightening as he was, without making him turn to insane behavior at the end.Ultimately, the stories of these three characters are woven together, and everything is wrapped up with a nice little bow. Unfortunately, the author drove too far to get the bow - there is too much stretching to make the stories fit, too many stereotypes used in developing the characters, and not enough "personality" in any of the characters that will make you give a hoot what happens to any of them.
Bumpersmom on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I don't quite know what to say about this book. I enjoyed the read, the words and the author's style, I just didn't understand the story itself.The main character has a storyline involvoing the loss of a body part and his nonstop efforts to find it and return it to the person before their burial. Running alongside are two other storylines that somehow are suppose to intersect with the main character's, a foreign student and an Albino with a fetish for body parts. Also somehow there is an encounter with the Russian mob. Each chapter starts off strong, but by the end you're saying and....and?? The story seems to be working up to something big, but never quite gets there.
cal8769 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Colt is a paramedic intern who gets too attached to his patients. During a call to a freak accident where a beautiful Jane Doe loses a foot he promises that she will be OK. When she is being loaded into the helicopter the police and Colt search franticly for her missing foot. He spots a goth 'vampire' in the crowd and feels that he has taken it. This book tells the story of three people and how their lives come together. The problem is that I didn't like any of them and the story was very far fetched and in the end gift wrapped for a nice, quick ending.
beckvalleybooks on LibraryThing 5 months ago
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.
tarenn on LibraryThing 5 months ago
CODE BLOOD by Kurt Kamm is an interesting LA Noir thriller. See "One Blood in the Black" and "Red Flad Warning" for more of this author's writings. It is fast paced story of vampires,bio-researchers,fetishism,paramedics, maniacal rituals,stalker,underground Goth clubs of LA, and body parts dealers.It is written from different character's viewpoints. This is the story of Colt Lewis,a rookie fire paramedic,who finds a severed foot,and the fetishist who is stalking a graduate research student. It is fast paced,page turning story that will have you turning pages and gasping for air as you follow these charcters through from reasearch to body parts dealers and more. A wild ride with a complex story where the real world meets surreal.A fascinating story for any thriller,suspense,and LA Noir readers.Received for review from Cadence Group. Details can be found at MCM publishing,a division of Monkey C. Media and My Book Addiction Reviews.
Britt1075 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
While the main character in this story is well developed I had a hard time dealing with his personality. Colt is a man who has lost his mother and father to tragedies beyond his control and now as a California Paramedic her is out to "save the World." He soon learns that there is more than meets the eye in his latest endevor. He is unable to save a young girl and in the struggle to save her no one notices her foot is missing. Colt decides it is his quest to find the missing foot and find out who this unidentified girl is. While investigating he finds out there are some real freaks out there, but Colt does some things in the name of investigating that could get him in serious trouble and he does not seem to care. I found Colt to be a bit irritating.
MonicaLynn on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Enjoyable read for me. Colt an interning paramedic has had some bumps in his life and becomes quite adamant about a stolen foot from an accident scene where the patient lost her life, which brings him into another scenerio and finding out about what that patient life was like after envisioning her life totally differently. Marcus on the other hand is quite the goth, Vamp wanna be who finds himself being caught up in quite the situation of wanting odd items such as Colt't patients foot and other body parts as well as Bombay blood from an Asian student at the University he works for. This fasination gets him much more than what he bargained for. Interesting book with interesting turn of events. I wouldn't mind reading more from this Author.
bill on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Kurt Kamm¿s Code Blood relates the experiences of rookie paramedic, Colt Lewis, in the unfamiliar world of darkest Los Angeles. A transplant from Wyoming following the death of his father, Colt lives in the unfamiliar world of the homeless, Goths, and wealthy vagrants as he waits to pass muster as a firefighter and paramedic. Worst of all, he has difficulty separating his own feelings from the tragedies he has to deal with as a firefighter-paramedic. Kamm captures many of the nuances faced daily by the brotherhood of firefighters and casts these details against the underworld of LA¿s Goth scene and wanna be vampires. The story is believable and well researched. The characters are compelling. I¿m intrigued by the story set in the world of fire fighters. I recommend this book to others even though the vampire/Goth storyline would not be my first choice for a cold purchase with no prior experience with Kamm¿s writing. I am sufficiently intrigued that I will seek out his other works.
grumpydan on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This is a story of various people in the city of Los Angeles that revolves around the missing foot of a accident victim and the paramedic who is obsessed with finding it. Although, the major character is the paramedic, Cort Lewis, the other characters are an albino and a Chinese student with a rare blood type are all become intertwined this tale of vampirism, body parts and the underground. The story is told from the various characters¿ points of view and the author goes into depth so the reader gets to really know them, but is it necessary to push the story forward? The plot of one man¿s obsession to find the missing foot seemed a little far-fetched. I enjoyed the story and the writing was very good, but it could have been much more.
JBronder More than 1 year ago
Colt Lewis is a paramedic in Los Angeles. He truly cares about people but you can tell that his job does get to him. He continually thinks about his first run with a young lady that was a hit and run victim that died in Colt’s arms. Cold thinks about her foot that was severed and disappeared. He really wants to find out what happened to it. Then there is Markus, his is an albino and believes his is a vampire. He obsession with blood is almost sexual in nature and when he finds someone with very rare blood he thinks he has a way to make some quick cash. This is an interesting story to say the least. Colt is a genuine good guy and wants to help. I can see how different incidents would be hard for him. Heck just reading about them is hard. I can see why he becomes obsessed with finding her foot. Markus is just beyond creepy but then again there are weird people out there. I couldn’t help but feel for poor A Li struggling in America. But the icing on this weird cake is the Russian thugs selling body parts. This story was a little slow to get rolling but once you did it was a good little read. It could easily be read in one day. You get a firsthand feel of being a paramedic and the creepiness of a body parts trade. I also didn’t expect the ending which was really well done. Kurt Kamm is definitely one author to watch out for. I received Code Blood from Partners in Crime Virtual Book Tours for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.
beckvalleybooks More than 1 year ago
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.
SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
In the noir world of Los Angeles¿ dark streets a young woman dies and rookie fire paramedic, Colt Lewis, can¿t find her severed foot. So starts Kurt Kamm¿s hard-hitting thriller Code Blood which follows Colt¿s final training, set against a background of vampire fetishists, high-stakes medical research, and the mixed lives of immigrant Los Angeles residents from as far afield as Colorado, India, Russia and Tibet. The author¿s experience and access to LA county firefighters lends a very genuine feel to the character and life of Colt Lewis. The scientific process of animal experiment is nicely paralleled with an underworld of body parts dealers, drugs and insanity. One character¿s fall from the last semblance of grace parallels another¿s rise. And the whole is a gruesome tale of stalker, stalkee, idealism, surreal drama and a race against time. Time wins. It always will. But characters find victory too and the reader is led through breathless chases and dangers to a pleasing resting place, somewhere above the smogline where the sun still shines. Code Blood is a darkly different, very real and exciting noir thriller that weaves storylines and backgrounds very neatly into a compelling whole. Disclosure: I was given a free copy of this novel by the Cadence Group in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ReadersFavorite-Reviews More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Alice H. for Readers Favorite Rookie fire paramedic Colt Lewis has a problem of emotionally identifying with the people he attempts to save. When a young woman dies from bleeding out due to an accidental foot amputation, Colt decides he cannot rest until he finds the foot and restores it to the body to make it whole. The only problem is that the foot has been snatched by an albino goth vampire named Marcus who gets off on touching dismembered body parts. Marcus has an entirely different set of issues when he gets tangled up with a Russian gang selling body parts from a mortuary. The story is a bit disjointed at times but there is action galore for the reader craving cuts, blood and underworld characters. On occasion, the story reads like an informative lecture and it then gets back to the business of entertaining the reader who will learn about high tech microbiological experiments as well as the nitty-gritty of maniacal rituals of the Goth underworld. At times, I felt that there was too much being conveyed to the reader at the expense of the development and interweaving of the main characters. But for those wanting their fill of blood and deranged characters, the book will be a winner. Kamm tells a and he does his research well. Readers should be warned that the story is at times very graphic. For those with cast-iron stomach, it will be a good read. It is a bit difficult not to predict the ending.
Icecream18 More than 1 year ago
The best quality this book has to have is the author's obvious experience and knowledge with the subject of firefighting. The reader can really understand the plot and the details the author provides. The scenes are exciting, the author manages to blend an almost vampiric theme with firefighting. The characters, particularly Colt, pull the book together. Colt is a new firefighter and immediately exposed to the oddest case he could experience. He is determined to figure out the mystery and track down the potential killer. The reader will anxiously follow his character through the novel, trying to guess his next move. Colt is a very likable character; he has all of the characteristics one could hope in a possible hero. He is brave, compassionate, and intelligent. The secondary characters are just as fun to get to know, they provide background facts and details to the story. This book is recommended to adult readers.