A former American spy in hiding and his former CIA handler find themselves on the run in Europe after they unearth shocking top-secret information. Against a backdrop of paranoia, late night whistle blowing and high-level back stabbing, Steve Haberman's latest thriller, Darkness and Blood, is the sequel to The Killing Ploy. Sometimes being overly suspicious can keep you alive.
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About the Author
Steve earned a B. A. Degree from the University of Texas in Austin, majoring in political science and minoring in history. Afterwards he passed his stock broker's exam and worked for a time at a brokerage house before returning to school. Upon getting his legal assistant certification from UCLA, he worked at a law firm in Los Angeles. Successful stock market investments allowed him to retire early and to pursue two dreams, writing and foreign travel, and he has since traveled extensively and frequently to Europe. He speaks some French, a little less Italian, and four words in German and hopes to expand his fluency in all three languages.
He enjoys the cosmopolitan bustle, sidewalk cafes, the museums of Berlin, Rome, Vienna, London, Budapest, and Paris. Many of these capitals find their way into his stories of intrigue..."Murder Without Pity" (Paris), "The Killing Ploy" (London, Berlin, Paris, and Lugano) and the soon-to-be-released "Darkness and Blood" (London and Paris) and "Winston Churchill's Renegade Spy" (London and Zurich). He's also researching for a fifth novel, this one to be set in 1946 Berlin.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I'm a little conflicted about how to rate this book. The writing was good, but I felt like the plot developed too slowly. There was a fair amount of information needed to set up the story, but I found myself struggling to get through the first quarter to half of the book. The characters were well-developed, but almost to the point of "Why do I need to know this?" Which I think is part of the reason that it felt like the first part of the book was slow. I think some additional editing would have been helpful to the book, but the story line was good and it kept me going. I received a copy of this book at no cost, in return for my honest review.
Darkness and Blood by Steve Haberman is a thriller along the lines of David Baldacci. Pablo de Silva is awakened in the middle of the night. He doesn't know by whom but suspects it is the estranged husband of the woman with who he shares his bed; he is a bad guy and didn't like being left. Pablo and Gabriella have a pleasant, quiet life in a small chateau in France, purchased years ago by Pablo's father. Turns out it wasn't the husband but his former CIA handler with a problem on his hands. The characters, particularly Pablo are well-drawn and have depth. Pablo has an interesting mind and following him as he figures out the mystery is both entertaining and revealatory. I did not see the end coming. I rarely read thrillers, but I listen to them almost exclusively and reading on is a different experience. Another book that makes my mistrust of the government become more deep-seated than ever. I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to others. I received a free ARC of the book in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
Steve Haberman’s Darkness and Blood Darkness and Blood grips you from the start!!! The story intensified until the very end of the book with a surprise ending. Tension, intrigue, drama, suspense with thrills, chills and plenty of twists and turns is heightened to mountainous proportions keeping the reader on the edge of their seat. We travel from the United States to England, Paris, then back to the United States. The scenery, smells, noises, dust and fear are communicated so vividly and detailed, the reader travels with and experience what the characters do. You feel as if you are there. Pablo de Silvia is an ex-CIA agent in hiding. He is awaken from a nightmare when he hears a noise. Turns out his former handler in the CIA, Stuart Bishop had found him. The purpose is to enlist Pablo in the quest to discover who killed a former agent friend, why plus find what the information the deceased must have discovered. The story will chill and haunt you as you help uncover the top secret information that was sent to the dead man. The international cover-up is explosive and everyone is trying to discover where the deceased hid the information before an international event explodes in their faces. The characters are cleverly crafted, well defined, interesting and intriguing working with a life and death plot where reality leaves each one struggling to survive. I volunteered to read Darkness and Blood. Thanks to Facebook’s Cozy Review Crew for the opportunity. My opinion is my own.
Reviewed by Trudi LoPreto for Readers' Favorite Pablo de Silvia is an ex-CIA spy who is happily spending his days with his girlfriend in a remote farmhouse and is very happy in his quiet life, done with the dangers of his past. This is changed overnight when Stuart Bishop, his old CIA handler, comes ringing the doorbell in the middle of the night with a new and secret mission. The two immediately set off to find out who killed one of their agent friends and what he discovered that would cause anyone to want him dead. Pablo and Stuart do their best to stay under cover and search for clues without being detected. This does not turn out to be as easy as they had planned and they are faced with many pitfalls, suspenseful moments, and twists and turns as they travel from the United States to England, to Paris, and then back home again to the United States. Darkness and Blood lives up to its description with great accuracy. I enjoyed reading this thrilling novel. Although sometimes it seemed to be a slow read and have some unnecessary dialog, the story kept me going and wanting to read more. Author Steve Haberman has a really good handle on the spy business and takes the characters in the right direction, making them likable and readers wanting the good guys to win the battle. The ending draws all of the pieces together and comes as a great surprise. This is a must-read for all spy, CIA, and suspense novel fans as they will not be disappointed.