Rating: 5 stars
Handsome, brilliant, and surrounded by good friends, twenty-three-year-old medical student Miles Fox has a secret— and it’s not that he’s gay, though he harbors a crush on his straight best friend, Luke. Miles, like his grandmother, Anna, possesses the healing gift, an ability she’s made him swear never to use or divulge, lest horrible things befall those he loves. It happened to her when Nazis butchered her family.
But it all goes to hell when Miles heals a terminally ill man on a New Orleans cancer ward and wakes locked in the psych unit. Worse, news of the healing miracle spreads. For millennia its carriers have been hunted by those who would steal it. Dr. Gerald Stangl and his teenage son, Calvin, know what Miles possesses. They, like their predecessors, will stop at nothing to take it, including kidnapping, torture, and murder. As the Stangls’ noose tightens, Miles and Luke are trapped in a death match with stakes higher than they could ever imagine.
I love it when a book takes me by surprise and delivers as well as this one did. Dark Blood checked off all my boxes: Contemporary M/M, Paranormal, Science Fiction, Historical, Detective Story… I mean, really? I got so into this book it’s not funny.
Such an original story line… The Holy Grail! The true meaning of the Holy Grail brought up to date, and then some, with such exquisite characters.
Read on, you won’t be able to put it down.
Handsome Miles Fox, born with the gift of healing and eternal life. The green eyed descendant of a long ago, almost extinct, race. A race of which we know not its origins, but that nonetheless persists. Miles has been kept in the dark about his abilities by his grandmother, Anna, for reasons of survival. As Miles becomes a man and goes to medical school, much to his grandmother’s consternation, he meets Luke Paxton, his best friend that he’s smitten with. It’s his relationship with Luke that becomes the pivotal moment of their existence.
He looked at his best friend since starting medical school— Luke Paxton— twenty-three, born and raised in an ultraconservative Charlestown family, oldest of three, wicked sense of humor, and someone who’d apparently break a shitload of rules for a friend in trouble.
Luke, who’s fallen for his best friend, bringing out those feelings he’s long suppressed due to his upbringing and his ultra-conservative father. It’s his feelings for Miles that bring about the culmination to this wonderful story.
Talk about original! This book took me completely by surprise, out of left field. What an original story, and so well written, too.
Miles and his ability to heal. His grandmother, Anna, trying to protect him from those that are trying to steal this precious, ages old, ability. Luke, denying his true feelings in order to satisfy his stringent father, until he meets handsome Miles and then all bets are off. The one person who believes Miles regardless. The Stangls, father and son, descendants of a long line of seekers of the Holy Grail, finally close to achieving their goal via gruesome medical experiments of Miles’ progenitors and other hapless individuals.
What a brilliant, original story! I cannot recommend this book enough if you want to read something truly unique and exciting and completely off the same old rut.
I seriously cannot wait for the next book in this series, and there better be a next book!
Flawless. Absolutely flawless. This kind of storytelling craft comes along rarely, so grab it while you can.
The story flows seamlessly, easily, allowing a total immersion into the book. Such rich developments of the characters, not just the MCs, also the secondary characters. The Stangls, father and son, so well crafted. Grandma Anna, the perfect protecting mother figure. Tomas, Miles’ great grandfather. Zosimus, Miles’ ancestor from antiquity. They’re all so well written wholly developed. What a joy to read.
CALEB JAMES is an author, member of the Yale volunteer faculty, practicing psychiatrist, and clinical trainer. He writes both fiction and nonfiction and has published books in multiple genres and under different names. Writing as Charles Atkins, he has been a Lambda Literary finalist. He lives in Connecticut with his partner and four cats.
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Digital ISBN: 978-1-63476-840-5
Library of Congress Control Number: 2016901426 P
ublished June 2016 v. 1.0
Printed in the United States of America