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Product Details

  • Paperback: 476 pages
  • Publisher: Jody Zimmerman (February 28, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615652646
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615652641
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.1 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,887,988 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jody Zimmerman is the author of Blood Brother’s, a psychological thriller within the framework of a literary novel. His belief that a good story awakens emotions, excites the senses, and encourages self-exploration has inspired his work as an author. In addition to his writing, Zimmerman has worked as a process design engineer, a nuclear engineer, an instructor of economics at a junior college, an entrepreneur (founder of an environmental consulting firm), a manager/owner of a commercial real estate firm, and a certified hot yoga instructor. His passions are fiction writing, gourmet cooking, and hot yoga. He enjoys entertaining, tending to his organic garden, and walking with his dogs. Jody resides in Louisville, Kentucky with his partner. He grew up in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

More About the Author

Jody Zimmerman is the author of Blood Brothers, a psychological thriller within the framework of a literary novel. His belief that a good story awakens emotions, excites the senses, and encourages self-exploration has inspired his work as an author.

In addition to his writing, Zimmerman has worked as a process design engineer, a nuclear engineer, an instructor of economics at a junior college, an entrepreneur (founder of an environmental consulting firm), a manager/owner of a commercial real estate firm, and a certified hot yoga instructor.

His passions are fiction writing, gourmet cooking, and hot yoga. He enjoys entertaining, tending to his organic garden, and walking with his dogs.

Jody resides in Louisville, Kentucky with his partner. He grew up in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

Customer Reviews

It kept me wanting to read more.
Bobbi Kinion
Blood Brothers is extremely well written with exquisite details making the reader breathe & feel each and every word.
Kelly Robinson
At over 700 pages, I felt that the book could have been edited for less unnecessary detail.
michael a. draper

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 9, 2013
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This story is heart wrenching. This is for mature readers that are okay with stepping out of your comfort zone and falling into a story. Brothers, Billy and Philly were molested by Uncle Adrian at a very young age, and continued sleeping with one another off and on into their adulthood. After Billy is murdered, Phillip starts to unravel horrible secrets and murders. Phillip decides to solve this on his own for Billy's sake. This book is extremely well written and you become part of the story. Amazing details are provided through out the story to make it real in the readers eyes. Molestation is a hard topic for many people to read about, but I applaud this author. I hope to read more from this author, his book truly made an impact.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By S. Dalton on April 6, 2013
Format: Paperback
I admire this book for its originality. It's a murder mystery, but it also is very thoughtful and detailed. There is much in-depth characterization, and a lot of description, more than you would usually find in a mystery. I didn't mind at all that the pace was not bam-bam-bam; the emotional hits were quite strong enough without requiring constant action to move the book forward.
The book is explicit about child sexual abuse, but I found this fitting. The author does not shy away from anything, and it gives the book immediacy. While it is sometimes hard to read because of that, it has a gritty reality that adds to its impact.
I do think the book could have done with more editing; there are repetitions that are unnecessary, but very hard for an author to catch on his or her own. All in all, a hard-hitting, heartfelt novel that has an emotional impact because the author pulls no punches, and obviously cares deeply about his characters.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Michelle S. Willms on March 21, 2013
Format: Paperback
Blood Brothers by Jody Zimmerman

This in-depth saga follows a man's journey through the fragile, danger-filled waters of time as he relives past memories in his quest to capture his brother's killer. This novel is fraught with emotion, traveling the spectrum of sorrow, to horror, to disgust, to peace.

The characters are vivid and carefully constructed and become living, breathing entities as the author builds layer upon layer of personality into each one. The villain is so corrupt that it is almost inconceivable that such a person could ever truly exist, but he is so carefully wrought that we all know he is out there somewhere, waiting.

Zimmerman's descriptions of his characters' wardrobes and physical surroundings are so detailed that they are easily pictured in the mind's eye. The foods are described so perfectly that the reader can easily smell the scrumptious aromas and taste each item. The architecture and interior decorating are described in exquisite detail so the reader becomes engrossed in the characters' living environment.

This is a difficult read at times simply because the subject matter is so heart-wrenching. Sexual abuse is a difficult topic to discuss. Zimmerman writes about this topic in a way that eloquently depicts a few of the many ways sexual abuse can affect victims' lives and the lives of all those who come into contact with those victims. He does this in a way that is open and honest. Some people may prefer to keep their eyes closed about this topic. For those people, read a fairy tale. For people who want an honest view of life along with a dose of mystery and adventure, this is absolutely the book for you!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By michael a. draper VINE VOICE on January 30, 2014
Format: Paperback
This lengthy first novel tells of an investigative journalist who learns that his gay brother, Billy, has been murdered. Billy was a successful artist who painted men in sexually explicit manners.

Philip, the protagonist, decides to look into his brother's past. As he does, we learn of their mother, who was also a successful artist and her agent, Uncle Adrian. Adrian exploited her and initiated both of her innocent boys in sexual activity.

Police learn that a friend of Billy's, who was in contact with Philip, was murdered. They also learn that someone went into Billy's hospital room and did something whith his computer. Police feel that whatever this man was looking for, makes Philip in danger, so they give him a protective detail.

As Philip does research he learns that Uncle Adrian was also the agent for other women artists who had young male children. This way, he could manipulate the artist and seduce their boys.

Philip has flashbacks to his childhood with Billy and remembers being initiated into sexual activity by Uncle Adrian.
These details are described in detail and, in my opinion, don't add anything to the suspense of the story.

Uncle Adrian was truly evil and was doing more than just manipulating artists to gain money from them and to seduce their boys. Philip knows about an art treasure of stolen paintings and he tries to trap Adrian into coming to where the treasure is hidden. The conclusion of which, was well done.

The author is a story teller. He states that the book was a project for ten years and the parts about art were well researched. At over 700 pages, I felt that the book could have been edited for less unnecessary detail. Philip was a well developed character, as were many others. I enjoyed the suspense and the connections that Philip found with the children of other artists. The story was well done but outside of my comfort zone.
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