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  • File Size: 1665 KB
  • Print Length: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Bare Knuckles Press (December 19, 2011)
  • Publication Date: December 19, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006ODLVAK
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,251,499 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Katrina Von Kessel was born and raised in Leiden. She attended university in Britain and studied Biophysics and Philosophy. Her graduate work was in Genetics and Media Theory at a university in Cambridge, MA. She currently lives in London.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stephen M. Charme HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 15, 2012
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This novel is very creative and witty. A respected (but insane and delusional) scientist, who belongs to an exclusive social club that caters to men in Boston high society, concocts a blue serum to develop a master race of blue bloods--literally and figuratively. Only those with superior genes are eligible; the inferior masses are injected with a green serum that turns them into zombies and makes them destroy lots of innocent people.

The interesting twist is that the deranged scientist pairs with a greedy high society financial trader, whose game plan is to short all kinds of stocks to benefit from the ensuing world chaos that will occur after the scientist turns people all over the world into zombies who will destroy their societies. Hence the scientist plans to create not only a new world order, but also to become filthy rich in the process.

Although I don't normally read this genre (which is a combination of horror and erotica), the writing captivated me, as did the author's skillful ability to depict science and finance run amok. In the process the reader encounters gore, horror, and sex (the blue serum creates an insatiable sex drive in the women) combined into a delicious recipe that deftly blends just the right amount of scientific facts to lend credibility to the plot with biting social observations about Boston's upper crust. I agree with another reviewer that this novel is Henry James (or Edith Wharton, another American novelist who critiqued Boston's upper class) meets Stephen King, who is one of the masters of the horror genre.

So why only four stars? Because the novel became somewhat jumbled toward the end, and the ending itself felt contrived and cliched.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By TerryInTexas on March 4, 2012
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Let's get this on the record; I am not a huge fan of gore, brutal violence, or gross and somewhat gratuitous sex in books. But I am a recent convert to zombies, and was intrigued by the idea of aristocratic Boston society being caught up in a zombie outbreak, so bit on this book. And yes, the story has tons of gore, violence, and the above described sex - but it is also smart. Along with the standard zombie fare of the spreading horrors of outbreak, the small band of brothers against the zombie horde, and the requisite sacrificial hero, the author manages to provoke serious thought - and some real concerns on my part - on modern issues such as class warfare, genocide, vaccinations and financial manipulation of the markets. All done in a wry sendup, with a really great villain and nonstop, suspense building action. I only had one note of dissatisfaction with the read; when I finished the last few pages, the story just did not wrap up satisfactorily for me. Since other reviewers haven't mentioned it, must be a personal problem. And when you are facing the end of the world as you know it, there isn't really a good stopping point along the way, is there? But that dissatisfaction is the reason for my rating....
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lauren_Smith on March 26, 2012
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Although sci-fi reading usually isn't my cup of tea, I could not put down Blue Bloodbath. Von Kessel's story line is gripping and the dialogue between characters is witty and funny and whip smart. It is Von Kessel's especially keen ability to set a scene that makes this book a must read. Set in Boston, the descriptions of major city landmarks makes you feel right like you're right in the center of the Hub. Without taking itself too seriously, Blue Bloodbath proves to be the right blend of light-hearted reading and thrilling zombie movie.
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5 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Alan W. Thomas on December 21, 2011
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A new twist on the zombie novel. Normally I like my zombies on the screen but this one was a blisteringly fast peel of hot gripping fun, and smart too, it keeps the brain engaged. Everything you want in a zombie novel plus a whole gut-load of twists and turns and intrigues. Genetic modification, vaccination scares, financial scheming, class warfare, rugby players in Samurai gear scrumming through a zombie infested Boston---this book's got it all. Pure genius!

Not to diss Colson Whiteheads's "Zone One", but I liked this one much better. Blue Bloodbath is faster, more intriguing, and more viscerally gut wrenching. This Von Kessel can write! If you are on the zombie train, and like smart fun fiction, my advice is: Do NOT miss this book.
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