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  • Paperback: 233 pages
  • Publisher: MCM Publishing (November 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979855136
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979855139
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,391,348 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The author has very obviously done his homework on the background of this techno-thriller, but unlike many novels in this genre, his characters come alive. They live, breathe, make mistakes, and stumble toward their individual dreams, even though one of those dreams is a blood-soaked nightmare.

By RP Dahlke
Colt, an EMT finds a young woman at the scene of an accident. When she dies he becomes entangled in trying to find her severed foot which has gone missing.

And Markus, whose life as an albino has lead him into the bizarre desire for status as one of the city's vampire types. And, a young Asian scientist whose unusual blood type makes her a target these same wanna be-vampire types.

I was impressed with how the author managed to connect these wildly divergent characters into one intersection. There are no heroes here... eveyone is flawed.. This was a VERY satisfying read


This incredibly researched novel smacks of the kind of detail one finds in the character development and page-turning excitement of John Grisham. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of this book and found myself going back several times to some of the more esoteric "nuggets" about nano-science, stem-cell research and paramedic studies. But wait...there's more! Wyoming cowboys. Vampire cults. Tattooed pole dancers. Russian mobsters dealing in illegal body parts. A love story. Tidbits of Chinese, Tibetan and Indian culture.

Kamm weaves together a story intersecting a young and idealistic paramedic, a wanna be sociopathic vampire, a Chinese exchange student and Russian mobsters. As strange as that might sound it works, and captures your attention and imagination. From the Pacific Coast Highway to UCLA to Hollywood I smiled with recognition at the collision of the vastly different worlds ably described by Kamm. Code Blood is fun

From the Author

Code Blood was awarded FIRST PLACE in the 2012 International Book Awards Fiction-Cross Genre category

Writer's Type - First Chapter Competition. January 2011- First Place

2012 International Book Awards - Fiction: Cross Genre category - First Place

NATIONAL INDIE EXCELLENCE BOOK AWARDS® - Faction (fiction based on fact) - WINNER OF THE 2012 AWARD

The 2012 USA Best Book Awards - Fiction: Horror - WINNER

The 2012 USA Best Book Awards - Fiction: Mystery/Suspense - Finalist

Knoxville Writer's Guild - 2011 Novella or Novel Excerpt - 2nd Place

More About the Author

Kurt Kamm

I live in Malibu CA. I have used my contact with CalFire, Los Angeles County Fire Department, Ventura County Fire Department and the ATF, as well as my experience in several devastating local wildfires to write fact-based firefighter mystery novels. I have attended classes at El Camino Fire Academy and trained in wildland firefighting, arson investigation and hazardous materials response. I am also a graduate of the ATF Citizen's Academy

Each of my novels features a firefighter with a special skill: Wildland / Arson Investigation / Fire Paramedic / HazMat/ Urban Search and Rescue. Each story is told from the viewpoint of the firefighter and involves both his fire specialty and a a personal problem he is battling.

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My latest mystery is TUNNEL VISIONS - Working 5 miles inside a Los Angeles water tunnel in 1971, Willie Carter was one of 17 men killed in a methane explosion in what became known as the Sylmar Tunnel disaster.

TUNNEL VISIONS, a work of faction, blends fact and fiction, weaving together the historical facts of the Sylmar disaster, the current struggle for control over California's diminishing water supply, and a fictional plot to attack Los Angeles' water system.

Nick Carter, Willie Carter's son, is a firefighter trained in tunnel rescue operations. His fiancée, Cindi, is an ATF Special Agent. On a Sunday in 2014, they are swept up in a massive Homeland Security response to a terror alert in Los Angeles.

At the end of TUNNEL VISIONS, when Nick makes a desperate entry into a gas-filled Sylmar Tunnel access shaft in an attempt to save Cindi and prevent an explosion, his past and present are brought together in an unexpected way.

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HAZARDOUS MATERIAL, my fourth novel, won the Hackney Literary Award for Best Novel of the year.

Bucky Dawson is a HazMat Specialist with Los Angeles County Fire Department HazMat Task Force 103. His station is in Lancaster, CA--an area populated with meth labs and outlaw motorcycle gangs, as well as Edwards AFB, NASA, and top-secret aerospace facilities.

Bucky--divorced and lonely--struggles with painkiller addiction. One night Task Force 103 is toned out to support a Sheriff's raid on a meth lab. Bucky thinks he sees his sister at the door of a double- wide trailer in the Mojave Desert just before it explodes.

Bucky's life is in chaos. While he searches for answers to his sister's death, he is drawn into a conflict with the Vagos, who are selling drugs in the Mojave Desert. After a confrontation in which the Vagos nearly kill him, Bucky exacts an unusual revenge that only a HazMat firefighter could accomplish.

The novel twists and turns, bringing together firefighters, a sinister aerospace engineer, the Vagos -- led by the Dwarf, their seven foot tall Sergeant at Arms, and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department in a surprise ending you will not anticipate but you will certainly enjoy.

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CODE BLOOD tells the story of a rookie fire paramedic who is obsessed with finding the severed foot of his first victim after she dies in his arms. His search takes him into the connected lives of a research student with the rarest blood in the world and the vampire fetishist who is stalking her. Within the corridors of high-stakes medical research laboratories, the shadow world of body parts dealers, and the underground Goth clubs of Los Angeles, the paramedic uncovers a tangled maze of needles, drugs and ritual, all of which lead to death.

CODE BLOOD was awarded FIRST PLACE in the 2012 International Book Awards in the Fiction: Cross Genre category. CODE BLOOD was also awarded FIRST PLACE in the 2012 National Indie Excellence Book Awards in the FACTION (fact based fiction) Category

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RED FLAG WARNING - A SERIAL ARSON MYSTERY has won three first place mystery fiction awards. Los Angeles County is burning. A serial arsonist is setting the parched hills on fire. Plunge into infernos and face the smoke, heat and danger with the men of the fire lines. While NiteHeat prowls in the darkness, setting fires and taunting investigators, the Los Angeles County Fire Department Arson Unit struggles to find the fire-setter and stop the devastation.

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My first novel, ONE FOOT IN THE BLACK - A Wildland Firefighter's Story tells the story of a young firefighter who joins a helitack crew, is called out to a massive wildland fire, and loses his captain in a burnover. After the tragedy, he succumbs to post traumatic stress and has a difficult time overcoming it. ONE FOOT IN THE BLACK has become a favorite with firefighters and other first responders.

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I maintain a fire related website at http://www.kurtkamm.com/ It includes fire pictures sent to me from all over the world.

Contact me at Kurt@OneFootInTheBlack.com

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By E. A. Lovitt HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on November 15, 2011
Format: Paperback
It has been suggested that ordinary people become evil when they identify with evil ideology. This might be the case with the villain in "Code Blood" who is a wannabe vampire. The sight of blood arouses him. He has started a collection of body parts, including the foot of an accident victim which he stole from the scene of a car crash. He somehow normalizes acts that the rest of us would consider unthinkable. Author Kurt Kamm has crafted a truly despicable, yet believable villain in Markus the albino, who tumbles into an evil that is far greater than his own drug-addled attempts at blood-letting. I actually ended up feeling sorry for him.

Stories of vampires are found in all cultures, as we learn from another "Code Blood" character, who is a PhD student from Tibet (or as the Chinese now call it: "The Tibetan Autonomous Region) at the University of California:

"The Tibetan Book of the Dead told tales of the Wrathful Deities, also called the Blood Drinking Deities. These spirits stole blood from sleeping people and drank it from cups made of human skulls."

A Li has her own personal demons, including a 'deceased' twin sister, a PhD advisor who seems to scorn her work, and lastly Markus the wannabe vampire, who has hacked into her personnel records at U of C and has discovered that she possesses one of the world's rarest blood types: Bombay blood, which occurs in only 1 out of every 250,000 people world-wide.

Colt Lewis, the hero of "Code Blood" is a paramedic-in-training who is obsessed with finding the missing foot of an accident victim who died en route to the hospital.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By RP Dahlke on November 22, 2011
Format: Paperback
The book opens with a young woman who is obviously delusional. And, in a strange set of circumstances, Colt Lewis, a new EMT encounters this same young woman at the scene of an accident. As he tries to save her life, he sees her for what he'd like to imagine her to be, but when she dies he becomes entangled in trying to find her severed foot which has gone missing. It threatens to become his undoing as he makes it his own personal quest and eventually a vendetta against the person who's responsible for stealing it.

Then there's Markus, whose life as an albino has lead him into the bizarre desire for status as one of the city's vampire types. And, then there's a young Asian scientist whose unusual blood type makes her a target these same wanna be-vampire types.

I suspect that most of these characters are from the author's collection of strange characters he's met during his career as Southern California fire fighter. You should also read his first book: Red Flag Warning

I was impressed with how the author managed to connect these wildly divergent characters into one intersection. There are no heroes here... eveyone is flawed, from the brilliant young scientist to the EMT who is driven to recover the foot. This was a VERY satisfying read, unique in its take on the underbelly of Southern California and I, for one, look forward to reading more from Mr. Kamm.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Susan Haley on November 16, 2011
Format: Paperback
Kurt Kamm is on his way to becoming to stories of fires and firefighters what W.E.B. Griffin is to war and the military. "Code Blood" teeters into the somewhat paranormal for most, but quite normal for a vast section of the society. What fits as true, is the broad cross-section of culture that firefighters commonly engage in a day's work. This 'brotherhood' so overflows the boundaries and tenets of simply fighting an angry, out of control blaze, Kurt Kamm's books have become a compelling portrait of society.
In his third book, "Code Blood", Mr. Kamm takes us into the heart and soul of a paramedic firefighter, a career all of its own within a career, actually. When called to an accident, Colt Lewis, fresh out of Paramedic training, has one main thought driving him . . . if a life is in jeopardy, save it. What happens when he can't and his obsession then becomes finding a missing body part that carries him, and the reader with him, into a world of cult tattoos and blood lust and a realm of underground tunnels and Nano-tech labs beneath a California University?
What is most frightening to this reader is how close this story teeters into the world of 'normal'. Being faint of heart, this book's content may not have been what I'd have chosen to read for time off pleasure, but past readings of this author's work would sway me. Once picked up, I found myself steadily inching closer to the edge of my seat; I'd been overtaken by a compulsion to keep turning pages to reach the end of this eerie tunnel!

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Susan C. Haley, Author/Editor
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Duff HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 6, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Is it possible to mix together paramedics, vampires, and bio-researchers and get a good novel? Actually, yes. I was sent a copy of Code Blood by Kurt Kamm for review, and I'll admit it was more curiosity to see if a story like this would work. Kamm does a good job of starting the novel out quickly and drawing the reader in, as well as delving into a dark world of vampire fetish behavior. I ended up reading this book more quickly than I expected...

Colt Lewis is a new paramedic, one that hasn't quite yet figured out how to maintain an emotional distance from those he treats. When called to a nasty accident on the Pacific Coast Highway, he finds a pedestrian near death. Her foot has been severed in the accident, but there's no sign of it anywhere. She dies shortly after arriving at the hospital, but Lewis can't let go of the fact that her foot disappeared. He's compelled to find the foot and reunite it with the rest of her remains, but the only clue he has is a sighting of a guy dressed completely in black, leaving the scene with a bag.

Meanwhile, Markus Draper, the self-styled goth vampire (and albino) discovers that a researcher in the bio-tech company he works for has the holy grail of blood... Bombay blood. He starts to lay out a plan that involves trapping the researcher and drawing numerous vials of her blood. But his scheme keeps running into issues, and his lack of money has some nasty characters putting pressure on him to pay back what he owes... or else. His only hope is to take enough of her blood to satisfy his own bizarre desires and sell off the rest to others of the same bent.

The author's background with fire and rescue workers lends a air of authenticity to the accident scenes.
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