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Vile Blood [Kindle Edition]

Max Wilde
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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Book Description

One of Spinetingler Magazine's Top 10 Books of 2012


Terror has left Skye Martindale muted and stunted for most of her seventeen years. Terrified of the dark Other that lives within her. The Other that must be suppressed and controlled. At all costs. Then one night an act of random violence unleashes a savagery so ferocious that she is forced to face who--and what--she really is.

Fear and grief have ravaged Deputy Sheriff Gene Martindale, leaving him cold and remote, haunted by the lies he has told the world--and himself--about his foundling sister. But now the lying is over and he has to protect his young son from Skye. Even if that means killing her.

For five long years Junior Cotton--the twisted sadist who slaughtered Gene's wife and unborn child--has been a caged animal. Now he's broken loose and he's coming after Gene and his sister. To take revenge and to reveal the truth about Skye. A truth that will damn her for eternity.


"A hugely bloody and highly original horror novel. The sequel simply can't come quick enough." Peter Dragovich - Spinetingler Magazine Top 10 Books of 2012 

"Beyond horror.
One of the most intense, graphic books I have ever read. The imagination of Max Wilde is a thing to behold." Elizabeth A. White - Florida Times-Union

"Fast, bloody and evil. A compelling horror novel that leaves one looking forward to the sequel." Literra Magazine

Tough and ruthless. A book to devour." WDR2 (German national radio)

"Horror at its finest" Zauberspiegel

"An absolutely fascinating horror novel." Berliner Kurier

"Characters you care about, a nasty wit and a strange kind of charm. Can't wait for the sequel." - Jack Ketchum 4 X Bram Stoker Award-winning author

"True stomach-churning horror that takes no prisoners." - Dave Zeltserman, author of Monster & The Caretaker of Lorne Field

"Savage, bloody and gruesome. I need to know what happens next." Mack Lundy - Africascreams

Max Wilde is the pen name of award-winning crime writer, Roger Smith.
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Product Details

  • File Size: 404 KB
  • Print Length: 207 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Tin Town (September 3, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0095O151A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #205,263 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
I first read Roger Smith's writing in Ishmael Toffee and knew I wanted to read more by this author.

I love horror - well written horror, that is, and I have discovered a new (to me) favorite - Roger Smith writing as Max Wilde.

Even though I love horror, I usually am not into demonic fiction. But "Vile Blood" is different enough in the way Wilde handles the story, that he captured my interest from page one and held it to the very end.

This is a rootin' tootin' gorefest so be warned if you happen to faint at the mention of blood - or guts (lots of guts) - or people being torn into smaller and smaller pieces. And then eaten. Be warned.

Skye is a great character, appearing in a cardboard box at the side of the road as an infant and manifesting at different times throughout the book as The Other. And there is her adopted brother Gene, a Chief Deputy Sheriff trying to protect his county and his family. And I love Gene's son, Timmy and his Creepshow episodes.

There are dastardly really bad guys in this book. There are people that are bad that you end up rooting for. There are good people. I really hope there is a sequel to this novel so we can find out more about the lives of the Martindales.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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I read a lot so when I got my hands on my first Roger Smith book I was really excited to find such an amazing author. Then I read Ishmael Toffee, a novella, and could easily say Roger Smith was in my top ten. His newest novel VILE BLOOD is a horror, written under the name Max Wilde, and he just leap-frogged his way into my top five favorite authors.

I love horror, the really good juicy kind. Jack Ketchum, Brian Keene, Richard Laymon. They are the kings of horror in my mind and I just added Max Wilde to that list.

VILE BLOOD is not for the squeamish. There's blood, gore and violence. Things that will make you cringe. But if you enjoy biting your nails to the quick while you read, this is the book for you.

Skye Martindale is shy and withdrawn but she has a secret. When she's attacked by a group of men her secret is awakened. She loses everything she cares about, but it's out of her control. Or is it?

I loved her character and was cheering for her the whole way, but the real star of this book was in the villain. Junior Cotton. I won't say much about him, I don't think I could do him justice. You need to check out this book and find out for yourself.

This is a must read for horror lovers. I hope Wilde doesn't stop with just this one. I actually may go back and read Vile Blood again. It's that good!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not a vampire-books guy here August 2, 2013
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[Review updated]

If you enjoy vampire stories and books about supernatural monsters with some religious twist, please stop reading here - I'm very unlikely to provide you with any valuable insight.

I bought this book on my mistaken belief that Max Wilde was a pseudonym for Anthony Neil Smith - whose writing I enjoy greatly: turns out it's Roger Smith - my bad.

Leaving my review here, but, as I said, not a vampire books guy, so hardly surprising I didn't like this book at all - I ended up finishing it mostly out of laziness: the plot is at the crossroads of utterly unbelievable (well, it's a vampire story - I appreciate that I'm being unreasonable here) and sadly predictable.

In the end, my review can only draw on my personal experience: if you haven't read vampire books before, and are unsure whether you'd enjoy one, don't start here - you probably won't.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent and compelling Horror November 24, 2012
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Horror, red in tooth and claw. If this is how you like it then Vile Blood is the book for you.

Roger Smith's books all have a tinge of horror. Gatsby (Mixed Blood), Piper (Wake Up Dead), Inja (Dust Devils), Vernon Saul (Capture), all broken away from humanity, bringing fear and pain to anyone unfortunate to cross them. You look into their eyes and see a soulless void.

With Vile Blood, Roger moves into a different form of horror. Here "tooth and claw" is not a metaphor but actual limb rending, disemboweling horror. The easy way out with this sort of horror is to shock the reader as often as possible with gratuitous, grotesque violence. But Roger applies the same careful character building and plot development that you find in his South African crime thrillers.

Vile Blood takes place in an unspecified part of the American Southwest, a departure from the South African settings of Roger's previous books. This isn't the wide-open spaces, buffalo roaming, picture postcard west. It is poisoned earth, dead or dying towns, corruption. And a good man trying to stand against evil finding his principles tested.

Four soldiers of a drug lord are killed in savage, bloody, and gruesome ways, like a wild beast tore them apart. For Chief Deputy Sheriff Gene Martindale, the crime scene brings back memories he hoped would stay hidden. Has the beast that lies within his adopted sister Skye awakened? Gene protected his sister all those years ago but now Dellbert Drum, corrupt sheriff from the neighboring county, remembering what happened to Gene and Skye back then, pockets evidence at the crime scene. He sees a way to make Gene an accessory in his drug distribution network.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I want more Skye and family.
Minus the poorly edited story I am wanting more , more and more of this tale. The plot is familiar but creatively different an unique. Read more
Published 5 days ago by J. Conway
5.0 out of 5 stars Vile blood
Good story. I could not put book down. wanted to see what happens next. I can not wait for the second one to come.
Published 3 months ago by happy reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Looking Forward to Sequeal
This book immediately captures your attention as Skye is introduced as a shy and purposefully withdrawn young woman. This demeanor allows her to control the "other". Read more
Published 4 months ago by Tech2
5.0 out of 5 stars Max Wilde is WILD!
Wow! I did NOT expect that! This tale hits the ground running an d just never stops. Although the progression of events were predictable the author was able to make it work in his... Read more
Published 5 months ago by JeWellen
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
I really enjoyed reading this book. I have never read any of Smith's other books, but I will now. The story delves into areas of horror that some people don't want to... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mgriff2@msn
4.0 out of 5 stars The Monster Within...
I typically shy away from gory books and reading the reviews, I was unsure about this one; however, I did not find this book to be an over-the-top gore fest. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Calamity Jane
4.0 out of 5 stars Adventurous, both with form and content.
It's hard not to admire's Roger Smith's love for risk and experimentation. ISHMAEL TOFFEE was bold enough, but this is quite something else. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Jean-Benoit Lelievre
5.0 out of 5 stars Vile Blood is a real page turner
I enjoyed this book very much. A very unique story. Unlike anything I've ever read. Easy to read . Makes you see the story in your head.
Published 12 months ago by Carrie Ann Nolin
3.0 out of 5 stars Starts off great
It just does not live up to its beginning. The story is intriguing enough to keep your interest, however it devolves from a barn burner to a mere page-turner half way through.
Published 13 months ago by Ronald S. Wilson
4.0 out of 5 stars Cool story
This was a good easy read. Interesting characters add to the narrative. My only complaint is the end kind of leaves you hanging, but who knows...there may be a sequel.
Published 13 months ago by R. M. Corson
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More About the Author

"Roger Smith writes with the brutal beauty of an Elmore Leonard in a very bad mood." THE WASHINGTON POST

Roger Smith's thrillers SACRIFICES, CAPTURE, DUST DEVILS, WAKE UP DEAD, MIXED BLOOD & ISHMAEL TOFFEE are published in seven languages and two are in development as movies in the U.S.

His books have won the GERMAN CRIME FICTION AWARD and been nominated for SPINETINGLER MAGAZINE BEST NOVEL awards. He also writes horror under the pen name Max Wilde.


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