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Born to Bleed: A Thriller Paperback – April 15, 2011
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"Born to Bleed" is well worth reading, don't get me wrong. Roger is back and he has to be the unluckiest guy in creation. After the terrible, gruesome things that happened in book one, he finds himself and others in another life-threatening no-holds-barred situation.
But while "The Summer I Died" felt all too real, this time around felt like a story. A good story but a story.
I understand there is to be a Book 3 in the Roger Huntington saga and I will read it. I just hope it is more like "The Summer I Died." Brutal, shocking, realistic but with humor and another protagonist for Roger to play opposite. Hope that makes sense.
I thought this might be a little like TSID and while it's terrifying and gory, it's its own story.
Its been 10 yrs since Roger's time in the Skinny Man's basement. He's moved to California where he sells paintings out of a gallery and crushes on Victoria, a gallery employee. When he suspects Victoria and her boyfriend Gabe have been kidnapped it takes him on a horrifying and sometimes it seems supernatural journey. With no help from the local cops and Tooth and Skinny Man talking in his head he does he damnest to find them.
How it played out was so unexpected. I don't think I would have imagined that ever. My only problem is the last chapter when he's speaking about Victoria, all I could think was why? What that man tells him makes total sense because I kept thinking he's got to be one of the luckiest people in a situation like this.
This is one of the greatest sequels I've read and I hope the next one holds up to the standards I'm setting for it. While this could possibly be read alone I really recommend reading first. Its helps to clarify some references made in this one.
Hard to follow up TSID, but Ryan does a good job of making the story fresh while not overplaying the back-story of his previous ordeal. Roger is a well developed character, flaws and all, and is drawn out in such a manner that you cannot help but root for him. Looking forward to the third installment. Set up to be very interesting and I am sure a wee brutal and bloody. 4.5 Ammy Stars.
With TSID, I found every sick and twisted moment to be completely believable; even as intensely graphic and horrifying as it was, I felt it really could happen in real life. With â€œBorn to Bleedâ€, however, I found it not quite as convincing. For example, some of the conversations between Roger and the bad guys during the heat of the moment seemed a bit impractical; I couldnâ€™t imagine even the biggest bad-ass on the planet having such banter and general chit chat with his torturers as Roger was having. I understand that since Roger had already survived some extremely intense torture ten years earlier (as depicted in TSID) that the author was attempting to portray Rogerâ€™s â€œbeen there, done thatâ€ mentality. But still, I just found it a little hard to believe that his brain would even be able to formulate such witty comebacks while his extremities were being mutilated beyond recognition. Also, the end of the book started taking on a less believable / more paranormal theme. I have nothing at all against the paranormal genre, I just wasnâ€™t expecting it here since TSID hadnâ€™t really gone this route. Thatâ€™s about when my thoughts started turning from â€œthatâ€™s some horrifying realistic s***â€ to â€œthatâ€™s just getting a bit sillyâ€. The main reason I love the splatterpunk genre so much is because I can imagine the stuff really happening and thatâ€™s what makes it so frightening, but when it started down the paranormal road it took away a great deal of the terror, at least for me.
You should definitely read â€œThe Summer I Diedâ€ prior to reading this book as there are many references to the happenings of ten years ago that help set the stage and provide important background for â€œBorn to Bleedâ€. I believe the author is currently working on the third installment in this series which Iâ€™m definitely looking forward to reading. Iâ€™m just hoping he sticks to the more realistic, nightmare-inducing theme of TSID with the new one.