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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


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

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 233 pages
  • Publisher: MCM Publishing (November 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979855136
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979855139
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,525,558 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By ealovitt HALL OF FAMETOP 500 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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First, as a fire captains wife of 27 years I started reading Kurt Kamm's books because they involved the fire service, and they were written in local/familiar settings. I first heard of this author when he showed up to observe a USAR team tunnel rescue drill in Ventura Co.My husband was one of the captains in charge, and ended up in the credits in the back of the book "Tunnel Visions". Kurt kindly sent him a copy. I thought it would be cheesy, but finally read it. I couldn't put it down. Kurt writes in a style called "faction" which I find very interesting, and page turning. I have now read all of his books and recommend all of them. I live a pretty sheltered life... ...There's some pretty creepy stuff out there
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Wow, another well written entertaining mystery and page turner by Kurt Kamm and I loved it. In this book Kamm touches on the dark side of LA, the underworld of body part dealers, blood fetishism, Goth clubs, stalkers and more like stem cell research and Bombay blood. All topics I don't usually read about. Have you ever heard of Bombay blood? I didn't think so. The rarest of rare.
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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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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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