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Health Agent Paperback – January 14, 2009
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- Publisher : Raw Dog Screaming Press (January 14, 2009)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 232 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1933293446
- ISBN-13 : 978-1933293448
- Item Weight : 12.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.53 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #5,473,434 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Thomas paints a detailed picture of the settings his books take place in. Paxton, or Punktown, is a city that has a life of it's own. After reading two books set in this off-world urban expanse I can almost fully envision the city as I read. I become immersed in the thick, dark detail that makes up this fictitious melting pot.
His characters are well imagined and stunningly unique in both personality and physicality. In Health Agent Thomas once again introduces us to a cast of never before seen characters. The story itself is complicated and imaginative.
Jeffery Thomas is a beacon of light in what has become a dismally unoriginal genre. I will continue reading his books.
On a routine investigation of an artistic show being performed in an abandoned warehouse - once the site of a massive toxic spill - the four attend the latest showing of artist Toll Loveland's performance piece called Pandora's Box. During Loveland's show, he releases a flock of carnivorous moths ... all infected with M670. He also shows a video of the murder of Auretta Here, famous for her VT news spotlights about M670 victims (of which she is one) from her hidden location.
Agent Black is bitten, and immediately contracts the virus. Later that evening, he will unknowingly pass it on to Opal during sex. Loveland disappears, literally, from the show. Neither HAP nor the Forcers are able to discover how he escaped or his current whereabouts. Once its discovered that the moths contained the virus, Loveland becomes Paxton's most wanted man - for the slow murder of his audience. Black continues to investigate for awhile, until the virus incapacitates him and he loses his job. Black is dying.
At the brink of death, the cure is found, but Montgomery Black is not the same person, and he never will be again. He begins a new, reclusive life. Loveland's body is found, wasted away by M670, but Black believes Loveland is still alive. Only after meeting a beautiful, scarred actress named Mauve Pond does Black begin to feel life again, but can he pull himself back enough from the brink to follow his previous course of pursuing Loveland by finding all of Loveland's accomplices and traces?
'Health Agent' is truly a fantastic read. There's horror, suspenseful detective work, scifi, otherworldly surroundings, superb character development, and of course, Punktown (one of my absolute favorite places to visit). The story is fast-paced, riddled with many interesting characters(each clearly individual and fully fleshed out), and developing plot twists and changes that keep you reading long into the night. Jeffrey Thomas is one of my favorite authors. His style is flawless, his imagination is incredible, and his ability to paint his imagination into the form of the written word is utterly genius. His creation of Punktown (a fictional city on another planet, used in many other novels such as Everybody Scream!, Monstrocity, Deadstock, and Blue War) is brilliant; you can feel the mean streets beneath your feet, smell its crafty atmosphere, and fully visualize its teeming population - all without effort through Thomas's smoothly flowing prose and dialogues.
'Health Agent' is a welcome addition to Punktown, close to being my favorite so far. It combines the medical ickiness of a mysterious infection with the excitement of a well written detective novel. Don't miss out on this 10 star book! Enjoy!
I recommend his work to anyone who likes twilight zone/ alfred hitchcock sci-fi horror suspense with a clever tongue in cheek quality.
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