It’s Dave’s turn again to bring you his thoughts on Blood Moon by John David Bethel . . .
Here’s the blurb . . .
On a hot, steamy afternoon in Miami, Cuban-American businessman Recidio Suarez is brutally beaten and abducted. Handcuffed, shackled and blindfolded, he has no idea why he has been targeted. What he discovers is heart-stopping. What he endures during almost a month of captivity compares only to the most horrendous stories of prisoners of war. He is tortured, and under the threat of death, and worse – the rape of his wife and torture of his children – Suarez is forced to hand over his multi-million dollar holdings to his captors.
Suarez survives and then spends the next few months staying one step ahead of the murderous pack. During this time, he and his lawyer, Nolan Stevens – a former Special Agent in Charge of the Miami Office of the FBI – are having difficulties convincing the Miami-Dade Police Department that a crime has been committed. Their efforts are complicated by Steven’s difficult history with the head of the MDPD Special Investigations Division, who is not interested in pursuing the case.
Dave’s thoughts . . .
First of all thanks to John David Bethel for allowing me to voluntarily review his book, Blood Moon.
Blood Moon is a horrific suspense fiction novel based on an actual crime case. When reading this novel it was difficult to decipher when fiction became fact and fact became fiction. This gave the book an extra edge not often found in literary fiction of any genre, making it extremely unnerving. As the story reveals the horrific extent of the physical and mental torture Recidio Suarez has to endure in the hands of his captors, it’s certainly not for the faint-hearted; quite graphic on many occasions.
The book immediately grabs you and within the first few chapters you are engaged. The pace starts off pretty quickly and maintains a steady flow of high tension throughout. At times I did think the book was been drawn out a little, but upon reminding myself that this is based on a true event, the author had to include every event to get the real picture and feeling of the story being told.
The book is extremely well written, and it’s evidently clear that the author has spent a tremendous amount of time collating the facts and turning these true events into a very good piece of fiction, or fact, it’s quite hard to differentiate.
Overall I did enjoy this novel. It demonstrates how evil people can really be when large amounts of money are involved and to what lengths people will go to obtain more money. It also demonstrates the failures of the authorities. They fail on so many levels throughout this story, due to ignorance and self-importance, leading to devastating events which could have been prevented. Towards the latter end of the book, it becomes even more intense with a much higher level of violence and tension; the anxiety levels definitely increase! Things do take a strange twist at the end, and I never saw it coming!
This is quite an endurance read, but highly enthralling. It’s definitely worth a read.
My Rating: 4/5 Stars.
Gosh Dave, this sounds great but not sure if I could read it knowing that it was based on true events, as strange as this sounds me being such a crime fiction fan, but I don’t think I could read it knowing that the gruesome events actually happened to someone.
What are your thoughts on this folks? Could you enjoy a fiction book knowing that the things being described in it actually happened? Let Dave and I know in the comments below.
Thanks so much for joining me and sharing your review with my lovely readers today Dave . . . Next time bring Jaffa Cakes please 🙂