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In Ben Sanders's American Blood, a former undercover cop now in witness protection finds himself pulled into the search for a missing woman; film rights sold to Warner Bros with Bradley Cooper attached to star and produce.After a botched undercover operation, ex-NYPD officer Marshall Grade is living in witness protection in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Marshall's instructions areIn Ben Sanders's American Blood, a former undercover cop now in witness protection finds himself pulled into the search for a missing woman; film rights sold to Warner Bros with Bradley Cooper attached to star and produce.After a botched undercover operation, ex-NYPD officer Marshall Grade is living in witness protection in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Marshall's instructions are to keep a low profile: the mob wants him dead, and a contract killer known as the Dallas Man has been hired to track him down. Racked with guilt over wrongs committed during his undercover work, and seeking atonement, Marshall investigates the disappearance of a local woman named Alyce Ray.Members of a drug ring seem to hold clues to Ray's whereabouts, but hunting traffickers is no quiet task. Word of Marshall's efforts spreads, and soon the worst elements of his former life, including the Dallas Man, are coming for him.Written by a rising New Zealand star who has been described as "first rate," this American debut drops a Jack Reacher-like hero into the landscape of No Country for Old Men....

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ISBN : 9781250058799
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Number of Pages : 341 Pages
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American Blood Reviews

  • Brenda
    2018-12-01 19:06

    Ex NYPD officer Marshall Grade was in witness protection; but he worked it his own way. Lucas Cohen was his contact – when Marshall felt like contacting him. Even with the instruction to keep a low profile, Marshall felt personally connected when he heard about the disappearance of a young woman by the name of Alyce Ray. And so his investigation into her disappearance began…With The Dallas Man, the drug cartel and his old enemies from the undercover operation which went badly wrong after him, keeping ahead was a challenge that he relished. But circling around and coming upon the ones he was after was what he did best. Detective Lauren Shore was in the wrong place at the wrong time, and Marshall happened to be there as well – their meeting was fortuitous in that her life was saved because of Marshall’s intervention. Would Marshall find Alyce alive? Or would he be too late? The bodies were mounting; he knew he was close – but they were close to him as well…American Blood by author Ben Sanders is his debut crime thriller and is gritty and fast paced. My problem was the large amount of characters and keeping track of them. Each chapter is narrated by a different character and the person’s name is at the beginning of each chapter which is great, but I noticed a couple of times I missed it, and thought I was reading about a different person…therefore a bit of confusion as I had to go back to check. It also seemed a little disjointed at times. But that aside, I would definitely recommend it to lovers of the genre.With thanks to The Reading Room and the publisher for my copy to read and review.

  • Carol -Reading Writing and Riesling
    2018-11-22 18:29

    Considering I don't really like this style of action/shootem up/smashem up/ pump action, dipped in blood type thriller, this was a pretty impressive read. My View:After you have read the description (above) of American Blood by New Zealander Ben Sanders you might find yourself questioning why I read this book – I know I had doubts when I first picked it up. This book is all the things I loathe is a thriller, it is ViolentBloodyA “Hollywood” style shootem up – never have I read a narrative with some many shoot outs, such carnage, and such violence. (But it is not voyeuristic).And yet I loved this book! I can’t believe I even said that, felt that - this should be a book I detested! (It did take me a few chapters to engage with the characters and to learn how to follow the style of the writing – the back and forwards of events in time) However:This book is all the things I love in a narrative:Fast pacedTwisty plotSome great characters – the protagonist is a real HERO – putting himself at risk to save others. He is droll with a fine sense of black humour. Or maybe he just tells it as he sees it?Engaging and absorbing reading.A sense of urgency and anticipation that had me reading till the early hours of the morning till the book was finished. All in all, once I started this book and had a few chapters read I found this so engaging I could not put it down. It defies all logic but I loved this book!

  • RitaSkeeter
    2018-11-19 23:28

    I rarely read crime fiction; maybe one a year, but I really enjoyed this little foray outside my comfort zone. Marshall is in witness protection following an undercover operation with the mob going wrong. But due to an experience whilst undercover, Marshall feels drawn to solving the case of a young woman who is missing. In doing so, he blows his anonymity and is back on the edge, living dangerously. The book is structured in short, episodic chapters with changing character viewpoints. In addition, there are flashbacks within chapter as well. I found I needed to concentrate on this book, particularly at the start. I needed that focus to be able to keep track of the threads of the narrative and of who each character was. By a hundred or so pages I felt confident of who was who, and what was happening, and relaxed into the read a lot more. As is always the case with shifting viewpoints, there were two I was always anxious to get back to; Marshall, as well as a baddie – Rojas. I read, not sure if fact or rumour, that this book will be made into a film starring Bradley Cooper. My $0.02 is that the book will make a fantastic film. The book’s episodic structure will very much lend itself to a film medium, as does the easy, natural dialogue, and the fast pacing. The author would be a great screenplay writer. With thanks to the publisher and to Goodreads First Reads for this copy to read and review.

  • Hastings75
    2018-12-09 15:04

    I really enjoyed this first book in the "Marshall" series and made even more enjoyable to know that it is written by a NZ author!Was that good finished it in half a day!Great characters and the plot moved along at a good pace, and no scenes were cliche (ie one man taking down 5 armed men!)Felt the ending made sense and has whet my appetite for the next book - Marshall's Law. In fact, going to start to read it now!

  • Deborah Ideiosepius
    2018-11-20 21:11

    This was an enjoyable enough thriller but, while I liked it I did not love it as much as I really wanted to.Some of the things I failed to love about it may be due to the fact that the author is still a relatively young writer and, at least in this case, is writing a book set in America when he is not American. It seems to me that this may account for how flat a lot of the scenes felt to me, the writing didn't transport me to the locations I was reading about, they just seemed like anonymous backdrops. A lot of the praise I have read for this author's previous work was based on using Auckland as a setting and perhaps the first book by this author that I should have read is one of those.Early in the book, I felt that there were too many individual narratives: While it was clear that eventually all the separate threads would tie together it made the early part of the book, at times, something of a chore which is not really what you want when starting a new novel. This was very much exacerbated by the fact that the chapters were tiny enough to make me grit my teeth; Five pages is NOT chapter! Five pages is so short that as you start to get the hang of what you are reading about the narrative frustratingly chops off, and, my bad, but I was at chapter four before I realised that each title gave you the name of the person you were reading about, this was essential information because at that point two of the characters were so identically I was struggling to tell which I was reading about.Which brings me to my next criticism, the chilly detachment of the lead characters, both the main men, for sure, but also the woman. While the characters struck me as really well conceived and remarkably understated in a pretty awesome way (which, for me, made them a little less believable as Americans) and while they were written in a straightforward manner that made them very accessible for a thriller (at least when you get to read them for more than a couple of pages at a time), despite this, they remained frustratingly distant from the reader. Marshall and Bannister especially, they did not give enough of themselves, early enough in the book to become emotionally involved in their stories at all. Rojas was better, he seemed more fleshed out and while he was a despicable character he was actually easier to bond with than the mains. Or was that the intention of the author? I suppose it might have been. Since this is a #1 in a series that (according to the publisher) aims for the Lee Child type of ongoing character, perhaps Marshall's detachment is an attempt to plan for a long slow exposition of his personality. For me, Marshall did not have the depth that Jack Reacher had and there was a superficiality to him that left me unintrigued by his history and which did not draw me in to his storyline. This character building is part of what made me very aware of the fact I was reading a work by a young writer. The young Marshall felt more real than the current day one and the 'bad guys' ended up with more depth and more accessible to the reader than the lead characters, two things I associate with younger authors.There seemed to me to be a very high level of random behaviour as plot builders. By the last third of the book there were dozens of questions about why people were doing things, not doing things, there at all, or general wtf. Now most of these questions do end up being addressed, but it feels a bit as though they were being held onto for too long so they could be popped out as a series of exposes at the end when it might have been more organic to reveal them along the way.So by now, you, the review reader might be excused for thinking I hated this book: Not at all, I actually liked a great deal of it, I am certainly keen to read one of the earlier books by this author (the ones set in NZ) and I might well read more of this series if it keeps going. Because despite all the gripes I have written it is still very enjoyable a lot of the time. The actual narrative is comfortable to read and descriptively vivid, which is to say that I often received a visual image of teh scenes I was reading about. The situations were intriguingly structured and the blending of intention, coincidence in the events portrayed was cunning. The novel was for the most part well planned (though at times a bit laboriously) and even while I was reading things that annoyed me (as I mentioned above, there were a few of them), I was still wanting to like the novel it more than I could as I was reading it. It was an odd sensation.

  • Verushka
    2018-11-15 19:05

    What is this about: Marshall is an ex-undercover cop in witness protection looking for redemption in the act of finding a woman who has disappeared.What else is it about: The Dallas Man, an assassin, is searching for Marshall to exact revenge on behalf of the organisation Marshall infiltrated.Is worth a read: Yes, definitely.Having interviewed Ben Sanders recently, to say I was excited when I won a copy from of American Blood from Goodreads is a bit of an understatement.That said, when I started writing this review, I couldn’t figure out how to describe American Blood. It took me more than a few chapters to get into the book, and the pacing especially bothered me until I realised I was turning every page, tense and waiting for something to happen – my shoulders were hunched up as I sat reading on the train to work.This is a good book.When the book begins, Marshall is lost, it seems. He lives a life anticipating retaliation from his work as an undercover cop, and as such, it’s not a life but an existence. When he finds out about Alyce Ray, so begins the dive into his past and what brought him to Santa Fe, New Mexico. As the book progresses Sanders shows us the botched operation that forced him into witness protection, and contrasts the man he once was with the man now. I pitied Marshall, he’d lost so much and as it turns out, lost more by the book’s end.That doesn’t hamper the action in the book though, or his skills. Sanders wastes no time in taking reader straight into the heart of his search for Alyce Ray, with bloody, violent encounters for Marshall. He gives Marshall support in the form of a cop and his handler.Sanders also gives the bad guys a POV in this book, making them more complex – and bloody – than I expected. Of particular note here is the Dallas Man, the assassin after Marshall is given much more depth that his one mention in the blurb might suggest. The unexpected parts of Dallas Man in Sanders hands made me wish for a book that focused on Dallas Man hunting Marshall only – complex characters pitting their wits against one another? Yes, please!I can see how this book would translate well into a movie, but Marshall is so much more than a Jack Reacher-clone and an impressive American debut for the author.

  • Havers
    2018-11-18 20:17

    Falls Jack Reacher mit dem Ruhestand liebäugelt……bietet sich mit Marshall Grade, dem Protagonisten in Ben Sanders Thriller „American Blood“, ein Nachfolger an. Die Filmrechte sind bereits an Warner Bros. verkauft, und für die Hauptrolle ist offenbar Bradley Cooper im Gespräch. Wie bereits der Titel vermuten lässt, ist die Handlung des Thrillers in Amerika verortet, obwohl der Autor Ben Sanders Neuseeländer ist. Zur Story: Eine verdeckte Operation des NYPD geht gründlich in die Hose. Mit dem Resultat, dass Marshall Grade enttarnt und seines Lebens nicht mehr sicher ist. Deshalb muss er im Zeugenschutzprogramm untertauchen und lebt seither unauffällig in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Nicht nur, dass seit einiger Zeit eine Menge zwielichtiger Gestalten hinter ihm her sind, auch ein Auftragskiller trachtet ihm nach dem Leben. Von daher ist es angesagt, besser die Füße stillzuhalten. Leichter gesagt als getan. Denn als eine junge Frau spurlos verschwindet, die jemandem ähnelt, den er früher kannte, schlägt er alle Warnungen in den Wind und begibt sich auf die Suche nach ihr. Es ist ein tiefes Schuldgefühl, das ihn antreibt. Und er muss sie finden, selbst um den Preis seiner eigenen Sicherheit.Er ist ein tougher Typ, dieser Marshall Grade. Ein absoluter Einzelgänger, Typ einsamer Wolf, der seinen eigenen Kanon für Recht und Ordnung hat. Immer auf der Seite der Opfer. Zurückhaltend mit Worten, dafür aber umso schneller mit Fäusten und Waffen. Ich sagte es bereits, Grade ist ein Kerl wie Lee Childs Jack Reacher. Und wie gemacht für einen Serienhelden.Hohes Tempo und jede Menge Action, „American Blood“ ist ein Popcorn-Thriller, wie er im Buche steht. Unerwartete Wendungen im Handlungsverlauf treiben die Story voran, wie auch die Technik, jedes Kapitel aus der Perspektive eines anderen Akteurs schildern zu lassen. Der neuseeländische Autor schreibt lebhaft und sehr anschaulich, sodass der Leser bereits während der Lektüre quasi die Verfilmung vor Augen hat. Gut gemacht, Ben Sanders!Aber falls dieser Thriller der Auftaktband einer Reihe ist, würde ich mir für die nachfolgenden Bände wünschen, dass der Autor der Charakterisierung seiner Personen etwas mehr Raum gibt und etwas weniger Wert auf die detaillierte Beschreibung der Waffen legt.

  • Larry
    2018-11-24 16:22

    Marshall Grade is a former NYPD undercover cop still living undercover, though in the federal witness protection program (WITSEC) in the Southwest. He had tried to get out of his undercover role five years earlier, fearing that he was being morally compromised by it, but the NYPD and FBI handlers strung him along until his situation turned really bad. So now he's on the run from the crime family that he damaged, while morally damaged, in his opinion, by his past work. Driven by a need for atonement, he decides to rescue a young woman who has been kidnapped by a bunch of really bad criminal types. They resist his efforts to find her, and he pushes those efforts even harder. And he is a very hard man. Imagine Jack Reacher with a wounded psyche: big, fast, muscular, alarmingly direct in speech and action, and basically honorable. Aided by a deputy federal marshal and a woman cop he rescued from a couple of bad situations (herself pretty damaged psychologically), Marshall (as he thinks of himself) cuts a swathe through the criminal world in the Southwest, while stockpiling future trouble. After all, an all-out war with criminals is hardly the kind of thing that keeps one's cover intact. All of which means that another book is coming (a good thing), in addition to a movie.

  • Andrew
    2018-12-07 22:14

    Thoroughly enjoyed Sanders' clipped and no-nonsense prose; it really propelled the story along. The plot, with its multiple character POVs can get a little confusing early on, but stick with it. It all starts to make sense fairly quickly. A great action-crime thriller that I found similar in some ways to CB McKenzie's Bad Country. If you liked that, you'll probably like American Blood.

  • Rian Nejar
    2018-11-23 20:18

    Unappealing, gratuitous violence, sometimes described in clunky fashion. A contrived, almost artificial style. A difficult read for discerning readers with little affinity to raw shock and awe stimulation. A Goodreads First Reads copy received.

  • DunklesSchaf
    2018-11-22 17:03

    Abgebrochen

  • Simon McDonald
    2018-12-10 22:24

    Acclaimed New Zealand author Ben Sanders makes his U.S. debut with American Blood, a stylish, action-packed thriller that blends the signature elements of Elmore Leonard and Lee Child, and introduces readers to a protagonist daring to take up Jack Reacher’s mantle as the genre’s premier butt-kicker. With film rights sold to Warner Bros, and Bradley Cooper attached to play Marshall Grade, few novels have been as hyped up pre-release as American Blood.Marshall Grade is a former NYPD detective who worked undercover trying to dismantle a particularly vicious crime syndicate until his cover was blown, and he was forced into Witness Protection. Now living under the radar in Albuquerque, Marshall lives under the radar, going as far as to sublet his WITSEC safe-house to a lower-tier criminal in order to circumvent any possible paper trail. Not that his hander, marshal Lucas Cohen, seems to mind Marshall’s exploits, so long as his charge stays out of the limelight and out of trouble. But trouble has a way of finding Marshall – or rather, he has a way of finding it – because when he leans of the disappearance of Alyce Ray, a woman he doesn’t know, but who who reminds him of someone from his past, Marshall makes it his mission to find her. In doing so, he antagonizes a local group of thugs who are perhaps more capable than he anticipated. Even worse, they’re not the only ones gunning for him: Marshall’s past comes back to haunt him in the shape of the cold and twisted professional killer known as the Dallas Man.American Blood combines a brisk plot, impactful action scenes, and great dialogue. Once its plot has built up its momentum, it’s unstoppable – a real page-turner. Before that, readers will need to justify Marshall’s motives in their own minds, because the reasons Sanders provides are paper-thin. The story revolves around the disappearance of Alyce Ray – but this is a woman who means nothing to Marshall besides reminding him of a woman from his past. There is no real personal connection; and while Jack Reacher has frequently gotten involved in the search for people’s he’s never met, his reasons for doing so have always felt more justifiable than what’s offered here. It’s a slight blotch on otherwise gritty, fast-moving thriller, and a successful launch of a new series character.Chapter-by-chapter Ben Sanders shifts between various character perspectives, always propelling the narrative forward, stamping forks and roadblocks in their paths. American Blood is the kind of thriller easily devoured in a single sitting, and its delicious final chapter twist will leave readers desperate for its sequel. It’s not necessarily a gasp-worthy moment – in fact, I foresaw it – but it means American Blood will leave its hooks in you, which is what every first novel in a series should accomplish.THANKS TO ALLEN & UNWIN FOR PROVIDING A REVIEW COPY

  • Ben
    2018-12-01 22:21

    American Blood is a crime thriller written by Ben Sanders. Throughout the book I had the sense that it was a second book in a series because of the many references to background events. Some things are explained a bit in flashbacks. The hero( anti-hero? ) is Marshall Grade, formerly an NYPD detective who had gone undercover, acting as a crooked cop with mob connections. Now he is in witness protection with a new identity in New Mexico, when one night, while eating in a diner, he sees a news report about a missing , possibly abducted young woman. For reasons unclear right then, Grade decides to become involved and find her.Most motivations in the book are not very clear.Suddenly, in flashback,the reader is back in NY, and Grade is sitting with a bunch of mob guys who are having a tense negotiation over some kind of debt. Things go bad and Grade shoots a mobster' bodyguard , for which he is threatened by his mob pals as a reward. None of this is presented very well. The book is like that.Grade looks for the missing woman.Violence ensues, which leads to Grade's whereabouts being discovered by a super bad hit man hired by that NY mob to off him.If that is not enough, local drug guys, who's had apparently abducted the aforementioned woman, are hunting for Grade, also. Why? Well, that is complicated thread of a long story.You can see that there is a lot of things going on in "American Blood". Not all of them are clear.People and situations pop up; Grade usually deals with them violently. That seems the point of it all, anyway. There is nothing very new in the book. You have read it all before. In such a case, the author has to make his characters interesting and his story line has to be written well enough to grab the reader's attention. The characters are flat and undifferentiated, in that one bad guy is pretty much another; the names are different but the viciousness is the same. The situations in which Marshall Grade finds himself begin with a car ride somewhere, a meeting with people, a chase and a fight that spatters the sagebrush. I read along hoping for a reason not to put the book aside to do something more worthwhile, butthat did not happen for me. I really had to slog along to finish the book to give it a fair review. And that is what the book is: only fair. That is this reader's opinion; you may find it differently.

  • Jane
    2018-12-12 23:26

    I loved Sanders first 3 novels and rated them highly. They were all set in Auckland, NZ where he lives and I enjoyed reading them partly because of this. It is unusual to read books with the names of streets and places you know. He started writing when he was 18 and is only 24 now. His books received critical acclaim.American Blood is his first foray into America. Impressively the rites have been bought to make it into a film (even before the book was published). His writing is extremely mature - as if he were in his 40's or 50's. The book held my interest till the very end because I wanted to find out who the 'Patriarch' was. The book made me feel depressed all the way through though because of the brutality, murder and mayhem. I should imagine males will love this one and it will make an excellent movie, possibly rating as high as 'The Godfather'.Here is what "The Hollywood Reporter " has said:"Warner Bros. has acquired American Blood, an upcoming crime novel by Ben Sanders, with Bradley Cooper attached to star and produce.At least one other studio had bid on the project (which is currently a partial manuscript), and several TV companies had also expressed interest.The story follows Marshall Grade, an NYPD officer turned mob informant, who, while living in the witness protection program in New Mexico, is pulled into a dangerous investigation involving a missing woman."

  • Sharon Jarvis
    2018-11-28 19:32

    Thank you to The Reading Room and publisher Allen & Unwin for a copy of the book to read and review.The publishers blurb is very accurate and a great introduction to this novel. My husband read this book before me and I was astonished when he finished in two days - while he does read he is very selective on what he reads or finishes reading. So I was impressed. I also read this novel in two days - easy to read and flows very quickly. The story is captivating and the characters well developed. There were a lot of ‘bad’ guys with a range of ‘badness’ - with some being incredibly clever and other just down right ‘dumb’ but this certainly added depth to the story and to the characters as well. Often characters are clearly good and bad but there were a lot of grey areas that made the characters feel genuine. There was a lot of heart in this book despite the gory bits!In order to give background to what is happening, the characters take us back to an early period. At times this was a little confusing and a couple of times I had to go back to check what period the character was in. Just a minor criticism as sometimes it is the reader at fault for losing a little concentration. The ending was great with unexpected twists that kept the story going to the last page.Highly recommend reading if you like crime stories and thrillers.

  • Ray Palen
    2018-12-09 16:11

    I was excited at the prospect of reading this debut crime thriller from Ben Sanders. Especially after learning that the film rights had been obtained with Bradley Cooper set to star. Sadly, the writing and story did not hold up as well as expected.A former NYPD Officer, Marshall Grade, is living in New Mexico following a botched undercover operation that has put him in the sights of the Mob. Of course, he is unable to keep a low profile and immediately gets involved in a search for a missing woman and butting heads with some local drug lords. It's just a matter of time before he is back on the radar of the criminal underworld and his NYC past will come back to haunt him.I only wish the story and Ben Sanders' writing was as exciting as the above premise. The story starts out with a bang but quickly gets stuck in the mud and mires there for the rest of the novel. I was hoping for something to happen --- or to care about any of the characters --- and was bored to death eagerly waiting for the story to end. Hoping the film has a bit more oomph.

  • Jane
    2018-11-16 22:05

    I want to send my thanks to Ben Sanders, author and to Goodreads First Reads Giveaway for the copy of American Blood that I won in the Giveaway.If you are looking for a crime thriller with lots of twists and turns and killing by the crime syndicates then American Blood is an excellent choice. It is well written, has several subplots and a surprise ending to make it a very enjoyable crime story to read. You can't help but hope Marshall finds the girl he is looking for and save her despite how he accomplishes the save. His handler in Witness Protection, Lucas Cohen is also one of the good guys and keeps it together to help Marshall every step of the way. I liked that the author explained how the Dallas Man came to be in the business and how he showed he had another side too. I highly recommend American Blood to anyone looking for an excellent crime thriller. It delivers!

  • Tammy
    2018-11-29 18:33

    American Blood certainly is bloody... It starts with Marshall a bit of a mystery man becoming interested in a missing girl. He decides to contact some drug dealers he suspects of being involved and investigate. Of course the drug dealers don't take to kindly to him snooping around. Throw in a drug cop with some baggage from her past whose path keeps intersecting with Marshall's and a hit man whose not very nice. The story unfolds with alternating viewpoint chapters and as it progresses we learn more about who these characters are and what has happened in their pasts to bring them to their current place. It took me a while to really get into this book, but with time it grew on me some. Is an interesting story with plenty of suspense and some unexpected twists along the way. Was a bit bloodier and graphic than I needed, but I guess thats not completely shocking for the genre. Note: I received this book for free through Goodreads first read program.

  • Judie Dooley
    2018-11-25 16:30

    I won this book from good reads-thank you for choosing me.The story was interesting, but I found it kind of hard to get into it at first.It's the story of an ex-NYPD officer who is forced to go into witness protection because the Mob is after him. Somehow he didn't didn't seem to be in hiding as he was always chasing and trying to kill these Mob people. The only thing that made me believe he was in witness protection were the phone calls to his daughter on a special phone. Some parts of the story were pretty bloody. The characters were mostly believable and the writing was done well. Once I realized each chapter was about a different person, it was easier to keep up with the story. Overall I enjoyed the book and recommend it to anyone who likes a good crime story.

  • Nancy McFarlane
    2018-11-16 16:11

    Meet Marshall Grade. He is an ex-cop from the NYPD whose undercover-op with the mob went so wrong that he is now in witness protection. Marshall is still haunted by what happened and filled with guilt about the things he had to do during the operation. So, when he happens to see a picture of a missing woman who reminds him of someone in his past life he decides he has to use his skills to help find her. What ensues is a thrilling, action packed cat and mouse game as everyone (the bad guys and the good guys) is trying to find Marshall at the same time he is destroying everyone and everything in the way of his finding the missing girl. Marshall could be Jack Reacher’s brother, he is a rough, tough guy with a troubled past, a strong moral code and unbelievable skills of self preservation. A must read for fans of Lee Child.

  • Craig Sisterson
    2018-11-23 21:09

    After a bestselling, highly acclaimed crime trilogy set in Auckland, talented young New Zealand writer Ben Sanders dips his toe into the US market with his brand new thriller. Marshall Grade is no longer with the NYPD, after a botched undercover operation. He now lives on the other side of the country, in New Mexico, laying low and avoiding the authorities. But the abduction of a local woman pricks his conscience, and he stumbles into a viper’s nest of drug dealing, gangs, and worse as he investigates. Mixing elements of both crime fiction and westerns, Sanders fourth thriller is his best yet. Tense prose and wry dialogue powers a very fine tale that introduces a brand new hero, a modern-day righteous gunslinger, who we can only hope will survive for a long series.

  • Paullette
    2018-11-30 17:31

    This is basically a screenplay that somehow got published as a book, but even so it's a bit of a slog; am halfway thru but not sure will finish. Main problem is too many POVs, a statement you'd find chocolate-milk-snort funny if you went to grad school with me, because not only do I tend to feature ensemble casts in my own books, I also give each character a Plus One. The short chapters here from different POVs slow the action down instead of pushing it forward, and the consistent lack of interiority makes it hard to truly care about any of the (many, *many*) characters. Might just wait for the movie with this one...

  • Mason Barge
    2018-11-27 17:17

    Just utter crap. Superman heroes and villains who can take down multiple armed professional thugs by grabbing their weapons because they are That Good - Jack Bauer on steroids. Laughable attempts at "poetic" descriptive prose amid choppy "hard-boiled" semi-sentences. Murky plot, murky motivation. I gave it an extra star just because a lot of people get shot and it's set in New Mexico. I could have stood to finish it but I have better things to do. If you're tempted to read this, watch Breaking Bad reruns instead. Or for that matter, Ally McBeal.

  • Tony
    2018-12-14 22:24

    AMERICAN BLOOD. (2015). Ben Sanders. ***.Sanders is a young writer who has had three best-selling novels in his native New Zealand. This was his first book to be published in this country. I only made it through about one-third of it. The style of writing he chose to use was what I call telegraphese; short choppy sentences or sentence fragments. That’s OK for emphasis, or, even, sending telegrams, but not as the main feature for keeping me on spot in a book. I am too distracted by it to pay any attention to the story line. In most cases, I can’t even find the story line. Sorry.

  • Pete
    2018-12-05 17:31

    Lots of bleeding Americans so it does what it says on the label. I liked the way Ben observes the little details. Threads on clothing, swizzle sticks in cocktails and bugs zapped in cheap diners. I've never read a Jack Reacher, so not sure what the current measuring stick is for modern day pulp but I certainly enjoyed this one.

  • Steve King
    2018-11-17 20:21

    Really enjoyable, fast-paced and evocative crime thriller. The location was well rendered (to someone unfamiliar with that part of the world) with strongly drawn characters.And it's written by an Aucklander :-)

  • Ross Barnett
    2018-12-16 16:10

    This is a good read for when the weather outside is wet and windy. This book is fast paced and I found it very difficult to put down. Looking forward to reading Ben's follow up Marshall's Law.

  • Darameganknihy
    2018-11-18 16:06

    Thriller, který si zaslouží pozornost všech, jenž mají rádi syrové příběhy bez jakýchkoliv sladkých řečiček. :-)

  • Potsdam Public Library
    2018-12-13 23:25

    Bad, really bad.

  • retronerdSteinkuehler
    2018-12-14 17:30

    How can a book with good reviews be SO bad. I tried but it was choppy and boring!! So in reading American Blood I have now read two books by this author: my first & last.