Saturday, February 9, 2008

Half the Blood of Brooklyn


Joe Pitt is now the head of security for the Society. He’s not happy about it but it keeps him in money and blood, two things he needs for his dying girlfriend. But something is happening in the no-man’s land of the boroughs. Savage Rogues and clans are being driven across the river and Joe is sent to discover the cause. Instead he clashes with a long lost tribe carving out a kingdom in the suburbs. And he still has to decide how to help his girl. His choice will either save her or doom them both. 

Man, I loved how this book ended. The main plot was pretty standard Joe Pitt stuff: he gets in deep trouble, kills a bunch of people, gets in more trouble with his own allies, and faces a reckoning. However, the resolution of the girlfriend angle means that future developments will be a bit different, albeit just as bloody. I admit that I did not see this one coming. Granted, Joe has never gotten along with the Clans and has always wanted to be his own man, but I certainly didn’t expect the climax to happen the way it did. I’m glad Huston refrained from any kind of fairy tale ending. I’m also glad he reminded the readers that all the various elements in the series have their own agendas no matter how they interact with Joe. I must say, it’s a good thing Joe has an independent streak.

It was nice to see the Evie angle set up in book one finally come to a head. Anyone who has watched a loved one suffer from a terminal illness knows what Joe is going through with his HIV-infected girlfriend. Huston gives just the right amount of agony for a man who can cure his loved one but is uncertain of the right course of action. He also explores the moral issues of infecting someone with the Vyrus and also whether it’s something to be cured. Huston handles the issues well without seeming too heavy handed. 

Strongly recommended. When does the next book come out? 

Rating: 8.5/10

5 comments:

RedEyedGhost said...

They've been coming out on December 26th, so hopefully he keeps to that schedule this year as well.

Amras said...

This one is on the Stack and I plan to read it a.s.a.p. Great to see that it's just as good as the previous books.

Benjamin said...

Good news REG! The only bad news is that December 26 is over ten months away.

I think you'll enjoy it, Amras!

RedEyedGhost said...

Damn, when you put it that way, I don't know if I can make it ten more months!

I sure I'll be rereading these at some point this year, and I'm not a big rereader.

Huston does have another book scheduled for this year though: Every Last Drop: A Novel. Most likely a non-genre book, but I can't find a synopsis. It's scheduled for Sept. 30th.

Benjamin said...

REG, have fun withe reread. I used to reread all the time, but less so now that I'm reading so much more. Perhaps when I finally get the stacks down to a more manageable level.

Thanks, I'll be sure to look for that book!