Thursday, May 28, 2015
Half-Resurrection Blues by Daniel Jose Older
A Bone Street Rumba Novel, Book 1
Carlos Delacruz is a zombie. If you're a fan of the show iZombie on the CW network, it's a little something like that. He's a functioning halfie. He was killed once but brought back to life and works for a council of dead that send him out on jobs to that are basically supposed to keep the balance (in my opinion even though the council are a bunch of jerks).
His first job, in the novel, is to find and exterminate someone. When he finds the guy, he finds out that he is like him, a halfie/zombie but gets rid of him anyway. Even though Carlos is used to not asking questions about the jobs he's sent on, this one gets under his skin because he finally found someone like him.
With this weight on him, things have gotten worse. An 'ngk' shows up. Apparently these are basically little harbingers of devastation and evil. Carlos and some ghosts are sent to check out the deal with this thing and are almost killed in the process. Now Carlos and his team have to figure out how to deal with this problem.
But oh, wait ... There's this girl. Lol. This girl, Sasha, is a halfie/zombie like Carlos, the sister of the man he killed in the beginning of the novel, and may also be in on the evil shenanigans going on.
Although I'm not a fan of Sasha, especially after her jumping ship with that cargo at the end of the book, I am definitely a fan of Carlos' ghost friends. Riley is wonderful and so is Baba Eddie. I hope, in book 2, that we see more of Kia. I just dig her, I don't know why.
Overall, I thought it was great. I've never read this author before and didn't know this book existed until someone posted the cover for book 2 on message boards (that cover features Sasha. Beautiful!). I'm happy that there was no real cliffhanger left but you know their are still issues to be resolved. I'm looking forward to more of Carlos because I just love him and his half-dead swag. I appreciate the author not giving me a standard sex scene. The one short scene was actually written with care and in a way that made me say 'omg ........................................ i loved that.' Daniel Jose Older is one of my new favorites. I can't wait for more and plan on stalking him in the future.
I want to give the book 5 stars but something ... something is holding me back. I don't know what it is. I can't figure it out. But I love it and highly recommend it.
Edit: Kia is on the cover of book 2. Not Sasha. Now I'm fist pumping.