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RICK "SHAQ" GOLDSTEIN SAYS: "DISAPPOINTING - AUTHOR SHOULD CHECK UNDER THE PRIOR THREE HOODS!"
Reviewed in the United States on January 19, 2011
If you have read Parker's three previous Charlie Hood novels you'll probably be disappointed in this rambling, at times, who cares, hard to believe... not only for the vampire connection... but also the impunity in which returning character Bradley Jones now a young LASD Deputy... continues to do everything conceivably illegal under the sun... ranging from being a large dollar "mule" carrying money across the border for a drug cartel... being involved in gun running... setting up a slaughter of competitive drug cartels... all while being a Deputy and close acquaintance of Charlie Hood.
Meanwhile, the now thirty-two-year-old Hood, is still on loan to the ATF from the LASD for operation "Blowdown". ATF Agent Sean Ozburn aka "Gravas"... another close and valued friend of Charlie's... has been undercover in a Mexican drug cartel gun-drug-murder-sting operation for way too long. He goes "off the reservation" as he murders a safe house (that he owns and rents to the cartel) full of young Mexican hitmen. Charlie and his ATF compatriots try to track down the at large Sean... through his sexy wife Seliah. In an agonizingly long and drawn out expose' of increasingly bizarre... yet similar symptoms... the reader is forced to endure Sean's and Seliah's... fevers... sweats... increase in strength... innumerable orgasms... aversion to light... aversion to mirrors... aversion to water... on... and on... an on... Ad Nauseam. And throughout this monotonous... repetitive dissertation... is the famous *LOVE 32* *MACHINE PISTOL WITH NOISE SUPPRESSOR AND EXTENDED MAGAZINE AND TELESCOPIC HANDLE*. The creation of this unique weapon was originated in a prior Hood book, and in my opinion if a prospective reader hadn't read the prior book, a lot of the impact is lost.
Compared to prior "Hood" books the believable action is sparse... the creation of new, good, solid, creative, interesting characters is almost non-existent... and the promise of a high-octane story is missing something under the **HOOD**!