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Rachel is 19. She doesn’t know how to handle her new stepmother, let alone the end of the world. But after finding her stepmother dead, Rachel is suddenly racing against time—and terrifying, unnatural forces—to survive a gruesome apocalyptic event. Outside her door, the college town of Fort Collins, Colorado, is filled with corpses, and something unfathomable is happeningRachel is 19. She doesn’t know how to handle her new stepmother, let alone the end of the world. But after finding her stepmother dead, Rachel is suddenly racing against time—and terrifying, unnatural forces—to survive a gruesome apocalyptic event. Outside her door, the college town of Fort Collins, Colorado, is filled with corpses, and something unfathomable is happening to those bodies. And it’s only just begun. As Rachel struggles to comprehend her horrible new reality, she’ll need to find answers to questions she never thought she’d ask—all while desperately searching for her lost father, on whom she pins all her hopes for coming out of this phenomenon alive and intact. But nothing will be as it seems. Tom Piccirilli says “Blood Red gets seriously under your skin. It’s a whole new kind of horror novel.” Grant Jerkins says it’s “unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. It starts as a slow-burn freak-out and culminates in a series of horror-show set pieces that will forever be etched in my mind.” Alden Bell calls Blood Red “an epic addition to the genre. Ranging from the gritty to the surreal, the story delivers a nonstop, real-time experience of the End Times—replete with visceral terror, buckets of gore, and, ultimately, a redemptive humanity.” Robert Devereaux says the book is “guaranteed to creep you out!” The beginning of an epic trilogy telling the real-time tale of an apocalyptic event, Blood Red is a nonstop thrill ride from the author of The Naked Dame and the publisher of Skull Full of Spurs and Santa Steps Out....

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Blood Red (Blood trilogy, #1) Reviews

  • Frank Errington
    2019-03-21 16:57

    Review copyI'm always hesitant to read a book from someone who reaches out to me requesting a review, particularly if I've not read any of the author's previous work. However, if I say no, then I would miss out on surprises like Blood Red.The story features a strong teenager named Rachel who, in the space of an hour, sees her entire world become a red-tinted nightmare. Most of the people in her world are gone, well not completely gone, they seem to be becoming something else. No this is not another zombie novel. What is happening is decidedly different and completely original in the horror genre.Blood Red is filled with little treats, details that make the story. Example, with darkness coming there's a need for light. Instead of conveniently finding a flashlight in her Honda's glove compartment. The writer had Rachel and her friend break into a Target store by the light of a cell phone until it runs out of juice. A well-conceived scene played out to perfection.Blood Red is incredibly imaginative and reveals its secrets slowly. Even though its a work of fantastical fiction dealing with impossibilities, I found the story to be believable and totally enjoyable.Although we get some answers by the end of book 1, its quite evident that there is plenty left to be revealed in the subsequent volumes.Published by Permuted Press, Blood Red is available now as an e-book from the usual online retailers. If you like it, book 2 is also available and book 3 should be published later this year. I'll be reading both for sure.Highly recommended.

  • Silver Thistle {adores JAFF & TEOTWAWKI.Oh, and accronyms :P}
    2019-02-25 10:44

    Well now, here's an interesting one. End of the World? Yes. Zombies? No. Plague? Not really. Aliens? Hmmm, might be. Maybe? Possibly? It's not obvious what caused The End but the story kicks off right at the point of things turning nasty and we're off and running from the get-go. This is quite a tough one to review because most of what I want to say is likely to be riddled with spoilers so I'll have to try and skirt round the spoils...So, Rachel is 19 and wakes up early one morning to a town littered with corpses. It looks as though whatever caused the mass demise of the population happened instantly to everyone at the same time but what that 'something' is isn't clear. So far, so good. Very quickly she becomes aware that there is something unnatural happening to the bodies. Something creepy. Now, what I want to do here is say what I think has happened to them all but that would be one of the spoils I mentioned having to skirt around so I'm just going to say that it all seems a bit 'otherworldly'. The whole story takes place in just over 24 hours(ish) so there's a lot packed in but because Rachel has no clue what is going on we don't have a clue either. Part of the fun of this is speculating possible (probable) cause but with no answers forthcoming it's a bit frustrating too. But in a good way.Luckily Rachel finds she's not the only survivor and as with all good apocalypse stories she teams up with the random mix of people she meets. I like the characters, it's a nice mix. Cop with firearms, crazy unhinged one, new friend on the same wavelength, stable older person... the usual stuff. What I'm not fond of though, is that even at the end I can't seem to grasp what the corpses have become. Despite having it spelled out for me plenty of times I'm still not clear on even the basics - what they look like - how they move... I just can't picture them. I especially can't work out how they move. The fault may lie with me because it's mentioned plenty throughout, but I'm just not getting it. I hope it's turned into a movie so I can get a better idea.The best bit and the worst bit (for me) was right at the very end. How it ended was brilliant, a twist that makes me want more...but it made no sense. Why? How? I..he...but...huh? I will definitely read the next one, I have to find out what that was all about. It was a gut-punch ending. The story was a good one and the guy can definitely write but I'm compelled to mention the narrative style. It really rubbed me the wrong way. It's a bit different to what I'm familiar with and sometimes different can be a good thing but it just didn't work for me here. There was a dis-connect for the first few chapters while I tried it on for size but even when I got accustomed to it I never really warmed to it. Third-person present tense. I'm not a fan. Reading tastes differ but it just seems weird and unnatural to me to read in that tense. Anyone else have a similar dislike of that tense? Have a read of the sample if you're curious as to how it goes.Don't let that put you off though there's a decent story here.*Note - I received a complimentary copy of this title from the author*

  • Dan Herrick
    2019-03-17 10:44

    This is not a zombie novel. It's something more. Don't get me wrong - I like a well-written zombie novel. Blood Red is a riveting, apocalyptic horror novel which will appeal highly to fans of the zombie genre. There are shambling beasts-who-were-once-men, and "zombies" is an easy assumption to fall into when you start out with this book, but it becomes clear that there is more to it. When I say riveting, I mean it. I could not put this novel down. It grabbed me, pulled me in, and shook me like a rag doll. When I was done, I was exhausted but highly satisfied. I haven't read a book this all-consuming for a while. What's good? The pacing of the story was just right -- it kept going without any significant awkward pauses. Fast pacing, but that's appropriate for the material. The setting was well described and realistic, and it was a huge bonus for me that the entire novel took place in my home town. The main character was believable (a bit of a rarity for the archetypal female-teenager-in-the-apocalypse); I was leery of her wallowing in a victim state but that doesn't happen. The other characters are also compelling -- when they die (and honestly, that's not a spoiler for this setting) it affects you. And plot twists -- okay, I won't really get into the details here to keep it spoiler-free, but you'll enjoy them.All in all, a superb read. I can't wait for the next one. (Did I mention this is the first in a series?)

  • Patrick D'Orazio
    2019-03-02 10:56

    Blood Red introduces us to Rachel, a 19 year old college student living with her father and step mom. Waking up one morning, she finds her step mother passed out on her bed with some sort of red glow emanating from inside her skull. For all intents and purposes, she appears to be dead, though her skin feels strange and when Rachel gets near the source of the red glow, it burns her. Racing across the street, she discovers much the same thing has happened to her boyfriend and his mother. There are other corpses out on the street-it is as if their lives were all snuffed out in the same instant, replaced by the strange red glow. Realizing her father is not home, Rachel takes off on a hunt for him, hoping and praying that he is somehow still alive. Her journey leads her to other survivors like herself-confused, frightened, and many gruesomely injured after trying to revive their loved ones and coming into contact with the red glow. The local hospital is filling up with the ‘dead’ and dying, along with the few bewildered survivors who remain behind. Planes are dropping out of the sky and out of control fires are destroying much of Rachel’s Colorado town. But even worse, as the day goes on, it appears that something is happening to the corpses. They appear to be slowly waking up…but they are also being transformed. Not into zombies, or even remotely close to the people they were before. They are becoming something far stranger, and far more horrible than anyone could ever imagine. Blood Red is possibly one of the most unique zombie novels I have ever read, if it even can be categorized as such. The creatures that inhabit the pages of this first of a trilogy are far different than the traditional dead walkers who crave human flesh. The author has introduced something new and incredibly creepy to the mix that needs to be read about to fully comprehend. Providing details may be deemed a spoiler, but since he has created something entirely new, I will leave it in his hands (and words) to describe his creation, spoilers or not. Despite the uniqueness of this tale, the driving force behind what will compel most readers to check out this story remains much the same as with other apocalyptic fiction tales, which is the quest to survive and to comprehend what is happening in a word that has fallen into chaos. Rachel’s journey is both heartbreaking and disturbing. Like many characters that inhabit the pages of novels where the impossible becomes reality, she finds a way to not only cope with her situation, but strives to understand it. With a level head on her shoulders, she becomes somewhat of a leader-discovering things about the strange new threats that surround the meager pool of survivors still inhabiting her town. She is vulnerable yet strong-a character who feels real and genuine. The key characters that surround her felt much the same-solid, using whatever coping mechanisms they have to deal with the situation, for better or for worse. While some readers may be turned off by the present tense format of this story-it is a style rarely used, I found it to be of minimal to no distraction. The author was able to put you in the action and keep the pace and tone aggressive, to match the immediacy and intimacy of Rachel’s situation. Blood Red was different, intriguing, and I was left very curious as to what will happen next.

  • Robert Beveridge
    2019-03-02 11:05

    Jason Bovberg, Blood Red (Permuted Press, 2014)full disclosure: a copy of this book was provided to me free of charge by the author.I could tell you that I stayed up well past my bedtime the first night I dug into Blood Red, the first book in Jason Bovberg's trilogy of the same name, to see if I could get to the halfway point before passing out. (I did.) I could tell you I skipped meals on the second day I was reading Blood Red because I had every intention of finishing it. (I did.) I could tell you that soon after I finished it, I posted on Bovberg's wall and did something I have never, ever done before: asked him if I could alpha-read the second book in the trilogy. (I will. Despite the fact that I warned Jason that I used to be a professional proofreader and never got out of the habit.) Instead, I think I'll just tell you that if you're a fan of good, solid horror novels, you need to get your hands on a copy of Blood Red pronto.Rachel wakes up one Saturday morning, after having a fight with her father the night before over staying out too late with her boyfriend, and discovers that the world has gone to hell. Somewhat literally. A peek into her father and stepmother's bedroom reveals that Susannah, the stepmom, has suffered some sort of horrible trauma—and touching her causes Rachel to have some problems as well (that will haunt her throughout the novel). As if that weren't bad enough, when she goes outside to try and find help, she discovers that her stepmother is far from the only person who's having a problem. In fact, by the time she's started coming up with any sort of plan, she's half-convinced she's the only living person left in Fort Collins, Colorado. That turns out not to be the case—she and Alan, a neighbor she never knew beyond nodding, find a young girl with far more extensive damage than Rachel and head to the hospital with her, where they discover a small band of survivors. Just when everything has calmed down a bit and they all turn their minds to figuring out what's going on...the legions of dead start twitching.No, it's not a zombie novel, despite Permuted's name being on the spine. (I won't tell you what it is, but I came to the conclusion the characters do towards the end of the book around page ten or so.) The reanimated dead have a few zombie-like qualities, but you will rapidly come to think of them more like the zombies in David Moody's first Autumn novel, before they start getting mad at the living, when they're still just wandering around looking emo. The zombie-novel structure is there, but Bovberg does some very interesting things with it—things that, when you pause to consider them, make perfect sense. He also takes the tack of writing a book that straddles the line between adult and YA, and that strikes me as a very good move in today's book culture. (For the record, while I couldn't tell which market he was actually aiming for the entire length of the book, during the last chapter I tilted slightly towards adult—despite said last chapter being exactly what one would expect from a YA novel. I still haven't quite figured out my thought process there yet.)As far as downsides go, well, I can't think of terribly many. I wouldn't have minded seeing a few of the minor characters fleshed out more, though whenever I have the criticism of the first novel in a series, I always assume they will get developed later on. There are a few stylistic choices I would have made differently, but that's always a personal thing and your mileage is guaranteed to vary. This is a solid trilogy debut, and I am greatly looking forward to seeing if the next two books are just as good. *** ½

  • Josh
    2019-02-24 16:06

    Much has been done with zombies over the past decade or so. Their resurgence and subsequent explosion in popularity has left fans satiated, to say the least. So many zombie stories are out there, across so many types of mediums, that it can be difficult to find a gem that takes conventions and drags them outside the box. Jason Bovberg’s Blood Red is one such gem.Blood Red, the first volume of a projected trilogy, follows 19-year-old Rachel through a world that’s been suddenly thrown into disarray. She awakens to find that nearly everyone in her town seems to be dead, a strange and harmful red glow emanating from their heads. After this debilitating discovery, she sets out to find her missing father and to piece together what’s truly going on.Rachel makes a strong protagonist. Confused and helpless at first, she changes considerably through the course of the story, finding the inner strength to take charge and do what needs to be done. Her quest to find her father is a touching and harrowing one, and readers will be drawn in by this alone. The other characters, though not as well-drawn, are likable as well, bringing their own unique strengths and abilities to the grim proceedings.The zombies (if they can be called that), are downplayed for much of the novel, which works to its benefit. The first two acts set up the characters and build suspense. Speculation as to the cause of the mass death is tossed around, but in this case, the unknown is far more unnerving than anything else. Descriptions of a strange scent and red-tinted quality to the air, as well as explosions and fires in the distance, give a sense of unease. One claustrophobic chapter is set in total darkness, accompanied by bone-chilling sounds you wouldn’t want to hear even in daylight. While the characters try their best to create order and take care of the injured, the ones already deceased are twitching, slowly changing into something altogether unnatural…There’s a lot of heart in Blood Red, and the strong attention paid to the emotional side of things is in striking contrast to the horrific imagery of what happens in the climax. The requisite gore is vivid, depicted with a gleeful and unflinching eye for detail. Given that the zombies aren’t in full swing until the last third of the novel, not a lot can be said about them without divulging too much. Suffice it to say, anatomically speaking, these are some of the most twisted and disturbing creatures you’re ever likely to read about. Yes, the bulk of the story is a quiet and character-driven study of the initial reaction to the incident. When the action ramps up, though, the novel absolutely earns its title. Think Silent Hill and you’ll be on the right track.Far from being a cookie-cutter zombie novel, Blood Red is worth reading even for those who aren’t fond of the shambling, flesh-eating variety of horror. It’s by turns emotionally gripping, disquieting, and outright terrifying. Here’s hoping we won’t have to wait long for the sequel.review originally posted at http://www.hellnotes.com

  • Scott Firestone
    2019-03-12 09:53

    I don't often read horror novels anymore, so I no longer have a depth or breadth of knowledge within the genre. But I know what I like, and I liked Blood Red--the first book of a projected trilogy by author Jason Bovberg. Nineteen-year-old Rachel wakes up in the college town of Fort Collins to find that nearly everyone is dead, and her father is missing. Not only is everyone dead, but they have an odd, red glow coming from inside of their heads. What does it mean? Why did Rachel and a few others survive? And did that body just move...?Most of the book takes place over roughly 24 hours, as Rachel desperately tries to find her father--and find out what the heck is going on.The writing is good, especially later when the novel tightens up and Bovberg moves out of Adverb City. Rachel is an interesting and believable character, and even though the book takes place over a short period of time, her arc from a frightened young girl to a tough leader rings true. A few of the secondary characters could have been fleshed out a bit more. Kevin is big and drives a truck, but I don't remember anything else about him. Maybe that's all that's important, because trucks are good when there are zombies around. The zombies? Well they're unique, and truly scary. I think it's because their movement and behavior is so unnatural--as though something not entirely familiar with human anatomy is trying on a skin suit, so breaks things and does whatever it takes to get ambulatory. That makes these creatures genuinely creepy. Lifting a page from the Spielberg Book of Horror, Bovberg keeps the zombies on the sidelines for much of the book, and it makes them that much worse. But even though it takes a while for the zombies to truly Arrive, there were still some harrowing scenes--none more so than a simple trip to Target for a flashlight... My biggest complaint is that there's a character named Scott who's a total d-bag. I know plenty of jerky guys named Steve. It couldn't be Steve? As someone who has lived in and around Fort Collins for 17 years, it was fun reading about places I know. I'm not sure a reader who's not from the area would be able to keep straight all of the directions and names, but I liked it. The real measure of a writer's ability is how well he or she lands the plane. Bovberg lands the plane. The ending is interesting, unexpected, and affecting. But it's also satisfying, which doesn't always happen in a series. Blood Red is a unique take on the zombie novel. Bovberg takes it in unexpected directions, and makes this more than just "another zombie book." Who needs anotherWalking Dead? Not me. I'm looking forward to the sequel.

  • Stina
    2019-03-04 13:56

    Book #9 for 2015This is a hard book for me to rate. It's an interesting take on the zombie genre, and there were some really creepy, tense scenes, but I would not put this on par with, say, The Girl with All the Gifts. A big part of that is because I felt there was too much repetition bloating the book and slowing down the action. Much like with Deborah Harkness's trilogy, I bet some tighter editing would let all three books fit in one nicely paced novel. (The big difference here is that I'll keep reading this trilogy but can't really be bothered to pick up book two of Harkness's.)I also never really connected with any of the characters. I did like that Rachel was consistently interested in observing phenomena and taking a rather scientific approach, but I hope we get to know her better in the rest of the trilogy. At this point, we don't even know what she was majoring in, and despite a most superficial description of her relationship with Tony, she acts like they were an old married couple. And what does that mean for Joel, who seems like he is being set up as a love interest for Rachel? I also felt like Rachel's dad was a bit of a lame prop for most of this book.It was interesting to watch Jason destroying the town I live in. I couldn't help but think about what I'd do if the zombie apocalypse hit. Probably make a beeline for Costco or Walmart. Good thing they're both on my side of the tracks. Oh, hey, that reminds me -- did BNSF pay Jason off? Because there is not a train blocking a critical intersection anywhere in this book. That is just plain unbelievable.This book raises a lot of questions in my mind about the timeline. It seems like the grid went down awful damn fast, and why were there kids playing outside at 5 AM? Why were there so many people on the roads at 5 AM on a Saturday, and why weren't any of the vehicles still running? And why did it take more than 12 hours for somebody to think of breaking into the Target for supplies? (I guess they were all over in Timnath with me.) Ah, well, I will just have to read the rest of the trilogy and see if Jason answers these for me.I have not yet read book two of this trilogy (though I do own it) because I want to wait until book three is out. I am going on record as guessing these things are actually radioactive pine beetles from outer space.

  • Rebecca
    2019-02-25 10:12

    Although this book is actually a really quick read and quite the page-turner, because I am not typically a reader of this genre, I only read this in little bits, always earlier in the day. I read at least a couple other books at the same time for the needed distraction, so as to let the terror dissipate before bedtime. A couple times I really had to back-burner this book, I guess I'm just sensitive, lol.This is the first book of a trilogy, the second of which is written but not released as yet. I find some comfort in knowing the trilogy is almost complete. I am not generally a lover of books that leave me hanging, leave the "Why?" unanswered (ie The Road). Blood Red definitely ends with you yearning for more, needing answers, so I know that I will read this whole trilogy.I *loved* and *hated* that this is set in Fort Collins! On the one hand, it is so awesome to be able to completely envision a scene like the one in Old Town or Target. On the other, reading about happenings in City Park had me putting the book down for a couple days and I actually drove by there to reassure myself and clear those images somewhat from my head. I'm telling you, it made an impression, lol. And you can bet that I'll be driving on Magnolia looking for an Australian Pine.But no matter how long I drew it out, I made it!!! And I'm so glad I did. I have to admit that the third person narrative threw me a bit, but I grew more comfortable with it over time, even if not entirely enamored of it. Rachel is such a likable, relatable character that I wanted all her emotions first-hand rather than distanced through the narrative. Still, that may be my only real critique at this point, as I really enjoyed this nightmare of a story! It is freaky-creepy (freepy? creaky may be more apt as I imagine those poor bodies unnaturally and horrifically bent) to be sure and absolutely enthralling - the plot, characters, pacing, and vividly descriptive details... it will inevitably remain throbbing in my brain for years to come. Is that a red light? Quick, I gotta go read something else!

  • Heather Faville
    2019-03-02 15:59

    4.5, but very much worthy of rounding up to 5 stars.What can I say about Blood Red? Different? Fresh? Unique? Yes, yes and yes. Jason Bovberg has brought us something new to the horror genre. Well, new to this reader, I should say, since I have not read anything quite like it.As if waking up to find that 80+% of the world is essentially dead and you are one of the few survivors isn't horrible enough, our main character Rachel finds that all of the bodies left laying around have this strange glow emanating from them. Not knowing what this glow is and in a sort of panic, Rachel does a few things that wind up helping her learn a bit more, but even this thread of information gives no real answer. There is one aspect that is mentioned that actually made me get chills. It would be a horrifying thing to have to deal with should a situation like this ever actually occur. Of course, I'm not going to tell you what it is because I don't want to spoil a potential thrilling moment for you readers.The characterization is nicely done, we learn a bit about each new person Rachel meets on her voyage to find her father and I find it to be a nice mix of personalities, without being an obvious attempt at hitting all aspects of personas and overplaying things. The group that eventually becomes our core main characters are well written and their reactions to what is happening around him, while some rather annoying, are quite believable. Blood Red is set within a 5 mile radius of Rachel's home with the hospital being a primary location for our story to take place. Obviously, the hospital is jumping with activity as people bring in their loved ones hoping for some kind of answer that ultimately never really comes, but since this is a trilogy I think it's safe to assume they will get an answer eventually...if they live that long. What? I thought everyone but a small percentage was dead? What more could go wrong? Just keep reading, is all I will say, just keep reading.

  • WordsAPlenty
    2019-03-21 13:03

    I thought it was excellent! As hard as it is to believe, Jason Bovberg discovered a new take on zombies!At 19, Rachel is faced with a new stepmother and the end of the world as she knows it. Rachel is faced with not only surviving an apocalyptic event but finding her father and saving other survivors. Trapped in a hospital, Rachel and her new friends struggle to survive. Corpses and a mystery that could mean life or death leaves Rachel finding some answers while others …. nothing and no one is as it seems! Finding her step-mother, Rachel discovers, “And only then does Rachel discover what the light has done to her hand . . . The sight takes Rachel’s breath away, but none more so than the collective red luminescence pulsing and rising like a fog ….”Rachel finds and bonds with Jenny, a former classmate, from a different life. Being afraid of the dark used to be a childhood fear now, not so much: “. . . I guess I have a thing about the dark. And dead bodies glowing fucking red.” Together with a maltry band of nurses, survivors and one kick butt cop, Rachel becomes the leader – the one who encourages learning – not just killing them. The horrors grow as the bodies come back to life. “The old-man corpse seems to have caught itself on something on the stairwell-the tubing is stretched taut, holding it back. But the pregnant thing is near the bottom, stepping heavily, its hideous belly mountainous above it. … eyes are watching them warily, flicking from person to person ….”It has non-breathing, dead folks with spilling organs and hideous bites but it also has an alien pulsating glow that reforms the humans into ……Once you start reading Blood Red, you won’t stop! Blood Red is not your typical apocalyptic tale! Action packed and intense, you will be creeped-out! I can’t wait for the next one!

  • S.C. Parris
    2019-03-19 12:03

    What a riveting tale.Okay, Rachel is in her late teens, and when she wakes up one day, her world is red.From the beginning, Jason Bovberg's story is dripping with this mortifying, dark atmosphere: Rachel's home town (and the rest of the world) is no longer what it was. A red sky hangs over everything, and to her growing horror, those she spoke to just a day before, whether it were lovingly or not, are all dead.A red light pulses from beneath their skin, in their heads, and it is this red light's...journey that had me holding my breath throughout the whole novel. This red light is causing weird changes in these corpses, the breath-holding anticipation for when things hit the fan at last is heavy on every page.And the pay off is smart, gripping, and does not disappoint.But at its heart, this is a story about a daughter and her father. The coming of age tale of a young woman coming to grips with a changing world without her father will strike a chord with any young adult, yet the book is written in such a brilliant way that any 'adult' can read it and be engrossed.A great dash of horror, of anticipation, of familial love, and of the imminent hopelessness when one can't see how to get out of a completely foreign situation makes this book 5 star worthy for me.I greatly look forward to Jason's next book in the Blood Red series, Draw Blood.

  • JamesW. Powell
    2019-03-12 16:12

    I'm a fan of good apocalyptic horror, and I'm an even bigger fan of debut novels. Typically, however, debut novelists haven't wowed me with their images of the end of the world. Too often these debuts rehash the same old cliches that are becoming all too obvious with the genre. Luckily, Bovberg surprised me a bit with Blood Red... First, he's created a tough female lead who feels real. She's not the kick-ass monster killer you might find in a comic, and she's not a cry-baby 'fraidy cat who miraculously overcomes her fears either. Instead, she's your normal, average teenager who's thrust into turmoil when her world starts to fall apart around her and the dead start to walk (if you can call that spooky-as-hell crab-like scampering a walk). In other words, Rachel reacts the way I'd expect a real person to react in a crisis. Second, Bovberg creates something new and sinister with these reanimated corpses. I won't give anything away here, but Bovberg's monsters aren't the typical zombies that we've seen a million times. Instead, these things are creepy in a way I wasn't expecting, and there were more than one scene that made my skin crawl. I'm looking forward to seeing if Bovberg can top himself in the sequel...

  • Alli Oswandel
    2019-02-27 10:03

    Blood Red grabs the reader immediately, with that intense "What next?" feeling. Rachel is a character that is easily related to as she moves through the storyline, even through the roller-coaster ride of events she experiences. I couldn't out it down!

  • Heather Cowley
    2019-03-21 10:55

    I'm not finished, but I wanted to get my initial thoughts out there.I'm NOT very impressed, so let me start with the things I do like, move on to the things I don't like and/or hate, and then explain why I will continue reading. I love love love LOVE the fact that this is set in my home town, which is also where I currently live. I know every reference, every street he has mentioned so far, and I can visualize everything.I love that the story has a quick start. This girl wakes up, and only gets through part of her morning routine before it's completely derailed by a horrific discovery.The list of things I don't like is much longer. This is a personal preference, but I don't like the present tense. This is not the author's fault, but for some reason my brain doesn't function well with it.Other things that can be improved include: excessive and repetitive use of adjectives. For example: "bare breasts" was used at least three times in the first five pages. The first time used to describe the first character was fine, but then he said it AGAIN, about the SAME character, who hadn't moved since the first time he said it. That was unnecessary because the visual is already in my head, so saying it again like that distracts from the story and I literally had to stop and laugh. The third time he says "bare breast" is when the second character undresses from her night clothes and dresses into an outfit. Even if "bare breast" had been used only once before, this would still be excessive for the second character because one of the first things he tells us about is that her bra is dangling from a trophy in her room. Instead of using "bare breast" to describe the scene with the second character dressing, he could have said any number of things including: "She pulls on her shirt and leaves the bra dangling from the trophy" or "She nixes the bra and pulls her shirt over her head". Both of those gave me the image of bare breasts without saying it outright. There are LOTS of repetitive descriptions which annoys the heck out of me. One of those I noticed early on was that "in the far distance" and "in the distance" was used...IN THE SAME SENTENCE. One single sentence held both of these phrases.Another thing I didn't like right off the bat is that he REALLY wanted us to know that Rachael, the main character, lives across the street from her boyfriend Tony. This is mentioned three times in 2-3 pages, and it is completely unnecessary. Again, distracting from the story. There is a lot of "mewling" going on. When an author uses "nearly" and "seems" too much, it makes me feel unsure that the author himself knows what's going on...and Mr. Bovberg uses those two words a LOT.Moving on, let me tell you why I'm going to continue reading this book. Aside from the fact that I started it, it's set in my home town, that alone makes me obligated to finish it. Just when the repetitive adjectives and excessive descriptions gets to me, there is a sentence or paragraph that gives me the chills. I mean...literally I get goosebumps and that gives me hope that it will get better. This is not a direct quote, but for example, the darkened doorway yawns at Rachael. WOW. Still getting goosebumps from that one. I like the panic she's feeling, because I feel it too as she's going through her discovery. I like the progression from her house having enough power to use the landline phone, to not having ANY power to use the hallway light. I like her realization about the thunder.I have hope for this book, and for Mr. Jason Bovberg, so I will continue reading until it's done, but I'm not impressed yet.~h.n.cowley

  • Nicole Pramik
    2019-03-22 10:13

    [Taken from my blog: http://scififantasylitchick.wordpress...]The Story: Blood Red, by indie writer Jason Bovberg, follows teen protagonist Rachel as she struggles to discover what has happened to her world. People are literally dying in the streets but they’re not staying dead. As she races to find her father amid the erupting chaos, she joins up with some friends and allies as they try to piece together why their world is falling apart.My Take: This novel isn’t anything new in the apocalyptic vein other than the focus is more on uncovering what the heck is going on as opposed to trying to survive. But if any of this sounds like the makings of a zombie story a la “The Walking Dead,” well…eh…You’re going to be sorely disappointed.At the risk of revealing spoilers (at least for now), all I’ll say is that the reanimated corpses aren’t true zombies, at least probably not in the way you’re used to. Now I’m all for switching things up and, to be fair, this mystery element of what was happening to these bodies was the only thing that forced me to finish the book. But when I finally got to the truth of the matter, it was just…well…Yeah. Not that great.What really hurts this novel is that it seems to go on forever due to a simple plot and lack of description. Many, if not most, scenes are black boxes, meaning there are characters talking without a good sense of where they are in the story’s physical environment. I think a story like this that’s so grounded in delivering dialogue and relating basic action would have made a better short story than a novel.The central plot is that Rachel must find her dad, hoping against all odds that he’s still alive (as opposed to a red light-spewing zombie-thing). That’s it. No strong sub-plots. No twists and turns. It’s just Rachel on the run, Rachel stopping for a moment of exposition from another character, Rachel getting into a tight spot (usually due to someone doing something stupid), and then back to Rachel on the run. In short and, once more, Blood Red reads more like a long short story with a larger cast of characters.And speaking of characters…Ooh, don’t get me started!Other than Rachel, I can’t even remember anyone else’s names and my mind isn’t that slippery. The main issue was that I felt like I was hearing the same character talk throughout the whole book. No one had anything distinctive about their delivery or personality, not even Rachel. Rachel was just okay and I’ll give her credit that she at least tries to be resourceful and doesn’t curl into a ball and cry. But she’s no Katniss Everdeen, I’m just sayin’.But what really frustrated me was the ending. Again, I won’t reveal spoilers here but it was definitely not worth it. Not to be mean, but I’ve watched “SpongeBob SquarePants” episodes with better payoffs. Blood Red‘s only payoff was that it was actually done after 257 pages. And that was 257 pages too long.Now, I always give props to indie writers, so absolutely no disrespect to Mr. Bovberg. But Blood Red just was not good and left me feeling…And that’s about the best way I can sum it up.Now if you want to know how this novel ends, please scroll down…*****It’s actually aliens (yep – aliens) who are taking over the dead bodies and bringing them back to life for the sole reason of…um…. World domination? Boredom? I’m still not sure. Anyway, the only way to destroy the reanimated corpses is to expose them to type-O negative blood. Yet the way to reverse the alien’s foothold is to either (a). suffocate the reanimated corpse so the red light can’t escape or (b). inject the corpse with type-O negative blood. Maybe this could have been a doable idea, but it was set up and executed so swiftly that it felt like a deus ex machina with a dash of hand-waving.*****Okay, end of spoilers – you may now read on without fear!Content:Language – Frequent use of PG-13 and R-level language though it’s not on every page.Violence – There is a perilous, fear-driven tone mingled with scenes of gore, violence, and death. If this was a movie, it would easily garner an R-rating. While it didn’t turn my stomach, the description of how the corpses ambulate is creepy (hint: it’s not on two legs). But the most disturbing scene is when a corpse gives birth; that was gut-churning and I have a fairly strong stomach.Sexual Material – It’s implied that Rachel and her boyfriend have been sexually active though nothing is ever shown or described. Likewise, early on, Rachel sees her stepmother naked by accident, but this is played strictly for creeps and isn’t even remotely sexual.The Run-Down:I honestly can’t recommend Blood Red. If older teens and adults are really into the horror genre and will honestly read anything, then they might like it. But for anyone younger than 16, this isn’t appropriate. Nor is it an insightful or an engaging read for anyone else.Overall, this novel was not my thing. Its plot could have been reduced to a short story, its characters were one-dimensional, and once you find out what’s causing all of the ruckus it’s just kind of nothing.And…wait a minute… This book says it’s Book One. You mean there’s more?No. Just…no. At least I hope not because I honestly have no idea what else there could be to work with. Sometimes stories just need to stand alone. You can have a single novel and make it work though this novel didn’t work even by itself.

  • C.T. Phipps
    2019-03-15 09:10

    Blood Red is a really good novel. It's not without it's flaws but I'm going to say that for a premise which might have been very-very derivative, it does something new with the material. It also does something which is rare enough in horror fiction that it deserves credit. Specifically, it creates a heroine you can both believe in and like. One of the most common accusations levied against horror fiction is that it is a gendered genre. In this post-Buffy world, great strides have been made to correct the imbalance between male and female protagonists. However, there's still a lingering sense male authors can't write female protagonist worth crap. Rachel is almost unique in horror fiction, let alone zombie-related horror fiction, in being a great female character without being overly sexualized. Rachel reminds me of Claire Redfield, except she has the sense to wear pants during a zombie apocalypse. She's motivated by sensible goals, has appropriate emotional reactions to events, shows considerable leadership potential, and even manages to remain believable as a teenaged girl. Jason Bovberg is not limited to just Rachel in excellent female characters, either. The cast is unusually gender-imbalanced to women and almost all of them show exceptional cleverness, fortitude, and will. One character does breakdown but it's momentary and appropriate given the circumstances. As feminist horror goes, one could do far worse than this. Another thing to note is that Blood Red is a zombie novel and it isn't. The monsters are zombies but not of the stereotypical George Romero kind. They're creepy alien-light possessed beings which it's almost a spoiler to reveal are zombies in the end. The Red Light is almost certainly Stephen King inspired (or perhaps H.P. Lovecraft's Colour From Outer Space) due to its inexplicable yet eerie nature. Jason Boverg understands the unknown is the scariest thing possible and it's obvious all of the explanations given by characters in the book are pulled out of their ass. We don't know the who, what, when, where, or why of the creatures and that is effective. One thing I loved about the Red Light creatures (I hesitate to call them zombies) is the author takes special care to detail the unnatural way they move. The Uncanny Valley effect states that things which are just "off" from being human like mannequins are more terrifying than creatures which are obviously not. The unnatural gait, twists, and shakes of the Red Light creatures gave me chills. So bravo, Jason. The book is not without its bumps, though these are relatively minor. The book's climax doesn't quite reach the explosive level I thought it would. It ended on an emotional note but I think it could have been more cathartic. I was also confused about the final fate of a character Rachel injects with a syringe (it makes sense in context) at the end. I get they died but was unsure if I'd missed a larger context. In conclusion, I unreservedly recommend Blood Red to fans of both zombie as well as horror fiction. It's not a stereotypical zombie book and that deserves a lot of praise. The fact it also has a awesome female heroine and excellent female-heavy supporting cast makes it rare in a sea of testosterone-filled scary works. I hope to read similar works from the author in the future.10/10

  • Shauna
    2019-02-27 14:14

    Blood Red is a fast-paced, suspense-filled tale of a not-quite-zombie apocalypse in Fort Collins, Colorado. Jason Bovberg is a good storyteller and succeeds at keeping you turning the pages and reading "just one more" chapter. The only reason I didn't finish the book in one day is that a dark, quiet house, a plugged-in appliance emitting a red light, and an overactive imagination made me decide to wait until daylight to continue. You may wonder how a red light could be scary, but throughout the book Bovberg takes the seemingly ordinary and twists it into something creepy and menacing. Who knew a Target store could seem so terrifying? There are plenty of WTH moments in the plot, and the underlying thread of mystery still has me guessing even after finishing the book. Bovberg splatters buckets of blood throughout the pages of his horror novel, but one twist was almost more chilling to me than the creatures and the gore. I look forward to reading the second book in the trilogy, Draw Blood.

  • Amy
    2019-03-04 13:13

    This book sounded right up my alley, but once I started reading it was apparent it was clearly not for me. I just can't get behind a female protagonist that is portrayed as weak and/or helpless. It's the end of the world and you encounter your dead boyfriend. What do you do? I'm pretty sure you don't think about how you'd like to be lying in bed with them and reminiscing about all the times you've, uh, spent there. But it'll be all good if you can just find you're missing dad because he'll know what to do. Why? What makes you think he knows any more about what's going on than you do? There's more - and this is just in the first few chapters - but I'm not going to write a novel about it. I realize the snark-factor is high, but I'm really sick of starting books that sound interesting, have 4-star ratings, then getting disappointed (and, at times, insulted).

  • Rich Rosell
    2019-03-01 11:59

    This fast-paced horror novel - one part zombie thriller/one part post-apocalypse nightmare - starts off with a gory bang and remains pretty action-packed throughout. Bovberg tells a lean story, wasting little time with narrative sidetracking - and pushes us through the aftermath of something that has seemingly devastated a good portion of the population. And then things get even uglier...A fun read, full of violence and enough plot twists to keep this from being simply a retread. Really looking forward to book two.Well done, Jason...!

  • C.S. Wilson
    2019-02-28 14:46

    I like the premise, but I'm not really a fan of novels written in present tense, so that made it hard for me to engage in the story. Blood and plasma are not the same, so the repeated interchanging of the two words made me crazy. Plasma is one of many components of blood; a few minutes of research would have shown that. Other than those couple of things, I enjoyed the book and am moving on to the second one. 3.5 stars

  • Michael
    2019-03-19 09:50

    Jason Bovberg's Blood Red is an interesting twist on zombie fiction… but it lacks the philosophical depth, the soul that would raise it from genre fiction to art. I mean, it's scary as all Hell, and it definitely creates a totally new type of zombie, it is absolutely a fun read. I'm just always looking for zombie fiction that's MORE than zombie fiction. I think Bovberg has the potential to write that sort of fiction, just not yet.

  • Virginia
    2019-02-23 10:03

    Jason Bovberg, a master of GORY narration! This blood-soaked novel is intriguing from the start and takes the reader on an action-packed, unpredictable, and extremely disturbing adventure. The author crafts a mind-boggling twist on the popular apocalyptic theme. Definitely not my typical genre, but I found it to be a compelling read. 3.5 stars!

  • Donna sue Rodriguez
    2019-02-22 08:58

    Blood RedCan not wait for the second book. Great action and packed with life like possibilities. Makes you wonder if something really could be out there in the unknown. Read this book and keep an eye too the sky for one day you never know.

  • rodney harris
    2019-02-22 13:03

    Worth your time..Good character development. Love them and hate them. During the story you are drawn in to every breath and noise. The Hospital section of the books hard me on the edge of my seat.Can't wait for more of this story...

  • Cody
    2019-03-11 09:44

    Suspenseful, interesting, and different. Every time you think it's going to fall back into the normal zombie stuff something else crazy and weird happens.

  • Corey McEuin
    2019-03-08 14:44

    I'd read the sequel just to find out what caused all this, but other than that I didn't really care much for it. Excellent concept, but iffy execution.

  • Felicia A
    2019-02-27 12:00

    YAYYYYYYYYYYYY! Another editing project is now a published book!