Review: The Blue Blazes by Chuck Wendig

Posted August 8, 2013

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: The Blue Blazes by Chuck Wendig The Blue Blazes by Chuck Wendig
Published by Angry Robot Genres: Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley

Meet Mookie Pearl.

Criminal underworld? He runs in it.

Supernatural underworld? He hunts in it.

Nothing stops Mookie when he’s on the job.

But when his daughter takes up arms and opposes him, something’s gotta give…

I’d never read any Chuck Wendig novels before but I read the above and thought it sounded interesting! Combining the mob and the supernatural, I had no idea what it would be like but I knew I wanted to read it.

The Blue Blazes is the first in a new urban fantasy series featuring Mookie Pearl. Mookie is a tough guy, he’s a thug  with a penchant for charcuterie. He works for The Organization, maintaining a supply of Blue to the New York, a drug that makes the invisible, visible. You see there is a supernatural underworld in New York, literally under the city. Not many people know of its existence, those that do avoid the place…except Mookie.

For all of Mookie’s toughness there’s another side to him, he’s a father. He loves his daughter….she hates him. They are estranged, but when she takes him on in battle with her own Blue supply things get interesting!

Mookie is a brilliant character. He has depth and soul, something I didn’t necessarily expect to find when I picked up this book. His loyalties are tested, his body pushed to the limit and his eyes opened. Myths turn out to have more truth to them than he’d have imagined!

This is a book that’s not for the feint hearted, with violence within its pages. However it’s a really good read. I’ve never read anything like it before and I look forward to reading more Chuck Wendig in the future.

I received an electronic version of this book from Angry Robot on NetGalley for consideration.