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YOUNG BLOOD

 

Author:
Brett Wallach

“Love is blind. Nowhere is it more evident than in YOUNG BLOOD by Brett Wallach. YOUNG BLOOD is a tension-filled, fast-paced journey of self-destruction. I wanted to reach through the pages and strangle the protagonist, Phil Allman, a likeable-hateable protagonist who will do anything in the name of love. I read it in one sitting, turning the pages, thinking I knew what was coming, only to discover an unexpected plot twist. It kept me guessing through the entire story.

A great read through the eyes of the protagonist that will leave the reader stunned.”

~ Deborah Byington

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"I kept waiting for the chain-smoking Lucky Strikes and swilling of bad whiskey, but it never happened. Introspection of one's motives mostly doesn't play well in a mystery, but for a thinking man, YOUNG BLOOD moves the psyche right along. The rainy night, the smeared makeup, and the dim bare lightbulb hanging from the ceiling set a backdrop to a man who crosses the line in pursuit of forbidden fruit. Read it."

~ Lee Anne Wonnacott


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I kept waiting for the chain-smoking Lucky Strikes and swilling of bad whiskey, but it never happened. Introspection of one's motives mostly doesn't play well in a mystery, but for a thinking man, YOUNG BLOOD moves the psyche right along. The rainy night, the smeared makeup, and the dim bare lightbulb hanging from the ceiling set a backdrop to a man who crosses the line in pursuit of forbidden fruit. Read it.

~ Lee Anne Wonnacott

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Provactive, suspenseful and funny!

~ Marc Snyder

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YOUNG BLOOD was a great read! The topic - when the story first opens - almost made me shy away, but I decided to dive in and the water was wonderful! Brett Wallach is a great writer with a sparkling sense of humor and obviously talented, able to put together a compelling story. I so enjoyed the story that I read it in one sitting in one afternoon. Phil Allman (main character) speedily jumps into a relationship that he probably really shouldn't even explore let alone seek out. The results are hilarious and his quirky, quippy remarks at his own stupidity left me chuckling and shaking my head at his foolery. Wonderful read.

~ Margaux Sky

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Wallach’s wit and grit manage to capture the reader in this unlikely tale of desire and betrayal. He writes with such fluidity that both his self-aggrandizing and self-deprecating voice ring true. There are portions of the book where Wallach’s narrative skill and comedic elements are superb; there are others where some added dialogue or revealed thoughts would add more for the reader. Overall, it's a wild ride and an entertaining read.

~ Philly Dameon

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Wallach hits it out of the park with this third installment of the Phil Allman P.I. series, YOUNG BLOOD. Throughout the book I questioned both Allman’s motives and also his moral fiber. In the end it didn’t matter, which was probably Wallach’s intent all along. What really matters is the book is a good, fast-paced read from beginning to end. Thoroughly entertaining.

~ Herbert Bascomon


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The writing in YOUNG BLOOD, as with all of Brett Wallach’s work, is spot-on. If you like a bit of  romance with a twist, give it a read.

  ~ Theresa Jacobs

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I should admit that I am a lifelong feminist - I expected to be offended or pissed off or something before I made it through this whole book. I wasn't.

First off, the writing was good and it was easy to get into the story. Secondly, it never felt sleazy. I was curious to see if the author could write about this relationship in a way that allowed me to still like the main character, and he did. I didn’t love him, but still, I found that pretty impressive.

This could have been an offensive exploitation novel. I wanted to understand this guy – a decent man who allows himself to become romantically involved with a 16 year old. We spend a lot of time in this guy’s head and we see how he justifies it all. It was interesting, and I would have liked even more of that.


~ Maggie Hasbrouck
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Tense. Well-written. Exciting.

A middle-aged private investigator accidentally starts a (fairly) innocent internet relationship with a fifteen-year-old girl, which rapidly gets more intimate and personal. The story grabs you from the get-go and you feel yourself willing PI Phil Allman to bail out before it’s too late. But he doesn’t, and the story soon goes to a very dark place indeed. This is a tense, well-written, exciting thriller which hits up some pretty taboo subjects and the sense of impending doom is both palpable and exhilarating. Full of twists and turns, YOUNG BLOOD is a true must-read and a great book for fans of detective stories and thriller fans generally.


~ Coleen Boothon
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In his novella, YOUNG BLOOD, Brett Wallach has written another story about Phil Allman, private detective. It’s a different type of crime fiction. Brett Wallach’s writing style is informal. It is a short and easy read.

The author writes the story in the first-person point of view; allowing us, the readers, to get inside of Phil Allman’s head. Phil is an ex-Philadelphia cop and a long time PI. He talks to himself (don’t we all) and we can read all his thoughts and rationalizations. The author also talks directly to the readers (and lawyers) through Phil’s thoughts. Phil is still a pretty tough guy for a man approaching middle age. He is prone to violence when he feels violence is justified, at least in his own mind. Therein lies one of his problems.

Phil finds his job as a PI – chasing after cheating husbands and wives – boring. When searching You Tube as one night, he finds a video made by a young teenager by the name of Marci Downes. This leads to the second of Phil’s problems. The author spends several paragraphs explaining, through Phil’s self-talk, that Phil isn’t a “pervert, pedophile, or predator”. The cover, a picture of a cute, young teenager should serve as a warning as well as the author’s note. While Phil Allman's morality is left open to the reader's interpretation, his actions are in no way condoned. In other words, reader’s discretion is advised. Readers don’t have to agree or disagreed with the author to find this a compelling story.


Phil relocates to Georgia and sets up a new practice while Marci finishes high school. All is married bliss until one day Marci is abducted. Now Phil must draw on all his resources and experiences as a PI to find his beautiful wife. The book is riveting as Phil follows one false lead after another down dead ends through twists and turns.

I found the book very interesting even though I didn’t agree with all of Phil’s actions. It was a page-turner. I especially enjoyed the first-person point of view. I found myself debating with Phil’s logic in my own head. It isn’t a traditional crime novel but readers will enjoy the action. 

~ Monte R. Anderson

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5 Stars

A dark and intriguing read, YOUNG BLOOD gripped me from the beginning, and despite wanting to put it down a few times, when I was halfway through it turned out to be very different than I thought. I was very fascinated with how exciting it was to read about a good person, doing bad things. It's nothing like reading about someone who's inherently evil. I kept thinking to myself "god damnit Phil! do the right thing", but I never felt like he did. It kept me hooked.

Great book, albeit a bit dark at times. Very different, and refreshing read. I loved the first person/breaking the 4th wall storytelling.

~ Trey Stone

 

 

 
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