Book Review: Blood Rain in Trieste by George Henry

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Blood Rain in TriesteBlood Rain in Trieste by George Henry
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Blood Rain in Trieste is a thriller written by George Henry and published in 2015 by Creativia. I saw the book available on Amazon at a discounted price last month and picked it up. I’d definitely recommend keeping an eye out for future discounts or heading to the site to grab a copy now. What a roller coaster of emotions, battles, and intense drama.

I am a frequent thriller reader, but it’s usually psychological or medical. I’ve read a few international ones (mostly series) about various historical time periods that I love, but this was a new kind for me. The story mostly takes place in Italy but there are American, Canadian, and Afghani components that created a much larger cultural and religious read than I’ve devoured before. Not a worry, I found it all easy to follow and quick to suck me in.

Milo is a former… well, I’ll let you be the judge of how former his job really is, hit man. His Muslim wife was murdered. His Canadian CIA-equivalent boss seems to be responsible. A lookalike shows up begging for his help. And that’s just the beginning. Milo’s life explodes in the dirty and wealthy streets of Trieste where he beds hookers, murders mafia folks, falls in love, gets injured, and learns many secrets of the underworld (not Hell, although it certainly could feel like it at some points). Author Henry has a powerful voice in his protagonist, one who I loved in many scenes and wanted to sucker punch for being stupid in others. But that’s real life, we don’t always make the right decisions. And talking about real life, while I’m sure some people might experience similar things to Milo, this was about as far removed from my cozy little world as one could get. But I loved it!

George Henry is a new author to me. I’ll read his work again. He’s created memorable characters and settings. He’s unfolded layers of drama where no one stays on one side forever — there are secret allies, promises, and vengeance that must be fulfilled. Just when you think you know who’s behind it all, or which character is double-crossing another, one of the nuts in this cast releases a flame thrower, and readers, you better watch out! You won’t see it coming, but it makes sense when it glides past you and singes the hair off your arms. If you don’t have any, maybe just your shirt sleeve!

This is the kind of book that is consuming. While a few sections were overly detailed, the majority was a perfect balance of dialog and narrative that kept me coming back for more. My favorite scenes had to be between Mohammed and Milo. There is a tension not unlike father and son, but of two men who could kill each other or promise to protect one another forever at given times. There is anger but respect, admiration but pain, love but frustration. The author has done a phenomenal job at creating the tentative bond between these two characters, then tossed Mohammed’s greedy and sinning children in the mix.

Take a chance on this new author… especially if you like a raw, sometimes explicit but tasteful, and challenging read full of spider webs and multi-level dimension.

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12 thoughts on “Book Review: Blood Rain in Trieste by George Henry

    Beware Of The Reader said:
    April 3, 2019 at 6:27 AM

    Wow Jay way to describe your favorite scene in the book! He seems a hell of a writer!

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    April 3, 2019 at 6:31 AM

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    Colline said:
    April 3, 2019 at 7:26 AM

    This one definitely sounds interesting James.

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    Martie said:
    April 4, 2019 at 7:35 AM

    Great review, especially on your oberservation on the father and son.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      April 4, 2019 at 7:40 AM

      Hi! Thank you very much. Things improving at home for you guys health-wise (and other too)?

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        Martie said:
        April 5, 2019 at 7:50 AM

        Yes! He is a bit stronger every day. He can now be left alone. I feel like a kid who just got out of detention. LOL. I’m so lucky that I didn’t loose him.

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        April 5, 2019 at 7:54 AM

        I’m so glad to hear it’s improvements and strength. 🙂

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