BOOK REVIEW: The Blue Blazes

The Blue BlazesMonsters don’t exist right? Wrong, in Mookie Pearl’s would they are a very real threat – but Mookie uses them for his own devices. However Mookie’s world is about to turn on it’s head in the new Chuck Wendig book The Blue Blazes. Read on to find out more

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…

The Blue Blazes is set in New York where a huge hole was opened up during a major digging operation to The Great Below – a huge chasm containing monsters and other such nightmares. The monsters now try to disguise themselves in order to pass themselves off as humans.

Enter Mookie Pearl an enforcer for ‘The Organisation’ –the major criminal force in the city, they are in charge of all the cities dodgy dealings. Everything is running well until Mookie’s estranged daughter steps into the play, determined to bring down The Organisation and run things for herself.

Mookie mush decide between loyalty to his boss or to his own daughter, but he soon learns things are never straight forward as they seem, and that something dark from the depths of The Great Below has its own agenda to play out.

As always from Chuck Wendig, The Blue Blazes is another really different and cool book. Set in a normal New York setting but as usual with a twist – here the monsters etc from The Great Below.

As I have found previously from Wendig it took me a couple of chapters to get into the book, but then I just couldn’t put it down.

The small narrations from John Atticus Oakes’ journal at the start of each chapter are a brilliant way of filling in background information without bogging down the actual flow of the narration.

The characters are well-formed, and some very imaginative which all help to draw you even further into the story.

I felt the plot was well thought out , and even though as mentioned above it took me a while to get into, the pace was fast and didn’t really drag for me at all. I found the ending unrushed and concluded well with no major cliff-hanger (woo hoo!)

The Blue Blazes is another brilliant and original novel from Chuck Wendig, more Mookie Pearl please Mr Wendig.

Author: Chuck Wendig
PublisherAngry Robot
P/Back: 400 Pages

Rating: 4/5
Reviewer Darkphoenix1701

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