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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Blog Tour: Bait by J. Kent Messum


by:  J. Kent Messum
published by:  Plume
publish date:  August 27, 2013

Six strangers wake up on a remote island in the Florida Keys with no memory of their arrival. They soon discover their sole common bond: all are heroin addicts from the slums of Miami.

This book was explained as the movie Saw meets Survivor and that's really the best way to describe it.  The six participants in the game are kidnapped from the streets of Miami.  They are chosen because they are all addicts and nobody will miss them.  They are dropped off on an island with little food, little water and no memory of how they got there.  The only instructions they are given is that there is more food, more water and heroin on the next island if they are willing to swim there, and they are being watched.

While there are six "players", only 5 make it beyond the first day, so the story really revolves around those five.  Felix the boxer, Ginger, Maria, Kenny, and Nash.  I would have liked a little bit more characterization between Kenny and Nash.  I kept confusing the two, combining them in my head.  These 5 people, going through heroin withdrawals, are pushed to their limits by madmen seeking entertainment.  The group realizes they are going to have to work together to swim through shark infested water to get their next fix, if only they're being told the truth about what awaits them on the next island.

I liked this book.  It's not too terribly long.  I read most of it in one sitting.  It's definitely R rated on language and violence...and obviously drug use.  Bait was a story I was really interested in reading and I wasn't let down.  Great debut from J. Kent Messum.

Tour:
Monday, August 26th:  Tiffany’s Bookshelf
Tuesday, August 27th:  Book Chatter
Wednesday, August 28th:  Tina’s Book Reviews
Thursday, August 29th:  Simply Stacie
Friday, August 30th:  Midnight Thrillers
Tuesday, September 3rd:  From the TBR Pile
Wednesday, September 4th:  No More Grumpy Bookseller
Thursday, September 5th:  Ageless Pages Reviews
Monday, September 9th:  Mental Foodie
Tuesday, September 10th:  You’ve GOTTA read this!
Thursday, September 12th:  Bewitched Bookworms
Monday, September 16th:  A Bookworm’s World
Tuesday, September 17th:  Literally Jen
Wednesday, September 18th:  October Country
Thursday, September 19th:  nomadreader.

1 comment:

heathertlc said...

This one some tremendously creepy! Thanks for being on the tour.