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Blood Red (Blood trilogy, #1)

3.84  ·  Rating Details ·  80 Ratings  ·  26 Reviews
Rachel is 19. She doesn’t know how to handle her new stepmother, let alone the end of the world. But after finding her stepmother dead, Rachel is suddenly racing against time—and terrifying, unnatural forces—to survive a gruesome apocalyptic event. Outside her door, the college town of Fort Collins, Colorado, is filled with corpses, and something unfathomable is happening ...more
Paperback, 1st, 267 pages
Published April 27th 2014 by Permuted Press (first published April 1st 2014)
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Frank Errington
May 28, 2015 Frank Errington rated it it was amazing
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I'm always hesitant to read a book from someone who reaches out to me requesting a review, particularly if I've not read any of the author's previous work. However, if I say no, then I would miss out on surprises like Blood Red.

The story features a strong teenager named Rachel who, in the space of an hour, sees her entire world become a red-tinted nightmare. Most of the people in her world are gone, well not completely gone, they seem to be becoming something else. No this is not anot
Dan Herrick
Mar 04, 2015 Dan Herrick rated it it was amazing
This is not a zombie novel. It's something more.

Don't get me wrong - I like a well-written zombie novel. Blood Red is a riveting, apocalyptic horror novel which will appeal highly to fans of the zombie genre. There are shambling beasts-who-were-once-men, and "zombies" is an easy assumption to fall into when you start out with this book, but it becomes clear that there is more to it.

When I say riveting, I mean it. I could not put this novel down. It grabbed me, pulled me in, and shook me like a
Patrick D'Orazio
Apr 23, 2014 Patrick D'Orazio rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Blood Red introduces us to Rachel, a 19 year old college student living with her father and step mom. Waking up one morning, she finds her step mother passed out on her bed with some sort of red glow emanating from inside her skull. For all intents and purposes, she appears to be dead, though her skin feels strange and when Rachel gets near the source of the red glow, it burns her. Racing across the street, she discovers much the same thing has happened to her boyfriend and his mother. There are ...more
Robert Beveridge
Jason Bovberg, Blood Red (Permuted Press, 2014)

full disclosure: a copy of this book was provided to me free of charge by the author.

I could tell you that I stayed up well past my bedtime the first night I dug into Blood Red, the first book in Jason Bovberg's trilogy of the same name, to see if I could get to the halfway point before passing out. (I did.) I could tell you I skipped meals on the second day I was reading Blood Red because I had every intention of finishing it. (I did.) I could tell
Mar 17, 2016 Josh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Much has been done with zombies over the past decade or so. Their resurgence and subsequent explosion in popularity has left fans satiated, to say the least. So many zombie stories are out there, across so many types of mediums, that it can be difficult to find a gem that takes conventions and drags them outside the box. Jason Bovberg’s Blood Red is one such gem.

Blood Red, the first volume of a projected trilogy, follows 19-year-old Rachel through a world that’s been suddenly thrown into disarra
Scott Firestone
Apr 22, 2014 Scott Firestone rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror

I don't often read horror novels anymore, so I no longer have a depth or breadth of knowledge within the genre. But I know what I like, and I liked Blood Red--the first book of a projected trilogy by author Jason Bovberg.

Nineteen-year-old Rachel wakes up in the college town of Fort Collins to find that nearly everyone is dead, and her father is missing.

Not only is everyone dead, but they have an odd, red glow coming from inside of their heads. What does it mean? Why did Rachel and a few others
Dec 07, 2015 Stina rated it really liked it
Recommended to Stina by: Jason Bovberg
Book #9 for 2015

This is a hard book for me to rate. It's an interesting take on the zombie genre, and there were some really creepy, tense scenes, but I would not put this on par with, say, The Girl with All the Gifts. A big part of that is because I felt there was too much repetition bloating the book and slowing down the action. Much like with Deborah Harkness's trilogy, I bet some tighter editing would let all three books fit in one nicely paced novel. (The big difference here is that I'll ke
Although this book is actually a really quick read and quite the page-turner, because I am not typically a reader of this genre, I only read this in little bits, always earlier in the day. I read at least a couple other books at the same time for the needed distraction, so as to let the terror dissipate before bedtime. A couple times I really had to back-burner this book, I guess I'm just sensitive, lol.

This is the first book of a trilogy, the second of which is written but not released as yet.
Heather Faville
Apr 17, 2014 Heather Faville rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5, but very much worthy of rounding up to 5 stars.

What can I say about Blood Red? Different? Fresh? Unique? Yes, yes and yes. Jason Bovberg has brought us something new to the horror genre. Well, new to this reader, I should say, since I have not read anything quite like it.

As if waking up to find that 80+% of the world is essentially dead and you are one of the few survivors isn't horrible enough, our main character Rachel finds that all of the bodies left laying around have this strange glow
Jun 16, 2014 WordsAPlenty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought it was excellent! As hard as it is to believe, Jason Bovberg discovered a new take on zombies!

At 19, Rachel is faced with a new stepmother and the end of the world as she knows it. Rachel is faced with not only surviving an apocalyptic event but finding her father and saving other survivors. Trapped in a hospital, Rachel and her new friends struggle to survive. Corpses and a mystery that could mean life or death leaves Rachel finding some answers while others …. nothing and no one is a
S.C. Parris
May 25, 2014 S.C. Parris rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Horror Lovers
Recommended to S.C. by: Permuted Press
What a riveting tale.

Okay, Rachel is in her late teens, and when she wakes up one day, her world is red.

From the beginning, Jason Bovberg's story is dripping with this mortifying, dark atmosphere: Rachel's home town (and the rest of the world) is no longer what it was. A red sky hangs over everything, and to her growing horror, those she spoke to just a day before, whether it were lovingly or not, are all dead.

A red light pulses from beneath their skin, in their heads, and it is this red light's
James  W. Powell
Apr 16, 2014 James W. Powell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: debut-novels, horror
I'm a fan of good apocalyptic horror, and I'm an even bigger fan of debut novels. Typically, however, debut novelists haven't wowed me with their images of the end of the world. Too often these debuts rehash the same old cliches that are becoming all too obvious with the genre. Luckily, Bovberg surprised me a bit with Blood Red...

First, he's created a tough female lead who feels real. She's not the kick-ass monster killer you might find in a comic, and she's not a cry-baby 'fraidy cat who mirac
Alli Oswandel
Apr 16, 2014 Alli Oswandel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Blood Red grabs the reader immediately, with that intense "What next?" feeling. Rachel is a character that is easily related to as she moves through the storyline, even through the roller-coaster ride of events she experiences. I couldn't out it down!
Nicole Pramik
Feb 19, 2015 Nicole Pramik rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal, reviewed
[Taken from my blog: http://scififantasylitchick.wordpress...]

The Story: Blood Red, by indie writer Jason Bovberg, follows teen protagonist Rachel as she struggles to discover what has happened to her world. People are literally dying in the streets but they’re not staying dead. As she races to find her father amid the erupting chaos, she joins up with some friends and allies as they try to piece together why their world is falling apart.

My Take: This novel isn’t anything new in the apocalyptic
C.T. Phipps
Oct 07, 2014 C.T. Phipps rated it it was amazing
Blood Red is a really good novel. It's not without it's flaws but I'm going to say that for a premise which might have been very-very derivative, it does something new with the material. It also does something which is rare enough in horror fiction that it deserves credit. Specifically, it creates a heroine you can both believe in and like.

One of the most common accusations levied against horror fiction is that it is a gendered genre. In this post-Buffy world, great strides have been made to co
Oct 04, 2014 Shauna rated it really liked it
Blood Red is a fast-paced, suspense-filled tale of a not-quite-zombie apocalypse in Fort Collins, Colorado. Jason Bovberg is a good storyteller and succeeds at keeping you turning the pages and reading "just one more" chapter. The only reason I didn't finish the book in one day is that a dark, quiet house, a plugged-in appliance emitting a red light, and an overactive imagination made me decide to wait until daylight to continue. You may wonder how a red light could be scary, but throughout the ...more
This book sounded right up my alley, but once I started reading it was apparent it was clearly not for me. I just can't get behind a female protagonist that is portrayed as weak and/or helpless. It's the end of the world and you encounter your dead boyfriend. What do you do? I'm pretty sure you don't think about how you'd like to be lying in bed with them and reminiscing about all the times you've, uh, spent there. But it'll be all good if you can just find you're missing dad because he'll know ...more
Rich Rosell
This fast-paced horror novel - one part zombie thriller/one part post-apocalypse nightmare - starts off with a gory bang and remains pretty action-packed throughout. Bovberg tells a lean story, wasting little time with narrative sidetracking - and pushes us through the aftermath of something that has seemingly devastated a good portion of the population. And then things get even uglier...

A fun read, full of violence and enough plot twists to keep this from being simply a retread.
Really looking
C.S. Wilson
Jun 20, 2016 C.S. Wilson rated it liked it
I like the premise, but I'm not really a fan of novels written in present tense, so that made it hard for me to engage in the story. Blood and plasma are not the same, so the repeated interchanging of the two words made me crazy. Plasma is one of many components of blood; a few minutes of research would have shown that. Other than those couple of things, I enjoyed the book and am moving on to the second one. 3.5 stars
Jan 11, 2016 Michael rated it really liked it
Jason Bovberg's Blood Red is an interesting twist on zombie fiction… but it lacks the philosophical depth, the soul that would raise it from genre fiction to art. I mean, it's scary as all Hell, and it definitely creates a totally new type of zombie, it is absolutely a fun read. I'm just always looking for zombie fiction that's MORE than zombie fiction. I think Bovberg has the potential to write that sort of fiction, just not yet.
Sep 12, 2014 Virginia rated it liked it
Jason Bovberg, a master of GORY narration! This blood-soaked novel is intriguing from the start and takes the reader on an action-packed, unpredictable, and extremely disturbing adventure. The author crafts a mind-boggling twist on the popular apocalyptic theme. Definitely not my typical genre, but I found it to be a compelling read. 3.5 stars!
Donna sue Rodriguez
Blood Red

Can not wait for the second book. Great action and packed with life like possibilities. Makes you wonder if something really could be out there in the unknown. Read this book and keep an eye too the sky for one day you never know.
rodney harris
Sep 30, 2015 rodney harris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Worth your time..

Good character development. Love them and hate them. During the story you are drawn in to every breath and noise. The Hospital section of the books hard me on the edge of my seat.
Can't wait for more of this story...
Aug 31, 2015 Cody rated it really liked it
Suspenseful, interesting, and different. Every time you think it's going to fall back into the normal zombie stuff something else crazy and weird happens.
Corey McEuin
I'd read the sequel just to find out what caused all this, but other than that I didn't really care much for it. Excellent concept, but iffy execution.
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David Berger rated it it was ok
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Jason Bovberg is the author of Blood Red, and its sequels Draw Blood and Blood Dawn. He is also the author of The Naked Dame, a pulp noir novel. He is the founder of Dark Highway Press, which published Robert Devereaux’s controversial Santa Steps Out, as well as the highly acclaimed weird-western anthology Skull Full of Spurs. He lives in Fort Collins, Colorado, with his wife Barb, his daughters ...more
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