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Black Flies by Shannon Burke
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Sep 19, 10

bookshelves: books-read-in-2010
Read from August 21 to September 01, 2010

Good book. Fun read. I've worked as a paramedic so I can identify with the frustration and apathy that the characters sometimes feel about their patients. This is a dark book, but then being a paramedic can be a dark job.

One of my favorite things in this book is the characterization. All the medics are distinct and feel like real people living and breathing on the page. I saw bits and pieces of past co-workers in them, and that added to the fun of reading the book.

The only thing that bugs me is that the novel doesn't really start until page 113. There's some solid foreshadowing and character building before that point, but I don't think we need 112 pages of it before we get to the heart of the story. Having said that, I feel satisfied with how the book ends, and I'm definitely looking forward to picking up Mr. Burke's next book.


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