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Blood Sons by David Liscio
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Three striking stories intertwine in this American fable of family and fidelity. The author uses a vicious minor mobster in New York to explore the influence of nurture over nature – and it’s a set-up that works surprisingly well.

Set a couple of decades ago, Blood Sons creates a credible CIA scheme to resolve the USA’s ongoing issues with communist-leaning Cuba. The main narrative focuses on a pair of teenagers; one is an outright thug, brought up by a sleazeball, old-school gangster. The other had an infinitely more wholesome upbringing with a country couple, living on a farm upstate.

The catch is that these boys were mistakenly swapped at birth. The story starts as they begin their new lives with the right parents – a situation they all hate. Much of the book focuses on the boys’ struggle to adapt to their new circumstances. The gangster lad might be the genetic son of a commendable couple, but violence shaped his early existence. So when his attentions turn to the pretty girl next door, you know it’s going to get grim.

Then there’s the third twist in this tangled tale, involving two CIA agents whose professional relationship is complicated by their volatile personal situation. Working undercover on black ops and intelligence missions, they can’t trust anyone – not their superiors, not the politicians, and possibly not even each other.

For me, the storyline with the undercover operatives was the least rewarding. The people themselves felt like they’d stepped straight out of central casting; she in particular came over like a fantasy character.

By contrast, the scenes of adolescent turmoil are far more credible – you really get the sense of separation and distress when the young lovers are forced apart, and how this actually strengthens their commitment to each other.

In Blood Sons, David Liscio demonstrates his flair for creative situations and his literary potential. It almost boils over with thought-provoking moral dilemmas, and packs in more than enough action to satisfy hardcore thriller readers.
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Reading Progress

October 13, 2018 – Started Reading
October 13, 2018 – Shelved
October 17, 2018 – Shelved as: 2018
October 17, 2018 – Finished Reading

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