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BOOK REVIEW: BLOOD OF ANGELS
Ward Hopkins and Nina Baynam, FBI agent, return in Blood of Angels, the third in the Straw Men series. In the Straw Men, we learned of a secret psychotic group of people, who live to commit violent crimes. Ward's brother, Paul, was an integral part of this organization that reached the highest branches of power in the United States. Paul is a savage serial killer that Ward and Nina, with the help of a few others, manage to apprehend in the second book, The Upright Man.
In Blood of Angels, Ward and Nina have been hiding out in the small town where Paul was captured and recuperating. Nina is drawn back to work in the FBI when a new serial killer emerges that could be a woman in Virginia. Ward tags along as he is unemployed and they are both highly suspicious of everyone from their past dealings with The Straw Men. They are not sure if this is truly a new serial killer or the Straw Men trying to draw them out into the open.
We also meet Lee John Hudek, who is from a fairly well to do family in California and runs with the rich kids that he just graduated high school with. Lee and his two closest friends, Brad and Pete, make a living selling drugs to their friends and others. But their world starts to spiral terribly out of control when Lee begins to move to the next step up the ladder in the drug sales hierarchy.
Although I really enjoyed this book, it just could not compare with The Straw Men. I do recommend reading them but would suggest that one read them in a fairly quick sequence together unless they have a better memory than I do, as I had a little trouble getting back up to date as it was several years and books ago that I read The Straw Men.
REVIEWED BY GINA METZ
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