Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Hazardous Materials Book Review & Giveaway **Closed**

I have a new type of book to introduce you to and one that I normally don't read or write about so I took a risk just to unsettle things a bit and to keep from getting complacent with reading. I am very glad that I did that because this was a very good drama kind of book!
If you like some of the TV series about cops, firefighters, FBI or any drama, then you will love this book. It has it all and it's called Hazardous Materials written by Kurt Kamm.  And no it is not about nuclear weapons or chemical spills. It is actually about drug addicts and meth labs and what goes on when the fire department and HazMat officers are called in on a case.
Here is an synopsis of the book:
Bucky Dawson is a HazMat Specialist with Los Angeles County Fire Department HazMat Task Force 129. His station is in Lancaster,  CA—an area populated with meth labs and outlaw motorcycle gangs, as well as Edwards AFB, NASA, and top-secret aerospace facilities. 
One night, Task Force 103 is called out to support a Sheriff’s raid on a meth lab in the Mojave Desert. In the darkness, Bucky sees his sister at the door of a double-wide trailer before it explodes. 
Bucky’s life is in chaos. He is divorced, lonely and struggling with a painkiller addiction. His Battalion Chief tells him to stop using the pills. Will Bucky’s promising career come to an end?  Will motorcycle thugs prevent him from discovering the secret from his sister’s past?   
Why does the Sheriff’s use of a military drone to search for a meth lab lead Bucky into a deadly confrontation with a brilliant aerospace scientist?
I was very surprised about this book and it kept me interested enough that I spent half the night reading it and finished it because I did not want to wait until later to see what happens to Bucky. I don't sleep well because of my pain and health issues so around 3:00 am I woke up and could not go back to sleep because I was hurting so I grabbed this book and started reading. I did not finish until later on this morning, then laid down and slept a little more but still just a few hours and now I am up and decided to go ahead and post this really great book.
The other reason I got interested in this book is that it is also about Bucky taking prescription pain pills which he had a legitimate reason in the beginning to take percocets but then kept taking them and gradually worked his way up to taking even more and went so far as to order them from an online pharmacy (or a fake) and paid over $700 for them! I about had a heart attack when he did that twice!
He kept reading about the definition of a drug addict or substance abuse of percocets and even though he really fit the profile, he would answer no to all the questions. He made himself believe that he could stop at any time.
Unfortunately, his boss got an email from his doctor saying that he had asked for more and his boss told him he would be having a drug test in a week.  Where he tripped up at was the boss asked him if he was in pain and he said no he was fine and then he dropped the bomb about the email. It's against HIPPA laws to do that so I was a little puzzled about that.
It all worked out because during this time, Bucky had been beaten up several times by this biker gang that he kept bumping heads with trying to find out about his drug addict sister who liked being around bikers. He had even been dumped in the desert for 2 days wondering around so when the test came back positive, his boss decided to keep it under wraps but told Bucky to get a handle on it or he would lose his job.
This is a very good book with all the drama surrounding Bucky about several issues going on in his life.  It's one of those books you don't want to put down until you get to the end and find out what happens to him.  It was a pleasant surprise and I am glad I decided to read something quite different than what I normally read. Give it a try, I think you will be surprised also!

Happy Reading!

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Dorrie Turner said...

Hi! I have seen a lot of television and news about drugs wars, but never read something on it besides a newspaper!

Dorothy Turner

Megan Parsons said...

I haven't read any books on the drug wars yet. This book looks amazing!
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Megan Parsons said...

I would love to read Code Blood
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angel d said...

I haven't but i would like too Angel Dearlove

Josie Hink said...

No I never have!!