Book Review: The Devil’s Serum (Detective Byone Series #2)by Ricardo Fleshman


Book : The Devil’s Serum (Detective Byone Series #2)

Author: Ricardo Fleshman

Plot: Byone was a successful cop until a fatal attack forced him to leave the job making him lead the life of a small scale detective now. But just when things had started to heal, the person responsible for the attack is back in his life . Will the past overshadow the goodness of the present?

Rating: 4 of 5 stars

Please put your seat belts on because this is going to be a really fast ride \

Life is not about being born and dying but what lies between those two

True to what the book states, this book indeed follows detective, Moses Byone through dark and sinister cases set around New Orleans. This is my second book from the series and just as with the first book, The Dying Dance, I would love to shout out a huge thanks to the author for providing me with the copy

I m starting to feel that Ricardo M Fleshman books are meant for people like me , who if given a chance would jump to the last page of the book to know what happens rather than approaching it gradually over the process of reading 500 pages to realize it was the cat who killed the mouse (duh !)

If You dream about a book that is elaborate in its settings and characters that you know inside-out then kindly step away from this book. We will meet again in one of those books because Just as with the first book, The Dying Dance, this book is super fast .The moment you blink, you will miss a major chunk of the plot. so sorry people! You blink and you lose! It is just like how my teachers used to say back in school “Pay attention idiot! I will not repeat this again and this is going to be there in your exams “ those magic words always woke me up from my usual slumber in class. It’s the same with the author’s book. You have to keep your eyes open, mind and brain sharp enough to pounce at each word.

The plot is cunning, continuing the wickedness I saw in the first book. But then the fact is that the narration is super fast. Even a super fast train would appear crawling in front of this. But having said that I would also say, I m personally a fan of it since I can read it in one go and do not have to sit around forever to know what happens in the end. The trouble is that each line in the book carries a major chunk of the plot, so if you are not paying attention, you will end up losing track and flipping pages. Nothing in my whole reading experience has ever made my brain work so vigorously. Not even my exams. Skim readers! Forget it! This book is not for you. You won’t even survive the first two pages.

I believe that the author is a New Orleans native as there is an evident love for the city throughout the book along with a good amount of its history which is quite interesting and fun but just as I said you need to be fully awake to realize that. RMF books could be a gift to all impatient readers and people like me who unlike others won’t waste over an hour to know what happens in the movie, when we can just know that in flat five minutes of fast forwarding.

I don’t know if you would call it a personal narration technique or a shortfall but the fact that I discovered from reading the author’s works is that his books are fast. Super fast. To some it may appear less impressive, for me personally the book is crazy fun because I do not have to struggle with pages and pages of explanations and descriptions and can get to the core of the story in matter of minutes. But at the same time this speed also forces you to pay attention to each word and lines so as to know what exactly is going on. Do not make the mistake of taking it leisurely as before you know the book would be over and you will end up wondering what just happened. I will leave it at the note that the basic plot is pretty wicked and interesting which sans a slower speed in narration still appealed to me. Language is way simpler and without the complications that were there in the first book. The book hardly takes any time to finish and for me that is a win-win situation.



Author interview- Ricardo M Fleshman