Scott Belgrade is a rebellious health teacher at Middlesex High School. He ended up there after being hounded out of his previous teaching job for putting students before politics. Ali ‘The Cat’ Armeni appears to be an unassuming math teacher, but in reality is a terrorist mole for an outfit that is determined to destroy Middlesex.
Jeffrey Belanger’s Code Blood Red puts these two on a collision course. Witty, fast-paced dialogue and pithy, on-the-mark narrative description mark this breathtaking thriller that will have you alternating between holding your breath in dread or gasping in horror. There is action enough for the most rabid action junkie, but at the same time, Belanger does a credible job of fleshing out the mental and emotional map of his characters.
The story could well have been taken from today’s headlines, and will leave the reader wondering about what really goes on behind the brick walls of academia. I finished a free review copy of this book in one sitting – and look forward to seeing Belanger’s next offering.
A piece of advice: if you’re prone to heart problems, you might want to avoid this book – it’s guaranteed to put a strain on your ticker.
A solid four-star book!