Now gangs and beheadings would be enough to keep me up at night and the thought of an Al Qaeda-style crime syndicate from Central America rang alarm bells as I just wasn’t sure I would be able to keep reading and worried the author was playing up to a stereotype but it soon becomes clear Colon knows his own culture. You don’t realise the main character Nicky Negron from a Puerto Rican background is in face a vampire straight away in this hard-edged read. Or that he is fighting the monster vampire Simone who unlike Nicky has no morals. A vampire with morals? I ask you! This is a follow on from the first Sangre book and a little catch up is necessary although there’s not much to it thankfully and you could easily read this as a standalone. Sangre is written in first person and I thought the writing was strong but unlike a lot of vampire stories which are definitely YA this one is anything but as the themes are confronting and the author unflinching. I admit in the end I did feast on this book as it is original and unusual and really very noir.
Born in Spanish Harlem and raised by Puerto Rican parents in the South Bronx, Carlos Colón drew attention from his high school teachers with his penchant for storytelling. Before long, they nicknamed him Hemingway. After graduating from CUNY’ s Herbert H. Lehman College, Carlos dabbled in screenwriting for a few years before settling into the insurance business. Several decades later, Carlos returned to the entertainment world when he formed the retro rock ‘n’ roll band, the Jersey Shore Roustabouts. After twelve successful years performing live and producing two albums, the band moved on after their farewell concert in 2018.
Prior to that, 2016 saw the release of Carlos’ first novel, “Sangre: The Color of Dying”. It was later that year named as one of the Top Ten novels written by a Latino author. After receiving extraordinary praise from literary critics and the unexpected devotion of readers to his foul-mouthed, yet oddly endearing anti-hero, Nicky Negrón, Carlos knew he had little choice but to begin working on a sequel. In 2019, the follow up “Sangre: The Wrong Side of Tomorrow” was released and it received just as much praise as its predecessor. Readers are already hoping that there is a third installment in the works.
When not busy with his multiple projects, Carlos enjoys his private time living in the Jersey Shore area with Maria, his wife of 40 years, and their cat, Tuco.