I don't read very many comics (do they call them comics still?),but when I saw the premise for this series I could not resist. "Tony Chu is Cibopathic, which means he gets psychic impressions from whatever he eats."
The only thing that he can eat and not be subjected to a Johnny Mnemonic download overload moment are beets.
I like beets, but I know that it wouldn't take me long to develop a passionate abhorrence of the rather unique taste of that particular vegetable. Too much of a good thing is well...too much of a good thing.
Tony works for the FDA in a world where poultry, due to an epidemic of "Avian Flu", has become an illegal commodity on a level with heroin. Naturally a black market for chicken becomes vibrantly alive to fulfill the sudden desperate desires of a poultry starved population. It is Tony's job to take down traffickers and keep the world safe from a recurrence of another devastating epidemic.
My favorite character is Mason Savoy, a charmer, a foodie, extremely competent, and the villain. He is also Cibopathic. Mason has possession of Tony's ear and is willing to use it (You'll have to read the book.) if Tony gets to be too much of a problem.
Tony has a partner named John Colby with half a cybernetic face after an unfortunate accident in an illegal chicken kitchen. He is not a straight and narrow by the book cop, but he does have Tony's back when he needs it most.
There are a host of supporting actors that are not only interesting, but provide key roles that give buoyancy to the plot. One of my favorites was Lin Sae Woo. An extremely curvy, bad ass gal that works for the Department of Agriculture. (I'm hopeful of a resurrection later in the series.)
I know with the percentage of people who do not like beets I've probably insured, by putting such a healthy bowl at the start of this review, that this review will not receive any attention. I want to say to those strong willed enough to get passed the beets that I heartily enjoyed this book. I laughed out loud. I deformed my face into several universal signs of disgust. I found the dialogue clever and refreshing. I have volume two on my next book order.