The Atlantis Gene
by A. G. Riddle
David Vale used to be Andrew Reed and is a highly trained operative with a bug up his ass about the perpetrators of 9-11. Kate Warner is a doctor who is trying to treat autistic children with gene therapies to abate or correct their autism. I have a huge problem with that part of the story.
The Imari are the off shoot of an even older tribe of humans called the Imaru. They seek to spike mankind’s next great evolutionary leap forward by either killing off most of the population with a plague or finding the…Atlantis Gene.
Not going to throw anymore spoilers out there for those of you who still want to read or listen to this work. I listened to this and that is why I did not end before fifty percent. Let me just say that this was a really complex story with lots of points of view.
My problem here is that I do not like to give negative reviews but anything I get past fifty percent on is getting a review. I listened to the entire book.
The plot and back stories are overly complex and rushed in delivery, not the narrator’s fault. There is like a hundred and forty some chapters because the author bounced around from POV to POV. Any plot that ties in the World Trade Center terrorist events of 9-11 to an organization seeking to make Nazi super soldiers…I’m going to state that it is still too soon to be writing this kind of alternate view. Lastly this business about autistic persons having to be treated as if they are diseased or need to be cured is absurd and I guarantee would piss off a lot of people in the autistic community.
Going to give this thing three stars overall and that is for the Narrator. By the way, the ending is a trite clean up and very unsatisfying.
Things to do in Denver When You’re Un-dead
by Mark Everett Stone
Agent Kal Hakala is a ten year veteran agent of the BSI, Bureau of Supernatural Investigations. This in itself is somewhat supernatural in that the mean life expectancy of a BSI agent is two years. His team is called to Denver to quell or eradicate a herd of zombies and they stay around because supernatural events happen in clusters.
As it happens Kal has been preparing for this career all his life, or at least since the age of fifteen. That was when he saw his sister brutally murdered by the Finnish version of cthulu called Iku-Turso. What saved him and is family was the intervention of a government agency; let’s just call them the Men in Grey. They don’t make you forget but they do lay a spell on you that will prevent you from spilling the beans.
Upon growing up he finds a card that an agent had given him and his rage resurfaces leading him to make…rash career and life choices. That is the end of the potential spoilers. The story is excellent and comes off kind of like a SWAT team for the X-files and Supernatural. There are zombies, witches, ghouls, Renfields and Vampires. Oh yeah, Brownies in a miniature Winnebago.
The action is violent and people get killed in gruesome ways so this is not a bedtime story for your kids…or fragile adults with disorders. Four out of five satisfaction points are thus awarded.
iFeel (The Vis Vires Trilogy)
by Marissa Carmel
The book, iFeel, is the first book of a trilogy not yet completed by Marissa Carmel. Liv is an almost crippled twenty one year old woman who due to her condition avoids crowds of any size. She has no idea of her potential powers due to the fact that her family, friends and society have conditioned her to belief she suffers from mental illness. She begins her journey to understand her powers and world mostly beyond human perception on her twenty first birthday when she meets her protector Justice. As she is introduced to the other world she becomes the target of a being that would feed on her energy and the adventure continues.
There appears to be a lot of borrowing and rearranging of popular franchise fodder in this work but that is good because it keeps the fans fed. Those who would take the opportunity to read this might want to play spot the cross-over. I enjoyed the book as I think most fans of popular supernatural fiction will today.