by Doc Lucky Meisenheimer
Published by LJS&S Publishing, May 2011
1973 Herbert Boyer produces the first transgenic bacterial organism.
1991 Herman the bull becomes the first transgenic mammal.
2000 Transgenic rabbit fluoresces green.
2004 Florigen produces the first blue rose by genetic engineering.
2007 Translucent “see through” frogs created by Japanese scientists.
2010 Hundreds of genetically modified organisms now exist.
In the not too distant future a biological crisis of epic proportions threatens the world. Genetically manufactured creatures, named airwars, attack and kill at random. Attacks on airwars result in the reproductive release of thousands of juveniles, which exponentially increase the airwar population hampering attempts at extermination.
A hastily formed world government, although having captured and sequestered the airwar’s creator, appears more effective in consolidating power than managing the crisis.
Hope emerges when a navy admiral discovers there are individuals born genetically immune to the deadly stings of the creatures. As the immunes struggle to protect humanity, they bemoan escalating governmental control. The admiral dismisses their concerns imploring focus on the creatures not politics.
There is, though, one key immune with the intelligence and leadership to look beyond the crisis. Consumed with exacting revenge against the airwars’ creator he remains oblivious. As the government unfolds its secret plans to end the crisis the destined future of humanity may well rest on his shoulders.
Please don’t judge this book by its cover. I know it doesn’t look like much, and I have voiced my opinion of it to the publicist in the hopes that they will change it for future editions. But for now, know that this is one that if you dismiss it because of the cover, you are missing out on a tremendous story.
I have to honestly say had I come across this in the bookstore, I wouldn’t have given it a second glance, but Victoria, Meisenheimer’s publicist, was at ArmadilloCon this year and told me about it and hooking me on the book. And from page one to the last, I was drawn into this book, the writing, the characters, all of it.
What starts out as a government plot to keep those in power safe from the airwar attacks and leading the general population with an ineffective plan of ‘leave them alone, they’ll leave you alone’ attitude, soon becomes not only a great depiction of our leading powers the world over, but a window into the way people of all ages and backgrounds would react to such events if they should happen in the future. Genetic manipulation is a very real and potentially dangerous act with many unknown consequences. Not that there aren’t benefits, but there is always the good and the bad side of things.
Meisenheimer uses his extensive knowledge as a champion swimmer and his medical background to delve deeply into the world he creates bringing the characters and the threats to life. His style of writing moves quickly, but doesn’t lack in details which enable the reader to vividly see the events as they unfold. Keeping you on edge and just when you think you’ve got it figured out, he swings in with a twist and throws you right back to the edge of your seat.
As I said in the beginning, I’m not a fan of the cover and it does not do the story between it justice, but if you can put aside the cover, the book is more than well worth your time to read it.
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