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Adopted Son [Kindle Edition]

Dominic Peloso
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)

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Book Description

What would you do...
...if it were your child?

The invasion has begun.
An invasion not from the stars but from within our wombs. All over the world children are being born…different. Their features are alien, their DNA isn’t human, their loyalties are unknown. As scientists, spies, and regular citizens race to make sense of this new disease they find themselves asking the same question: Is this the first wave of an alien assault on Earth?

Novelist and bioterrorism expert Dominic Peloso weaves a complex tale of alien invasion, environmental catastrophe, and societal upheaval, in a world not too removed from our own. Adopted Son perfectly blends hard sci-fi with biting political and social commentary to create a truly modern literary masterpiece that transcends genres.

Product Details

  • File Size: 467 KB
  • Print Length: 338 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: The Invisible College Press, LLC (May 1, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0080JK3FU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #303,655 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful surprise November 28, 2012
By Mirrani
When I signed up for the member giveaway from this author, I had been promised a different book, but got this one in its place. At first I wasn't sure I was going to enjoy it, because I thought that the plot was going to be filled with alien encounters, battles and viruses that were destined to take over human-kind. But this book turned into so much more. The balance between what is human and what is not is the true subject of this story. Are we human because we have a physical look like all the other humans on earth or are we human because of what we believe in? Can it really be that being human is more about our art forms and history than our genetic makeup?

This is a wonderful story for the mind as well as the heart. I deeply enjoyed the way the lives of each of the characters played out and how the conclusion simply brought up more things to contemplate about humanity. I wasn't fond of the idea of the story jumping from the future to the past and some of the location descriptions I felt were a little over the top ridiculous, but overall, I would highly recommend this book not just to sci-fi fans, but to anyone who is interested in contemplating the very essence of humanity.

Note: Though this book was a free gift from the author, the content of my review was in no way influenced by the gifting. The book speaks for itself and my review would have been worded just this way even if I'd gone out and bought it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unforgettable Read-The Depths of Humanity May 4, 2013
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Normally I begin to to forget details days after reading a book, but this one is still pretty fresh in my memory. Women begin having babies that are not quite human and the epidemic is growing. The government tries to ignore it and denies the severity of the problem. They eventually begin to acknowledge the problem but go about handling this in the wrong ways. Society panics. The children are feared and ostracized. This book shows the extremes humanity will resort to including institutions, concentration camp-like environments, the society ostracization furor like Adam White (when AIDS was first discovered), Jim Crow-like laws, etc. While it is a heartbreaking story, it is still a book of hope for the human race.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well thought out November 15, 2012
I got this through LibraryThing's Member Giveaway and really enjoyed it. The author uses an interesting spin on the alien invasion story to talk about discrimination and human rights. The timeline jumps around a bit but this is a well thought out story with engaging characters. I typically read little Sci-Fi, but this doesn't really qualify as that. I recommend it to anyone.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting story but writing needs improvement May 26, 2013
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The upside: The book is interesting and you do want to keep reading to find out the ending. There are also a number of engaging and sympathetic characters that draw you into their particular story.

The downside: Character actions don't always feel like they fit into the personalities developed through the story. The plot of the book constantly jumps around through time and location, which can be interesting in novels but here seemed more disjointed and confusing than a helpful plot device. There were a few errors where character's names or pronouns were mixed up and following that paragraph relies more on context clues than the actual sentences written. Finally, the style of writing switches a few times throughout the book which I didn't mind all that much, but from other reviews I've read on Amazon, seems to drive some people crazy so that was really just an FYI for those people.

Overall for a free book on Amazon, it was interesting and I don't regret the time I spent reading it. I thought the ending negated the entire story but that is my individual reaction that I don't necessarily think other readers would share and shouldn't be the deciding factor for people thinking about reading it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great take on an age old worry February 10, 2013
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I was taken with this book from the very beginning. What an amazing idea for the age old story of aliens and those that are different. I couldn't put this book down! If your into the unknown and the strength of society then this is the book for you!! You won't regret this read!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting and thought proviking read April 19, 2013
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This is the first book I have read by Dominic Peloso and I do not believe it will be my last.
I really enjoyed this book and how the author spaced things out in the book. I also think he hit head on with the government cover ups, etc that was done until they were forced to face the truth and reveal them to the public. If you are interested in reading about aliens, etc this book is probably for you, I know it was for me when I first started reading it and I really had no idea how it would actually end until the end. Great read.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Read May 1, 2013
By Jam-i
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This is a wonderful exploration of discrimination and ultimately assimilation... Well crafted - this story spans decades of change as humankind experiences a viral alien invasion. I found the book fascinating and well written. Although the ending is a tad predictable, this is great Sci-Fi with a distinctive twist...
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful novel April 5, 2013
By Daphne
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Adopted Son is a wonderfully sad look at humanity. It is sweet, sad, funny and heartbreaking by turn....but all too plausible in its treatment of how mankind reacts to threats, real and imagined. In the end, it is a book of hope that I had trouble putting down once I began to read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Very we'll done!
This is a moving story and not at all what you may think at the beginning. Read to the end and you won't be disappointed.
Published 14 days ago by Jared H. Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars very enjoyable book
I very much enjoyed this book.

It was a great twist on the alien invasion design. One that could be put fourth to other continents.
Published 1 month ago by Damion Legan
5.0 out of 5 stars Not "another" alien story!
READ THIS BOOK. I can honestly say I do not normally read a novel that has aliens as the central plot. Read more
Published 1 month ago by yoghibaby
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting plot, confusing organization
The book jumps back and forth in time, which makes it difficult to follow events and characters. And if the book had a reason for the disjoints, it would be understandable. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Rob Whitney
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read
This book was unlike any I've ever read. Great writing, had everything in it including an awesome ending. You won't be sorry if you buy this book. Read more
Published 2 months ago by zoogirl0
4.0 out of 5 stars A page turner!
I got this book for free on kindle buffet one day, and usually free books can be pretty cheesy, but what a pleasant surprise! Read more
Published 4 months ago by LilTurtleBug
2.0 out of 5 stars interesting concept, needs rewrite and editing
I really tried hard to like this book enough for three stars... the concept is terrific. But... the writing is still at roughly the second-draft stage, which means it needs either... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Lynn
3.0 out of 5 stars I wanted to like this book...
Correction - I liked this book, but just wasn't crazy how the author decided to write it. The ideas put forth are great, and would make a great page-turner. Read more
Published 5 months ago by BookEmDale
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.

This was an interesting story. I did read it fairly quickly but it wasn't one of those can't put it down type of... Read more
Published 6 months ago by m pollard
4.0 out of 5 stars good read
Interesting outcome, simply written interesting plot. Abit stereotyped, could have used elaboration towards the end.interested in a sequel when avaliable.
Published 6 months ago by Teo46
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More About the Author

Dominic Peloso worked for over ten years as a bioterrorism and policy analyst for the U.S. government. He no longer does this. Now he lives in Alaska, but in the rainy part, not the cold part.

First World Problems in an Age of Terrorism and Ennui is his third prose novel and was published by Dark Mountain Books. His first novel, City of Pillars, and his second novel, Adopted Son are available from The Invisible College Press.

He is also the author of a depressing mixed-media comicstrip-esque photography project called Tiny Ghosts, which is found at:

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