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Enhancement (Black Market DNA Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Anthony J Melchiorri
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Baltimore's latest crime epidemic is illegal genetic enhancements. Convicted dealer Christopher Morgan swears off black market genetics for good. Before he's even released from prison, he finds himself on a hit list. Someone wants him dead and he has no idea why.

Once released, Chris takes the first job he's offered. But, soon after, the new boss at his lab is murdered. Chris fears it has something to do with his past—and so do the police. He enlists the help of a close colleague, Tracy Harrow, to clear his name and search for answers. They discover a shocking connection between Chris and the other names on the hit list. In a perilous race against time, Chris and Tracy realize that far more is at stake than just Chris's life.



ENHANCEMENT is a mystery-thriller about illegal genetic engineering, a medical conspiracy, and the abuse of advanced technology.

The first story of future crime, suspense, and genetic engineering mystery in Anthony J Melchiorri's Black Market DNA series has been remastered, re-edited, and re-enhanced since its original publication!


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Also by Anthony J Melchiorri
The God Organ
The Human Forged

About the Author

Anthony J Melchiorri is a writer and biomedical engineer living in Maryland. He spends most of his time developing cardiovascular devices for tissue engineering to treat children with congenital heart defects when he isn't writing or reading. Read more at http://anthonyjmelchiorri.com and sign up for his mailing list at http://bit.ly/ajmlist to hear about his latest releases and news.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2682 KB
  • Print Length: 300 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Thunderbird Media; 1 edition (June 27, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00L00LWBU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #214,156 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing debut in speculative fiction! June 23, 2014
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This gripping story follows the (mis)adventures of Christopher Morgan, as he not only survives a prison riot, but is rather unexpectedly thrust back into the outside world, where he cannot escape his past in producing and selling illegal genetic enhancements. He has to confront conspiracy, romance, intrigue, violence, and a whole lot more on the way to reclaiming a bit of normalcy in his life.

The author excels at capturing the world that Christopher Morgan experiences, a Baltimore in the not-so-distant future. He manages to create a truly immersive atmosphere that perfectly complements the story and stops short of boring the reader with excessively detailed descriptions. The futuristic setting is very believable, with regard to the central biotechnological elements no doubt helped by the author's background in biomedical engineering. Importantly, the futuristic aspects only serve to enhance the story rather than stealing the spotlight away from it.

While the portrayal of the thoughts and feelings of the protagonist doesn't always quite measure up to the same standard, it retains sufficient depth to make Chris a very relateable character. The major characters he encounters are similarly more or less well-rounded -- while some are definitely either on the white or black end of the spectrum, none (with one very forgivable major exception) fall entirely into either category, and the antagonists have logical motives for their deeds. Indeed, the reader can never be quite sure what shade of grey a character might be until the very end.

This is reflected in the story itself, which leaves the reader (and Chris) guessing throughout, as befits a well-crafted mystery. As Chris uncovers more and more clues, they are never quite what the reader might have expected.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great plot with surprising twists June 25, 2014
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A friend recommended the book, and 99 cents is a bargain for the entertainment value. I'd pay $8-$10 for a novel of this length & detail, and I've read many of that price which were of lower quality than this one!

I enjoyed the main character's struggles to make sense of the conspiracy swirling around him, and the plot still had several unexpected turns. If you've ever been to Baltimore then you'll appreciate his descriptions of visitor attractions and communities. The technical details and the encrypted journal entries are a great part of the story. I like the way that the ending left the protagonist's life still a little unsettled as he re-integrated with society.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A world all too possible November 3, 2014
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Maryland author Anthony J Melchiorri, originally from Normal, Illinois and holds two degrees - Biomedical Engineering and English from the University of Iowa and eventually completing his doctoral in Bioengineering at the University of Maryland. Two degrees, two pathways. As a Biomedical Engineer he develops cardiovascular devices for tissue engineering to treat children with congenital heart defects, working with 3D printing technologies among other aspects of this scientifically advanced and advancing arena of study. The other pathway is in your hands - his is an aficionado of science fiction writing and in addition to previously reviewed THE HUMAN FORGED he has penned THE GOD ORGAN, a novella SHIPWRECKED IN SIBERIA, and this book ENHANCEMENT: A BLACK MARKET DNA THRILLER.

Anthony Melchiorri understands how to build a scene - gradually, introducing atmosphere, paraphernalia pertinent to the story, and identifiable characters. The subtitle of this thriller (along with an appreciation of the author's career background) A BLACK MARKET DNA THRILLER should offer a strong clue as to the storyline of this novel - illegal genetic engineering. To be brief, the author's summary highlights the theme: 'In the year 2058, Baltimore's latest crime epidemic is illegal genetic enhancements. Convicted dealer Christopher Morgan swears off black market genetics for good. Before he's even released from prison, he finds himself on a hit list. Someone wants him dead and he has no idea why. Once released, Chris takes the first job he's offered. But, soon after, the new boss at his lab is murdered. Chris fears it has something to do with his past--and so do the police. He enlists the help of a close colleague, Tracy Harrow, to clear his name and search for answers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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I really enjoyed this fast-paced techno-thriller. It was the first book in a long time that I wanted to read all in one day! It's a perfect vacation read, whether you're on the beach or on a flight. It's quick to get into and the story progresses very quickly. I enjoy the twists, which kept me engaged all the way through the epilogue. The story included some futuristic details that were plausible and not too heavy handed. You don't have to be a big science fiction fan to get into the book, it's perfect for all lovers of thrillers! When I finished the novel, I immediately wanted to read the next novel by Anthony J Melchiorri! I can't wait for it to come out!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well Written and Structured July 15, 2014
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I am not a fan of sci-fi and didn’t have high hopes for this novel set in Baltimore in 2058. I was wrong – mystery and adventure are the key components.

The story begins in a prison where the protagonist, Chris Morgan, has been incarcerated for manufacturing and distributing illegal genetic enhancements. Melchiorri opens the book with strong action that immediately entices the reader to bond with his protagonist. Chris, a research engineer, finds himself paroled early, a condition of which is his ability to find work. Due to his past illegal conduct, he has limited options in his field and must accept a businessman’s shady proposition. Clearly, there’s a price to be paid for the job offer, but it’s not immediately disclosed, which keeps the reader guessing.

The supporting characters, particularly Tracy, are strong and well crafted. Melchiorri writes dialogue with very few tags, using a character’s action to denote the speaker. This is an interesting technique that developed characters and moved the storyline along at a nice pace. More detailed descriptions of some setting and explanations for the purpose of futuristic devices, such as the “comm card”, would have added to the reader’s immersion in the plot. Overall, Enhancement: Black Market DNA is well crafted and a solid story.

I received an ARC to review.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting and Action-packed Adventure
Okay, so I read this in the time span of a couple days. I enjoy reading thrillers that provide an interesting technological edge or some hint of things that could some day be a... Read more
Published 4 days ago by Jack Redman
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun read!
This is a great storyline, very interesting and fun to see what will happen next. Likeable characters that get into a lot of trouble! Read more
Published 11 days ago by Terry
4.0 out of 5 stars Enhancements/ a DNA tale
I received this book free in return for an honest review. The story is about a bioengineer who, due to circumstances, becomes involved in some shady dealings and murder. Read more
Published 15 days ago by MED
4.0 out of 5 stars GOOD READ!
this is a very good book to read for anyone who likes medical thrillers with lots of awesome action!! i dont write reviews telling what its about just how good or bad it is. Read more
Published 21 days ago by pamela brooks
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. For reviews, I don't tell much because I don't want to ruin the book for other people. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Christine
5.0 out of 5 stars lots of action and suspense in a near future
I really enjoyed this book. It didn't take long for me to be on the hook of this story full of action and suspense. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Dana Schellig
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read. A great story line with twists that ...
I received thus book for free in exchange for an honest review. Excellent read. A great story line with twists that I didn't see coming even when I should have. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Genetics for a price?
What price are we willing to place on "good" genes or "enhanced" genes? Some stories are straight-forward while others are willing to explain and entertain. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Carol j Montgomery-Taylor
4.0 out of 5 stars GMO for/or DNA...?
An intriguing story, especially good for a first novel. Kept my interest thru-out. With more writing under author's belt, some of the rough edges should get smoothed out. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lou
5.0 out of 5 stars as a former biology teacher I found this book very good, even if you...
I received a copy of this book for an honest review, as a former biology teacher I found this book very good, even if you do not have knowledge of DNA this is a great read, strong... Read more
Published 1 month ago by leo hinkle
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Anthony J Melchiorri is a writer and biomedical engineer living in Maryland. He spends most of his time developing cardiovascular devices for tissue engineering to treat children with congenital heart defects when he isn't writing or reading.

Read more at http://anthonyjmelchiorri.com and sign up for his mailing list at http://bit.ly/ajmlist to hear about his latest releases and news.

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