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

Anthony J Melchiorri
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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!

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. 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 fast-paced thriller about illegal genetic engineering, a medical conspiracy, and the abuse of advanced technology.


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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.

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  • File Size: 1885 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
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #188,187 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
3.0 out of 5 stars Plot driven tale less pragmatic readers should enjoy November 12, 2014
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ENHANCEMENT, Black Market DNA, Volume 1, ISBN: 9781501050794, Thunderbird Media by Anthony J. Melchiorri is a Sci-fi thriller set in 2058.
We are introduced to Christopher Morgan as he is being knifed in a prison riot only to be saved by a huge inmate whom he barely knows. He recovers and is released a year early from prison as a result of intervention by a strange man who offers him a position that admittedly may require some illegal activity. He is particularly gifted in devising delivery methodology to incorporate genetic material into recipients for enhancement of various systems. Unhappy with having the company for which he worked gain the fruits of his labors he had developed others to sell on the black market, had been caught and incarcerated for theft of company technologies. Now wanting to `turn a new leaf', he takes time to consider the offer but after discovering that no company would hire him because of his past, and being pressured by his parole officer to find work, he accepts and goes to work for Respondent Technologies. Here he meets his new boss, Randy, immediate co-worker Tracy, and others and begins his routine. Matters progress satisfactorily until they become a little involved with Randy being murdered, Chris attacked and his old girlfriend Veronica possibly becoming a target. Tracy pushes him to find the reason and he finally seeks an old black market friend who although still involved, is doing so at a lower and less visually illegal level, thus leaving him less vulnerable. From this point the action escalates almost exponentially.
This is a strictly plot oriented story in which mystery abounds and sketchily designed characters often perform in an unexpected manner, the total escalating to an almost chaotic climax. A caveat for the more pragmatic reader - not your `cup of tea'.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Unenhanced
Enhancement was not as compelling as I had hoped. I was interested in the subject: illegal genetic engineering set in the near future in Baltimore, but the book itself was a... Read more
Published 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Starts slow but great story
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I enjoyed this book, the plot was exciting. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Lisa
5.0 out of 5 stars As I usually like to note
As I usually like to note, I love books like that one which start with some real action! In the beginning we can see Chris in prison and it is obvious that someone is trying to... Read more
Published 18 days ago by Mihail
4.0 out of 5 stars This work was an very good read! The author put forth an action-filled...
This work was an very good read!

The author put forth an action-filled story using a flow of character and event development which were filled with sufficient chaos to... Read more
Published 26 days ago by skdmayne
3.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't get into this book. The beginning or ...
I couldn't get into this book. The beginning or the characters, I guess weren't compelling to me. But the last 3rd of it was full of action and it was riveting.
Published 28 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Enhancement keeps you in suspense.
The book was easy to read. It was a good book that kept you guessing on what was going to happen. I could not put the book down and I read it at one sitting. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Pamela Braswell
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read! Highly recommended!
I don't usually get into detailed thriller futuristic stories but this one really drew me in. It was exceptionally well written, easy to understand and follow along with. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Holly Newhouse Guidry
4.0 out of 5 stars DNA Enhancements
A science thriller, the author does a great job of weaving a story about a scientist who has gotten into trouble doing illegal DNA enhancements. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Patricia L. Forsythe
4.0 out of 5 stars Good action and plot
Good action and plot. It kept you in suspense to the very end. I would strongly recommend it to other readers. I am looking forward to more from this author
Published 1 month ago by virginia monahan
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Opening Devolved into Murky Characters
The story opens during a prison riot where our protagonist, Chris Morgan, is desperate to escape the melee. Read more
Published 1 month ago by D A Bale
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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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