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Enhancement (Black Market DNA Book 1) Kindle Edition

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Length: 299 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled


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Other Black Market DNA Books:
Maligant (Black Market DNA 2)
Variant (Black Market DNA 3)
Fatal Injection (A Black Market DNA Novella)

Also by Anthony J Melchiorri:
The Tide
The God Organ
The Human Forged

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Other Black Market DNA Books:

Malignant (Book #2)
Variant (Book #3)
Fatal Injection (A Black Market DNA Novella)

Also by Anthony J Melchiorri:

The God Organ
The Human Forged
            

Product Details

  • File Size: 2687 KB
  • Print Length: 299 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Thunderbird Media; 1 edition (June 27, 2014)
  • Publication Date: June 27, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00L00LWBU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Anthony J Melchiorri is a writer and scientist living in Maryland. He spends most of his time researching and developing cellular therapies and artificial organs when he isn't writing or reading.

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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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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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The story opens during a prison riot where our protagonist, Chris Morgan, is desperate to escape the melee. In the process, he is stabbed repeatedly before a fellow prisoner shows up to protect him from further onslaught. After recuperating in the prison medical ward, Chris returns to his cell to discover a new bunkmate. Unlike his previous companion, who listened to Chris' ramblings about genetics and biochemistry and spent his own time endlessly journaling, the newcomer gives Chris cause for pause. However, just when he's convinced he'll never get another full night's sleep, the warden announces an early release.

The one caveat? He must either take a questionable position offered by a mysterious businessman or secure gainful employment within the next thirty days or he'll be right back with the terrifying cellmate. With a conviction involving black market genetics hanging over his head, Chris finds himself nearing the end of freedom when no one in the field will hire him, thus forcing him into accepting the businessman's proposition.

Yet things aren't so bad. Chris quickly delves into the lab work, finds friends among co-workers, and soon garners a girlfriend. But it all dissipates when the past returns to haunt him. One-by-one friends old and new turn up dead. The only common link? Chris.

Or so he thought.

Enhancement starts off well. The prison riot, Chris' stabbing and sudden release, revisiting the past with determination not to repeat it - all came together to immediately offer up Chris as the sympathetic character who wishes to right the wrongs in an industry run amok, where men and women can become physically stronger and more attractive than nature intended. But only for a price.
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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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