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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

From the Author

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
            

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  • 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, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00L00LWBU
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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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Thomas W on 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Doug Nordman on 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 By L.E. Fraser on 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MsMartha on July 14, 2014
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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 By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 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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