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"The Short Drop" by Matthew FitzSimmons
Meet the assassin The Washington Post calls "a doozy of a sociopath" in this debut thriller from Matthew FitzSimmons. Available on Kindle and in paperback.

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"A strange, intriguing, and gripping novel."  NORMAN BILBROUGH, author of A Short History of Paradise

"Deserves to be shelved next to the current breed of really good sci fi. It's a page turner with a message,"

"The science was mind blowing and the build to the story's climax was intense. You will read it thinking, 'Could this really happen?'"

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The facts behind the fiction

In 2001 scientists isolated the gene for regenerating damaged organs from the DNA of a
South American flatworm. Within five years it had been spliced into the chromosomes
of a rhesus monkey, transported through the cell walls by a retro-virus denuded of its own genetic material.

Attempting to regrow impaired or elderly tissues, a scientist will one day modify the DNA
of human beings by injecting the gene-carrying virus. It is just a matter of time.

Before consenting to treatment, you may want to ask a simple question: could there be
a situation in which you would want to die but were unable to do so?

Product Details

  • File Size: 724 KB
  • Print Length: 296 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: The Standing Hare Publishing Company; 2 edition (October 22, 2011)
  • Publication Date: October 22, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005YHZ9ZU
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William Knight is a journalist and technologist currently living and working in Wellington, New Zealand. A graduate engineer, he's chased a varying career starting in acting, progressing to music, enjoyed a brief flirtation with handbag design, and was eventually wired into technology in 1989.

By 2003 his non-fiction was being regularly published in Computing newspaper in the UK, and he has since written about the many successes and failings of high-technology for the Guardian, Financial Times and the BBC, among many others publications.

Generation, his first novel, was conceived from a New Scientist article in 2001 and has been ten years in development. His second Novel, Foretold, will be available in June 2012.

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Fair warning. I am NOT a math and science-minded person at all. In fact, I pretty much can't stand coming anywhere near a Doctor's office and refused to have anything to do with dissection in school. So what does this mean to you? Well, it means that I am at a bit of a disadvantage as I can't speak to the accuracy or plausibility of the medical/scientific stuff. Just sayin'.

What I can talk about is what I thought of the story as a whole and the journalism stuff. As you've seen from the description the book centers on British writer Hendrix Harrison, who works at a rag full of psuedo-science and conspiracy theories. I'm talking "Big Foot's Been Sighted" or "Elvis is Alive" kind of stories, although they do publish the occasional "respectable" piece. Hendrix ends up getting dragged into what is possibly one of the biggest (and most scandalous) stories involving a pharmaceutical company ever. The only problem is, the Doctor (Sarah Wallace) he wants to speak to won't have anything to do with him and his boss is on him constantly about tweeting thanks to a new social-media savvy owner.

Knight does a great job of portraying work place and academic politics. In fact, it's so dead on in some ways, it's depressing to think about as you watch Harrison get canned by a publisher who would rather bury an important story than face a team of lawyers. You feel Sarah's frustration as she attempts to figure out what's going on after having the university tie her hands. The book also poses some great questions about scientific breakthroughs. When is the price too high? Are there some things we shouldn't do, even though we can? I couldn't help but be drawn into the very disturbing story Mr. Harrison uncovers and I enjoyed the interactions between the characters. This one might not be for everyone (especially if you're squeamish) but I liked it. I'd definitely be interested in reading more of Mr. Knight's work.
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When I first heard about the book, I was a little hesitant about reading it. I read the blurb, took one look at the muy creepy cover, and thought, "Oh man, zombies." The blurb also mentioned words like sci-fi, crime and thriller, and I haven't read a single crime thriller in a long time, so I wasn't exactly in the mood for one. However, I decided to suck it up and give it a go as part of my personal reading and writing goals. WELL, I'm glad that I went ahead with it because it turned out to be even more interesting than I thought. Yes, it has sci-fi, crime, horror, and a little bit about the walking dead, and it was all GEWD.

First, let me say a little zomething about zombies. I am seriously terrified of zombies, or rather, the thought of zombies. I mean, I've seen the George Romero movies, the Resident Evil films, and Zombieland, and I thought they were gross, but really cool, too, in a way. It wasn't until I read this other book that the thought of the walking dead really freaked me out. The book was about the zombie apocalypse told through transcripts of interviews with survivors. For me it brought the zombie issue down to the individual level. It was about what people had to go through and had to do to survive. For me, imagining the personal horrors of these survivors was more terrifying than the actual zombies themselves.

Generation gave me a similar kind of feeling. Although the book isn't really about zombies, it talks about the scientific possibility of reanimation or regeneration of human cells--a concept that has already been widely used in many crime thrillers and zombie stories. In Generation, however, the author uses it in a slightly different way. Knight doesn't take the usual "OMG botched scientific research results to zombie hordes run for your lives!!" route.
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This is not a new theme for horror mysteries, although this has some unique and interesting details. I mean in general this is the story of a high-powered corporation doing everything possible to get a product to the mass market, while at the same time covering up the potential negative consequences or side effects produced by that product. In this case it is a pharmaceutical corporation's attempt to bring a regenerative youth serum based on a genetically modified virus to the public. So, if this is a theme used before, why give it five stars. In my case I really like this form of British horror fiction. Although a different genre, it reminds me so much of many of the Hammer films released in the 60's and 70's with Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee. They have a sort of sophistication that unwinds the horror without getting too brutally over-the-top. However, that doesn't mean the horror or violence is sanitized either. In this day of the brutal zombie story the reader is introduced to the undead as victim instead. There are no hordes of walking dead looking to devour human flesh, but a few poor victims unable to die, unable to communicate and left to witness and feel the rot of their own bodies and tortured with lingering memories of their former lives. The main character, and reporter for a scandal rag, Hendrix Harrison, stumbles upon the story when looking into the report of the tragic death of a young man in an auto accident. As he searches for details, little does he know that he is stirring up a hornets nest that will not only endanger himself, but many others with connections to the pharmaceutical company poised to release its new wonder drug. The other main character and later love interest for Hendrix, is Dr.Read more ›
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What happens when the dead don't leave?
Is this book really about your choices? Is it your choice to live in a state of horror? Or is it perhaps the choice of the company that sold you the treatment. Or perhaps the choice of the scientists that produced a morally questionable product that sold anyway regardless of risk or consequences?
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