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The Caline Conspiracy: (A Detroit Next novel) by [Mead, M.H.]
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About the Author

M.H. Mead is the shared pen name of Alex Kourvo and Harry R. Campion. The authors live and work in Michigan, where they are hard at work on their next book. Visit their website at MHMead.com to learn about their novels and short stories.

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  • File Size: 710 KB
  • Print Length: 214 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0983780110
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Ion Productions (March 16, 2012)
  • Publication Date: March 16, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007LNNHMW
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By Angie Boyter VINE VOICE on July 7, 2013
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Calines are genetically engineered to be the perfect pet---until Madeline, caline creator Dr. Ivan Frithke's own perfect pet, apparently viciously attacks and murders him. To the police the case is an obvious one, but Frithke's widow refuses to believe that the family's beloved companion has committed the murder and hires single-mom PI Aidra Scott to find the real murderer and save Madeline from euthanasia.
The set-up is intriguing; the clues are fair; the suspense is well-done; and, VERY important to a good mystery, the denouement is very believable. Unlike all too many bargain-priced books, I had no urge to get out my blue pencil to correct the grammar and punctuation. There is even a set of Reader's Discussion questions that makes you think about some of the ethical issues raised in the book, in case you were too busy enjoying the story while you were reading! This was a very nice find for mystery lovers and SF fans.
My understanding is that this book is set in the same future as other books by this author but has a new protagonist. It sounds like it could be the first in a series featuring PI Aidra Scott. I hope so!
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I don't read thrillers a lot, even though I watch crime shows like it's my job. So this was a nice treat. It grabbed me from the very beginning. The near-futuristic world is carefully crafted, filled with little details don't necessarily have huge plot significance, but make the world feel absolutely real. It's a world I hope to visit again. Aidra is a snappy, confident heroine with some issues of her own. I thought the thing with her old dog was a little sappy until the true story came out about why she was so broken up over it--then it all made sense. The plot is nonstop. Every time you think you're hitting a breakthrough, Mead throws in another wrench. It was exciting and beautifully well-written. I look forward to their next work.

plot . 5/5
Breakneck. You're thrown into the world of private investigation and right away, the action picks up. There were certain characters that didn't really come full circle, like the spinner (like a tabloid writer) who gets his butt handed to him by Aidra, but it was a fun little scene that shows you a lot about her character. After that, everything was fluid. We follow Aidra as she follows leads with the delightfully snarky Morris, gets into trouble with the religious fundamentalists, has a sexy (and surprising) rendezvous with the smooth-talking geneticist Edo. And then it's a race to the finish. Some of the plot had the potential to feel deus ex machina, but Mead did a good job of keeping the consequences realistic. My only snag is at the end, because I feel like the widow's actions would have been different. But judge for yourself.

concept . 5/5
I was a little iffy at first. Some huge conspiracy about dogs? Seemed a little over-the-top.
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I got this book expecting more of a high-tech thriller but instead discovered it was a mystery with a futuristic theme. It turned out to be just as engaging and I was lost in the story immediately. This two-author team has a great thing going! The writing is top notch and blissfully free of any jarring mistakes.

This is one of the better mystery stories I've read; I was trying to second-guess the plot and kept getting it wrong! The action near the end of the story is captivating and had me reading until 2 am because I couldn't put it down.

Well worth the read!
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Behind the cutest, most coveted bio-engineered pet in the world lies a secret.

Is it the brutal murder than opens this story? Or is it something entirely different and equally distasteful?

When his own pet tears out his throat, killing geneticist Ivan Frithke, it sends shock waves through the engineered-pet industry and places a death sentence on the loving caline Madeline that her co-owner refuses to accept. She hires PI Aidra Scott to prove the caline's innocence and Aidra hires Morris the hacker to help.

M.H. Mead's earlier novel FATE'S MIRROR features these same two characters. THE CALINE CONSPIRACY is a prequel, with most of the action resting on Aidra's shoulders this time.

Emotionally captivating and with engaging characters (including the caline, which most resembles a dog), fast-paced and well written, this science fiction-cum-murder mystery novel works.

If you liked FATE'S MIRROR you will like THE CALINE CONSPIRACY. And if you've never read FATE'S MIRROR you'll like THE CALINE CONSPIRACY.
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A simple question: Are we too nuts about our pets? Mead suggests that, yes, sometimes we humans are. THE CALINE CONSPIRACY is set in the future, but the seeds of the question are present today with designer pets, genetic manipulation, cloning efforts and the bizarre nature of pet boutiques. Horrendous events happen around the world, but to really get people charged up about it and involved, have an innocent dog endangered.

Which is not to say that this story is lecture or some kind of lofty treatise about the skewed nature of people and pets. It's not. It's a story and it's a darned good one. With humor, genuine emotion, terrific characters and honestly depicted situations, Mead tells a rollicking, exciting tale about murder and the love people feel for animals, and how love, when taken to extremes, can be very dangerous.

Best parts? Morris the uber-cyberhacker; Aidra the not quite pulled together and sometimes too sentimental private eye; and Madeline, a genetically engineered perfect pet who is far, far more than she seems. And oh yeah, great dialogue, fast action, and a lively writing style.

Also recommended is FATE'S MIRROR and GOOD FENCES, both starring Morris the hacker.
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