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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!
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.Read more ›
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!
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The Caline Conspiracy, by M. H. Mead is set in the same world as their earlier novel, Fate’s Mirror. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Deborah J. Ross
M.H. Mead does and excellent job in contemplating the possibilities of genetic engineering, from endearing to terrifying. Read morePublished on May 22, 2014 by LaureEdwardsReminick
I loved Madeline!
This was extremely well written with good strong lading lady - no two leading ladies ! Brought up some very interesting questions about genetics. Read more
I usually avoid stories that involve animals, I generally dislike how writers use them as characters. Read morePublished on July 15, 2013 by brendanstallard
Although the first few chapters were a tiny bit slow, it quickly picked up and found it's pace. By the end I was absolutely riveted. I read on average two to three books per week. Read morePublished on July 13, 2013 by Kindle Customer
I did enjoy reading this novel, especially the thoughts the story provoked about the morals of genetic cloning and recombination of DNA.Published on July 5, 2013 by Harphorse
Interesting projections of current scientific breakthroughs into a near future world. Wholly believable and captivating. I'll look for more offerrings from M.H. Mead.Published on July 5, 2013 by Kathleen Collins
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