- Paperback: 262 pages
- Publisher: LeRue Press (2014)
- ISBN-10: 1938814029
- ISBN-13: 978-1938814020
- Average Customer Review: 17 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,371,407 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Darwin's Sword Paperback – 2014
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Some Things Should Be Left Alone... When: A research scientist is found dead at a genetic research lab, Jake Storm, the head of security begins to investigate. When: Dr. Jonathan Masters of Genetisource has many secrets that could jeopardize his relationship with the government benefactors he desperately needs. When: Masters has a terminal disease that has clouded his judgment. Involved in a secret government research project to create and clone the perfect soldier, he discovers a method that makes the bodies of the clones nearly indestructible. When: Storm and his team must race against time to stop the clone's murderous rampage while trying to escape the government's attempts to keep the research viable and a secret.
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The concept that drives this story was truly frightening and was presented in such a way that I could feel its chilling reality. Could this really happen? Therein lies the true horror.
I bought a copy of this at a book signing and for the most part, I enjoyed this book, but there were too many things which kept me from giving it a higher rating. Unlike Frankenstein's monster, Masters' monster, sad a character as he was, there was nothing I could sympathize with. It was evil and that was about all. Kept somewhat distanced from the reader by never being given an identity or name, his psyche wasn't defined until succinctly summed up by Jennifer in Chapter 41 when she explains his lack of humanity and social skills. Had he been given a more human side and his evil acts clearly shown as childish tantrums earlier on, the drama between good and evil would've contained so many more facets which could have enhanced the story's depth. Also, the writing quality seemed inconsistent--very well-stated, concise, and often poetic intermixed with awkwardly worded sentences and errors. And details. Lots and lots of details--some necessary, a great many more that probably could have been chucked out in order to keep the action from getting bogged down. I often found myself skimming over entire passages. Typical for the genre, the characters were a bit over-the-top. Everyone beautiful and gifted with prowess, both mental and physical.
Despite these flaws, Darwin's Sword is a decent read overall and Whitehead's knowledge of the subject matter came shining through.
I knew that I was going to enjoy this book as soon as I read the prologue which is written in such a descriptive and atmospheric manner that I could hear the rain as it bounced off the road and sloshed and riled down the gutters and into the drains. I could almost feel the water running off my head and down the back of my neck
The book is based on an evolution experiment thereby the pointer to Darwin and a scientists’ attempt to recreate life, in the form of a personal clone.
There are other reasons why he has used his own DNA but to say would give away part of the plot.
The consequences of tampering with the natural order of things become quickly apparent and the race is on.
The ‘MAD’ scientist is Dr Masters and the man in the white hat is Jake Storm an ex Special Services/CIA operative who now runs a large private security firms looking after a number of highly classified sites/organisations.
The main thrust of the tale is that of having created life, a possible homage to ‘Frankenstein’s monster’, it becomes impossible to control it and having imbued it with particular abilities makes the situation even worse.
At times we are reading parallel threads whilst Jake is trying to locate/save the doctor’s family and his compatriot is shadowing the clone.
This establishes an effective timeline, much like those in screen action pieces on television where you are watching the main story unfold whilst still being kept in the look as to what is happening elsewhere.
The story is well paced and the characters well rounded, with a selection of good guys, nearly good guys the odd useless bureaucrat and two or more bad guys.
Whist protecting the master’s family and trying to deal with the monster Jake and his team are in turn chased and harried by a team led by a team from one the many alphabet organisations that the USA has. Their mission is to obliterate all the evidence of the experiment that has become public by getting rid of the witnesses, while at the same time trying to gain access to the research for future use.
The Clone meanwhile is attempting to establish himself as the original and removing anyone, anything which contradicts that and also attempting to locate the Masters family so that he/it can set up home as part of confirming the identity.
There are a number of psychological problems relating to the good doctor, which have been ratcheted up in the clone and so lead him into acting in a violent way.
There are unfortunately a few editing errors that cause parts of the story to stutter and at least one story link appeared to be missing so that I had to re-read parts to make sure that I understood what was meant.
Although British I had no difficulty with any terms used. A good read which I would rate as 3 and I hope there is a sequel!
It's up to Jake Storm, the head of security for Genetisource, to not only solve the murder of one of the researchers, protect Dr. Masters' family members, and also stop the monster who seems unstoppable. Added to the suspense and drama are various government alphabet agencies, who are intent on placing the blame for the murder on Jake. As the body count continues to rise, Jake encounters more obstacles and a few surprises in his quest for justice for the dead and safety for those who remain.
I, also, asked myself at the end, if Whitehead left himself open for sequel. You be the judge. I would look forward to more from Mr. Whitehead.