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- Print Length: 297 pages
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- Publication Date: March 13, 2017
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B06XKTGS5N
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One mark of a good book is that it can provoke feelings. This one brought out some strong feelings for sure, mostly anger. I think the corruption you see within the biotechnology company is reminiscent of what we have going on in our pharmaceutical community, and it's truly sickening. They do what they want when they want and how they want. People don't seem to matter.
Anyway, the book itself is very well written, and is something I would recommend. I was hooked on the first page, and each chapter ended just the right way that made me want to keep going. Towards the end I really struggled to put it down.
Antimone is a paraplegic and confined to a wheel chair as a result of a traffic accident. She is pregnant by a rape that occurs at a party under the influence of drugs. No woman on Earth has survived pregnancy and child-birth in nearly twenty years…the future of the human race is threatened by a virus that remains dormant until childbirth and then kills the mother.
Rosalind Baxter is CEO of Ilithia Biotechnology Corporation. She and a colleague, Dr. Perrin are allegedly seeking a cure of the dread virus. However, Baxter has another agenda…and Jason, her son, together with Antimone and her baby, hold the key to the future…a future that Perrin’s son, Max, inadvertently and out of anger has simultaneously threatened and assured.
Decimation is a novel of wheels within wheels, plots within sub-plots and subversion at the highest level. The characters are fascinating. Antimone and Jason are very likable and it is easy to cheer for them. The reader will stay on the edge of their chairs with fear for Antimone and Jason. Rosalind is a madwoman and total narcissist by any definition. She is really easy to hate as is her security chief…until even he begins to question her judgement. Dr. Perrin is clueless and pathetic, blinded by his work. Max is an idiot who winds up playing a key role.
Decimation is a great thriller that is generally well-written and edited. It would be a great read for anyone who loves suspenseful books!
As an avid reader of all book genres, sometimes I feel my own reluctance as I approach the end of a book. A good ending seems to be quite an art of the pen and paper. When I realized Decimation was coming to a close, I braced. As I read the last paragraphs, I felt this author nailed the perfect ending. I would add the word satisfying except due to the nature of the ending, that would be a bit cruel on this readers part. He also was able to end the book, but leave it open enough for a sequel. I do hope there is a sequel Richard T. Burke.
It is the year 2032 and our main character is a teenaged female named Antimone she had been looking forward to competing in the Paralympics, but instead she is 9 months pregnant and has THE virus. This mutated virus caused women to die in childbirth. No mother has yet to survive childbirth. But there is always an exception. Can the exception be the key to finding the cure and save the human race? For this reason, the cure is a billion dollar race for ruthless drug companies to find the panacea so to speak.
I found this novel, unique, fast paced and somewhat disturbing with all the betrayal involved.
My only complaint about the book is that, it seems that technology would be a bit more advanced 15 years into the future than this novel portrayed.
I'll be waiting for the sequel.
A virus that will wipe out humanity - we hear scare stories every winter. Greed / corruption of the giant Pharma corps - choose your own media.
What Richard Burke has done is create a very believable plot, using characters that will emotionally move you and a lot of science that that could be frighteningly close to reality. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and be happy to recommend it for lovers of Sci-Fi thrillers not too far from the world we are in today. Well done Mr Burke.
Left this book feeling unsatisfied.