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Project Cain Hardcover – September 3, 2013
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Fans of Barry Lyga’s I Hunt Killers (2012) know the travails of being the son of a serial killer. But what if you were the exact clone of a killer? That’s the horrific truth revealed to 16-year-old Jeff, who was created as a genetic replica of Jeffrey Dahmer. Worse: there’s a whole lab filled with young clones: Ted Bundy, John Wayne Gacy, and more. Even worse: six of them have escaped for the ultimate road-trip killing spree. Enter ex–Delta Force soldier Castillo, who is hired to roundup the teen psychos and takes Jeff along, at first because of Jeff’s insight into the situation, but later because Castillo starts to like the kid, regardless of his DNA. It’s a hell of an idea, though it’s less splashy than you’d expect, delivered in a numb, mostly dialogue-free narration that focuses on Jeff’s inner torment regarding what kind of man he is becoming. Info dumps on various killers (often with mug shots) are clunky but grimly fascinating. An adult companion novel, Cain’s Blood (p.00), tells the same tale (more fully) from Castillo’s viewpoint. Grades 9-12. --Daniel Kraus
"In PROJECT CAIN powerful newcomer Geoffrey Girard brings serious game with a novel that blends science and horror in a killer of a thriller. Highly recommended." -- Jonathan Maberry, bestselling author of FIRE & ASH and EXTINCTION MACHINE
"This book is an absolute grabber from the get go. Geoffrey Girard has taken an outrageous idea and made it utterly and terrifyingly believable. Fortified by solid historic and scientific foundations, the story is as convincing as it is frightening, with enough twists and surprises to keep even the most jaded reader captivated." -- Todd Strasser, bestselling author of THE WAVE and GIVE A BOY A GUN
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This book is unique, thrilling and well written. Geoffrey Girard is an impressive
story teller. I look forward to more of his work.
It's not a must buy book but I'm glad I bought & read it.
Much of this story is based on the duel between nature versus nurture, and this is a question young Jeff ponders throughout the story, all the while knowing who and what he is. His internal struggle is heartbreaking at times, as he wrestles with what he knows to be right and the monster others expect him to be. He even questions his own sanity, and it's a mighty heavy load for a 16-year-old to bear. The reader may even be conflicted about their own feelings toward Jeff, knowing who he is - which makes it an even better read.
This book has received several negative reviews in regards to the lack of dialogue and quotation marks, and telling instead of showing. The author states at the end of the book that "Project Cain is meant as a journal written by Jeff Jacobson a couple of months after the incidents of the story, and I simply don't believe he'd use quotation marks in such a journal." I completely agree. Do you use quotation marks when journaling? I don't, and seriously doubt a 16-year-old boy would either.
Project Cain made me question my beliefs about nature vs. nurture. It explores the inner workings of the mind of a sociopath and shows how he perceives the world, and tells the story of a teenage boy's struggle to figure out who and what he is. A compelling concept and an enthralling read.
Simon & Schuster, Sep 3 2013, $17.99
When Jeffrey Jacobson was five he was in an accident in which his mom died and his memory was negatively impacted. He has three photos of his mom and has been told for years that she loved him.
When he turned sixteen he learned the truth from his father Dr. Gregory Jacobson the geneticist. Eight years ago, Jeffrey was cloned as part of a project creating super combat soldiers from serial killers' DNA. His "father" was not the scientist, but Jeffrey Dahmer. Before he can be transferred from his "loving" home to the installation where he was made in Dahmer's image, Fed Castillo rescues Jeff. The serial killer's offspring agrees to help Castillo hunt down his peers who are living up to their infamous fathers; unaware that a new deadlier diabolical Dahmer pursues them.
This taut young adult thriller uses the premise that naturing in almost all cases supersedes nurturing as the bad DNA imprint overwhelms positive life lessons; which leaves fans to wonder whether Castillo should trust Jeff to have his back and not shoot his back. My husband, who worked for the Army, says the military would not want serial killers in the service; besides being loners psychologically unfit for a cohesive unit, think of the bad PR from news media telling grieving moms that their child died from a Dahmer clone killing Americans in a friendly fire incident. Mostly told from the shocked Jeff's perspective, teenage readers and older curious fans who have read the adult version (see Cain's Blood) will enjoy this cautionary tale.
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