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Project Cain Hardcover – September 3, 2013
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"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
“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, New York Times 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, Edgar Award nominee and bestselling author of The Wave and Give a Boy a Gun)
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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.
The Cain duo has a high-concept, ridiculous premise that's quite fun. A government project cloned serial killers to try to create a group of killers they could use. Some boys were treated normally, others were abused. Nature versus nurture put to the test. I recently heard someone say that most mad scientists in stories are actually mad engineers. Well, this is definitely a mad scientist - he's got some hypothesis. And Jeff Jacobson just discovered that he's the clone of Jeffrey Dahmer and his dad is, well, a mad scientist.
(Side note: It is hilarious that Jeff insists that unlike most teens he knows exactly what his dad does, that his dad is a scientist. Like there's only one kind of scientist.)
I was partially drawn to this novel because I'm still reeling from Derf Backderf's MY FRIEND DAHMER. The other part of me loves mad science and thrillers where two unlikely partners must join forces to save the day. Girard definitely kept the pages turning, which is exactly what this book needs. I thought some events where too glossed over. I think that's because they're expanded on in CAIN'S BLOOD. But this is a surprisingly internal read. Even the dialogue is rendered without quotes, the form implying the words are how Jeff perceives them, rather than a faithful copy of the speech.
Jeff, indeed, has much to process. At time his angst over possibly being a killer made me laugh, but that's because Jeff is a bit of a weenie.Read more ›
It's not a must buy book but I'm glad I bought & read it.
As crazy it makes me seem, though, I can’t stop singing the praises of Project CAIN to anyone who will listen. I’ve never read anything like it before, and everything about this book, from the spectacular cover to the unique premise, captivated me.
Girard’s book is just as spellbinding as it is creepy, and that’s saying a lot. I couldn’t help but be fascinated by the idea of a seemingly average teenager finding out that he’s not only capable of horrific violence, but predisposed to it. Imagine what such a revelation would do to your personal identity, how it would turn your world upside down. It’s the true question of nature versus nurture: can Jeff be his own man, or will he succumb to the pull of his DNA and become a monster, just like his genetic donor?
It’s a very peculiar experience to read a book where you’re scared of the narrator, as I was in Project CAIN. Although I sympathized with Jeff, pitying him for the shame, guilt, and self-loathing he feels, I couldn’t help but be wary of him. Knowing what his genetic donor had done and what Jeff himself was therefore likely to do made me want to keep my distance. I was nervous, waiting for Jeff to snap, like he was a ticking time bomb just waiting to be set off.
I’ve read all sorts of books about tortured young men trying to fight the monster within, but I’ve never been skittish around any of them until now. I think the difference in Project CAIN is the fact that Jeffrey Dahmer was a real person.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Interesting concept, no doubt. But I don't like being talked at by the narrator. I'm pretty sure no one likes that. It's weird and felt very childish. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Elyse
Geoffrey Girard's "Project Cain" is not your typical teen fiction novel nor is it a book I'd recommend for certain teens themselves due to topic. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Paul L.
My daughter purchased this book based on its cover. After reading the first five pages, she brought the book to me and asked if she could return it. Read morePublished 21 months ago by SBCincinnati
4.7/5. Project Cain was everything you could expect from a plot about a serial killer clone. Creepy, thought provoking and intense. Read morePublished on March 19, 2014 by Madison Anae
by Geoffrey Girard
Simon & Schuster
Terrifying, taut,... Read more
Jeff Jacobson lived a sheltered life as the home-schooled only son of a scientist father whose mother had been killed in an auto accident sixteen years before. . . Read morePublished on January 14, 2014 by R. Z. Halleson
Project Cain by Geoffrey Girard
Geoffrey mainly tells the story through the eyes off Jeff.
Can use just imagine 50 or more copies of serial killers being grown by a... Read more
This one had so much promise. The premise was very intriguing. Sadly, the execution was sorely lacking and it was a huge let down. Read morePublished on January 6, 2014 by Nicoleabouttown
I tried really hard to like this book. I really wanted to, but just couldn't get into it. The premise behind it is great, which is why I picked it up despite reading some not so... Read morePublished on January 6, 2014 by R. Webb