Authors Showcase: The Mysteries of it All
October 13, 2012
The Book: Perfection Unleashed
The Author: Jade Kerrion
Danyael Sabre spent sixteen years clawing out of the ruins of his childhood and finally has everything he wanted – a career, a home, and a trusted friend. To hold on to them, he keeps his head down and plays by the rules. An alpha empath, he is powerful in a world transformed by the Genetic Revolution, yet his experience has taught him to avoid attention.
When the perfect human being, Galahad, escapes from Pioneer Laboratories, the illusory peace between humans and their derivatives – the in vitros, clones, and mutants – collapses into social upheaval. The abominations, deformed and distorted mirrors of humanity, created unintentionally in Pioneer Lab’s search for perfection, descend upon Washington D.C. The first era of the Genetic Revolution was peaceful. The second is headed for open war.
Although the genetic future of the human race pivots on Galahad, Danyael does not feel compelled to get involved and risk his cover of anonymity, until he finds out that the perfect human being looks just like him.
Review by A. L.: Perfection Unleashed is a highly-enjoyable, brainy guilty pleasure of a novel: a perfect mixture of non-stop action, gripping plot, thought-provoking philosophy, and beautiful visuals.
The novel opens up with an action sequence, and never lets go. We are thrown right into Pioneer Labs where scientists had created the latest achievement of the Genetic Revolution – the perfect human, Galahad. A beautiful and ruthless female mercenary breaks into the Labs and lets Galahad out into the world.
The world of Perfection Unleashed, we soon learn, is inhabited with other human “derivatives” of the Genetic Revolution – “in vitros,” clones, and mutants. Humanity has set up institutions to broker a coexistence with the “derivatives,” – a precarious equilibrium that the release of the perfect human threatens to upend. In echos of “X-Men,” two poles of human “derivative” leadership start to emerge (though the “X-Men” parallel stops there).
The novel dances close to philosophical and social questions, such as on the privilege of birth and fairness in society, without getting high-brow or slowing down story development. The philosophy and the keenly observed human dynamics fit seamlessly into the fast-moving plot, as do funny one-liners, “purring” females, and a fair bit of gratuitous gore.
The narrative unfolds in a series of highly visual scenes, creating a feel of an action movie or an anime. Even the abstract is creatively and effectively visualized. I never thought I’d say this about a book, but it was a feast for the eyes.
Perfection Unleashed is thoroughly entertaining, thought provoking, and gripping, and I am impatient for Volume II.
The Book: Stolen Spring
The Author: Cynthia L. Moyer
Reporter Elliot Lake thought he’d dropped out of life, stepped onto the slow path, but life was just getting ready to ride his ass. And what a ride it will be. Armed with only the intuition of the mysterious violet-eyed Sky Lark and the ramblings of the local mumbling man, Elliot knows the clock is ticking for this story to have a happy ending.
Introvert, part-time slob, fan of grilled salmon and the occasional beer, Elliot Lake grew up in an affluent neighborhood in Seattle with his domineering Chinese mother, passive Caucasian father, and spoiled-rotten sister Princess Maggie Morning Star. He left his position with The Seattle Times over a decade earlier and ran screaming for the Oregon Coast, where he spends his days (barely) working for the weekly paper and his nights avoiding commitments of any kind.
At least that was supposed to be the plan.
Review by Raven: This novel had me laughing out loud, feeling the mood swings of the main character as he experienced the community horrors of kidnappings in his town, and fervently wishing for our hero to win the fair maiden’s heart.
The depth of character development made their interactions believable and interesting. Included in this is a unique voice and speech pattern given to main characters, which is where previous reviewers found offense in the use of foul language. I didn’t think the swearing was excessive, I think it was smartly used to express the personality and mood of the main character, and was used to show distinct difference between Elliot and Sky.
The author gives a clear voice to unique characters in a fictional beach town on the Oregon Coast. Living on the Oregon Coast myself, I appreciate the author’s perspective in conveying the spirit of small beach towns.
Review by Katie Bregg: I started reading this book and had a hard time putting it down until I was so tired I had to go to bed! The characters are so believable I felt I knew them. As to the language used in this book, it gave me a sense of what the characters were like. I know when I am angry I don’t hesitate for a second to spew forth one or more expletives.
I can’t wait for Cynthia Moyer’s next novel to be published! As a matter of fact I am reading Stolen Spring again because I enjoyed it so much!