Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Ancestor by Scott Sigler

What if scientists could find a solution to the shortage of viable transplant organs? What if they could create an animal specifically for the purpose of breeding it to harvest organs for terminally ill humans? And what if altruism turns to greed? Scott Sigler, New York Times bestselling author of alien-invasion thrillers, Infected and Contagious, turned these questions into a timely horror story about gene manipulation. I love a good medical thriller and I was excited when I received an advance reading copy of Ancestor from Read it forward, a program run by Random House. Sigler hooked me on page one.

Genada, a biotech firm, hires a research team to explore xenotransplantation. Headed by Dr. Claus Rhumkorrf, the group tries to create a mammal ancestor, whose organs can be transplanted in humans without rejection. The government wants to shut them down so they take their experiments off the radar by moving to a remote island in Lake Superior. A herd of cows is implanted with computer designed embryos and things go bad quickly. The fetuses are growing abnormally large and the government is closing in. It's a race to escape the predators, both animal and human.

Ancestor was written in 2006 and originally released as a free MP3 podcast. I never heard the podcast but evidently the book expands the story, the character development and updates the science. There's just enough science to satisfy without slowing the relentless pace and Sigler keeps the suspense high throughout. This is a fun, exciting read that also offers some food for thought. I was sleep deprived until I finished it and I'm eagerly awaiting Scott Sigler's next book.

Publisher: Crown Publishers (May 2010)
ISBN: 978-0-307-40633-0
Hardcover: 432 Pages
Price: $24.99

Gail Pruszkowski writes as Gale Stanley. Her work has been published in the "Cup of Comfort" Anthologies and her first paranormal romance, Call of the Wilds is available now from SirenBookstrand. Mating Call will be released in November 2010.

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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Walk Like You Have Somewhere to Go by Lucille O'Neal

Lucille O'Neal is the mother of NBA legend, Shaquille O'Neal. In Walk Like You Have Somewhere to Go, Lucille relates her life story in her own words. She talks about her hardships and struggles including a traumatic childhood, teenage pregnancy, alcoholism, an unhappy marriage and low self-esteem. Her life changed dramatically when her son became rich and famous. But the change in circumstances also brought unexpected feelings of anger and resentment of her son's success.

The book is a fast, easy and interesting read but not an especially inspirational one. Lucille focuses on her unhappy childhood. She came from a broken family. Her grandparents raised her. They were cold and unaffectionate people, but she did not have an impoverished upbringing. Others who grew up in that era experienced the same or worse but went on to raise their own children in loving homes.

After giving birth to Shaquille, Lucille married. She rebelled against her husband's controlling nature just as she did with her grandparents. Her drinking problem worsened and after almost thirty years of marriage, they split up. Lucille left her husband and went back to school with the help of her son's financial support, something most single mothers can't count on. I found the book to be entertaining but not motivating.

Disclaimer: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. The opinions expressed are my own.

Publisher: Thomas Nelson (March 30, 2010)
ISBN: 978-1595553072
Hardcover: 256 Pages
Price: $22.99

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