In a darkly warped near future, lucrative disease cures are brokered on Wall Street's Genetic Stock Exchange. And the hottest consumer products are artificially synthesized humans that serve as everything from domestic slaves to combatants in savage gladiatorial games. For Jack Saxton, the young heir to genetic design powerhouse Genico Inc., these Synthates are just a fact of life...until the murder of a high-profile genetic scientist leads a pair of seasoned NYPD detectives to Genico's door.
As a small band of Synthate rebels steps up its attack on the status quo, Jack encounters a pleasure-parlor girl who opens his eyes to their cause. When he dares to sympathize with the rebels, Jack is hunted down and arrested for the murder. Sentenced to die in the brutal games on Bloomberg Island, Jack will be forced to fight - for his life, for the future of all Synthates, and for a chance to uncover the mind-bending secret buried in his past.
©2016 Matthew B. J. Delaney (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
This book is well written with no typos that I noticed. I received it as a free Kindle book choice but would have bought it and will be buying the next book which I assume will be out eventually. Jack Saxton is the son of a corporate giant, founder of Genico, a genetic engineering firm that designs Synthates, also could be called Droids but with lifelike behavior and appearance. The story is about the conflict between humans who consider themselves masters over these non-human beings and the Synthates. There are lots of twists throughout the book but you never see the ending coming, at least I didn't. I was totally surprised but pleasantly satisfied. There is some violence, not much sex, and enough swearing to make it feel real. Several reviewers commented on the use of the eff word but I didn't find that offensive. Maybe it has become so common in the language of books and our every day life that it has lost its shock effect. Readers who are too sensitive to read books with such words are missing out out a lot of good reading. Mr. Delaney is a talented writer and Jack Saxton is a good hero to begin a new series, if in fact that is what this is. The narrator, Will Dacron, was excellent. I had read this in October 20i16 but just finished listening to it.
This seems to be two sperate books forced into one. There is great character development of the main character, Jack, but there seems to be little development of the other characters.
The story was captivating but the ending seemed hurried. Even with the twist I felt it could have been fleshed out better. Other than that a very good story!
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