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Publisher's Summary

The mind can hold powerful secrets.

When Dr. Jessica Paladon worked for her friend, Dr. Dean Devya, she helped create Nadia, one of the world's few Minders. Tough circumstances drove her away from that life, and to protect the secrets, she willingly took a drug that induced amnesia.

But now she needs those memories.

Two children - her children - Nadia and Varick, are competing in a winners-take-all, losers-might-die competition for the biggest secret government contract out there. They're fighting for the right to exist.

If Jessie can't remember, how will she help them survive?

©2016 Julie C. Gilbert (P)2016 Julie C. Gilbert

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Great narration, good story.

The narration was spot on and engaging. The story was good but I feel like there was a lot of information I was missing.

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  • KACEY
  • Tennessee
  • 08-09-16

Great SyFi

I received this book from the author during a Facebook party with Book Rythm. I usually don't read SyFi but I was familiar with the authors poetry book and had read her mystery book, The Collins Case. Both were excellent. Although I was surprised I enjoyed it as much as I did, It makes me what to know what led up to this story. How the concept began. There must be a book before this.(note to self to check)
The author is a very well knowledged scientific writer. She makes all the 'over my head' stuff understandable, and interesting. Great book for any age. There was a good ending to the story but an opening for another episode in the life of Devya's Children. You won't be disappointed.
The narrator did a great job with the voices. A bad narrator can ruin a good book. Mr. Troxell did an excellent job of bringing the characters to life.

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Could not put it down.

If you could sum up The Dark Side of Science in three words, what would they be?

Suspenseful, thought-provoking, fun.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I have this book both on my kindle and audible. So I was able to just keep reading/listening without having to put it down. From the first few lines of the book I was hooked and am very much looking forward to reading/listening to the next.

Any additional comments?

Family friendly but never boring. I was left with a sense of wondering if these things could really be happening somewhere.

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Dark Side of Science

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Overall entertaining, engaging and enjoyable. An interesting and creative story with some different twists. Dealing with a clandestine military run genetic science experiment is never going to turn out good.

Even though this is the first book in the series I still felt as though something was missing. Like I was coming into a story already in progress. Much of the story comes across as feeling clinical. Is there a prequel? Or a pre novella leading into this story. If not there should be.

There is a lot going on in this story. It is hard to remember at times that the main characters are children. It's never a good thing when science is applied in any way in trying to alter a humans genetics. There will always be someone who wants to use those who have been altered as a military weapon. The story takes you through a range of emotions because of the situations the children forced into.

I didn't really connect to any of the characters. They were just characters. This was part of that too clinical feel of the story. This is where a different narrator may have made a difference in the feel of the story.

Brian Troxell did a really good job with the narration. Nice voice. Clearly spoken. Good pacing. Really good character voices. He did a great job with Nadia's voice. You always knew what character was speaking. Overall very enjoyable.

Even though he did a really good job with the narration I don't think he was the right narrator for the story. Personally I think either a female narrator or dual narration would have been better.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator or publisher.

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Meh

Would you try another book from Julie C. Gilbert and/or Brian Troxell?

From Brian? Absolutely. From Julie - I'm not so sure. I couldn't bond with any of the characters, and the plot felt forced the entire time.

Has The Dark Side of Science turned you off from other books in this genre?

Not at all. I am a huge scifi/fantasy nerd.

What about Brian Troxell’s performance did you like?

When I "read" audiobooks, I like to try to form a mental image of what each character looks like. Brian's gift at the various voices, in this case ranging from Evil Scientist to 4 year old girl, help me do that very well. I was always able to tell which character was speaking even if the name wasn't mentioned.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No.

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Chilling story

This story both scares me and warms me. It shows why genetically enhancing people is a horrible idea, whatever good comes out of it. Children should never be test subjects. But is also has such a picture of love and devotion.
I love all the characters (except the ones I shouldn't). They seem so real. At least as real as a four year old with the mental capacity and maturity of an adult could be. Nadia's freaky mind skills are well balanced with the actual limitations of her age.