Author: Brian Robert Smith
Publisher: 323 Books
Publication Date: November 27th, 2013
Genre: Science Fiction,
Rating: Three Stars
Summary: As far as everyone else
is concerned, Mason Bushing died over a year ago, but now he’s running
from Dr. Harlow who is secretly conducting an unauthorized experiment
for a drug he calls Purify. It saved Mason’s life, but Mason is focused
on getting what he wants most—his old life back. His plans change when
he realizes his wife is more interested in the insurance money she
inherited than seeing him alive. His best friend doesn’t believe his
story, and the police intend on charging him with fraud and assault
after he almost kills his wife’s boyfriend.
Warren is a detective
who’s assigned the case. He’s been on personal leave because his wife
died. His investigation turns up suspicions of lying, disturbing
coincidences, and related homicides.
When Mason becomes the prime suspect, he’s forced to run again.
having to run from someone who saved your life. Imagine everyone
thinking you’re dead, but you’re really alive. Questions, accusations,
conspiracies… murder. What if this was all caused by a drug that’s
creating the next physical evolution of man? What would you do if you
Review: I was sent a copy of this book by the author in return for an honest review.
would you do if everyone thought you were dead, but the truth was,
you'd been plucked from the jaws of death? What if it turned out you'd
been saved for experimentation? How do you think the world would go on
without you, while you were gone?
All of these questions are
faced by Mason, the hero of our story. Diagnosed with terminal cancer,
Mason had expected to die but found himself saved for the experiments of
a seemingly crazed doctor. You'd think that he'd be happy when he
finally escapes, but not everything is as he expected it to be... Not
only does he not get the welcome that he expects, but he's not exactly
sure just what has been done to him during the experiments he endured.
I think I would sum up this book by saying that it had an intriguing premise but failed a bit in terms of how it was executed.
was interested in the premise of this book, which is why I accepted the
author's invitation to review it. Wanting to know more about Mason's
situation and fate was what kept me reading - I mean after all, medical
experimentation and conspiracies? That's something I'm always
interested in. I sympathised with Mason, who has had the rug pulled out
from under him and doesn't quite know where to turn, or what to think.
The first part of the book is very much about him finding out that his
return to society and his former life isn't going to go as smoothly as
I think this book would have benefited highly from
some crisper editing, however. Some parts of the book are very choppy,
such as the first chapter - there's no flow, simply '____ did this.
_____ did that.' Short sentences break up the text during the action and
make it hard to get caught up in what's going on. Sometimes that is an
asset to writing and used to make a point, but in this case it was
distracting. It made it difficult to get into the book, and it wasn't
until we picked up with Mason's POV that it started to flow more.
parts of the book lagged a little, as well. Stuff was going on that I
should have been more interested in, but I did find myself impatient for
things to pick up and move along - I wanted resolution, and
unfortunately, the ending is a bit vague and doesn't really provide it.
I think more delving into the motivations of some of the characters and why
they were involved in this would have done more to the book's benefit.
Some of the character felt very one note - bad guy muscle, deranged
doctor, slightly dumb cop, etc. More depth of characterization would
have done a lot to make me relate a bit more to the book.
I'd say that overall this is a fair debut, and I'd be interested to check out this author again as his writing develops.