Length: 220 pages
Genre: Science Fiction/Thriller
Synopsis: Nanotechnology. An Assassin. A woman. What more can you ask for?
Neil was chosen as the perfect human (read: assassin) for experimental nanotechnology and they successfully inserted his personality/memories into different host bodies depending on what his mission was. The book starts with his mission in Iran and as he goes to destroy the evidence (his body) after the mission is done, he doesn’t quite succeed and a severed head is left behind. No worries, though. He was able to upload all the information and was placed into another host body for the next mission. This continues throughout the book as it alternates between him and his ‘handlers’ and Ariana.
Ariana, a pathologist, is given the severed head so she can try and discover why the host body’s personality changed. What caused him to act the way he did? Was it a tumor? Instead, she finds a mass that she cannot at first identify. As she continues examining the mass, it exhibits unusual behaviors and properties. During this period, we are made aware of changes in how society treats women by what happens to her and what she witnesses. None of it fun.
Ariana catches the attention of Neil’s handlers and Neil’s next mission is her. Is he to kill her or not? I’ll leave that for you to find out…
Cover Art: The first thing I thought of when I saw this cover was the crystal skull from Indiana Jones. The book certainly does have action, just not quite the Indiana Jones variety. Between the circuitry in the background and the skull, it rightly suggests sci-fi and is quite representative of the book. That’s nice for a change. How many times have you found a book where the cover has very little meaning regarding the actual storyline?
My Thoughts: I was intrigued by the concept behind this book- nanotechnology. The author does not go into the science of nanotechnology so you won’t need to be a scientist to understand what’s going on (thank goodness). There is some gore in the very beginning that had me thinking twice about reading the book, so I took a break and came back to it. I enjoyed the ending, especially since it wasn’t quite what I was expecting. There are still some editing mistakes in the book, but not enough for me to lower my rating by a full star.
Warning: This book does contain adult situations.
Rating: 3 Stars
disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review