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Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite
Entertaining and inspiring, A Select Group by Blaine C. Readler explores what is intrinsically embedded in human nature, the sentiment most of us wish we never had, but which we must live with and learn to face every day. Caleb isn’t just a divorced man, he is jobless and living off the streets ... until a rare opportunity comes in the form of an ad that he answers, an ad that calls for volunteers in an extended university study. Soon, he is wearing a uniform and joining a dozen others in a bus destined for an unknown location. The fear sets in when this group begins to realise that the ride taking them higher and higher up the deserted California Mountains could bring them face-to-face with unknown dangers that lurk in the desert. And they are not wrong because they are objects of an experiment designed to prove the effects of dangers on a group of humans. The adventure is just beginning and readers are set up for unforeseen surprises and jolts they never anticipated.
A Select Group took me by surprise, plunging me headlong into an adventure that I never expected, a story that explores human nature and what it takes to transcend it. The reader is introduced to a cast of compelling and interesting characters from the very beginning of the story, and thanks to the author’s gift for character and his great storytelling skills, the reader will be immediately interested in finding out what will become of the characters. The conflict is strong enough to keep the reader completely absorbed by the story, but what captivated me most was the exploration of the characters and the masterful development of themes, especially teamwork. This is a thriller that entertains and educates.