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Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite
Aldo by Betty Jean Craige is a fascinating thriller that melds themes of terrorism, suspense, and science fiction, a novel that features terrorist threats, kidnapping, and an endearing love story set against a difficult backdrop. Dr. Isabel Canto is the associate director of the Institute for Genome Modification at Pambrook Atlantic University, a seasoned researcher who is passionate about knowledge. But when she discovers that she is pregnant by Frank, a fellow post-graduate researcher, she also receives devastating news: a domestic terrorist, “Aldo,” has threatened to hurt the president of the research institute unless she shuts it down and fires its director, Dr. Linus Winters. Isabel advises Mary Ellen Mackin, the president, not to comply with the demands of the terrorist. Unfortunately for her, the president listens to her advice, and Aldo kidnaps her. It’s just the beginning of mayhem and the effects will reverberate in many lives.
This is a novel for readers who enjoy great characters and strong plot points in a story. The story begins in the future with a letter to Lino, the child of the protagonist, promising to share a secret his parents have kept for sixteen years, and then moves on quickly to events of 2018. The story is engrossing and Betty Jean Craige handles the setting in a brilliant way by incorporating cutting edge technology into the narrative. The use of the epistolary style enriches the plot, deepens character development, and enhances the reading experience. The prose is crisp, filled with gorgeous descriptions, well-crafted dialogues, and intense scenes. The plot is fast paced, features twists and turns, and the tension builds up in great intensity until the satisfying end.