Caliban


Fiction - Science Fiction
418 Pages
Reviewed on 05/31/2016
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Author Biography

Miranda Nading is a southern Nevada transplant from Wyoming. She lives and works in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area with her husband, Lance, and her Pomchi’s Boomer and Missy. When not writing, working, or spending time with her family, she can be found reading, scuba diving, exploring, or getting up to mischief.

Though she started writing short stories in the third grade, she tackled her first novel-length manuscript, Witch Hunt in 1992. As a single mother, time was a precious commodity and though she had little to spare, she continued writing and completed her second manuscript, Exodus, in 1994. Echoes of Harmony followed in 1996 and would become her breakout novel in 2014.

Her other works include Caliban and Canyon Echoes, also published in 2014. Published in 2015 were the first two books of the Extinction Series: Genesis and Flash Point. The next two books: Judas and Asylum are slated for release in 2016. As she continues working on Extinction, Miranda also has planned a short story that will be released in December of 2016 in an anthology whose proceeds will go to charity. It will later end up in a short story collection which will include her favorites. Also planned is Eldorado: A Cottonwood Cove Adventure.

The genres Miranda prefers to write are also among her favorite reads: Thrillers, Science Fiction, and Horror, all with a suspenseful edge that leaves the reader riding the edge of their seat and turning the pages. The Extinction Series is her first exploration into Post-Apocalyptic suspense with a hard dystopian edge and more than a little science fiction. Though she has read some historical romance, she prefers romance to be the seasoning in the dish, not the main course.

Her favorite writers include, but are in no way limited to: Agatha Christie, Edgar Allan Poe, Sir Author Conan Doyle, T.S. Eliot, Robert Frost, Robert Browning, Michael Crichton, Dean Koontz, and Stephen King. These are authors whose work she rereads once every year or two as, she says, it is like visiting an old friend.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Chris Fischer for Readers' Favorite

Wow! What a read. I just finished the new book by author Miranda Nading. Caliban is a story that will grab readers by the throat from the very start and will keep them obsessively turning the pages all the way through until the very end! Follow the story of Dr. Bobby Reed, a geneticist who has given up his career in order to settle down and raise his family. He believes that he has gotten rid of all traces of his former research, but when he is contacted by a former rival in work, he realizes that he might not have done as good a job as he thought. He needs to work feverishly to try to stop the threat of a virus that only he might prevent. And when an entire town is put under a quarantine, and their sheriff, Mark BaldEagle, starts to uncover the truth of the "flu" that they are encountering, it seems very possible that none of their lives will ever be the same.

I so enjoyed Caliban. Author Miranda Nading has done a fantastic job in creating a gripping story line with characters that readers will connect with, relate to and truly come to care about, thinking of them long after the last pages are read. If that isn't a hallmark of a great author, I'm not sure what is. Any reader who enjoys science fiction, or who is looking for a great work of fiction in general, should absolutely read this book. I highly recommend Caliban and I look forward to reading more from the very promising author, Miranda Nading, as soon as I can!

Richard Polad

5.0 out of 5 starsA Wonderful Find!
By Richard Polad on June 14, 2015

Have you read Andromeda Strain? Caliban is MUCH better! Nading's writing is excellent and her characters are well-developed, leaving me loving the good guys and hating the bad guys. Caliban is a well-plotted thriller about a genetics lab gone wrong that threatens the existence of a small town. A little bit of romance and plenty of tension kept me turning the pages. The ending was left open for a sequel and I hope it comes soon! ...along with the movie!

J.D. Tucker

5.0 out of 5 starsA Refreshing Take on an Exciting Genre.
By J.D.Tucker on February 10, 2015

Caliban, by Miranda Nading, is a compelling mixture of Frankenstein and The Island of Dr, Moreau, added with a generous helping of horror and gore. Dr. Bobby Reed is a disgruntled geneticist for Alpha Corp and once the leader of their Caliban program -- an experimental process that hoped to cure cancer-ridden patients with the best traits of animal DNA. Instead, the treatments turn them into homicidal beasts - half human-half animal - all dangerous.

When the town of Walker's Pass is quarantined until a runaway beast-fugitive is found, Sheriff Mark Baldeagle soon discovers what's going on and hunts for the animal-woman himself.

Caliban is thoroughly entertaining, filled with interesting characters, and riveting enough to keep your interest from the opening murder to the final solution. Five-Stars.

Bryce Warren

5.0 out of 5 starsGenetic Engineering Gone Wild!
By Bryce Warren on February 24, 2015

Caliban is Miranda Nading's tour de force! It's part Robin Cook and part Michael Crichton. Genetic engineering meant to cure cancer goes horribly wrong. Thoroughly well-developed characters and great descriptive writing. I found myself drawn especially to the teenage characters. Can't wait to read more by this marvelous writer!

Kari Clancy

5.0 out of 5 starsI had to know what was going to happen next
By Kari Clancy on November 10, 2014

I couldn't put this novel down, I had to know what was going to happen next. Great detailed writing! I am really looking forward to this author's next novel

Julie Haeussler

5.0 out of 5 starsThe details were amazing. I could visualize everything that was happening which ...
By Julie Haeussler on November 10, 2014

Caliban held my interest throughout the book. The details were amazing. I could visualize everything that was happening which kept me engrossed in the entire story. Ms Nadingbis an author I will continue to follow. Looking forward to her next book.

B. Smink

4.0 out of 5 stars great read
By B. Smink on October 23, 2014

Just finished this book and really liked it. Couldn't put it down when I got close to the end. Just enough terror to keep you interested but not enough to keep you awake. Can't wait for the next book by this author.

Phoebe B.

5.0 out of 5 starsFive Stars
By Phoebe B on October 25, 2014

Really enjoyed this book. If you like suspense thrillers, you'll really like this. I would definitely recommend it.

Kathy Haas

I can't put this book down it just hold you in suspense and won't let you go. just by reading the first pages will get you hooked

Faye Faye

Love it!

I was completely gripped from the beginning, knowing that something or someone is out there somewhere. The places so familiar but unknown. The only bad thing is having to wait for more!

Brenda Cessna

Awesome read. Loved this book! Once I started reading it I couldn't put it down! Recommend it to everyone!

Jane

I loved Miranda second book as much as the first one and just as excited to read the next one.

Justine Frantz

I wanted to keep reading and reading! I couldn't put this book down. I fortunately happened to be reading this book while I was camping in the Wind River Mountains, where the story takes place! It was so detailed and thrilling that I found myself always looking behind my shoulder. It definitely made it harder to sleep at night. Incredibly good book, I really enjoyed the bits of scientific knowledge the author used in the storyline.