Cloned Genes

A Thriller for Bioscience Fans

Fiction - Thriller - General
302 Pages
Reviewed on 07/16/2013
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Reviewed by Scott Albert for Readers' Favorite

Cloned Genes is the debut crime thriller by David K. Stone, a new writer with a degree in microbiology. His 30 years in genetics and biotechnology add a level of realism to this thriller for bioscience fans. Dr. Caroline O’Reilly is an intelligent, beautiful, professional who, at 35, is a rising star in trauma surgery at Mass General. However, after an emergency operation ended in death, even with a new treatment for post-op sepsis, Caroline faces a new challenge, one she could never have seen coming. Set in Boston, this story launches into a fast-paced, well-written tale filled with mystery, interesting characters, an evil villain, and a conspiracy to cover up corporate greed and maybe even murder. Dr. O’Reilly is a likeable character that faces an increasingly difficult decision, taking readers on a journey that blurs the line between right and wrong, between life and profit.

The unique, creative plot elements in these 47 chapters demonstrate Stone’s ability to tell a compelling story that keeps readers guessing. As a parent and teacher, I like stories with strong female protagonists. As a reader, I appreciate when gender isn’t the issue; rather the storyline is strong enough to make the rest secondary. My only criticisms include terminology that seems to lack continuity (something Stone concedes), scientific jargon, and lingo used by surgeons and ER professionals. Those few issues aside, this novel is very well written especially when you consider this is a rookie author and a writing project that began back in 1989. I’ll leave you with this teaser - The ending left me wanting more; more of an explanation as I found out Stephanie had two fathers, and more stories by this author.