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Reviewed by Viga Boland for Readers' Favorite
What an amazing mix of the believable and unbelievable, the possible and impossible Diane May has blended into this, her debut novel, Evo. This crime fiction story is an impressive beginning to May’s writing career. Evo offer readers pages of suspenseful reading which might just keep you up late if you read at bedtime. Picture, if you dare, a dark figure who has an augmented ability to hypnotize people to death…their own. Is he real? Yes…and he’s also angry, full of revenge and he has several doctors on his hit list for their participation in turning him into that real life monster.
With bodies piling up in Verona, Italy, the police are going crazy trying to find this deadly hypnotist. But an even more deadly situation is about to be unleashed, not just on Verona but the entire world. A mysterious virologist, known only as “Doc,” has perfected a vaccine that can turn ordinary, healthy human beings into something akin to super-humans, both physically and mentally. Such super-humans will enjoy longer than normal lifespans. Just think for a moment of the ramifications of a world where millions of people live a century or two longer than we do now? How will our already over-populated planet sustain all those lives? The simplest solution, of course, would be to have the same vaccine eliminate unhealthy, undesirable humans. Talk about a sinister plot!
That is a very limited synopsis of what takes place in Evo…but for a simple reason: you just have to read this book! It’s spell-binding! Diane May’s characters are realistic, so much so that we feel every emotion experienced by the lovely and gifted Maya, her ex-boyfriend, Alex, and even the legendary detective, Livio Marchiori, as both Alex and Livio try to find not just the Hypnotist, but the madmen behind the vaccine before they and half the world are possibly wiped out. The tension mounts and runs at an all-time high until almost the last page. Trust me, you won’t be able to put this one down. May’s background working as an interpreter in criminal law cases along with her knowledge of weapons, discipline and military life, coupled with the research she has done for Evo give this novel authenticity. If Evo is any indication, crime fiction fans are about to discover a fresh, very creative and gifted author in Diane May. She is already working on her second book, Till Death Do Us Part. Can’t wait to read it!