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Reviewed by Gisela Dixon for Readers' Favorite
Prevention by J.C. Dashwood is a contemporary novel combining politics, government, and science set in the modern world. Prevention begins with a man we know as Oliver Dalton, a father of three and an Associate Professor of System Studies, who is set to visit his daughter in Munich, Germany, for a short family vacation. Oliver is also a temporary government contract worker who is hired by the government to work on DNA profiling from the National DNA database. Oliver’s job is to search through the database and look for specific DNA matches in order to find people for particular jobs and projects. However, as his work progresses, he notices something mysterious: there are signs that others are working on DNA tracing behind the scenes as well. The plot thickens as we find out that an international organization is interested in DNA profiling as well, but their reason for doing it is the opposite: instead of using it to select people for projects, they may be using it to “eliminate” people. What follows next is a thrilling plot as the police get involved and Oliver and his family race against time in their hunt for the mysterious organization.
Prevention by J.C. Dashwood is a fast-paced modern thriller. The plot is well executed and the writing is crisp and engaging. The character of Oliver Dalton is well drawn and relatable and the cast of supporting characters is equally realistic. Prevention probes into the field of DNA matches and profiling, and the various uses that gene matching can be put to. Overall, I thought this was an entertaining read for a rainy day.