The Chiral Agent

Biogenesis War Book 1

Fiction - Science Fiction
438 Pages
Reviewed on 04/26/2021
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Reviewed by Vincent Dublado for Readers' Favorite

As the first book in The Biogenesis War series, The Chiral Agent is a provocative science fiction thriller novel with intelligent ideas. L.L. Richman’s hero is Captain Jonathan Micah Case of the Alliance Navy, an innocent man on the run. Set in the far future where humanity has reached the stars, Case had been previously thought dead. He regains consciousness with no memory of his past and with a voice talking inside his head. On top of that, the military that he served is tracking him down. With the aid of Doctor Samantha Travis, Case discovers who he really is. They have stolen his identity through chiral cloning. Jonathan and Micah have become two physical personas, where one is a mere extraction of the original’s biomatter. Micah must turn the tables on those running against him to get his life back, for they will not stop until they obtain the research, steal the samples, and destroy everything else.

The tension comes from the novel's cat and mouse game premise. Either Micah is hunted down, or he gets to them first. He is automatically placed at a great disadvantage upon waking up with memory loss, and he tries to put the pieces of the puzzle together with the help of some morally-driven individuals and that annoying voice inside his head. Hats off to L.L. Richman, who chooses to dabble in ideas in a genre that is saturated by robots and aliens. In a time when we read about cloning and gene editing, the science in The Chiral Agent is theoretically possible, as well as the moral implications that go with it. Richman’s writing makes it even larger and more encompassing, as the author writes with bold and evocative strokes, and you don't mind reading the technical explanations within the dialogues because it keeps you in the zone. This is a tense and entertaining science fiction series that would be a shame to miss.

Divine Zape

The Chiral Agent: A Military Science Fiction Thriller is the first entry in the Biogenesis War by L.L. Richman and is a superbly written story. Jonathan Micah Case is supposed to be dead, but he survives a terrible ordeal, waking up with no memory and with subtle irregularities about his physical features, and a voice in his head. He is in an alien world. While still in a stupor, he hears a conversation about a plan to kill him — again. He is a hunted man, hunted by his own military. This time, it will not be easy for them. Follow this character as he fights for survival while trying to stop those with the power to obliterate life on Earth.

L.L. Richman creates a protagonist that is rock-solid, a fighter who finds himself in a terrible predicament. The premise is powerful: Micah knows his life is in danger and that he can’t trust anyone. From this moment on, the tough-minded hero is faced with high-stakes choices and challenges, and the odds are piling up against him. The reader wants to know if he can reclaim his identity and if he can beat those who are after him. The setting is a world where people are colonized, a kind of an apocalyptic world with advanced technology. The excellent prose makes this thriller compulsively readable and the suspense creates an exhilarating experience for the reader. The Chiral Agent: A Military Science Fiction Thriller is tightly plotted and packed with action; the descriptive power of the prose flooded my mind with strong imagery.

Foluso Falaye

In the mid-twenty-fifth century, a pair of Alliance scientists discovered a way to fold spacetime and created the Calabi-Yau gates, which provided instantaneous travel between star systems regardless of distance. Consequently, a prosperous new era was welcomed by every star nation, except for Akkadia. Akkadia, a government experiencing recession and totalitarianism, has its eyes on the gate technology and has already infiltrated the Alliance. Protagonist Micah Case has no idea why his military wants him dead, and his scrambled memories contribute to his predicament. However, a voice inside his head may hold the answers he seeks. Meanwhile, there's a killer on the loose with a secret that threatens to upset the balance established among the star nations. Will Micah be able to stop this killer before he causes more damage? Find out in the first book in the Biogenesis War series by L.L. Richman: The Chiral Agent.

The Chiral Agent is a military sci-fi tale rife with non-stop action, unpredictable plot twists, mouth-watering futuristic technology, and mind-bending sci-fi concepts. As there's a lot of investigation going on, it would appeal to readers who love narratives about solving mysteries, albeit with an action, espionage, and sci-fi atmosphere. The third-person perspective gave me a broad view of the narrative; it was exciting to switch between the unique characters, from the sociopathic scientist to the clone, the armed guards, the no-nonsense assassin, and other memorable characters. What I wished could be added was more introspection and inner dialogs to bring me closer to the characters. Considering all the things I liked about L.L. Richman's book, I would recommend sci-fi and thriller enthusiasts to give it a try.

Rolanda Lyles

Shadow Recon pilot Micah Case awakens in a strange place and is unable to remember what happened to him. He remembers that he is a Shadow Recon Pilot assigned to travel above an alien world, but has no memory of his past. Micah realizes that the strange place is in fact a locker for dead people and he must get out before he is incinerated. The mysterious voice inside his head guides him to his ship and into the company of Sam, a doctor who has vowed to help keep him and her friend Harper alive. While fleeing and fighting for his life, Micah begins to piece together why the military is hunting him. The voice inside Micah's head leads him to discover things that are so unbelievable that enemy nations would kill to control them. Now, Micah, Sam, and Harper must use every skill they have to secure the stolen research. If they can't stop evil people from succeeding in their plans, the future of humanity could very well hang in the balance.

L.L. Richman's The Chiral Agent: Biogenesis War Book 1 is a fast-paced science fiction thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat and guessing what will happen next. This is every sci-fi fantasy lover's dream filled with things like clones and AI, and packed with action, adventure, and suspenseful moments. Richman's writing is compelling with an intricate plot, well-developed characters, and keeps your attention from the beginning to the end. The Chiral Agent is a must-read for those who enjoy sci-fi action and adventure. I loved this story.

Rabia Tanveer

The Chiral Agent: A Military Science Fiction Thriller is the first novel in the Biogenesis War series by L.L. Richman. The story follows Micah Case, a man who has no idea why some very dangerous people are haunting him. He woke up after his spacecraft was destroyed and with no recollection of his past. He only knows that some very powerful and deranged people are after him, and they might be the people with whom he served all his life. Now Micah has only one mission: to figure out what went wrong and how he can fix it. However, the clock is ticking, and the odds are stacked high against him. If he succeeds, he gets to know what happened, and if he fails, all of humanity will perish with him. The stakes are higher than ever before, and Micah has to bring his “A” game to win this. Can he do it?

Intriguing and packed with action, this is a powerful and entertaining novel that sucked me right in from page one. Micah is a charismatic character, someone who knows what he is doing and how he will get himself out of this mess. He has no recollection of his past, but he inherently knows what he has to do to survive. He doesn’t know who he can trust, but he trusts his instincts. The narrative flows smoothly and at a pace that is perfect for the story to develop. The descriptions of the chase and chaos gave me an adrenaline rush. There isn’t a single part of the story that I would change. The narrative and the character development proved to be the icing on the cake for me. I cannot wait to see what comes next for Micah on his journey to salvation.