Reviewed by Cheryl E. Rodriguez for Readers' Favorite
Daniel Settanni writes a transcendental thriller in The Lesser Evil. It’s about to become a whole new world! Joss Bishop is about to live out the unimaginable. The world has become plagued by drought. Walls have been erected to keep the refugees out. However, there are an elite few who seem unscathed by the world’s harsh conditions. As the daughter of a wealthy businessman and an influential politician, Joss remains one of the fortunate. Until agents break into her house and abduct her fiancé, Alex. Alex is accused of terrorism. Within hours she is told her father is dead. The insanity begins. Looking for a rhyme or reason for these bizarre circumstances, Joss discovers more than she could ever fathom. Overnight, Joss becomes ridiculously affluent and her father’s successor. Andrew Bishop has created the unheard of, the unbelievable, and she has inherited it. Joss begins to live a dream that quickly turns into a nightmare. Jocelyn Bishop holds the key to the future; she is the “last best chance” for humanity.
The Lesser Evil by Daniel Settanni explodes into action. Settanni pens a sensational narrative, intertwining the influential powers of money, military, politics and science. The chapters are short, creating fast paced action. Keeping the suspense alive, Settanni gradually interlocks the pieces of the puzzling plot. The cast of characters rebounds well against each other. They are interesting - some are peculiar and elusive, a few are formidably eerie, while others are victims of circumstance. However, the narrative’s propulsion is directly related to the heroine’s morphing character. The descriptions are sensory, chilling and hauntingly imaginative. Although the setting depicts overcrowding, despair and the squalor of mankind, the true conflict lies within the realm of morality. A little bit of knowledge is a dangerous thing. Creating artificial intelligence in the likeness of man has repercussions. Humanity is flawed; no one plays God and gets away with it. As the abstract plot comes to a close, it recoils - there is no resolution. The reader is left dangling in suspense; the story ends but it is far from over.