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Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite
The Prototype by Sam Mitani is a cleverly plotted crime novel with sophisticated characters and a plot that takes readers to places they never could have imagined. I never expect a good story to feature a plot where one thing leads logically to another. No one wants predictable plots and the author of this novel understands that and crafts a story filled with imagination, where one thing leads readers to surprises they never saw coming.
The story revolves around an ambitious young automotive journalist, Stockton Clay, who accepts an invitation with the high hopes of getting the big break in his career. When his friend is killed in a questionable accident, he is told by CIA agents that he was the target. Now with a deadly disease that can only be cured with the blood of a family member, young Clay sets out to search for his biological father. But what awaits him in Japan is an event with devastating effects globally. Will he become a victim along with millions of people, or is he the key to stopping a mad Russian scientist from controlling world power?
The Prototype is brilliantly plotted and the author makes the protagonist into a very complex character. He is half-Asian, half-Caucasian and adopted, and this is part of the puzzle, because when he discovers that he has a rare illness, he sets out to find his real father. We encounter a character that is facing death and racing against time to find a cure. The reader is convinced to read on to find out if Clay will find his real father and what happens when he does. Sam Mitani’s writing is strong and the author exhibits a gift for plot; the pacing is fast, and the plot structure is brilliantly imagined and executed with unusual skill.