Today’s team review is from Terry, she blogs here http://terrytylerbookreviews.blogspot.co.uk/
Terry has been reading Survivor’s Club by M. K. Martin
4 out of 5 stars
A brilliant young geneticist, Marius Tenartier, starts work at the top security Chrysalis Biopharmaceuticals. It seems like he’s landed a dream job, but is a bit perturbed by the excessive regulations and the way in which the company appears to expect full life commitment. The first 20% was brilliant; I was totally engrossed. It was clear that the author really knows her stuff, and was so well-written, and cleverly, subtly sinister. Then Marius is sent on a mission to pick up one of the boss’s daughters and pick up some samples, and the book turned into something else. I felt as if it had switched genre from a terrifically convincing scifi thriller into comedy horror, with humans growing tentacles and damsel in distress Miranda’s inner thoughts about how hot Marius is when she’s strapped to a gurney by a mutating madman.
The book is more people-fighting-monsters-ish than I thought it would be, but of its type it’s jolly good. I liked the writing style a lot, although sometimes the quip-filled dialogue became a little irritating, particularly that of Miranda. I notice that the author has a military type background and this is clear; this aspect of the novel was highly convincing, as was the medical. I liked the ending very much; I love a book that surprises and leaves you up in the air in the last chapter, a perfect lead in to the next book.
If you like intelligent scifi/horror and have an interest in horrendous viral outbreaks, I’d most certainly recommend this book.
People have always wanted to be stronger, faster, smarter, better. The scientists at Chrysalis Biopharmaceuticals believe they’ve found a virus that will allow them to unlock humanity’s hidden potential. The cost is small. A few lives here and there, but it’s all for the greater good … and the corporate bottom line.
Brilliant and idealistic geneticist, Marius Tenartier, has dedicated his life to battling the world’s worst diseases – from malaria to Ebola, tuberculosis to cancer. When Chrysalis offers Marius the chance to carry on his work with no budget caps, he accepts, no questions asked.
While Marius tackles the most challenging pathogens, Chrysalis secretly uses his work to develop an experimental vaccine intended to artificially evolve the human race. Instead of making people into super humans, it mutates them into terrifying abominations. After Marius is caught in an outbreak, he realizes that Chrysalis has been using him. Worse, they’ve covered up the outbreak.
Bureaucracy, incompetence, and greed threaten civilization and even the human race’s survival. Surrounded by danger and cut off from the outside world, time is running out to contain the virus, and Marius can’t do it alone.
Who can he trust – Chrysalis’ ambitious vice president, the rigid head of security, or the CEO’s fearless daughter?
Can Marius discover the truth about the virus’s origin before it’s too late to prevent a global pandemic?
M. K. Martin is a motorcycle-riding, linguistics nerd. A former Army interrogator with a degree in psychology, she uses her unique knowledge and skill set to create smart, gritty stories that give readers a glimpse into the darker corners of the human mind.