I always wonder just how many breakthroughs science has experienced because of military need. Granted, most discoveries are always announced in public channels, but I would wager many of them came as a side-effect or result of military experimentation. Geoffrey Girard’s latest book, CAIN’S BLOOD, roots around in this very idealism. But unfortunately for the general population within the book, the breakthrough results of this military experiment are hazardous to the public’s health.
If you are not familiar with CAIN’S BLOOD, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of the press release:
The DNA of the world’s most notorious serial killers has been cloned by the U.S. Department of Defense to develop a new breed of bioweapon. Now in Phase Three, the program includes dozens of young men who have no clue as to their evil heritage. Playing a twisted game of nature vs. nurture, scientists raise some of the clones with loving families and others in abusive circumstances. But everything changes when the most dangerous boys are set free by their creator. A man with demons of his own, former black ops soldier Shawn Castillo is hot on their trail. But Castillo didn’t count on the quiet young man he finds hiding in an abandoned house—a boy who has just learned he is the clone of Jeffrey Dahmer. As Jeffrey and Castillo race across the country on the trail of the rampaging teens, Castillo must protect the boy who is the embodiment of his biggest fears—and who may also be his last hope. Melding all-too-plausible science and ripped from- the-headlines horror, Cain’s Blood is a stunning debut about the potential for good and evil in us all.
The concept of cloning is one that many authors and moviemakers have approached, although I daresay very few have come close to creating something like this. Just the thought of trying to harness the essence of what creates a killer makes me shudder. If science can strive for that, there’s no limit to what they might reach for.
CAIN’S BLOOD is an explosive combination of fact and fiction, a dangerous hybrid of science and imagination. The realism is stark and the landscape this book paints is a scary revelation of what might someday be. Girard is a masterful storyteller and his talent shines brightly with this novel.
The book is written well and has a strong voice. The story moves at a very nice pace and is never bogged down with too much exposition or flowery wording. This is particularly nice when reading a thriller, as it obviously lets you immerse yourself in the author’s world. It also allows you to tear through the book at a faster pace and thus reach the resolution faster.
If I were forced to find a flaw with CAIN’S BLOOD, I simply could not do so. It is the very definition of an enjoyable read, and I highly suggest you check it out. I wouldn’t classify it as horror, however there is quite a bit of carnage within, which should be no surprise since it deals with serial killers (or technically their clones). Still, if you can stomach that, give this one a look. It is well worth it.