Friday, October 4, 2013
Good Intentions: The Dead War Series
Dystopian, Dark Urban Fantasy
SciTech Labs was handsomely commissioned by the United States Military to design a revolutionary serum that would create the ultimate soldier. If successful, the soldier would have an increase in endurance, strength, awareness and overall speed. They would become the true super soldier. That's if everything went according to plan.
SciTech put its best scientists on the project and gave them a time limit to complete the job or else. With the pressure on and the stakes high, Vincent Masterson and his team put everything they had into the project. Everything was looking hopeful until an experiment went horribly wrong. The scientists mutated their specimen's DNA, turning it into something monstrous. Now, life as we know it will never be the same.
As it stands, the only thing that can save the human race is one of the two things they should be running from.
Can the human race survive being caught in a bloody war between two vicious predators?
The Director of the Biological Research Department of SciTech Laboratories, Dr. Steve Morris sat at his desk in his comfortable black, leather chair as he spoke with the military general across from him.
“I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that this little experiment is to be kept top secret?” General Bradley Fuller reiterated. His cold blue eyes attempted to cut ribbons through the debonair attitude of the younger man.
Dr. Morris cleared his throat, blatantly ignoring the General’s glare. “I understand full well the importance of secrecy in this matter and I can assure you that you have nothing to worry about.”
“If it’s all the same to you, I’ll be the judge of that. Trusting SciTech Labs with this wasn’t my choice. However, this company came highly recommended as one of the top labs in the entire country, so here I am.” The General crossed one leg over the other as he rested his hands on his knee. “What can you guarantee as the turnaround time? We want results as soon as possible.”
“Well, from what you’ve shown me, it’s an unknown substance. It might help us if you can give me a little more background on the compound. It would help us to know where it came from,” Steve said.
The General frowned. “Unfortunately, that’s classified.”
Steve scoffed. “General, you’ve got my hands tied—”
“It’s need to know and you don’t have the clearance,” Gen. Fuller interjected brashly. “If you don’t think your department can work under those circumstances I’ll inform my superiors of your noncompliance.”
“General, please, there’s no need for rashness. I only want to give the United States Military Forces our very best effort.”
“The United States Military isn’t looking for ‘effort’, Doctor. We’re looking for results and with what you’re being offered to come up with those results, failure is not an option. Are we clear?”
Gen. Fuller’s stern gaze became even more intense. The nerves Steve was trying to ignore came roaring to the forefront. He shifted in his chair, feeling a lot less comfortable.
Steve cleared his throat. “As they say in the military, crystal.”
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"And So It Begins..."
I was very excited to read this novel as I love anything to do with apocalyptic story lines and I was quite pleased with D.N. Simmons' take on the undead in Good Intentions. This story centers around Dr. Vincent Masterson, scientist at SciTech and man in charge of a secret research project commissioned by the United States Military. The military's desired outcome of this experiment is the ability to create and use super soldiers. The scientists at SciTech also see the potential to cure disease and help the human race in general, with the added benefit of accolades that come with producing life saving medicines. As the title claims, the scientists had good intentions. What they actually cause, however inadvertently, could spell the end of the world as they know it.
I found myself becoming a bit impatient for some action in the beginning of this book. The setup of some of the characters seemed to be of little importance to the survival of the fittest story I knew was around the corner. However, the further I read into this story, the more I saw point of the introductions. This story isn't just a narrative from one person's point of view. The beauty of this book is that the reader gets to see into the minds of multiple characters and their reactions to what could possibly be the end of the world.
Part of me wanted to blame Dr. Masterson for the horrific situation befalling Chicago. I have read many books about zombies and disasters and oftentimes the big bad are either evil, power hungry groups or if accidental, those responsible are anonymous and unimportant to the story. What's different and interesting about Good Intentions is that we get the chance to meet someone who is at fault. And Masterson himself struggles with the guilt of being involved in the project that caused the deaths of so many, including his close friends.
There is another part of this book that I feel like, if I do not talk about it, I will be leaving something out. On the other hand, if I give away too much, I take away something from the reader. I will just say this: I knew what was coming, though because I was far along in the book until it was revealed, I was not expecting that I had already met some of the players in the beginning. This is why I said previously that the character introductions are important to the story and I suggest taking your time and getting to know the potential saviors of Earth.
I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
D. N. Simmons lives in Chicago IL., with a rambunctious German Shepherd that's too big for his own good and mischievous kitten that she affectionately calls "Itty-bitty". Her hobbies include rollerblading, shooting pool, bowling, reading, watching television and going to the movies. She has been nominated at Love Romances and More, winning honorable mention for best paranormal book of 2006. She has won "Author of the Month" at Warrior of Words. She was voted "New Voice of Today" at Romance Reviews and "Rising Star" at Love Romance and More.
To learn more, and have the opportunity to speak with the author personally, please visit the official website and forum at www.dnsimmons.com . D.N. is always interested in meeting new and wonderful people