Wednesday, October 29, 2014

EL-204 by Lucian Barnes


by Lucian Barnes

Genre: Horror

Release Date: October 24, 2014

For Jason Lambert, a prominent M.I.T. geneticist, fear of natural death has become a thing of distant memories. His latest concoction has, in a sense, increased his longevity and made him nearly immortal. 

Over the past one hundred years, the technological advances of medical science have rendered the deadliest diseases of the twentieth century insignificant. Cancer, heart disease, and AIDS are no longer a death sentence. Serums have been developed to eradicate the problematic cells and their growth. 

When he meets a beautiful woman, his world is turned upside down. Add to this the government's sudden interest in his research, and things begin to spiral out of control. We all know what happens when the military gets involved. Greed takes over, and ethics are pushed to their boundaries. Will Jason be able to juggle his responsibilities without compromising his integrity, or will his experiments lead to the evolution of a new breed of monster?

The tagline on this books cover is How far would you go for love?. But this is far from a romance novel. When I started reading this book I thought it might go that way and that surprised me because this author claims he would never write a romance novel. He described this book to me as a mix of fatal attraction and Frankenstein. When he did I had to pause. That can’t end well, I thought. Yeah if you’re looking for a HEA, then go look somewhere else. You’re not getting one here. What you will find is an incredibly horrific story of a woman that will do anything to keep the man she loves. And I do mean anything. She’s a magnificent example of the line “bitches be crazy”.
Somewhere in the middle of the lab while they were experimenting on inmates on death row, well I figured things would get bloody. I wasn’t wrong. If you like horror movies, science fiction and psycho bitches, then this book is for you. There is no lack of gore and twisted imagery here.
I liked this story. I thought it would make a great movie, but I’m going to have to give this one 4 stars. The story was really good, but for me it had a slow start. 

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I spent most of my youth in rural Ohio and began writing stories at an early age. Many of these early attempts at story-telling were inspired by mysteries, such as those found in the old Hardy Boys books and the cartoon antics of Scooby Doo. As I entered my teenage years I began to drift away from writing stories, instead picking up my pencil to compose lyrics for heavy metal songs because my new dream was to become a musician. That vision remained hopeful for many years after my high school graduation, but like most dreams of this nature it died out as I became older.

After working several menial jobs through the years that followed, my thoughts again began to turn toward writing books. Inspired by my favorite author, Stephen King, I took an online creative writing course and slowly began to develop my skills. In late 2010 I was given a violent shove, both by the job market (which was horrible to say the least, and still is) and by the persistent encouragement of close friends, to pick up my pen and begin writing again.

In early 2012, I gave birth (that's almost what it felt like) to my very first published book, Desolace. Finally having a completed novel in my hand was the best feeling in the world for me, giving me a sense of accomplishment I had waited a lifetime for. Things have grown easier for me with each book I have published. Since the initial release of Desolace, I have released four more novels in the series. My latest work is a futuristic horror book titled, EL-204.!

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