Tag Archives: Cloning

And Then There Were Three


The Girl Who Wasn't There Cover     Sarah dreams of nothing but freedom from the lab in which she and her two identical sisters were created. They are clones, and therefore, illegal in their existence. Each of the sisters is gifted with special abilities unique only to themselves. Once they realize that Maria is scheduled for organ harvesting Elle and Sarah hatch a plan to escape.

Sivils’ fourth novella in The Capital City Characters series, The Girl Who Wasn’t There is a gritty look at the underworld of cloning. Set far into the future it is an in-depth look at Sarah, Inspector Thomas Sullivan’s partner, and her origins.

What sets this story apart from the others is the illustrations throughout. It wouldn’t take much to turn this into a graphic novel. It’s a fast read and well written.

5 out of 5 stars.

Twisted Sister


Grey Sky Blues

Inspector Sullivan is suspicious when he is called upon to take his team to a prison located on a desolate moon. They are asked to investigate murders that appear to be unrelated other than the lack of motive and evidence. The penal system has its own internal investigators. So why pull the Inspector off-world to usurp their authority?

The gang leaders within the prison are nervous about these murders as they weren’t sanctioned by any of them. For you see, even though there are gangs they still have a code of conduct to which they adhere. And, the thought of an outside investigation happening on their turf challenges their ability to control the prison.

Markeson, Sully’s immediate supervisor is thrilled to send the team off-world. Sarah, the clone with enhanced abilities always makes him nervous. Being a dirty cop and having incorruptible staff snooping around is an annoyance he is happy to relieve himself of even for a short period of time. Who knows? Prisons are dangerous places. Accidents happen.

Sivils’ third novel in the Inspector Thomas Sullivan series, Grey Sky Blues does not disappoint. The writing has become more complex as the supporting characters personalities are expanded. Sivils peppers just enough clues throughout to keep you guessing without losing interest. One could read this book as a standalone since there is enough information about the past intermingled along the way.

Sarah’s past was explored in more depth and it was nice to see her character evolve and mature. We also find out much more about Father Nathan. He isn’t officially part of the team but is called to the prison on business at the same time as Sully. And, Bones, the coroner, is becoming more than a background character. Detective Sergeant Josephson really surprised me with how quickly he has mirrored Sully’s techniques.

Without a doubt, this is the best in the series thus far. The ending was a complete surprise and opens a world of possible sequels. Sivils can’t write fast enough! I am hungry for more.

5 out of 5 stars.

I received this book for free from the author. This in no way affected my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

On The Road Again


Thistle Inferno cover

Cavatica Weller and her sisters surprised the world when they moved three thousand head of cattle across the Juniper. Notoriously famous for their wild ways, they soon find themselves on the run, cast as outlaws, before they can collect payment. With them is the most sought after boy alive, Micah Hoyt, the son of the richest man on Earth. His father, Tiberius “Tibbs” Hoyt, is the president and CEO of the American Reproduction Knowledge Initiative, otherwise known as the ARK.

Micah’s father created an army to find him and kill anyone with knowledge of his existence. Seems Micah is in possession of data that reveals a cure for the sterility that has plagued mankind for many decades. ARK would be doomed if the cure was ever released.

Along with the conflicted priest, Father Pilate, the group has captured and subdued Rachel Vixx. She is the last of the Vixx sisters, a group of genetically engineered super soldiers. This ragtag group sets off back into the Juniper in hopes of evading capture and returning home to Burlington. What they didn’t expect was to come across an entire city of men blocking their travels.

Ritchey’s third novel in The Juniper Wars series, Thistle Inferno, is an exciting thrill ride with the Weller sisters at the helm. This steampunk Western does an excellent job of mixing old world technology with desperation inspired ingenuity. Electronics do not work in the Juniper, but steam-power does.

I thought this would be the last book in the series as I was expecting it to be a trilogy like so many authors are prone to. Thankfully, the story will continue. Hopefully, we will get to see if Rachel will stay loyal to the Wellers.

5 out of 5 stars.

I received this book for free from the author for review consideration. This in no way affected my opinion of the book, or the content of my review.

Old Fashioned Detective Story


Last Train to Nowhere

Inspector Thomas Sullivan is called to investigate the murder of a military personnel. One of the many unusual things about this case is that the deceased is a clone. Cloning is illegal. Will the intrepid inspector discover more than he bargained for?

Sivils second novel in The Chronicles of Inspector Thomas Sullivan, Last Train To Nowhere, is an old fashioned gumshoe detective story set on an ice planet. It is reasonably paced with clues interlaced throughout the book.

I enjoyed this departure from the type of books that I normally read. It was a fun book and a fast read.

5 out of 5 stars.

I received this book for free from the author for review consideration. This in no way affected my opinion of the book, or the content of my review.

How far will a corrupt corporation go?



This book is due to be published in March 2017.

Genny and Nat continue their quest to stop the Genetics Operating Division from preventing Original births. With two Originals of their own Genny and Nat are living in a secluded area where the Chosen are protected. When new cancer patients surface at an alarming rate due to the Angel virus they take leave of their home to bring down the Genetics Operating Division once and for all.

Hagan’s second book in The Cure Series, The Angel Factor shows us just how far a corrupt corporation will go to control the population. This novel is very well written and paced. There are a few surprises and twists, some happy and some sad. Genny’s character continues to mature but keeps her almost fatal flaw of acting impulsively. There is the return of some beloved characters from the first book intermixed with some interesting new characters.

This story is a good study in how society deals with the truth and the changes that come from that discovery. Will Genny and Nat succeed in exposing the Genetics Operating Division and all of its lies? Will they be successful in finding a cure for the Angel virus? Or will the Genetics Operating Division have more going on behind the scenes than anyone could possibly imagine?

5 out of 5 stars.

I received this book for free from the author for review consideration. This in no way affected my opinion of the book, or the content of my review.


Cloning vs. Natural Selection


The Cure

Tania Hagan’s debut novel, The Cure will be released on February 16, 2016.

Genesis Weatherby is by all rights a typical teenager, except everyone in her world, her included, are clones. For over 100 years the Genetic Operations Division has produced code-regenerations from people whose DNA was cancer free. Non-clone births, Originals, are illegal and are seen as a threat to this perfect, cancer-free, dystopian society. When Genny meets and falls in love with the new transfer to her school from Britain, Nat Wilkinson, she starts to question everything she has been taught.

Hagan writes a compelling and believable story set in future. The Cure is nicely paced and has the right amount of twists and climatic build-up. The characters are well developed and I can still hear Morgan Freeman’s voice head! This young adult novel is hard to put down.

The story is told from Genny’s point of view. The reader is drawn into her struggles as she comes to grips with the realities so many choose to ignore. You can feel the genuine love she has for her family and best friends, Renata and Sigby. Genny is stubborn and that character flaw tends to cause her the most trouble, especially when it comes to Nat and her safety.

This is a good start to the series. It has an original concept and is well written. I look forward to reading Hagan’s next book. 5 out of 5 stars.

I received this book for free from the author for review consideration. This in no way affected my opinion of the book, or the content of my review.