Book Title: Good Intentions
Series Title: The Dead War Series
Publisher: Rushmore Publishing
Formats: EB: $2.99 & PB: $8.99
Pages: 191 (EB) 235 (PB)
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?
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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.”
Steve adjusted the knot of his tie, loosening the material a bit. The room was feeling a bit hotter than it was several minutes ago before the general entered. He couldn't help but wonder if it was because the heat was turned up or if it was just him.
“I'd like to meet the team you're going to assign to this experiment,” Gen. Fuller requested.
“Oh, of course. One minute.” Steven pressed several buttons on his phone keypad and a masculine voice came over the intercom.
“Yes, Dr. Morris?” Dr. Vincent Masterson replied.
“I'd like you to gather your team and come to my office,” Steve ordered.
“We'll be there shortly.”
The line disconnected. The two men sitting in the office looked at each other for a few seconds before Gen. Fuller broke the uncomfortable silence. “You still didn't give me a turnaround time.”
“You’ll have to forgive me General, but with so little information provided to us regarding this compound, I can't in good conscious give you an exact date,” Steve said.
“You have six months.”
“Six months? I think it's premature to attempt to put a time limit on this project.”
“Regardless of your opinion, six months is the limit. We would prefer results before that date, of course. You'll have every resource you'll need at your disposal. If after six months, you come to me empty handed, you will lose the sizable grant your company is being awarded based on your success with this project.”
My zombie kick continues with this book. I am craving zombie books this fall – maybe because Halloween is around the corner, or maybe it is because the Walking Dead TV series is returning soon, I am not really sure. I read this book quickly and became totally caught up in all the action and craziness. These zombies are the result of a scientific experiment debacle. A still unknown, mysterious ingredient of undetermined etiology is combined with other compounds in order to create a serum to enhance soldiers’ speed, strength and healing abilities. In this rushed secret scientific project funded by the military, results are demanded within an unrealistic timeframe. In a blink, suddenly everything goes horribly wrong.
I loved the way in which the zombies came to be – it is a believable (well, somewhat believable) scenario that I could buy into easily. These zombies are not sluggish klutzes that are easily dispatched. These zombies are strong, fast, and blood-thirsty! The contagion spreads faster than it can be contained – humanity is in grave danger. I do not want to spoil the surprise but, another monster is unknowingly released, as well. No longer able to maintain their hidden existence, these creatures must prevail over the zombies in order to protect their own agenda.
With its solid underlying premise, believable characters, and clean, clear descriptions Good Intentions is a great start to a new zombie series. I cannot wait for the next book to find out what happens next!
This book was given to me by the author in exchange for my honest review.
Reviewed by Laurie-J
D.N. Simmons was born and raised in Chicago, Il. She attended Northern Illinois University majoring in journalism. She began writing short horror stories at the age of eleven and in 2004, she decided to take the plunge into the professional literary world when she published Desires Unleashed. She’s an avid fan of the paranormal and horror genre, finding vampires and shape-shifters fascinating. She’s been voted “New Voice of Today” by Romance Review, “Rising Star” by Love Romance and More and “Author of the Month” by Warrior of Words. Her work has won honorable mentions in catogoeis such as Best Paranormal, Best Book of the Year and Best Urban-Fantasy.
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