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A crime-thriller with an injection of horror.The facts behind the fiction.In 2001 scientists isolated the gene for regenerating damaged organs from the DNA of a South American flatworm. Within five years it had been spliced into the chromosomes of a rhesus monkey, transported through the cell walls by a retro-virus denuded of its own genetic material.Attempting to regrow iA crime-thriller with an injection of horror.The facts behind the fiction.In 2001 scientists isolated the gene for regenerating damaged organs from the DNA of a South American flatworm. Within five years it had been spliced into the chromosomes of a rhesus monkey, transported through the cell walls by a retro-virus denuded of its own genetic material.Attempting to regrow impaired or elderly tissues, a scientist will one day modify the DNA of human beings by injecting the gene-carrying virus. It is just a matter of time.Before consenting to treatment, you may want to ask a simple question: could there be a situation in which you would want to die but were unable to do so?Journalist Hendrix 'Aitch' Harrison links bodies stolen from a renowned forensic-research lab to an influential drug company.Aided by Sarah Wallace, a determined and beguiling entomologist, he delves into a grisly world of clinical trials and a viral treatment beyond imagining.But Aitch must battle more than his fear of technology to expose the macabre fate of the drugged victims donated to scientific research....

Title : Generation
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ISBN : 9781468148589
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Number of Pages : 288 Pages
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Generation Reviews

  • E.L. Farris
    2019-04-07 16:45

    Four StarsGeneration by William KnightWhat do you get when you combine a medical/crime thriller with science fiction/horror? A creepy yet compelling page-turner of a book. Told from multiple points of view, including several characters who are undead but not your stereotypical zombies, Generation takes us into a world of corporate greed, gene manipulation, and people desperate either to live or to die.I can't attest to the accuracy of the science in Generation, but Knight makes it sound entirely plausible. Anyone who has ever worked in an office will recognize the truth of the politics, even if a character or two carry it to the extreme. In fact, the villains are one of the few disappointments of the novel. The journalist who discovers a story much bigger than the one he set out to cover, the forensic scientist/teacher focused on her work, the National Enquirer-type journal editor, and other characters are nuanced and ring true.The chief villain, sadly, is the stop-at-nothing type we've seen too often. The best, most poignant characters are the undead, each of whom deals with his or her fate the best they can.The other disappointment is a gratuitous sex scene that leaves the two main characters naked during the climactic (not that kind of climax) scene. The romance between them seems more grafted on than natural, and their sudden falling into bed together unlikely. The author could have sent them to have coffee at her flat and the plot wouldn't have changed.Still, the novel worked for me, and I would have given it five stars were it not for the clichéd villain, the unnecessary sex scene, a few info dumps, a couple of typos, and some weird hyphenation. I give it a solid four stars and recommend the book to readers who want a fast-paced story that will stretch their imaginations.AIA Reviewers

  • Frida Fantastic (book blogger)
    2019-03-27 22:48

    (Cross-posted from Adarna SF)Generation pitches itself as a “crime-thriller with an injection of horror” and “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo meets the X-Files.” That’s an accurate description of the concept, but not of the quality.Hendrix Harrison, the protagonist, is a British Mikael Blomkvist with Fox Mulder’s interest in the paranormal, and he uncovers a conspiracy surrounding an experimental drug treatment that turns its test subjects into the living dead. The concept is intriguing, and I was hooked by the prologue and the body horror. I love my body horror and Knight knows how to write it excellently.[A row of teeth ran alongside a swollen tongue and Hendrix tried to discern where the tongue ended and the lips began. Translucent red skin was stretched tight across the chin and one cheek providing a window on a network of black veins and white nervous tissue. It was a mass of putrescent flesh dripping onto the pillow, soaking into the sheets, and being washed down the drain every time Thora cleaned.]While many of the horror elements are good, Generation is not a solid thriller in its current form. The first 25% of the book is a massive infodump, and I would have stopped reading it if I didn’t commit to writing a review. Sometimes, a slow build-up to the conflict is effective in horror fiction (Voice by Joseph Garraty is an example, and that’s a five-star book), but in Generation, it’s simply tedium. There are scenes of boardroom meetings, corporate Powerpoint presentations, lonely meals in greasy pubs, long-distance drives to meet with leads that go nowhere… it felt like it was going exactly in that direction–nowhere. But it significantly improves as the story goes on, and it fully hits its stride at the 75% mark.This would have been a leaner and meaner book if chapter 10 was the beginning, and the background info in previous chapters were included in subsequent scenes that moved the plot forward. The novel has potential but there needs to be more focus on what’s important.There was an obligatory sex scene that took place without foreshadowing (out-of-character sex seems to be the domain of thrillers, no idea why), and it was awkward because it disrupted the momentum of the story. It happened during a race-and-chase portion of the plot where the protagonists could be gunned down. I read on while thinking “This is the last thing I care about!”, flipping through it with growing frustration, hoping that the scene wasn’t too long because I wanted to get back to the story. I apologize for being crude, but the experience can only be described as the “reader blueball”.The prose itself is good, and I could tell that the author was an experienced writer, but likely not as experienced with fiction. Small mistakes litter the work: typos, awkward adjectives (“rain-coloured sky”), redundant sentences summarizing the previous paragraph, problems with compound words, and so on. I’m not a professional editor, and I focus on enjoying the story as reader, but the mistakes kept on taking me away from the story.Some of the differences in compound words are likely a difference in British spellings (I’m a reader based in Canada), and I’ve reviewed books by other British writers, but none of these differences bothered me. I think it’s because the errors in this book kept on switching on my inner editor and I couldn’t help but scrutinize the most minor of details.I didn’t warm up to the characters at first, I actually had trouble telling them apart because their characterizations were so bland. But I grew to like them and root for them once Big Pharma was out to tear them apart limb from limb. This happened midway through the book, and again, I wish it took place earlier.Overall, Generation has its moments, and it has the foundations for a solid sci-fi/horror conspiracy thriller. Unfortunately, it’s not polished enough in its current form, but I hope there will be a re-edited version. Considering the major problems with story focus, pacing and infodumping, I’m not ready to read another full-length novel by this author. But Knight writes excellent body horror, so if he has some short horror fiction, I’d definitely be interested.Note: a free review copy was provided by the author.

  • Billy Buttons
    2019-03-27 15:46

    This book was entered in The Wishing Shelf Book Awards. This is what our readers thought:Author: William KnightTitle: GENERATIONCOVER: 8/10From the feedback, it seems the readers thought the cover was ‘very good’ or ‘excellent’. They liked the way the image had been manipulated and they thought the lettering was easy to read. A number of them particularly liked the way the lettering in the title had been played with.CONTENT 7/10In general, the readers enjoyed this thriller. They felt the story had, in general, good pacing and was well written. They liked the central character, Hendrix, very much. One reader (man, aged 45) put in his feedback, ‘I liked the fact Hendrix hated Twitter and thought text messaging was a nightmare. An interesting character with a good eye for a mystery.’A number of the readers commented that the story reminded them of an X-File and, like Mulder, Hendrix is a little ‘out there’! The readers also very much enjoyed the Case Numbers; in fact, many of them thought they were the best part of the story.The only major problem the readers discovered was the way the author handled the relationship between Hendrix and Saran. They felt the author had difficulty with this and the writing was very clumsy. One reader (woman, aged 63) put in her feedback, ‘When the two characters sort of get together – sort of – it is so badly written, it’s embarrassing. It’s almost as if the author felt they must get together to keep his readers happy. Sadly, it had the opposite effect.’In the readers feedback, there were a lot of comments about the genetic engineering discussed in the book. They felt it was interesting and got them thinking: Is genetic engineering right? How far will a person go to live forever?Finally, the ending was very much enjoyed. They felt it was unexpected and very well written, setting the book up nicely for a sequel.EDITING 7/10The readers thought the book was well edited and discovered no glaring problems with grammar, punctuation or spelling. The readers also thought the book was well-structured. A few of the readers felt the pacing was a little slow and a few chunks of the technical writing could easily be shortened. They also felt a good editor would have reworked the ‘getting together’ of the two central characters.STYLE 8/10The style of the author’s writing was very much enjoyed. Although a few of the readers felt the paragraphs were over long and often the language rather complex, they also felt the author had a descriptive pen and worked well with tension and the horror aspects of the novel, particularly the Case Numbers.TO SUM UP 30/40STATSOf the 17 readers:17 finished the book.14 though the cover was good or excellent.13 thought the best part of the book was the complex and interesting plot.4 felt the the central character, Hendrix, was the best part of the book.9 suggested reworking the physical relationship of the two characters.15 would read another book by this author..‘Powerfully written and thought-provoking. Highly recommended.’ The Wishing Shelf Awards

  • Heather Boustead
    2019-03-23 21:57

    Generation By William KnightWhat if when you died you were completely aware of what was happening to you, the bugs eating your body and the rotting of your limbs? William Knight’s book brings that very question to life, in a disturbing and realistic way combining genetic modification with the locked in syndrome. Not only does William Knight manage a gruesome novel but he also weaves an addictive tale, Hendrix Harrison is a reporter searching for the truth behind people who have been seen after they have died, Sarah Wallace is a scientist whose body farm start to lose its inhabitants, they work together to put a stop to the evil pharmaceutical company whose drug is directly responsible for these people remaining conscious even after they have started to rot. This book was absolutely amazing, definitely a new twist on the popular zombies who are mindless murdering creatures. The descriptions are so well written and vivid if you don’t think “eww” at least once there is something seriously wrong with you. If you want a book that will make you reconsider being cremated this is the one for you. As always if you have any requests or recommendations email me at:Reflections.of.a.BookWorm@gmail.comBe sure to visit my blogs at:http://reflectionsofabookworm.wordpre... can even follow me on Twitter@BookWormRflect

  • Sean Randall
    2019-04-13 23:07

    "“My husband. He’s not well.” If he was causing the smell, her words were a fucking understatement." It's been a while since a book's woken me in a cold sweat but although it didn't feel over scary at the time this one certainly packs a punch. The detail of the case studies is visceral and horrifying, and interwoven with the thrilling storyline this is a brilliant fiction debut.There was also something eminently and distinctly British about the novel; not in an Etonian Britishness but a far more accessible layer to the work that rung feelings of my childhood from the pages and made me feel at once comfortable and at home.One does wonder if a larger publisher had been involved, you would have seen a character reaching into the "glove department" of his car, but that's a very small quibble for what is, truly, a taught and engaging thriller with horror to stick with you long after you've closed the book.Coming in 2012, according to the notes at the end of my edition, is what is sure to be Knight's next fictional tour de force. I'll be a buyer for sure.

  • Sweetp-1
    2019-03-22 15:44

    Not really sure what genre this book is - crime/mystery/scifi/zombies perhaps? Hendrix Henderson or "aitch" is a journalist who unwittingly discovers that a major pharmaceutical company is doing dodgy experiments with life prolonging drugs. With the help of a entomologist Aitch begins to put the macabre puzzle pieces together while also cleverly outwitting the bad guys. Aitch is a bit of a rogue with a dark past, his character is well written and carries the story when sometimes there is just one too many viewpoints. As all the threads come together though the pace picks up and I found it hard to put down from about the halfway mark. A gripping and somewhat creepy read with just the right amount of 'omg imagine if....'

  • Abigail
    2019-04-09 16:45

    Someone said to me, "Kriss you will love it, it's a zombie, well scientific umm errr... pandemic?? well .. sort of ... just read the book.." Yes, that is about how the conversation went. Well, I heard zombies and thought AWESOME! When I read the synopsis I thought huh? I love procedural crime novels. I love when someone gets really technical and scientific and fiddles around with genomes. I had also read a response on the Amazon page:"The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo meets the X-Files." ROB SVENSONSounds great right? I adore the X-files (all but Season 9, the non David Dechovny). And from the description of it being a story being investigated by a yellow journalist. OK, I thought, this was well vetted! Well I was wrong. Here is the official product description from Amazon, keep this in mind as I discuss this book. Also keep in mind put everything together and overall I was going to give this novel a solid 3 but I decided with everything taken into mind (some aspects higher and some a tad lower overall   3 1/3 Star's:PROVIDED SYNOPSIS: A crime-thriller with an injection of horror__________________________________________________________Journalist Hendrix 'Aitch' Harrison links bodies stolen from a renowned forensic-research lab to an influential drug company. Aided by Sarah Wallace, a determined and beguiling entomologist, he delves into a  grisly world of clinical trials and a viral treatment beyond imagining. But Aitch must battle more than his fear of technology to expose the macabre fate of the drugged victims donated to scientific research.Instead of giving you a traditional review sounding a bit like "First this happened, and then you have these two characters, there was passion, and there was a bad guy and .. etc.." I feel there is more of a critique needed.  For this review/critique I am the Gene Shallot of Indie Book Publishing... well minus the mustache, the 'fro and the double chin.. OH and those awful glasses! (But not the bow tie.. bow ties are cool!)I feel the need (adjusting my bow tie) to delve into a few things that caused my struggle to read this novel. This read should have taken me 3-days tops. I read fast, but I am highly picky about specific technical issues. I get really hung up on little things that ruin a story for me. So please remember as you read through this post and go "Kriss get over yourself, that is nothing juts let it go", hear me say this "No, I won't let it go. Just give what I say a chance!"I am in the habit of reading analytically, I cannot help it, it is what I do. If I have no problems I can say "Woohhoo I LOVED this book, it was SO fun..." and gush everywhere, which you all have seen me do. Because of this I tend to take all forms of  ingested media apart if something bothers me..gets stuck in my teeth like many little things in this book did. But because this book was obviously written by someone with a creative AND technical mind I ended up analyzing,  trying to find the hidden meaning which in turn ruined the adventure of the read for me. Every artist mixes something special into the pigment of their piece. With so many well constructed metaphors and images within GENERATION, to have someone so carelessly use these two recognizable and popular works sets the readers up with expectations. I had more than a few.. Zombie like? X-File like? The powerful duo of Girl with a Dragon Tattoo? (cracking knuckles). Let's get down to a few.X-Files comparison:Yes, I can see this definitely. A journalist not accepted as a true journalist because of the publication he works for,   a paranormal paper.. Mulder! Absolutely nothing wrong with this. He is a freelancer, and this publication happens to be the place that sends him the most work. He seems to be happy to getting the work considering how he left the service. (The reasons why he left are EXTREMELY important and are dumbed and played down and this is another problem for me..This was hinted at but never completely explained unless you really are paying attention and taking notes [umm ya I did LOL] ) The scientist, the person of reason, obviously our entomologist Dr. Sarah Wallace is our Scully.  OK I buy it so far.Girl with a Dragon Tattoo comparison:No clue other than you have a journalist who has been blacklisted due to being sued by a person of influence and power who targeted him on purpose after he got to close to the truth. YES that is about where it stops. (thinking a bit more... umm hmmm) yes this is where it stops. OK you got me there.. right (throwing pen down). But no this is not all!Let's talk about the main character for a bit. Hendrix Harrison, what a great name right? It is a GREAT character. Though I think that some of the character building needed to be a bit more precise. Most folks label him, including in the Amazon details, as a technophobe. This is very misleading, he is not TECHNICALLY a technophobe.(Sociology) someone who fears the effects of technological development on society and the environment. (NOPE not this one)  someone who is afraid of using technological devices, such as computers (uhhh nope! So ahh hmmm but I believe this interpretation and definition would be the one the reviewers and who ever wrote the blurb was referring to)  OK so the second definition sort of fits. However, TECHNICALLY he is a man suffering from PTSD. He was discharged from the military because of an incident that involved him leaving his men behind and what happened to cause him the psychological disaster of his military career.I cannot really go into why calling Harrison a technophobe is truly wrong without it becoming a spoiler, but as I read all the references about the incident during his military tour in Afghanistan it is actually a  PTSD causality. Suffice it to say, he has a good reason NOT wanting to be hip with a new smart phone and be forced to tweet or text. He does when he HAS too but he does not even want to face his phone or have anything to do with it, again, unless he forced into a corner, as when he has to text the doctor to get her attention.If he was a technophobe Harrison would not be using his bloody laptop constantly. In fact he is described at one point to being in his element as he types furiously away at it. He prefers printed photos not because he is afraid to use a digital camera, but because he is old school. I  went to journalism school also, and  many journalist are the same way. They like working with the media and have  a hard time moving on and away from print media.  Would the normal reader know this? No but the author is a technician, he knows his technology and so he knows these arguments, and in this I applaud him! It is a wonderful part of Harrison's character development4 stars for all character development needs to be noted. They are well constructed. The sinister corporate man, the powerful media mogul our focused scientist.. even the poor geriatric widow are well rounded and three dimensional. Another amazing aspect of writing that makes this author shine, and makes me really not like giving it just a GOOD rating is his incredible chapters from the viewpoint of the victims of the genetic modification treatment, labeled as "case" numbers. It speaks not only directly to the dangers of messing with "creation" but also for me I could see how Harrison is another victim. He is not infused with this horrific GM therapy, but his soul is in a constant state of regrowth just as fast as the flesh of it is decomposing because of what happened to him while serving overseas.  These are threads woven by the authors voice for me. As horrific as it is to read about these poor victims, it has a dark beauty that speaks to the under tones of the book.5 stars for the psychological horror painted for me, for the not so subtle message of the dangers of gene modification as well as a VERY subtle hint of politics.  Especially the ending. It was perfectly wrought!After reading 85% of the book with some sexual tension, much like Mulder and Scully, between our journalist and our doctor (see I can give props to a reviewer of such caliber *rolling eyes*) I still was unprepared for what happens. Maybe a kiss but they were in the middle of a clandestine search for the truth and to regain their reputations that were being squashed by Big Brother Pharmaceuticals, much like Lisbeth and Mickael. (see again with the props in relation to the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo).But unlike these two couples... wait perhaps partners would be better, partners thrust together in circumstance by someone or some company in a position of great power.  However I think the reason that it was compared to these two  partners  as a popular culture reference is of perhaps some misguided advice that "sex sells".  Sure it does, but this does not mean that you have to have a rough and (what reads IMNSHO to me  uncomfortable scene written in after the authors final draft at some misguided persons insistence suggestion. I bet there is a version of this novel having a kiss, or perhaps a bit of gentle touching which was due to the nature of moment because each Harrison and Wallace are at the proverbial crossroad of their careers and lives.1  star -  for this poorly constructed and awkward hack erotica/sloppy porno scene.I think this book would be a good study at the dangers of small publishing houses and your work. I believe this author has been poorly advised. I can see the threads of the story and I feel the novel had huge potential!  I can also see someone else's voice being half hazardously threaded in many different parts of the book. Oh I am sure that Knight wrote all of it. But I can tell it was probably suggested by an editor/marketing "professional" to write things in, such as the sex scene. It was uncomfortable, and unnecessary. All it did is make me throw my hands up and exclaim "WTF" more than a few times and cause my poor cat to yet again hide underneath the bed till Geoff got home.OK so let's wrap this up:Characters 4 /5 stars +  Psychological Horror 5 stars's +  Miserably failed sex scene 1  star + 10 ÷ 3 = 3 1/3 Stars I need to add one thing (this is post publication of this piece) The ending? It was BRILLIANT non-traditional and unexpected! FANTASTIC... absolutely disagree that this is a cliff hanger. This is what made me rethink a few things and made me question the other voice I kept hearing. This book, worth the read JUST to get to the ending and read all the INCREDIBLE psychological and visual horror scenes of each case file.. THIS part of the canvas gets 6 STARS!This book review was part of a tour and the author was so pissed he held my blog hostage for a few days and insisted my review get removed from the tour. WOW, huh? BUT I was fair!! Oh well! I also waited over a year to post this!

  • Ritesh
    2019-04-11 16:47

    The story of Generation follows Hendrix Harrison who is a reporter for a paranormal magazine called Strange Phenomena. Hendrix starts investigating ghost sightings and he is pulled deep into a mystery which is far bigger then he initially realized. As bodies start disappearing and Mendel Pharmaceuticals starts taking a particular interest in this, the mystery deepens. Sarah Wallace, who is an entomologist and is the head of the research facility from where the bodies have disappeared, also gets involved in the mystery. Sarah soon finds that the mystery is far more sinister than initially imagined. As both Hendrix and Sarah start to dig deeper, a story of corporate greed and a drug trial gone horribly wrong starts developing. With neither of them willing to let go and Mendel Pharmaceuticals hell-bent on protecting its investments, a clash between “David and Goliath” begins. They have to race against time and unknown enemies to solve the mystery in time to stop Mendel from launching a suspect treatment which would have global implications. All the characters in the book are very well developed. Hendrix Harrison, a technophobe journalist, was portrayed perfectly. He is someone we want following a paranormal story. He has an eye for the unusual and knows when to keep pursuing a story to its conclusion. His military background comes in handy in difficult situations. What I liked was that the author gave us the background story about why Hendrix has an aversion to mobile phones which was extremely believable. Sarah Wallace, who is an entomologist, gets pulled into the mystery when bodies from her research facilities are stolen. Sarah is shown to be at the top of her field. She has an eye for detail as far as dead bodies are considered. Sarah and Hendrix form the perfect team to solve the mystery.The relationship between Hendrix and Sarah proceeds along a well-worn path. They clash in the beginning, with Sarah taking a strong disliking to Hendrix, but also being attracted to him. Then, as circumstances put the two together, and they start working together towards the common goal of solving the mystery, they begin to develop feeling for each other and end up in bed together. I have to say that the scene depicting the sex they have was unnecessarily graphic and a bit crass. The author should have left the vivid description of the act out of the book, considering that he does not have a talent in writing such scenes. The book is set in the UK, where the author also hails from. There are certain words which creep into his writing which would be familiar to someone staying there, but are a little difficult to grasp for someone who is not. I also had some problem following the protagonist around as he drives from one place to another. I frankly don’t know why this happened. Generally, I have no problem following books which are set in various locations around a country. Being in India, I am definitely not familiar with places in either UK or USA. So, it was definitely not about being in unfamiliar territory, it was something else altogether. I suspect it was the way in which these scenes were written (or it may have been the fact that I was reading this book really late at night).Throughout the book, cases of people on whom this “treatment” was experimented, are interspersed with the current events taking place. These were sections which bring out the horror element of the book. Although, not particularly scary, they are gruesome. These people are shown to be in limbo, where their body has died and decayed, but their mind remains alive. This is a horrible state to be in. Imagining their plight sent shivers down my spine. Being trapped in a decaying body and being able to feel each and every step which takes place in that process is something which is bone-chilling. We can actually feel their pain and despair as they are stuck in a seemingly never-ending cycle of decay and renewal, which may never bring them back to life, but will also not let them die in peace.This book had so much potential to go above and beyond being a simple medical-thriller. There were hints of there being so much more to the story which were never explored. In fact, the author ends the book with a major cliff-hanger. This is never good in a standalone novel. I don’t know if the author wanted to keep the option of converting this book into a series open, but this left a bad taste. The horror part of the story could have been developed so easily and so magnificently, but was not. The book had all the elements in place to create a zombie apocalypse. I can understand not going down that route, but in this case, the author should have closed down that possibility by the end of the book. This never happens.I did find a lot of thinking points in the story. To what extent will people go to live forever and what is the price they are willing to pay? How safe is genetic engineering, and what would happen if something goes wrong? How far are companies willing to go to protect their interests and those of their investors? How will humanity evolve, will evolution and science take us to a place where we will be able to defy “God”, or nature itself? I love a book which makes me think about the implications of the story, where the book does not end with the end of the story.Overall, I loved the thrill ride. The book was able to create and maintain the tension required of every thriller. There were parts of the book, where I was holding my breath, unable to continue reading, fearing what would happen next. I also loved the fact that the book had a happy ending for most people involved. If the book could have been developed up to its potential, I would have blindly given it 5-stars. But as it stands now, with no sequel in sight, I rate the book as 3 stars only.

  • Jack
    2019-04-09 00:09

    Biotechnology thriller based on genetic therapy. Not really believable but well written.

  • Leah (White Sky Project)
    2019-04-12 18:48

    When I first heard about the book, I was a little hesitant about reading it. I read the blurb, took one look at the muy creepy cover, and thought, "Oh man, zombies." The blurb also mentioned words like sci-fi, crime and thriller, and I haven't read a single crime thriller in a long time, so I wasn't exactly in the mood for one. However, I decided to suck it up and give it a go as part of my personal reading and writing goals. WELL, I'm glad that I went ahead with it because it turned out to be even more interesting than I thought. Yes, it has sci-fi, crime, horror, and a little bit about the walking dead, and it was all GEWD.First, let me say a little zomething about zombies. I am seriously terrified of zombies, or rather, the thought of zombies. I mean, I've seen the George Romero movies, the Resident Evil films, and Zombieland, and I thought they were gross, but really cool, too, in a way. It wasn't until I read this other book that the thought of the walking dead really freaked me out. The book was about the zombie apocalypse told through transcripts of interviews with survivors. For me it brought the zombie issue down to the individual level. It was about what people had to go through and had to do to survive. For me, imagining the personal horrors of these survivors was more terrifying than the actual zombies themselves. Generation gave me a similar kind of feeling. Although the book isn't really about zombies, it talks about the scientific possibility of reanimation or regeneration of human cells--a concept that has already been widely used in many crime thrillers and zombie stories. In Generation, however, the author uses it in a slightly different way. Knight doesn't take the usual "OMG botched scientific research results to zombie hordes run for your lives!!" route. He doesn't talk too much about the dead, but rather about the living. He talks about the lengths people are willing to go to for a chance to live longer. He also touches on corporate supremacy and capitalism. How far would you go in the name of scientific or medical research? How far will corporations go to earn a gajillion dollars? Is it all worth it?Another thing unique about the book is that it also shows the side of the so-called walking dead. Most films or books only show the stories of the people trying to escape the madness and portray the infected ones as mindless soul-less creatures. Generation takes a different stab at these "mindless soul-less creatures" by including short features that show the perspectives of these poor souls.Here's an excerpt to give you an idea:Case Number SW0112He could not die. He remained, even as they ate into his half-buried torso. Dropping into the surrounding sea of leaves, burrowing and pulsing, tunnelling through his flesh and gnawing his bones; they made a home. He’d been aware of them throughout the long winter, but now the air was warmer and his senses were awakening. Perhaps he could hide from the plump overfed bodies. He wanted to go home.He struggled to raise his mud-caked arm. Silver-dewed cobwebs strained and snapped, releasing sparks of water. Sodden earth clung to his elbow forming a gnarly branch. Trailing ivy, fed by leaching nutrients, tied the limb to the ground. He fought the binding weed until he collapsed, exhausted. Once more his arm settled back into the leaf mould as if it had never moved.But on this day his thoughts came quickly and fluidly. Weeping joints and dead muscles warmed by sunshine filtering through the canopy oiled his movements. Finally he was free of the binding roots. He emerged like a fly from its chrysalis, unfolded his body, crease-by-crease, joint-by-joint, and willed each sinew to do his bidding. At last he stood.His limbs resembled felled branches of trees: waterlogged, mould-spattered and swollen, with open splits in the skin. He rubbed his forearm and scraped off a layer of fat, releasing an odour of soap and damp, and exposing raw muscle. The smell awakened his dull senses, and at first he thought it was the soft fragrance of his wife’s perfume. He tried to find her. But as the sun warmed his sagging flesh and stirred his turgid blood, bacteria swarmed and divided, excreting the stench of decay. He realised her perfume was thick odour made sweet by fond memory. She was lost.From the very vivid description of decay and decomposition, you would think this character was simply dead and walking, but then you read about its thought process and feelings, and you wonder if this is really one of the walking dead. It was the fate of these poor things (and the very gruesome description of skin and muscle falling off gaahhhh) that lingered with me after I read the book.Overall, the book was a pretty good read and I enjoyed it. The science part was really interesting and sounded very believable. Made me think about more horrifying what ifs--which for me is a good sign that the book was, well, worth reading.

  • Marie Kuhlman
    2019-03-27 18:54

    MB#778829I am squeamish around blood in person, I don't care to watch surgery or be on the "other side" of being a patient, 5 years at a local Level I Trauma Hospital taught me that. That said, on the flip side - I love horror gore, I am mesmerized by the macabre and turned upside down by a good mystery.While I find most books enjoyable - particularly those that deal with grisly subject matter, as does GeNeRATION... few (if any) pull off the plot, the story twists and believable characters as well as GeNeRATION does. Can you dig it?THE COVER: Can you see CREEPY? I don't mean like scare you away creepy, don't get me wrong! This cover has just the right amount of creepy intrigue. The mesmerizing golden eyes, purplish disjointed flesh and medical mask hold a sort of repulsive quality, rather than push you away it draws you in and compels you to swipe it away and land your eyes on the first page.THE SUBJECT MATTER: The world as we know it has advanced at a breakneck speed - so many things, processes and medical treatments are invented it feels like a waterfall cascading over you to the point you may drown. Unfortunately, too often we don't see all sides of invention - particularly those "discoveries" that occur in the medical field. Sure pharmaceutical companies put out reports, make reams of information available - but the cynic in me says they only let out JUST enough to pacify people. This book, GeNeRATION by William Knight, addresses medical invention and it's darker side in such a realistic matter it's disorientating. Can you dig it?THE CHARACTERS: There are many colorful and hauntingly realistic characters that populate this story. Here are just a few that struck a chord with me:"Hendrix Harrison" a dogged reporter for a barely reputable magazine, a man with an understandable aversion to technology and the right mind to tread the line between the stark reality of the world and the shady underpinnings of the world that swirls around "Strange Phenomena"."Barry Hubbard" the antithesis of "Hendrix Harrison" is a stereotypical nutter in my mind - but one with just enough of a hold on reality that he can walk among "normal" people with enough ease that he appears functional."Gerard Debonfort" is an all around "fixer" for Mendel Pharmaceuticals with just the right amount of menacing to make your skin crawl as he dances across the pages of the story."Dr. Sarah Wallace" a genius in her field of forensic etymology, she like Hendrix Harrison, straddles a the line of two worlds in GeNeRATION. The story starts to pick up when it is discovered that the "unusual" bodies being discovered were last known to be at her enclosure (body farm) linked to New Castle University School of Forensic Science. As the plot gradually marches towards the "meat" of the story, she is tested in ways she would have never imagined.THE WORDS WITHIN: How many times have you wondered what it would feel like to be dead? Have you ever wondered what it would be like to actively experience decomposition? Okay so maybe you have wondered what it means to be dead, but not necessarily what it would be like to decompose - but I have. In GeNeRATION, William Knight paints such a vivid picture of experiencing death and decomposition it may make you think he has first hand experience... I mean how else can a person describe movement of insects during decomposition in such a convincing manner that it has you putting the book down as your body shivers as the thought of bugs crawling on you dances on the edge of your consciousness? Can you dig it?

  • Shah Wharton
    2019-04-16 17:05

    My Book ReviewWell, I finished this after staying till 4.30 am (because I couldn't put the damn thing down!) and began writing this review as soon as my head could conceivably leave the pillow, because I couldn't wait to tell you folks about it. That was 26th Feb - I realised afterward that I had to wait till today to share it with you because today is my tour stop day. Bleh. It's killed me not to put this review everywhere up till now.Anyway, enough of that.What did I love about it? Well, pretty much everything. Loving the cover, I expected a terrifying tale about zombies and human survival, which I didn't get, or at least not how I thought. Did this nark me? Not a jot! Because although I didn't get what I expected, I did get horrifying, though in a much more subtle and pervasive way. I could 'see' the images of the walking dead, 'hear' their thoughts, 'feel' their awful anguish. I wouldn't get that from the usual zombie fare. And the author didn't need to write pages of description to submerge into each dark moment.He did this using, amongst other things, a perfect balance of description (I hate too much, but need and delight in just the right amount) and action. Images so terrifying because they were so real, sprang up between everyday happenings, like eating a McDonalds, for example. And all weaved meticulously through the ever increasing tension of plot, and growth of character.The book was apparently ten years in the making, and the research alone must have taken that long. Of course anyone can Google, but the author must have digested hours of research to understand the whole genetic manipulation/'Mad-Science' details he painstakingly explored for us, to make this intelligent sci-fi, utterly and terrifyingly believable. But the same commitment to detail shows up in all manner of subjects; technology, forensics, police procedure, the list goes on.One scene I can't go into without spoiling things for you (because you must get this book) would be a fine example of how well he can manipulate the readers emotion. All I can say is that it was a 'sexual/action scene' and I have to say, it made me hot, then laugh out loud, then gasp in terror (minus any kind of perversity I might add), in only a few pages. Bloody good!I loved the character development of ALL the characters. The hero, the heroine, the nemeses. But my favourite would have to be the detective in charge of the murder enquiry (I have no memory for names, I apologise). I saw each of his movements, mannerisms as clearly as if I were there. I imagined seeing him in the pub on Sunday for his lunch, looking tired. But he'd be someone people trusted. You'd want to be his mate. I really liked him and I could easily see him as the lead in many more stories, because his personality was strong enough to carry any story.What didn't I like so much?Not much to say here actually. Perhaps there was a little too much information for this tiny brain during the 'science-bits', which I may have skimmed a tiny bit because I couldn't wait to get to the next bit. But I was reading all that at around 3am (because I couldn't put the book down), so that might have made the difference. :)Other than this, I loved it and will absolutely read this author again. This may be his debut fiction novel, but he is no fledgling writer.Do I recommend it?Err, what do you think? :P 5/5

  • Donna Brown
    2019-03-20 21:56

    Hendrix ‘Aitch’ Harrison has been known to discover some unusual cases during his employment as a techno-phobe journalist at Strange Phenomena and at times it seems like he’s on more of a wild goose chase than chasing down a scoop. Like being called to investigate the story of the Ashburton Wolf! Also known as… a farm dog. He’s anti-Twitter and likes to do things a certain way but he’s also tenacious and knows how to take the lead on a story. In other words, he’s the kind of journalist you’d like investigating when something goes wrong with a company.Said company in this case is Mendel Pharmaceutical. They’re riding high on the wave of a new therapy that will make the board members very rich indeed. Who cares if it’s ethical? Who cares what the consequences are of the science behind it? They’ve put big money into this treatment and they’ll put even bigger money into protecting it and their profits.Generation is quoted as being a cross between the X-Files and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. As a fan of both I’m not sure either reference resonated with me fully – I felt it was more Michael Crichton meets CSI. There are strange goings on and Hendrix is an investigative reporter into supernatural phenomenon but to me this smacked more of a techno-thriller. There’s nothing at all wrong with that – as a long time Crichton fan, I’m always pleased to see someone new step into the arena.Hendrix is an intriguing character though I felt this novel didn’t delve into his personality or history nearly enough. I could see this being developed as a series or even a television show but as a standalone novel I felt that Hendrix was a little bland as a character and some aspects of the novel a little predictable. That notwithstanding, it can’t be denied that Knight has put together a compelling read here with an interesting and thought-provoking storyline. I’d certainly be interested to read more ‘Hendrix Harrison’ novels if that’s on the cards – I feel he could be further developed as a character and tried and tested in many different situations.Really this is probably around a 3.5 but as Amazon and Goodreads don’t allow the old half scores, I’ll have to go to three. This is a good read with some well-executed ideas but the character development is a little lacking and the predictability of the story in some areas takes the edge off the twists in some of the others. Nonethless, it’s a great choice for lovers of Crichton or those who just enjoy a great thriller in general and it’s always nice to see a novel that’s based in the UK with landmarks that I recognise and love!This review was originally published on Book Bags and Cat Naps. I received a copy of this book in exchange for my fair and honest review. I did not receive any additional compensation and all reviews are my own.

  • nick
    2019-03-29 21:55

    I’m writing a mini-review for this book because I do not want to give out any spoilers.Before I became engrossed in YA books, I was a huge fan of mystery and thriller books. I love them. I usually read books by Michael Crichton, Tess Gerritsen and Dean Koontz. Generation has to be the first mystery-thriller book I’ve read in a very long time. Honestly, I’m really glad I did because I enjoyed reading this.The book introduces us to Hendrix Harrison, most commonly known as Aitch. He works as a journalist for Strange Phenomena, which usually deals with supernatural news. His editor and friend, Tom, asks him to investigate ghost-sightings in Newcastle and thus, Hendrix finds himself over there. However, things don’t go as planned and Aitch finds himself beginning to investigate cases involving a major wealthy drug company. The story is basically about Aitch digging into the secrets of this company and finding out what truly is happening.I liked that this book was written from several different POVs because as a reader you get to see the different sides of the story. Multiple POVs can be very annoying sometimes, especially if the author uses the same tone and personality for the different characters. However, William Knight did a brilliant job giving each and every character different mentalities and attributes. Now, the plot itself was very intriguing. The synopsis is what initially drew me to sign up for the blog tour. As a Science student and a huge fan of Hodgins on the TV show Bones, I found myself enjoying all aspects connected with Science and Generation is pretty heavy on the Science, especially on genetics and entomology. The story, according to me, was compelling, challenging and addictive. I started the book last morning and I finished it by afternoon because it was that entertaining. (Good thing, I’m currently at home or I wouldn’t have done any work!)It also got me reflecting about a lot concerning Science because I’m pretty sure with all the advances that man-kind is making in the field of Science that the events in this book could someday happen in real life. Honestly, I have no idea what I would do if I found myself in such a situation!Overall though, Generation was a mysterious, astonishing and in a certain way pretty frightful book with a great set of remarkable characters. I know for certain that I’ll be picking up more of this author’s works!I know that most of my followers are mostly YA readers, but if you’re like me and like many different genres, then I suggest that you give Generation a shot. I promise you that you won’t be disappointed.

  • Inga
    2019-03-30 20:07

    My review: When I saw the cover of Generation by William Knight, I was intrigued. After reading the blurb of Generation, I was sure I wanted to read it. I am glad that I did.Generation is a book where crime, thriller and horror are nicely combined and well written. It was not the easiest book to read for me, but I have to say, that I enjoyed it more than I expected. I have a very strong opinion of reanimation, regeneration, cloning and similar other topics, so I wasn't sure how I would react to Generation. I loved it! I was spooked, entertained and what was most important, it made me think and reconsider some of my previous thoughts about the topic.Regarding the plot:The beginning of the book was eye and mind catching and so was the rest of the book. The reader meets journalist Hendrix "Aitch" Harrison who starts to investigate a hunch of a story and end of with quite horrifying results of what science and technology can do to humans. As the story develops he is helped by Sarah Wallace and both of them will have to take journey which is both unbelievable and captivating and last, but not least scary.The brilliant idea behind the plot was little unconventional. the author did not ask if it is good or bad to use science and technology on humans for testing, but more, that if it is done and a person would finally like to die, but cannot, then what? What are the consequences of scientific immortality? Very scary statement, but very interesting in the same time. It was also unconventional because there are so many book in the world which deal with immortality and its benefits, but Generation was a very refreshing reading amongst the usual trend.Regarding the characters:I liked Aitch! Since there are not so many people who are resistant to technology and its rapid developments, I found him interesting from the very beginning. I think the author did a wonderful job with this specific character and brought some very human characteristics into him. He was likable and seemed very real.Sarah was in a way a total opposite of Aitch. she felt like a fish in a water when at least talking about science and technology. These two characters also supported each other in many levels and many aspects.Generally:Generation by William Knight was an unconventional a refreshing read about immortality. It was well written, the plot was intriguing and captivating1 Definitely a must read for thriller lovers!5 stars.

  • Celine
    2019-04-04 18:01

    When I started reading Generation I was expecting full horror with a little bit of crime mystery. The first page did nothing to change those expectations; we begin with Patient SW0112 who feels how his own body is decomposing in graphic detail. I got quite a strong stomach for this kind of story; but I was very glad that this book is more than just three-hundred pages of gore.Hendrix Harrison is a journalist for the Strange Phenomena magazine. When he gets sent to a small village to do research for a story, he comes across something way bigger than just a ghost sighting. There are bodies disappearing from a university facility, and it looks like they were used for testing genetic modification drugs by a pharmaceutical company. People are noticing that Hendrix is digging in stuff he isn't supposed to and some people are getting very, very annoyed.When a book has an average rating of over four stars on Goodreads I get sceptical. It's impossible that everyone loves the same book, right? In the case of Generation I have to admit, this book is of a very professional standard. It's very well written with just the right amount of suspense, conspiracy, gruesomeness and science. I really liked how the virus that turns people into some kind of concious zombies was developed. Some authors take the easy way out and leave the details unexplained; Mr Knight on the other hand gives us a solid foundation so we can believe in his story.Generation is a very engaging book. Slowly you discover together with Hendrix what is going on at the university and the pharmaceutical company. For me personally it was too slow. I knew what was going on about halfway of the book, and the main characters took several agonizing chapters until they finally wanted to admit the "big secret". I did like the big conspiracy though, so I wasn't that annoyed.The characters were pretty lifelike and layered, but it turned out they just weren't people I very much liked. It's hard for me to identify with a single ex-military turned journalist. There was also a little romance that I didn't understand at all. I couldn't find any reason for them to be attracted to each other.Luckily these were just minor problems and they didn't take away from my enjoyment of the book. I think a lot of lovers of thrillers will adore Generation. I would definitely recommend it, on the condition that you can handle a little bit of gore!

  • Lissette
    2019-03-25 16:09

    A veteran of war, Hendrix 'Aitch' Harrison has lived an ordinary life, at least by his standards. Working for what's considered to be a seedy magazine catering to strange phenomenon, Hendrix has always been looking for that one story which lift him from the clutches of obscurity. When a friend mentions a passing article to him, one he has no interest in, he burns with the thought that he's been had yet again. Never once did he imagine that there would be truth within the case itself.Delving a little deeper, he discovers a heinous plot involving Mendel Pharmaceutical, a company renowned for their breakthroughs in trying to cure cancer and other ailments. His discovery leads him to Sarah Wallace, a forensics entomologist who may have an idea as to what is going on. Unfortunately, she's convinced he's some sort of stalker and refuses to have anything to do with him.Pursuing the leads he's been given, he realizes he may just be way in over his head. The pharmaceutical company doesn't want their research leaked out into the open and will do anything to keep that from happening. They'll silence anyone who treads on their toes and Hendrix is now their main target.As secrets about the company's sordid experiments emerge, Hendrix wonders if upsetting the balance in order to set things is worth the risk. Bodies soon start showing up in the oddest of places; bodies that refuse to remain dead. Mendel Pharmaceutical is forced to take action in hopes of erasing what they've done so that the public will never know what really goes on within their clinical trials.In a race against time, Hendrix gathers needed evidence on the company's shady research, much to the CEO's chagrin. With Sarah caught in the crossfire, he knows they must thwart the enemy's plans or risk dying in the process. The public must know what goes on behind the pharmaceutical's walls and they will bring everything to light, no matter the cost.This was quite a unique take on all things zombies. Normally they're portrayed as crazed, flesh-eating shells of the person's they used to be. William allows us to delve into the minds of several beings that are dead yet alive within their own right. He's written such a thought-provoking and quite intriguing story that could very well be a take on a 'what if this were to happen in real life' sort of situation. I enjoyed the book very much and look forward to reading more of William's work soon.

  • Kevin Carey-Infante
    2019-04-07 16:46

    Every piece of fiction carries within it a piece of non-fiction. No matter how fantastic a story, there is a part of it that rings true, making the rest of the book believable. Generation by William Knight is a powerful tale of horror. If you ask me, a horror story is successful if you can’t sleep for days after reading the last sentence, not wondering if this could happen, but fearing when are we finally going to hear the awful truth that it has happened. Generation was one such novel! Contrary to it’s billing as a story about zombies – the undead, this is a real-life medical crime thriller that asks the age-old question: What would you give to live forever.I must admit that I had a difficult time properly summarizing Generation. I found myself spoiling too much of the story. Thus I have opted for’s description:In 2001 scientists isolated the gene for regenerating damaged organs from the DNA of a South American flatworm. Within five years it had been spliced into the chromosomes of a rhesus monkey, transported through the cell walls by a retro-virus denuded of its own genetic material.Attempting to regrow impaired or elderly tissues, a scientist will one day modify the DNA of human beings by injecting the gene-carrying virus. It is just a matter of time.Before consenting to treatment, you may want to ask a simple question: could there be a situation in which you would want to die but were unable to do so?Journalist Hendrix ‘Aitch’ Harrison links bodies stolen from a renowned forensic-research lab to an influential drug company.Aided by Sarah Wallace, a determined and beguiling entomologist, he delves into a grisly world of clinical trials and a viral treatment beyond imagining.But Aitch must battle more than his fear of technology to expose the macabre fate of the drugged victims donated to scientific research.Although the writing was superb, I found myself getting bogged down (pun intended) in some of the lengthy descriptions and complicated medical jargon. Despite the 4-star rating I gave this one, I am giving it a 10-star horror factor rating! Can the events in this must-read thriller really happen? I’ll let you judge for yourself. As for me – I have absolutely no doubt!

  • Tony McFadden
    2019-03-30 17:47

    I liked the characters in this book. William Knight creates believable characters on both sides of the equation. The hero is reluctantly heroic and the villain is truly villainous.While there is a hint of horror/paranormal, it's what I call pseudo-paranormal. Yes, there are elements some may call paranormal, but the science behind their existence is not only plausible, it's believable.Aitch is a technophobe in the world of online media. He writes for a rag with headlines of ghosts, werewolves and zombies. Sarah Wallace is a forensic entomologist - the kind of person who can tell you how long a body has been dead by the type and age of bugs on its body. That aging has bearing on some inexplicable occurrences in her field that intersect with questions Aitch has about a story he's chasing in Newcastle. They, as a team, are well written and face a formidable foe in Gerard Debonfort, the `fix-it man' brought in by Mendel Pharmaceuticals.I should note that while the spine of this story is a genetic/medical thriller, the science is not only sound (to the layman), it doesn't bog the reader down with unnecessary details. Everything makes sense, even if your background in science is limited to building baking soda volcanoes in grade 6.William does a very good job setting the scene. I was *in* the northeast, with the damp and the fog and the rain. And the pacing is terrific. I read the book over a 36-hour period. It was difficult to put down. The overall story arc was not only smooth, the plot points were completely organic. The author takes us, with Aitch, from a pub in Newcastle in Chapter 1 to a showdown with the pharmaceutical company at the end of the book, with every step in between a logical step.I would strongly recommend this book, and look forward to more from this author.

  • Mandi Kaye Ottaway
    2019-04-08 23:09

    Reviewed at (3/30/12)Once again, I’ve managed to read a zombie book. Except this is a zombie book unlike any other.In 2001 scientists isolated a gene in the South American flatworm that regenerates damaged organs. Within 5 years, it had been spliced into the chromosomes of animals using a live retro-virus. If successful, aging could be stopped – even reversed, diseased or damaged organs could be regrown, and life could be extended indefinitely. Scientists are now working to modify the DNA of humans by injecting the virus.But there’s just one question left to ask… could there be a situation in which you would want to die but were unable to do so?After reading this book, the answer is emphatically yes.Interspersed throughout the story were chapters from the perspective of living corpses - those who had been infected by the virus and could not die, though their bodies were decomposing.It was quite horrifying.The book revolves around Aitch – Hendrix Harrison – an off-beat journalist who stumbles onto the story while investigating tales of ghost sightings. He is led to Dr. Sarah Wallace, a forensic entomologist, whose entire life’s research has just been destroyed by the pharmaceutical company developing the virus. Together they work to find out what the company is hiding while dodging murder attempts and accusations.It really is quite thrilling. Crime dramas aren’t usually my forte, but this one is definitely worth reading. My only negative comment is that there was a very predictable sex scene that added nothing to the story, and actually detracted from it from my perspective.

  • Lydia
    2019-03-28 22:42

    Before I get into my normal gushing, only because I've yet to read a book lately that disappoints me, let me say that the critic who claimed that Generation was X-Files mixed with Girl With The Dragon Tattoo was spot on!Generation follows Hendrix Harrison a journalist for a magazine by the name of "Strange Phenomena", which is kind of like those weird tabloids about seeing alien babies and wolf people (my favorite waiting in grocery line reads).After a few awful assignments (i.e. THE ASHBURN WOLF! = big dog) Hendrix is assigned to go to Northern England to report on a ghost sighting. When he gets there he stumbles upon something even bigger than just a stupid ghost story.It turns out this place, Mendel Pharmesudicals, is keeping an eye on the disappearing of corpses at the local forensics university. So much better than a ghost hunt, huh?!I loved this book. Crime thrillers are a genre that I'm now finding a strong love for and I put Knight's wonderful book right up there with my favorites.Speaking of favorites, the way Knight interjects case files of the people into the story was awesome! I love it when authors do this. Gives it a whole other level to the story.

  • Mike
    2019-04-19 22:10

    Can hardly be described as a 'fun' read but it was certainly entertaining. Another take entirely on the push for longevity. Continuing life in 'Generation' had no resemblance to the easy extensions felt in films like 'Highlander' or any of the other eternal life movie scenarios. The opening Case Number SW0112 was horrific and perfectly detailed in its imagery. You could feel the clinging damp earth.One good thing about the various 'cases' was that they didn't seem to experience pain. The main characters were well enough drawn to make them if not utterly believable then certainly worth following to see what transpires. Older readers will more easily identify with Aitch's wariness of social media and modern devices then Tweeters and those with blurring mobile-activating thumbs. The descriptions of most of the 'cases' and their decaying conditions and dire situations was well done and evocative. All in all this passed a few hours and maybe gave a moment's pause that all in a genetically modified world future might not be entirely plain sailing. But only a moment.

  • Kathleen Dixon
    2019-04-07 17:07

    It took me a month to read this, but only because I have it on my Kindle which generally holds my back-up reading material. On top of that, the battery's always running out, so everything I read on it takes me a long time. Sometimes that causes problems - what on earth was happening last time I read this book? who are the people? etc. BUT, that didn't happen to me with this book, which suggests that the story and characters were never a matter of "out of sight, out of mind".And seriously, rotting sentient corpses are not something easily forgotten. Still, if that had been all this book was about, I wouldn't have read more than a few pages. Instead, the book is about Aitch (Hendrix Harrison) as he tries to uncover a mystery. There's genetic manipulation, a ruthless pharmaceutical company, plodding police, a dark past almost crippling our hero at times, and a love interest. I did enjoy this book!

  • Mike Lowery
    2019-03-24 22:59

    When I looked at the cover of this book I both hoped and assumed I would be reading another zombie tale of a nihilistic future (may not be everyone's cup of tea). I have to say the Mr Knights description of the dead rising in the early chapters of the book is one of the best descriptions I have ever read. However as the plot unfolds the Zombie like nature of the book rapidly disappears into the background and the true essence of the book, a tale of corporate greed, malpractice and the power of social media come to the fore. Was I disappointed that I did not get my Zombie book? Not for one minute I devoured the book in a matter of days and am looking forward to reading it again.The added spice to this story was that by happy circumstance it was set in the north east of England where I grew up.Nice work.

  • Julien Thomas
    2019-04-05 18:45

    I am quite a fan of the zombie-era of stories, but I am a bit over the post-apocalyptic-legions-of-zombies-taking-over-the-world genre. Will Knight has managed to put a great twist on the run-of-the-mill zombie story by mixing it up with industrial espionage and a good dose of believable science.Compelling characters and a fast moving story also blend together to produce a great book that I couldn't put down. The relationship between the two main characters is semaphored from the beginning but when they finally get together they make a great team and suggest a chance of some sequels?Bring on the next one!

  • A.B. Shepherd
    2019-03-21 16:08

    You will be repulsed, chilled, and maybe even nauseated, yet unable to stop reading this captivating debut thriller by William Knight!To read more of my review please go to

  • Glenn
    2019-04-05 23:07

    An excellent book with a number of different sci-fi elements -- zombies, mad scientists, corrupt business people. The author has obviously done his homework in researching the background for the novel. It comes across as plausible even though you hope it isn't.

  • Joseph Hunt
    2019-04-02 23:00

    As part of a Novel Publicity blog tour I was given the opportunity to read this book!If you want to read my review, here's the link to it on my blog!

  • Mert
    2019-03-30 22:58

    Not bad. The romance part felt gratuitous though.

  • Edward
    2019-04-17 18:54

    A bit hard to get into and get started...But once I got the hang of it the story developed nicely...I'd read this author again...