The Variant Effect

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Rated 5.00/5 based on 4 reviews
The old furrier building in a rundown part of Metro was the perfect place to find a body, and Joe Borland knew they wouldn't have dragged him out of retirement to see it if something hadn't eaten its skin.

It's been twenty years since Borland battled the Variant Effect, and twenty since he let his partner get skinned alive.

Now both of them are ordered back into action to meet the new threat.
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About G. Wells Taylor

G. WELLS TAYLOR is currently promoting the Variant Effect: MADHOUSE 1 - Ziploc City and preparing The Variant Effect: MADHOUSE 2 - Gas Light for an October 2017 release.

G. Wells Taylor was born in Oakville, Ontario, Canada in 1962, but spent most of his early life north of there in Owen Sound where he went on to study Design Arts at a local college. He later traveled to North Bay, Ontario to complete Canadore College’s Journalism program before receiving a degree in English from Nipissing University. Taylor worked as a freelance writer for small market newspapers and later wrote, designed and edited for several Canadian niche magazines.

He joined the digital publishing revolution early with an eBook version of his first novel When Graveyards Yawn that has been available online since 2000. Taylor published and edited the Wildclown Chronicle e-zine from 2001-2003 that showcased his novels, book trailer animations and illustrations, short story writing and book reviews alongside titles from other up-and-coming horror, fantasy and science fiction writers.

Still based in Canada, Taylor continues with his publishing plans that include additions to the Wildclown Mysteries and sequels to the popular Variant Effect series.

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Review by: James Jenkins on Sep. 24, 2016 : (no rating)
This book is too graphic for me. It is as described and what I read of it was well written.
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Review by: MoratGurgeh on Aug. 17, 2013 :
Excellent and original! Very well thought out, logical and detailed background, which the author uses to great effect in almost subliminal tension-raising throughout the story (is that an Effect? Or a mannerism?).

Personally, I can't stand the standard zombie dreck - Oh noes! Virus! Mutation! Cannibal corpses! Blech. The Variant Effect is NOTHING AT ALL like that (there aren't any zombies for a start, although.... there are some similarities, but the Variants are *much* more insidious than boring old Zed), and just goes to show what a really good storyteller can do with a genre one may have thought played out.

Great characters, too. Although as mentioned below they're not exactly nice people, their histories give good reason for it.

The writing is also well above par. Plus some that's truly great. Several times I LOL'd inappropriately at carefully phrased sentences, or grinned at a throwaway (but oh, so apropos) comment. You got to be *good* to get me to do that ;)

Overall, this was a genuinely unputdownable page-turner. I started reading it about 11pm and it's now 4:30 am :) I have to say I'd have been more than happy if I'd bought this book as a full-price paperback, and I'll definitely be buying the sequel (The Variant Effect: GreenMourning) without any hesitation, not to mention checking out more of G. Wells Taylor's work.

Exceptionally highly recommended!
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Review by: Tam Lee on May 28, 2013 :
One of the 'worst' books I've read! So easy to imagine the scenarios behind what happens and has happened. The characters are NOT lovable, but the portrayal of how people cope with an unbearable reality rings true. Well done, something that I HAD to read, even though at times it worried me!
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Review by: Stewart Souter on April 04, 2011 :
Has to go down as one of my favourite books. The history is well explained as are the cause of the changes and the various forms the changes take. The characters are also well developed and have personalities rather than just being tools to move the story along. Will actually buy the paperback to support the author.
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Review by: Sarasvati Fatheree on March 29, 2011 :
not entirely through with it yet, but it's a fascinating scenario being well handled. love zombies, but tired of the same old storyline over and over? though these guys aren't necessarily zombies, you'll probably like this too.
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