The Variant Effect

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 Night Once More: A Wildclown Novel and writing the third book in the Variant Effect series slated for a late 2016 release.
Taylor lives in Canada and would like to thank his readers in advance.

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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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