Perfect Copy

Rated 4.20/5 based on 10 reviews
“In Perfect Copy, Gaines delivers that eerie feeling that any thrill seeker craves. Well done!”
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About Judith Gaines

Judith Gaines resides in North Carolina, USA. With over 20 years of professional media experience, she produces, directs and provides post-production services for advertisers, non-profits, and corporations.

Judith is the owner and Executive Editor of Fiction Writer Pro.

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Sarah (Workaday Reads) reviewed on on Jan. 14, 2013

The summary doesn’t really tell you much, but this is a horror story about clones. There isn’t much background about why or how, the focus is on now, and the consequences of creating clones.

Told by the nanny Brina, the story is quick and thrilling. Brina’s viewpoint creates a victim angle with a strong compassion streak. It is obvious she adores the young Roman, and this colours her ideas about the clones. She is strong and very passionate about following her own moral code.

Overall this is an entertaining read. I would have loved to have learned more about the how and why of the clones. There is also the question about clones that didn’t make an appearance in the story. Are there more, and what are they like. Despite these unanswered questions, this was a very thrilling horror story.
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)
Sue Owen reviewed on on Dec. 5, 2011

I’m afraid I had trouble following this book. I enjoyed the concept the author was trying to present and for the most part the story followed a logical path. However, especially at the beginning, I had trouble associating with the characters.

There didn’t seem to be a connect there. I thought I was reading about one character but as I moved along it appeared there were more than one and then I read back and found I still couldn’t tell. I guess it wasn’t obvious enough for me as a casual reader.

I do give points for originality of idea and there were a lot of good plot points that I enjoyed. I would like to see more stress placed on some of the more obtuse points in the novel. Unless that was done on purpose because the author intended this to be a book that had to be studied and not just read.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Brandy Hunt reviewed on on Sep. 16, 2011

This was a nice, fast paced thriller. I did feel that it could have ended differently. It was not quite a cliffhanger, but I felt there was a lot of information about the cloning process and the relationship between two of the characters that just wasn't presented the way it should have been.

Either the story started too late, or ended too soon, depending on your point of view. However, I really identified with the main female lead and her relationship with her charge. That really carried the novel for me.
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)
DivaV reviewed on on Aug. 16, 2011
(no rating)
It was a very good story. Thoroughly enjoyed it.
(reviewed 24 days after purchase)
Autumn B reviewed on on Aug. 13, 2011
(no rating)
I reviewed this right after I read it, but apparently it only "took" on Amazon. Sorry.

I received "Perfect Copy" through the Indie Book Collective, with the promise of a review, so here goes:

"Perfect Copy" was fast moving and fairly interesting. I found the story involving and the characters realistic. It was a pleasant surprise to find that it was not a re-hash of the Kubrick/Spielberg movie, "A.I.". I liked the way that the author made the scientific aspect accessible for the average reader. As a mom, my heart went out to Roman from the beginning.

Despite all the positive aspects of the novel, though, here were serious issues with grammar, sentence structure, and word choice. A good, substantive editor would do a world of good for "Perfect Copy". I read widely (as well as writing and editing), in many genres, and these issues seem to crop up quite often in self-published romance and sci-fi manuscripts. Some scenes could stand with fleshing out, as well.

Bottom line: "Perfect Copy" had enough interesting matter in the story to make me keep reading, despite the technical shortcomings. With a good edit, this could be mainstream publishable. But until that edit is done, "Perfect Copy" is not.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Nancy Black reviewed on on July 22, 2011

Perfect Copy is just that. A thriller that grabs your attention from the very first page. Brina is hired to take care of a little four year boy Roman. He is a genetically engineered child from Mathew Roman. Edward is a scientist, and Russ helps control this child.

Brina has had a rough life and was searching for a new life and another beginning. She uses sign language to communicate with the youngster as he can't speak yet. Roman is so very special and they don't know what he capable of. He also has a hundred plus life span.

Things racket up when a Park Ranger comes to the house to tell Brina that Mathew is dead and they found his car. Running to the downstairs lab Brina tells Edward and Russ about it. Hidden secrets, man against man and Brina and the child caught in the middle.

Evil resides in Edward and Mathew didn't contain any moral fibers. Russ, well you will just have to read this fantastic novel to find out.

They are getting ready to move to a safer place when a Snow storm arrives and takes out the phone lines. Searching for a hiding place of the lab records they stumble upon a baby in a crate in fluid that was terminated. Brina looses it and almost throws up but Russ steadies her and things heat up quickly.

While Brina and Russ are up in the attic Edward sneaks out to the garage and inside is another clone of Mathew. Edward has plans to kill him but instead settles on making a deal with this one. The real Park Ranger is lying dead outside in the snow.

Suddenly Roman starts to speak and develope quickly. A Genius bred in the lab. If the secret gets out he will be hounded and sent to a government lab for his life time.

Move over Dean Knootz Judith Gaines is gaining on you. A FIVE STAR READ!!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Judy Cox reviewed on on July 20, 2011

This was a great thriller. Really scared and made me think at times and so fast paced. I really enjoyed and did not to put down until the last page.
(reviewed 52 days after purchase)
Augusto Pinaud reviewed on on July 19, 2011

Judith Gaines make you wonder on Perfect Copy if you will make it or not. You get into the shoes of Brina, a person that had recently loose husband and kid, and take Roman a especial 4 year old kid. The problem is that Roman is especial in a different sense, in ways that Brina couldn't even imagine.

When I began reading the book something happened that didn't fit, subtle, but it didn't fit I was mad that I didn't see more but happy that I noticed, since I am aware that for many people will be invisible.

This is a nice read, I had fun, there was a lot of tension and it was fast paced. I am looking forward to read more works from Judith Gaynes in the future. In the mean time read here the blurb of the book, and stop in Amazon or SmashWords and grab your copy. The only thing I wish is that the book will be available in Paperback so I can send it as a present to a couple of people that doesn't have readers. (I know, but there is people that had not yet discover the great thing on ebooks)
(reviewed 49 days after purchase)
Pink Neon Publishing reviewed on on July 15, 2011

Clones...always have been and always will be EVIL.

Poor Brina is so focused on loving and caring for the boy she feels is a replacement for the one she lost that she can't see the forest for the first.

When geneticist Mathew Roman dies and leaves his small staff of three alone with a genetically engineered child, all hell breaks loose in the cabin nestled deep in the woods. With all the men around her injured, weak, dead, Brina steps to the plate to protect the youngest clone with everything she has, including her life.

Perfect Copy is a perfect, can't put down thriller; a good thriller that is a bit creepy and has you checking the dark shadows of your house for silent homicidal clones that you know aren't there.
In Perfect Copy, Gaines delivers that eerie feeling that any thrill seeker craves. Well done!
(reviewed 45 days after purchase)
John Poindexter reviewed on on June 30, 2011

Excellent use of short chapters to keep the readers wanting to turn that next page.

Great story and easy to read. You won't want to stop until it finished.
(reviewed 30 days after purchase)
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