Palingenesis

Rated 3.50/5 based on 2 reviews
Zeb Johnston has it all—money, power, success—but his secret obsession is hunting sub-human clones. When one clone exhibits all too human traits, Zeb is caught up in a race to save it and expose the brutality of human cloning. He then has to face the mistakes he made with his own mentally challenged brother and decide whether he can trust his lover, a bio-engineer who made the clone he is saving. More

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About J. Lewis Bennett

Palingenesis is my first novel, and I am very excited about it. I have worked at many things in my life--from computer technician to small business owner--but nothing has been as rewarding as writing. That is true no matter how many books I sell. Just finishing my first book and having it out there is great. When I'm not writing, I lead a very normal life with my wife, my son who is in high school. and various dogs, cats, and other creatures. I like to garden, watch movies, travel, and read. My favorite authors are Phillip K. Dick and Joseph Conrad.

Reviews

Review by: Joelle Taylor on Oct. 7, 2013 :
Palingenesis conveys a story about cloning and the ethical turmoil that arises because of it. Zeb, the protagonist, battles clones in the Serene Soul Systems (SSS) simulation center; upon noticing one particular clone that shows signs of intelligence, where there should be none, he is haunted by memories of his mentally incapacitated brother and begins to struggle with his conscience. On a whim he decides to save the clone and in turn they are continuously on the run with help from his ex-wife who is part of an organization known as the United Human Rights Coalition that is trying to bring light to what the SSS is facilitating. The story has many chase scenes and narrow escapes, at times the descriptions are extensive and often unnecessary. There is some disconnect with characters in the story, a character is revealed only to be forgotten about for several chapters until abruptly brought back to the forefront or never again mentioned. There are many dream sequences within the book that are impractical and useless. Overall the story is a decent notion and courses easily through each scene until the close.
(reviewed 19 days after purchase)
Review by: Dalen Buchanan on July 26, 2013 :
A very solid debut by a new author. The protagonist, Zeb, has traded his humanity for a rung on the corporate ladder. At first, there is little to like about Zeb. He comes from poverty and turns anger at his family's circumstances into cold calculation to leave them all behind. The story follows him hunting dehumanized clones for sport and living a solitary existence among the rich elites.
But he hungers for connection with others, always seeking the eyes as a window to the soul. On one hunt he sees that connection in the eyes of a clone, where none should exist. This shakes his beliefs and leads to dreams and troubled thoughts that gradually bring out his long buried empathy. Once he breaks the clone out of the games, the story becomes a chase with new characters and a developing relationship between Zeb and the clone. Zeb's returning humanity brings relationships with others to the fore, leading to a girlfriend who has her own past demons. There is an element of pathos run through the story right to the ending.
The editing is very good and there is warmth in the characters even through a lot of personal tragedy. I look forward to other J. Lewis Bennett books.
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)
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