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I am a tale-spinner. My childhood heroes were Jules Verne and Victor Appleton II, architects of fantastic adventures. Hemingway stepped in when I discovered that the trials and triumphs of real people – those with limited physical and financial resources – were even more intriguing than science fiction. Today I try to follow that example with my own characters. They are the ‘you and me’ of the world, ordinary people facing extraordinary circumstances, beaten down perhaps and yet determined to succeed. Invariably they find adventure, romance and self-fulfillment, as should we all.
When not absorbed in the pages of some new author or hammering away at my latest manuscript I can be found living and running in Stowe, VT. Visit my website at www.CabsLantern.com and feel free to drop me a line at JeffRussell@CabsLantern.com.
on Aug. 07, 2016 :
Life for Kat (Doctor Katrina Hammond) is not turning out the way she envisioned. Despite her misgivings, she agrees that her mother going into E.D.E.N.’s perpetual sleep program is the best choice for her mother, who is suffering from chronic rheumatoid arthritis.
Engulfed with sorrow over her loss of her mother, plagued by doubts about the program, and uncertain about the science and the quality of life her mother will have in a forever dream state, Kat agrees to take a job at E.D.E.N. This, at least, allows her to be near her mother and watch over her.
Soon after taking the job at EDEN, Kat is approached by a reporter, Morgan Brewer, who is investigating EDEN. Distrusting his role as a reporter and suspicious his interest is only a pretense to get information from her to use against her employer; she unwillingly turns to him when she has no other options.
It doesn’t take Kat long to become suspicious that EDEN is not the idyllic sanctuary promised for the faceless residents of their perpetual sleep program. There is something darker happening behind the scenes of EDEN, and Kat’s inability to let it go pulls her deeper into that secret.
Jeff Russell creates a believable character in Kat, a recent graduate doctor of Neuroscience. She is grounded by her newness to the field, filled with enough self-doubt to add to the challenges she faces, and likeable. As she presses on with her clandestine investigations over her suspicions, she is pulled in opposing directions. She doubts her own suspicions, becomes newly suspicious of her employer, convinces herself EDEN really is helping, and becomes disturbed again by her discoveries at EDEN.
Jeff Russell does not overburden his medical thriller with technical descriptions, keeping the story flowing and compelling. I read this story in less time than I usually do, laying back and putting off the things I really should be doing so I could keep reading.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
(reviewed 10 days after purchase)