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Everything about Kingdom by Anderson O’Donnell made me want to read the book. The cover hints at dystopia, but the story goes even deeper – can bioengineers discover and use the soul gene for their own nefarious means? This is a horror story about man’s inhumanity towards mankind. I had a hard time with the book. I could not get invested with the rich druggie, Dylan, nor the scientist looking for redemption, Campbell. The mix of science and religion is one that will probably go on forever as we push the boundaries of morality and ethics. Is the good of many worth more than the life of one when it is your life on the line? Kingdom is a Kirkus Reviews Top 25 Indie Book of 2012, but I could not get into the book and would not recommend it, however, I did like the ending. Maybe it was just me and the moment, so if this sounds interesting to you, be sure and check it out further. Just because it didn’t grab me, doesn’t mean it won’t grab you.

I won this signed paperback in a giveaway by Fighting Monkey Press. Thank you to the publishers and the author, Anderson O’Donnell. It holds a place on my bookshelf. ( )
  sherry69 | Jan 25, 2016 |
My review is being held back But I want to add a few things.

THIS is NOT YA. This is a dense novel that requires the reader to be engaged and wanting to take time to read it.

This novel will disturb you at times, that is a good reaction, it is supposed too. It is suppose to make you think, make you question as well as entertaining you. This book will make you smile at it's intelligent wit, and make you cry at the loss of humanity at some. It will piss you off... don't worry it is suppose too.

This is literary fiction. It is DARK, GRITTY and will disturb some peoples idiologies, but isn't that what books are suppose to do? Challenge us?

When I started reading this I was thrown into a world that was reminiscent of [a:William Gibson|9226|William Gibson|http://photo.goodreads.com/authors/1282769227p2/9226.jpg] with a touch of the conspiracy found at least 23 times in [b:The Illuminatus! Trilogy: The Eye in the Pyramid/The Golden Apple/Leviathan|57913|The Illuminatus! Trilogy The Eye in the Pyramid/The Golden Apple/Leviathan|Robert Shea|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1327929871s/57913.jpg|813] woven into a dark and deceptive tale. Just let it happen and do not get lost.

One reviewer call it "Dystopian Gutter Punk Neo Noir Thriller" Love it, exactly so take that word, DYSTOPIA, look it up. If you do not like to have a bright and shiny bubble broken up and do not want to think, go grab a cozy .. this one is not a cozy. BTW this is not my final review but I just wanted to state this. This is what the Indie Revolution is ALL about... BRING IT! ( )
  AKMamma | Nov 25, 2013 |
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"In a secret laboratory hidden under the desert, a covert bioengineering project -- codename "Exodus" -- has discovered the gene responsible for the human soul. Somewhere in the neon sprawl outside the nation's collapsing economic core, a group of renegade monks are on the verge of uncovering a secret that has eluded mankind for centuries. In a glittering tower high above the urban decay, an ascendant U.S. Senator is found dead -- an apparent, yet inexplicable, suicide. And in the streets below, a young man races through an ultra modern metropolis on the verge of a violent revolution...closing in on the terrible truth behind Exodus -- and one man's dark vision for the future of mankind. Welcome to Tiber City" --P. [4] of cover.… (more)

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