Review: Generation – William Knight
A veteran of war, Hendrix ‘Aitch’ Harrison has lived an ordinary life, at least by his standards. Working for what’s considered to be a seedy magazine catering to strange phenomenon, Hendrix has always been looking for that one story which lift him from the clutches of obscurity. When a friend mentions a passing article to him, one he has no interest in, he burns with the thought that he’s been had yet again. Never once did he imagine that there would be truth within the case itself.
Delving a little deeper, he discovers a heinous plot involving Mendel Pharmaceutical, a company renowned for their breakthroughs in trying to cure cancer and other ailments. His discovery leads him to Sarah Wallace, a forensics entomologist who may have an idea as to what is going on. Unfortunately, she’s convinced he’s some sort of stalker and refuses to have anything to do with him.
Pursuing the leads he’s been given, he realizes he may just be way in over his head. The pharmaceutical company doesn’t want their research leaked out into the open and will do anything to keep that from happening. They’ll silence anyone who treads on their toes and Hendrix is now their main target.
As secrets about the company’s sordid experiments emerge, Hendrix wonders if upsetting the balance in order to set things is worth the risk. Bodies soon start showing up in the oddest of places; bodies that refuse to remain dead. Mendel Pharmaceutical is forced to take action in hopes of erasing what they’ve done so that the public will never know what really goes on within their clinical trials.
In a race against time, Hendrix gathers needed evidence on the company’s shady research, much to the CEO’s chagrin. With Sarah caught in the crossfire, he knows they must thwart the enemy’s plans or risk dying in the process. The public must know what goes on behind the pharmaceutical’s walls and they will bring everything to light, no matter the cost.
This was quite a unique take on all things zombies. Normally they’re portrayed as crazed, flesh-eating shells of the person’s they used to be. William allows us to delve into the minds of several beings that are dead yet alive within their own right. He’s written such a thought-provoking and quite intriguing story that could very well be a take on a ‘what if this were to happen in real life’ sort of situation. I enjoyed the book very much and look forward to reading more of William’s work soon.
The facts behind the fiction
In 2001 scientists isolated the gene for regenerating damaged organs from the DNA of a South American flatworm. Within five years it had been spliced into the chromosomes of a rhesus monkey, transported through the cell walls by a retro-virus denuded of its own genetic material.
Attempting to regrow impaired or elderly tissues, a scientist will one day modify the DNA of human beings by injecting the gene-carrying virus. It is just a matter of time.
Before consenting to treatment, you may want to ask a simple question: could there be a situation in which you would want to die but were unable to do so?
A crime-thriller with an injection of horror
Journalist Hendrix ‘Aitch’ Harrison links bodies stolen from a renowned forensic-research lab to an influential drug company.
Aided by Sarah Wallace, a determined and beguiling entomologist, he delves into a grisly world of clinical trials and a viral treatment beyond imagining.
But Aitch must battle more than his fear of technology to expose the macabre fate of the drugged victims donated to scientific research.
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About The Author:
William Knight is a British born journalist and technologist currently living and working in Wellington, New Zealand. He’s chased a varying career starting in acting, progressing to music, enjoyed a brief flirtation with handbag manufacturing and was eventually wired into technology where he’s been since 1989.
In 2003 he published his first feature in Computing magazine and has since written about the many successes and failings of high-tech for the Guardian, Financial Times and the BBC among many others publications. He continues to maintain a lively IT consultancy.