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Conception: A Post Apocalyptic Thriller (Perfectible Animals Book 1)

Conception: A Post Apocalyptic Thriller (Perfectible Animals Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Thomas Norwood
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The year is 2065. Environmental and social chaos are destroying all life on earth. Food supplies have dwindled to almost nothing. The wealthiest live in gated cities; everyone else ekes out an existence in gang-ruled shanty towns.

Michael Khan, a geneticist struggling to save his wife from a deadly virus, is recruited by a secret organization to engineer the next stage in the evolution of Homo sapiens: highly immune to disease and extremely cooperative.

When the military learns of his research, they hire him to help create a bio-weapon to be used against invading forces. However, the military has its own agenda, and Michael soon learns that nobody, not even his own government, can be trusted.

What reviewers say:

"...researched to perfection. A great read full of intelligent concepts backed by science. It could be a blockbuster movie." - M. Fields-Kasuba, Amazon reviewer

"One of our top pick science fiction novels for 2013" - Matt Stout,

"Perfectible Animals by Thomas Norwood is a unique combination; a scientific thriller in a dystopian world with an ethical conscience. What starts out as a book about a man trying to help his sick wife, turns into a thrilling ride of secrets, new age religion, genetics, bio-terrorism, love and accountability." - Shawnda Blake, Goodreads reviewer.

"This was a riveting book and I found myself reading late into the night, and then getting up an hour before I usually start working just to finish it." - S.G., Amazon Vine Voice Reviewer.

"If you have not yet read "Perfectible Animals" I suggest you do so now and you can thank me later." - Avatheps, Amazon Reviewer

"High quality science fiction. This work is very imaginative, fast-paced, and very well written. I highly recommend that you read this book." - Jim in Rochester, Amazon Reviewer.

"I read this book all the way through before putting it down, much to the dismay of my family..." - Maverick, Amazon Reviewer.

"An incredibly well-written, compelling story." - Angel, Amazon Reviewer.

"Cogent, effective, credible - everything a near futurist could wish for. Good science woven into a frighteningly credible sociological prediction and engagingly drawn characters with a delightful ending twist. Loved it." - Bart, Amazon Reviewer.

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About the Author

Thomas Norwood grew up in Melbourne, Australia. He spent most of his twenties traveling the world and trying not to take things too seriously, and most of his thirties trying to make up for lost time by taking everything way too seriously. As he approaches forty, he hopes he can find a happy balance. Thomas currently lives in the Yarra Valley with his wife and two cats along with a large assortment of native animals. His house runs on solar power and rainwater, and his vegetable garden is slowly improving. Although he's not actively preparing for an apocalypse, he thinks you can never be too careful! You can visit his website at

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1201 KB
  • Print Length: 324 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Global Activision Limited; 3 edition (30 Mar 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00G190NXS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #183,754 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars an interesting but flawed story 11 May 2014
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it's fun, but the plot is a bit untidy, leaving the reader confused rather than pondering. and now amazon is making this difficult with it's word numbers requirements
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2.0 out of 5 stars Nice idea - disliked the writing style 10 Mar 2014
By A. J. Sudworth VINE VOICE
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I downloaded this as a Kindle book think iong they had an interesting idea here - and wish I had tried a sample first - I found the first person style used really irritating and it detracted from the GM human type concept inthe book. Probably doing it an injustice and I did try about 100 pages but in the end gave up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars curious 6 Feb 2014
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Took me a while to get into this, but then where did the hours go! Storyline very interesting, characters believeable and easy to relate to, [love them or hate them!] good first novel and I cannot wait to read the next one....
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By Jaydax
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Thomas Norwood has written an excellent book with genetic engineering as it's theme. It's set in a future Australia following a 2.8 metre sea level rise and weather extremes which led to the breakdown of society. Michael Khan is a genetic engineer with a problem. His wife has a form of HIV which he's desperately trying to cure. There's no money in a cure though, so he must disguise his research and produce his cure as a by-product. When the government get involved his work is adapted for biological warfare. To counter this he must work on improving humanities immune system.

Like the technothriller 'Immortality Gene' the hero must sidestep normal medical practices to release his genetic fix which will improve humanity. Where Immortality Gene aims to greatly extend human lifespan, Perfectible Animals aims to fix the immune system and make us more co-operative. Both have the ultimate aim of saving the world from destruction. Lovers of conspiracy theories are going to like this.

There are a few technical terms - it is about genetic engineering after all - don't let this put you off though, it shouldn't spoil the story for those without a science background.

Is there a happy ending? Well there's a successful ending and we must wait for a sequel promised for 2014 to see if it's going to be a happy one. At it's current price - it's a bargain - don't hesitate to buy it.

Perfectible Animals is well written in first person viewpoint and I didn't find any obvious errors.
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I received this book directly from the author, in exchange for my honest review.
Approaching this book I was quite intrigued by the blurb, but was a little worried that perhaps some of the scientific/genetics talk would be over my head and I'll admit that about 56% of the way through the book I did feel a little overwhelmed by some of the terminology. Having said that I did really enjoy the book.

The cover shows a "human" or maybe a "modified human" with genetic symbols also on the front cover. the font and the author name is in a computurised type of font which fits in with the book content as it is scientific in genre.
So we to begin with we meet Michael Khan a brilliant scientist who has been arrested on charges of terrorism. Michael is put through some extremely hard cross examination as well as having his head messed with as one of his co-workers is arrested and they are continually played off against each other. Then the story flashes back and we learn about everything that happens. At the end of the book we go back to Michael being questioned at court. Michael finds out for sure whether his colleague Justin has turned against him or not. Prospects seem to be looking up for Michael but then. . . well you need to read the book.
Michael may be a clinical, logical scientist but he has a wife with an auto immune disease he is also trying to cure with his genetic experiments. Justin his co-worker has a relative who is ill so they have that in common as well as working together. Also in this book there are two sectors of society, the haves within a segregated section of town and the have not's outside the gate. They are referred to the Regulated (inside) and the De-Regulated (outside).
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