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Human Instincts by [Visan, Ioana]
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About the Author

Award-winning writer Ioana Visan has always dreamed about reaching the stars, but since she can’t, she writes about it. After fighting the apocalypse aftermath in “Human Instincts”, she played with shapeshifters in “Blue Moon Café Series: Where Shifters Meet for Drinks”, she dealt with vampires in “The Impaler Legacy” series, and then she designed prosthetics in “Broken People” before tackling longer works like a fantasy trilogy and a science fiction series. Aside from publishing short stories in various Romanian magazines and anthologies, she published a Romanian short story collection “Efectul de nautil” and the Romanian edition of “Human Instincts”. She received the Encouragement Award from The European Science Fiction Society at Eurocon 2013.

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  • Print Length: 160 pages
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  • Language: English
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable and unexpected 29 Oct. 2012
By Wendy L. Hines - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I wasn't sure how Visan was going to pull off an apocalyptic novella in only one hundred pages, but she has a gift for writing, and she does it superbly. Dr. Deanna Nichols was a part of the process of creating the virus that in turn, infected most of mankind. If the guilt of that isn't heavy enough, she's not having any luck formulating a cure.

The General wants her to go into a prison, where the inmates have unaffected DNA. But they have a few stipulations - mainly that Deanna come herself and they want some supplies. Deanna doesn't want to go because the General believes that it is through their DNA that they can create children that are virus free, their future.

Deanna wants to save the people now, not just the future. But the General doesn't want to waste valuable time with that. But, she may not get to do either of them because the inmates are staging a prison break while Deanna is there.

I like reading apocalyptic novels, but I haven't quite read one like this. It has a very unique and clever premise, with wonderfully developed characters moving it along. It's quick paced and I finished it before I knew it; I was so engrossed in the story. Definitely recommend this one - Highly enjoyable!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Uniquely Twisted Apocalyptic Novella 18 July 2012
By Mandy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I received this book in return for a honest review from the author. Dr. Deanna Nichols is a researching working on a cure for the people infected with the virus that wiped out most of the planet. She is also responsible for the virus that was used to end a brutal war, feels guilty so she's trying to find a cure since the vaccine that was created has some negative affects. Deanna used to work for Dr. Larsen but he passed away, he didn't have a problem killing people in the name of science but Deanna does. The option to obtain untainted DNA comes up when the General is contacted by a maximum security prison they didn't know was still active reached out looking for supplies.

The General sends Deanna in to the prison with only a guard a former war leader who's also a criminal in the prison. He thinks that the only want to save man kind is through a new generation of children and by using the criminals with the uninfected DNA they could do just that. However Deanna wants to save the already infected people, but under the orders of the general she enters the prison. However her time is short lived, the criminals are staging a break, and if the former war leader can't save her life, all could be lost forever.

I was really surprised by this book I'm always a little nervous with the whole Apocalyptic stuff, but it was surprisingly very good. The characters are well written, Deanna comes off as a the kind of woman who made a mistake and is willing to risk it all to fix it. The story is face paced but full of entertainment, not a dull moment to be found. Your instantly drawn in, wanting to know more. I finished it in one sitting, because I just had to know. I loved the ending it just left me with a smile and wanting more. I found it very unique, and full of twists and turns.

Mandy @ [...]
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Scary and Intriguing 10 Sept. 2012
By Krista Cubicleblindness - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
The short story (100 pages) is a pretty fast paced book and very to the point. At first when I finished it I was disappointed I did not get to get more background and fully rounded characters, but that made me realize that I enjoyed it and wanted more.
There were some parts that were overwhelmingly full of science, biology and scientific references that I did struggle a bit to get through. (Although you can tell it was very well researched and logical that these events could happen)
Overall it's a very interesting story. It will get you thinking.
I believe I read that the story was originally written to be published in an anthology of like-stories. Which would have been a great addition if, I would have liked to see that happen. But as is I think it would make an awesome full length novel with more fleshed out characters.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars It wasn't great. 12 July 2014
By The Every Free Chance Reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Did I enjoy this book: When I realized a few pages in that the plot involves a good looking female scientist heading out to an isolated, all-male prison to hopefully find a way to repopulate the Earth, I feared I was about to find myself neck-deep in an, um, Adult Film. It wasn’t as bad as all that (though I’d still label the book as a B-movie sort of thing), but it wasn’t great. I’m not sure if there’s going to be a sequel — the ending was rather ambiguous — but if there is, I doubt I’ll read it.

Would I recommend it: Not really, no.

As reviewed by Melissa at Every Free Chance Books.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable story! 17 July 2012
By geurts - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I really enjoyed this piece :)
I am not so used to post-apocalyptic stories (only in tv shows) so this genre was quite new to me. Was very fast drawn into the story, and while the environment was pretty clearly pictured, there were still enough tidbits and left for it to stay mysterious.
The ending left me wanting more... Which is always a good sign.
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