Reviewed by -- Shadow Walker
Book Review of --
Rise of the Transgenics (Catnip Book 2) by J.S. Frankel
Overall star rating --- 5
About the book:
"I told you, don’t call me Miss Kitty."
Harry Goldman, young genius, DNA researcher and still a nerd, is back, and this time he’s working for the law.
At the end of Catnip, his girlfriend, Anastasia, devolved into a cat. He manages to bring her back to her half-human form, but no sooner does he do so than a new problem surfaces. Two other transgenics emerge, and they are out for blood.
Harry and Anastasia have to face off against Lyudmila, another cat-girl, and Piotr, a half-rhino, half-boar monstrosity that lives to kill. And if that isn’t bad enough, the police, lynch mobs, and underground dwellers are after Harry and his girlfriend as well. With time running out, they embark on a treacherous journey to the Ukraine in order to solve the riddle of Anastasia’s DNA, a journey that could also cost both of them their lives.
Book creation ratings
Overall total, out of 30 -- 30
-- Story & characters -- 10
-- Cover & title -- 10
-- Editing & formatting -- 10
* based on a 1-10 scale with: 1-4, poor; 5-7, good; 8-10, very good.*
The review --
Our heroes faces a new and more deadly foe in book two. The transition into book two was smooth and business picked up immediately. This fast paced book is filled with interesting characters and villains. The suspense builds through the book. The characters were well developed, and that includes secondary characters.
The writing is superbly done and filled with crafty sentences and vivid imagery. The editing is top notch with nothing that might distract the reader from this enjoyable adventure.
The story does have some violent scenes, but they are tastefully done. I don't read or watch gore because I'm squeamish. The scenes were necessary to the telling of the tale. The ending was well written, and with a twist. The promise of a third Catnip book filled the air, so watch for it. I want to tell you more, but the author might kill me.
Genre -- Science Fiction/Adventure
Age recommendations -- 13 or older because of the violent scenes
Sex content rating -- none
Violence rating -- mild to slightly moderate
** The author's links **
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