By Michael A. Smith
During an artillery barrage at the Civil War battle of Antietam in 1862, a young colonel lost his leg. More than 150 years later, he lost the same leg in a traffic accident on the Washington, D.C. Beltway!
Diane Kowalski, a research scientist, examines tissue from the anonymous victim’s severed leg. She discovers a genetic mutation that could make regeneration possible — and increase longevity.
Diane and Jack O’Sullivan, a private investigator, follow clues that lead them to Thomas Winthrop, founder of a leading genetics research laboratory. They learn that Winthrop has developed a gene therapy to extend his natural “gifts” to humanity. However, Winthrop’s “family” opposes his plan, arguing that it would lead to overpopulation, economic chaos, famine and war.
Lightning’s Child is a novel about the latest advances in biotechnology that one day may allow the human species to control its evolutionary destiny. It’s also a lighthearted and entertaining story about its colorful characters, as they struggle to achieve purpose, fulfillment and love in their lives.
Michael A. Smith is the author of six published novels, all described on his Website, www.goodnovels.org. He began his career as a newspaper reporter, and was editor of the Golden, Colorado Daily Transcript. He also was Associate Director, Illinois Board of Higher Education, and Press Secretary, Congressman Richard Durbin. He is a member of the Authors Guild.
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“So I gather there’s no Mister or boyfriend?” Jack asked.
He smiled and leaned forward in a gesture of anticipation of a fuller
“I’m too ambitious,” Diane answered, truthfully. “I’ve spent my life trying
to prove that I’m something more than a pretty face. Besides, I love
science. My career is my life. It’s a bit like private investigation, I imagine.
If you just keep looking for clues and follow them, you sometimes find the
answer. There’s always a new mystery to be investigated.”
“Great analogy, although, in my business, investigation doesn’t always
lead to a wonderful discovery. Too often, I uncover the dark and brutal side
of human nature. I’ve met a whole lot of people who don’t deserve to live a
day longer, let alone live forever like Meigs, if that’s the case.”
5 Star Review
5 Star Review
I received this book from the touring host for an honest review.
The title of the book makes you wonder what the story is all about; we find ourselves in the car with Thomas Winthrop and Katybeth, on a main road in pouring rain. Then, in an instant, their lives changed: they are involved in an accident. The drama unfolds even more when Dr Diane tested the DNA samples she had received from a patient. She works for Gene Works; while the test was underway the patient was mysteriously removed from the hospital and no one knows where he was. Diane discovered interesting results during the tests that could lead to a major breakthrough in further DNA research. But no one can find him, vanished from the face of the earth. She employed a PI named Jack, he is apparently a very good detective but with unorthodox methods.
As the mystery unfolds it gets more involved with each page, the words and chapters passed by quickly, drawing you into this well crafted plot. You want to know the answers to the questions, so you keep on reading. More and more characters are introduced as the story unfurls, raising more questions. It becomes more suspense full with each chapter as you try to determine this secrecy regarding the missing man and his DNA.
A well told mystery that keeps you glued to the pages, with every bit of evidence found more questions needs to be answered.
The story line is good and the characters are strong and believable.
Well done Michael to a very suspenseful and well written story.