Friday, 8 October 2010

12+: Blood Ransom - Sophie McKenzie

Release Date: 01/10/10


Clones Rachel and Theo now live thousands of miles apart. They keep in touch, but things just aren't the same. When Rachel discovers that evil scientist Elijah is still working in secret for a section of the government and about to murder Daniel, she sets out to rescue the little boy, but her plans backfire with disastrous consequences. Across the Atlantic, Theo becomes suspicious when Rachel misses their weekly internet chat. He discovers a report online saying she's killed herself and travels to Scotland to find her, certain that she has been kidnapped. A clue leads him to Elijah's mysterious clinic, where the sinister Aphrodite Experiment is underway. But what is Elijah really planning? Why does he need to track Rachel down so badly? And will Rachel and Theo be able to pay the ultimate ransom that he demands?


Whilst I’m not always the biggest fan of Sophie’s writing, she does bring a great concept and story arc to the table. Returning to the world created in Blood Ties it gives a whole new aspect into the debate on cloning. It has human interest, it has some great realistic characters and above all a villain that you just love to hate. Definitely a return to form with great dialogue, solid story and of course, characters that the reader can not only identify with, but route for as each challenge is met head on. Great stuff.

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