Narrator: Rick Gregory
Series: Last Days Trilogy #1
Published by Self Published / Indie on 5 December 2017
Length: 4 hrs and 8 mins
Genres: Contemporary Fiction, Science Thriller
Last Days is the first book in the Last Days trilogy. It is where the story begins....
Led by his curiosity and fueled by intelligence, Dr. Marcus Leon embarks on what he believes is the greatest scientific experiment of all time. One that ignites a firestorm of controversy. Not only does Marcus intend to extract DNA from the blood trapped in the Shroud of Turin, but he will clone the image upon it.
The experiment is a success, and the masses embrace the clone as the embodiment of Christ, failing to recognize that science can replicate the body but cannot touch the soul.
Devoid of this essential spirit, the clone is nothing more than a directionless vessel in need of a captain. A position quickly filled. The arrival of the clone begins the end to all humanity.
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I had a lot of fun with this book. It’s an interesting set up to what might turn out to be the Biblical Last Days. Marcus is a lead scientist on a team that plans to take samples from the Shroud of Turin and grows a clone of whoever was wrapped in that bit of cloth. Of course, the team meets with a lot of pushback from religious groups and some average people. Nevertheless, they continue forward despite mishaps, death threats, and physical attacks. It’s a prickly subject for some and several sides to it were shown in this story.
Reggie was my favorite character. She’s a single mom with a pre-teen son, Seth, and they live with her father, Kyle, who runs a little automotive garage. She and Marcus have been friends for ages and the two have kept up a solid friendship despite them being on opposite sides of the Atlantic. She’s a fiery sort of personality in an average body. Her confidence makes her attractive and likable to nearly everyone. I loved her independence and while I don’t watch wrestling, I can appreciate that she enjoys it. I wanted to be her sidekick! Well, at least until the last quarter of the book where she doesn’t do much and is pretty much relegated to the Romantic Interest role. Sigh…. But she could easily bounce back from that in the next book. My fingers are crossed.
Kyle was quite the character too! At first, I just labeled him as a grumpy old man but he has more than that going on. I loved his teasing and his meddling in Reggie’s life. Herbie! Who wants to date Herbie? Ha! Kyle is well-meaning and that always showed through.
OK, back to the science-thriller part of this story. So Marcus and his team know that the Shroud of Turin isn’t old enough to have been around in the times of Jesus Christ but they are still very curious to see if they can get viable DNA from the Shroud and then also grow a living being from that DNA. The science itself is pretty loosey-goosey so just go with it and enjoy the ride. While I would have preferred more science or at least logic, I managed to not nitpick the plot apart…. yet. OK, how many people have touched that Shroud or rubbed it all over their bodies in an attempt to heal themselves of some disease? Honestly, there’s probably a veritable host of DNA on that cloth. A few well-placed discussions along those lines would have made the science bits more interesting if not believable.
Marcus gets much more than he was expecting and the whole team is very surprised by how things develop. Other side characters, such as this Reverend of a southern church group and Pope, want to have a say in how things proceed but Marcus and his team do a decent job of repelling them until near the end.
The action really ramps up in the last quarter of the book where Marcus is seriously questioning just what he may have unleashed on the world. There’s drama, action, suicides, attacks, bombs! Yes, it’s quite the marathon of survival for Marcus, and Reggie is there for some of that. The ending wraps up most of the questions for this book and leaves the door open for the next book. 4/5 stars.
I received a free copy of this book.
The Narration: Rick Gregory had a great voice for Reggie, sounding both feminine and confident. He also had a good, distinct voice for Marcus. The two show several emotions throughout the story and Gregory did an awesome job of portraying those. His soft Southern drawl for the Reverend needed work and there were a few places where the sound varied. I loved his gruff teasing voice for Kyle. His pacing was perfect. 4/5 stars.