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Publisher: Tiber City Press

Kingdom, by Anderson O' Donnell, is a futuristic tale set in the not-so-distant future, but in an alternate world where a company is striving to create the perfect man. In order to tell the story from different perspectives, Kingdom vacillates between timeframes, going from some time in the 1980ís to the year 2015 and various places in between.

The focus starts on a pair of brilliant scientists, Michael Morrison and his mentor, Joseph Campbell. Initially, during the 80ís, they were trying to eliminate disease to make a better world. But then their goals took a darker turn, with Morrison striving to create perfection and Campbell rethinking their "good works." Even as Morrison Biotech is born, Campbell flees and spends a number of years floating about, all the while Morrison continues to look for something the team missed Ė the Omega gene Ė the human soul.

Meanwhile, in glittering Tiber City during the year 2015, Dylan Fitzgerald parties like a rock star. Son of Robert Fitzgerald, rising political star cut down by suicide some 10 years before, Dylan seems to have no focus; at least, until events start occurring in his life that make him rethink his fatherís suicide. When a new politician hits the scene, one who looks terribly familiar, Dylan begins to dig deeper, discovering that much of what he knew was a lie.

As Michael Morrison and his scientific team continue to search for the elusive Omega gene, Campbell connects with The Order, a religious group determined to keep Morrison Biotech from quite literally "playing God." As Morrison, Fitzgerald and Campbell all race toward the knowledge they so desperately seek, it seems inevitable that they will collide in a hail of violence and destruction. Who will survive in the end?

Kingdom is very well written and interesting, but I didnít burn through it as quickly as I typically do. Not because it isnít good, oh it is. I took a little more time reading it because the subject matter is dense. Itís not over my head by any means, but there is a lot conveyed in this relatively short story (at least page-wise at only 173 pgs.) Thereís science, religion, sex, drugs, violence and politics - all of the ingredients that join together to make an interesting reading amalgam. If you enjoy sci-fi with a political and scientific bend, youíll enjoy Kingdom. Itís a great read and very engaging.

-Psibabe, GameVortex Communications
AKA Ashley Perkins

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