Series: The Project Files #1
Published by Smedge Press on July 18, 2016
Genres: Science Fiction
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Dr. Dean Frey is a man of science. His lifelong desire to create a better future for mankind has led him to the prestigious, and highly mysterious, Wilderness Institute of Scientific Research & Technology, as the head of their Robotics Engineering department. Building on the research and designs of others before him, Dean’s own genius culminates in the successful creation of Anthony—the first fully-automated, free-thinking android prototype. And now Wilderness wants to sell Anthony to the military.
Unwilling to allow his achievement to become weaponized, Dean reaches out to a former Wilderness employee with the resources to help him steal Anthony and relocate them both to safety. He’s put into contact with the very secretive Nick and Olivia, who ask for one simple thing in return: trust us, no matter what you see or hear. Blind trust isn’t in Dean’s cautious nature, but he has no other choice.
For telekinetic Olivia, rescuing a fellow Psion from a life of imprisonment and experimentation is one of her favorite things. Being paid is nice, but she’ll do the job for free, if it means giving Wilderness the finger. When Olivia’s reclusive mentor solicits her and her telepathic partner Nick’s help in smuggling a very special Project out of Wilderness, they jump at the chance to infiltrate their former home and do some internal damage to the institute that created them.
With their combined knowledge of the facility, breaking Anthony out of Wilderness should have been easy—but Olivia learned a long time ago to never underestimate her enemies, or the lengths they’ll go to retrieve what’s theirs. And this time, the price for stealing the Project may be more than she’s willing to pay.
Note: Part 1 of The Project Files duology. This book does not end with a cliffhanger.
The purpose of Thrifty Thursday is to read a book which was free (at some point).
Kindle freebie on December 16, 2016 (currently $3.99 as of writing this post)
Overall rating 4.0 with 8 ratings and 3 reviews
This would be an unlikely choice except I have been reading more science fiction and Kelly Meding is an author I have wanted to try. The blurb is longish and does not match my sense of Oracle. The title doesn’t seem to fit, either. The beginning felt slow with the world-building. Once I got to know a few of the characters, and care about them, it was interesting. There was action throughout, so it’s odd the beginning didn’t quite capture me.
Olivia and Nick are my heart in the story and the ones I want to succeed. Knowing them more also allowed the humor which I always enjoy. They have been on the run for about 20 years from the lab conducting a variety of human experiments which created them. Experiments who are considered property, not human beings. Their fight to disrupt the lab and help the “experiments” is brave and dangerous. I’m so worried for them.
The ending is not a cliffhanger, but many questions remain with plenty of story yet to tell. The Project Files duology ends with the next book, Lazarus. If that means what it appears to mean, I am fearful. It may have started slowly, but I’m all in now and I definitely want to read more.
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