Title: The Prodigy Project
Author: Doug Flanders, M. D.
Publisher: Prescott Publishing
Jon Gunderson, a forty year old father of nine, is a doctor and a spy. He is called to bring his family to China where someone is trying to make the ultimate biological weapon. The weapon is endogenous retroviruses, ancient viruses buried deep within our genetic code. They’re so specific that they can target one person or hundreds of people without having others affected.
So, when Jon Gunderson brings his family as a cover to stop this bio-weapons attempt, naturally things go wrong and Jon is forced to go head-to-head to rescue his family and family friends before things get way out of hand.
Having read a lot of debut novels, I’ve learned not to expect much. Not because they’re all terrible or anything like that. Just that new authors don’t really know their strengths and weaknesses very well yet, so though the books aren’t disastrous, they’re not as good as they could be.
This book however is different. Doug Flanders is a great author for a debut book. I was in awe of how well this book was written and was glad it came in the mail as I began reading. I think it helps that he has twelve kids and a wife to proofread. In fact, without that astronomical amount of family members available, this book have been a total disaster.
This book has a lot going on in it, making it very difficult to successfully pull off and make believable. Though the amount of trouble the Gunderson family is put through is realistic, I’m not completely sure that the type of trouble was believable. But all I know is the Hollywood version of these stories and am not an expert in any means. However, Mr. Flanders made the slightly unbelievable storyline enjoyable and something completely plausible in real life.
The story however, doesn’t focus on the endogenous retroviruses as much as the back cover makes you believe. Which you don’t really notice until after you’ve flipped the last page. It’s not a bad thing that they’re not in there so much, I just wish that the back cover had advertised some of the other action moments in the book, because now I don’t know what to give away and what to keep a secret.
Like I said prior, Doug Flanders had over a dozen people giving constructive criticism and encouragement and I agree with him when he says that the book is better because of it. The book truly is a much better book because of his many children and their opinions.
Doug Flanders also draws on his 33 years as a physician to craft this medical thriller and it shows. Me wanting to be in the medical field, I learned a lot that I’m sure I’ll be able to use later.
There was a lot of science talk in the book that was mercifully defined to make it easier to read. Though, it was difficult to follow, it enhanced the experience of the book.
Overall, it’s not really a light read with the subject and the amount of action in the book. It is however perfect for a spy loving book or perfect for the action lover in all of us.
I give it four out of five.
This book was graciously given to me from Book Crash and Prescott Publishing for this honest review.