Thursday, July 23, 2015

Sapient - a bookwrap


Authored by Jerry Kaczmarowksi

Unwrapping the synopsis of the book...

 Abandoned by her husband after the birth of their child, Jane Dixon’s world is defined by her autistic son and the research she does to find a cure for his condition. She knows her work on animal intelligence may hold the key. She also knows that the research will take decades to complete. None of it will ultimately benefit her son.
All that changes when a lab rat named Einstein demonstrates that he can read and write. Just as her research yields results, the U.S. government discovers her program. The army wants to harness her research for its military potential.  The CDC wants to shut her down completely.  The implications of animal intelligence are too dangerous, particularly when the previously inert virus proves to be highly contagious.
She steals the virus to cure her son, but the government discovers the theft. She must now escape to Canada before the authorities can replace her son’s mental prison with a physical one.

Unwrapping my thoughts...

This is Jerry Kaczmarowksi's second book and it is written for the Y/A age group.  I truly enjoyed the book and found I was drawn in from page one.  It is intense, full of suspense and action with lots of twists and turns that made me keep turning pages because I had to find out what was going to happen next. 

Dr. Jane Dixon, a scientist, is working night and day to try to find a cure for autism.  Her beloved son Robbie is autistic, suffers from seizures and is OCD which causes great anxiety in him.  She experiments on lab rats and has one dog, Bear, that she decides to  do research on too.  To her amazement and delight one of the rats, Einstein by name, develops exceptional abilities enabling him to read and write.  Could this be the cure she needs to help her son?  Then Bear shows signs of increased intelligence signalling to Dr. Dixon that she is on the right track with her research.  

Unfortunately the US military become aware of her findings and try to take over her work and the CDC also become involved, wanting to shut her down completely, warning her that implications of animal intelligence are way too dangerous, particularly when the previous inert virus proves to be highly contagious.  

Dr. Dixon takes her formula and injects her son.  She is held hostage by her adversaries and she instructs her son to take the two animals and run.  They had discussed after his injection that they would escape to Canada and seek asylum there where they would be safe and off the radar.  She has no choice but to do as she is told and they take her off to with them by force while her son is separated from her trying to get to the Canadian destination that they had decided on.  Talk about suspense... it doesn't get any better than that.

Wow!  Will Robbie be able to make it on his own?  Can he survive away from his mom, with two animals to care for as he escapes the danger of being caught himself and put in a cage to be analyzed?  This book will have you up nights wanting to finish it so you can see how the author pulls it all together and if it does indeed have a happily-ever-after ending.  I highly, highly recommend this book and I sincerely hope the author has many more books to write because I'm going to read every one of them.

About the author...

Jerry Kaczmarowski lives in Seattle with his family. He writes techno-thrillers that explore the benefits and dangers of mankind’s scientific advancement. His first book, Moon Rising, was released in June 2014.  His second book, Sapient, was published in April 2015.
Jerry spent the first twenty years of his professional life in the consulting industry on the West Coast. His fascination with technology is matched only by his love of stories. His books intertwine action with a keen insight into how technology will shape our lives in the coming years.

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