The second part of the 'A Vested Interest' series - follows 'Immortality Gene.'
Dr. Donna Rigden is clinically dead. Two letters and two secrets steered her future, now one is missing. Who took it and why? Who blackmailed her into marrying Richard Triplet when she was still in love with Jared Thundercloud, and more attracted to Dr. Sam Kaliea?
The killer strikes again. Using a more technologically advanced form of the nanobug, John Liu injects Donna and her unborn child with nanonytes. To make matters worse, he also attacks her best friend, her best friend’s mother and even the infamous Lady Triplet.
As the Triplets struggle to overcome this new threat, they uncover the dark secret that has remained hidden for nearly a thousand years, and Donna is ripped from Richard’s arms by an enemy he cannot fight.
What lies buried in the murky waters of the Louisiana Bayou?
What does a message and an old photo album have to do with Donna's mother? Is she still alive?
Who is Constance Manning, and what is her connection with Donna's mother? Where and what is Spirit Canyon, and what important secret does it protect?
What is Sam hiding from Sir Richard and Donna? Who are Abigail Kaliea and Matthew Jones? How do they fit in with the Triplets and what do they have to do with Sam? What secrets will Abigail reveal when their paths cross?
If Forrest is dead, what is he doing in the back of a of a black Mercedes in a small southern town in the United States warming up to a woman in her nineties? Is his future about to take a turn for the worst or for the best?
Will Sir Richard at last hold Donna's mother in his arms, or will they find the truth etched in stone?
What will Donna do about the baby she's carrying? Who sends the text to Richard that makes him turn against Donna?
Has Lady Triplet lost her sting, or is she just getting warmed up? How much deeper do the roots go into the Triplet family tree and how many more people will we find resting in its branches? What does Lady Triplet have in store for Kate Robinson and her son Tom? Will Kate still see the same person when she looks in the mirror?
What will Richard do when he realises he's trapped between a rock and a hard place?
For Sam and Donna to find the answers they need to have no secrets.
Sir Richard and his ‘family’ begin a quest for the answers. Unfortunately, he and his group aren't the only ones looking for this ultimate power. His opponents already have a two-day head start. Their journeys will lead them to the cradles of civilisation, but where does their journey start? What will they discover at the end? Why are James and Donna so important to this quest?
What about the situation between Richard and Donna? Is he still lying to her? Did he send the threatening letter? Everyone, including Joyce believes Richard would be the logical choice. Richard swears he didn't send it, but if he didn't then who did? Who sought Joyce's help through a mysterious phone call to the Complex? Would Joyce regret the choice she made?
Where does Kate fit in? Does she hide a secret of her own? Is Tom an ordinary little boy, or is he special like James and Donna? Why does he know so much about the Dine’é Yá? Who told him? Who is Candice Stuart and what important part will she play in James’s future?
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Dr Donna Rigden is fed up with her job. When she loses the most important person in her life, she makes plans to start over. When this falls through, she resigns - big mistake. Donna is now on Forrest's hit list.
Convinced to make a move, Donna refuses to leave the US without visiting her parents and grandparents graves. Ambushed at the cemetery, she's shot and wakes up on her way to the UK. This was not what Donna had in mind.
Richard Triplet rescues Donna, but wants more from her than she's willing to give. Feeling trapped and desperate, she turns to a new friend for comfort.
Sir Richard, Donna's new employer showers her with luxury and makes her an offer she can't refuse. Once she's signed the contract, he asks her to use her medical expertise to commit murder. Donna's world is turned upside down. Donna must make a life changing choice. Once made, there's no going back. Was it the right choice?
Death strikes! Sam, the infirmary's doctor, is ordered to give his patient an untested drug. Sam knows the drug is either a cure or a curse, but goes against his patient's wishes. Will he stand by his Hippocratic Oath or cave and follow Sir Richard's orders?
What about Sir Richard? How does he fit into this equation? What's his motivation? Sir Richard Triplet is a member of a secret society, who operates in the grey area on the edge of the law. This makes him a target for religious fanatics and conspiracy theorists, but Sir Richard knows a secret and has his own agenda. He knows, in the year 7141, the Earth will be destroyed by an apocalyptic collision with a rogue planetoid. This scale of cataclysm will destroy all life on earth - no room in the aftermath - even for a dystopian civilization. Should Sir Richard be concerned? It's not his problem - right? He'll be dead and gone by then. Maybe - maybe not.
Sir Richard has a plan, already in action. One of the key elements in his plan is to manipulate the mechanisms of life and greatly extend the human lifespan. Does Sir Richard's quest to live forever offer our happy ever after? Let's re-evaluate this situation. If you were to become immortal would you feel more inclined to worry about an event taking place thousands of years into the future? I would be, but what about the ethical and social implications of immortality? What about overpopulation, living space and the diminishing food supply? What about the wars waged to control this miracle, and the all-important biblical phrase:
Genesis 6:3: "And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years."
'Immortality Gene' is the first book in the 'A Vested Interest' series. It's based on advanced technology, currently under development. 'Immortality Gene' covers the development of a genetically engineered virus. Along the way the series deals with corporate jealousy at its highest levels, greed, spite, vengeance, nanotechnology, medicine, murder, mystery, love and betrayal, and, of course, the very essence of life itself.
This full length novel, book one sets the stage for a series involving:
Paranormal wolves do play a part in the series but no vampires (yet). Immortality Gene is a unique blend of thriller, romance and science fiction. If you like books by Michael Crichton, Danielle Steel and Dan Brown, stories combining complex plots, compelling characters, and scientific explanation, then you'll love Immortality Gene. Be warned - this first e-book is long (780+ pages) but usually free!
John Chapman draws on detailed evidence from the Balkans to explain such phenomena as the mass sherd deposition in pits and the wealth of artefacts found in the Varna cemetery to place the significance of fragmentation within a broad anthropological context.