To be, or not to be, the woman I was engineered to be?" is the question third-generation clone Kai-Lee Fox can't help asking herself. For more than 400 years, the star cruiser Janus has been a virtual Utopia. Life goes on ... and on and on ... for the Quingenti, five hundred souls who fled Earth when the Global Assembly refused to legalize human cloning as a means to obtaining mortality. No one could have guessed six words as apparently harmless as, "There was only one Ella Fitzgerald," would trigger a rebellion. But those words no sooner leave Kai's mouth when the truth breaks over her, and the trouble begins. Before long the same truth that rocks her world makes itself known to a handful of others. And one of them doesn't intend to keep quiet. When Dr. Ke-Ling Yan, the Colony's lead geneticist and a member of the ruling Council, announces his intention to move for the abolition of cloning, the mild-mannered Quingenti reveal an unsuspected dark side. How far will the faithful go to contain the rebellion? As far as activating the Alpha Genesis Option, using a microchip implanted in every colonist's brain at birth to erase defective thinking and prepare the brain for reprogramming. But before the mind police can apprehend him, Ke-Ling does the unthinkable--he commits suicide--leaving a farewell, ship-wide broadcast that transforms the Janus into a seething cauldron of paranoia, intrigue, and danger. Will Kai-Lee and her friends survive the interstellar witch hunt? Where do you run when you're on a space ship millions of miles from nowhere, and the hounds are closing in?
- Paperback | 250 pages
- 152.4 x 228.6 x 14.48mm | 439.98g
- 12 Feb 2015
- Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
- United States
- black & white illustrations
About Kathy DiSanto
Kathy's publishing career dates back to 1997, when she published a two-book romance series with Bantam's Loveswept line. The first book in the series, For Love or Money, won a 1997 Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award. In 2012, Kathy self-published two thrillers. Amanda's Eyes, the first book in a series featuring crime reporter A.J. Gregson, is a paranormal thriller that has garnered a 4.4-star average on Amazon and was a semi-finalist in Kindle Book Review's 2014 Best Kindle Book Awards. Her second thriller, Why Live?, is dystopian science fiction. Current projects include the sequel to Amanda's Eyes, remixes of her two romance novels, and posts to her blogs Write Minded (on the writing life) and Momma D's Diary (a humorous look at aging and retirement). As a communications specialist with a major university, Kathy wrote more than one hundred features for print and the web. Now retired and writing full-time, she enjoys meditation; reading; live performances by her sons (both professional musicians); brisk walks with her rescue dogs, Molly and Lucy; and playing handy gal around her 92-year-old, foursquare home in Martinsburg, WV.