Thursday, September 3, 2015

Broken Chain - by Lisa von Biela - A bleak look at a future with GMO foods

4 of 5 Stars     Review copy

Lisa von Biela worked in Information Technology for twenty-five years, then dropped out to attend the University of Minnesota Law School, graduating magna cum laude in 2009.  She now practices law in Seattle, Washington, and writes whenever she can.  Lisa has found a bit of a niche with speculative fiction where science has run amok.

In her latest novel, Lisa introduces us to Dr. Kyle Sommers and his lovely young family.  Kyle has just been accepted into the CDC's two year Epidemic Intelligence Service program.  His initial assignment is to be part of a team created to investigate the unprecedented number of seemingly random acts of violence around the country, violence that appears to have originated in the Midwest, but which has quickly spread to other areas around the country.

What Kyle discovers has far-reaching and devastating consequences for both farmers and the population at large.

No one takes an idea from public consciousness and runs with it better than Lisa von Biela. For several years now, discussions on the merits of genetically modified food has been a hot topic and Lisa's latest book will certainly not set your mind at ease.

Broken Chain is speculative fiction at its finest.  The story gets off to a quick and bloody start and doesn't let up until its terrifying conclusion.  There are a number of well-developed subplots, with plenty of intriguing characters along the way, including Kyle's precocious four-year-old, Kara. What a sweetie.

This story does not have a fairy tale ending and left this reader feeling helpless in a number of ways.  But that's a good thing.

Broken Chain is currently available as a paperback from Darkfuse publishers.


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