When Kenneth L. Decroo came to me with Almost Human, he told me he had 2 more books in the series to come. I was so impressed with Almost Human that I agreed to publish the whole series, but saying something like that is always a risk – the next book could have been terrible! I figured, however, that I could work with him to make sure that we came up with something that would meet AIAP’s standards, but when he presented me with the second book, Becoming Human, I realised that I needn’t have worried because this book is even better than the first. Kenneth has grown as a story teller and as a writer, and I hope I’ll be able to publish many more books for him in the coming years.
But what about Becoming Human? What can I say? It’s a great story, an excellent sequel that leaves you wondering where the series will go next. The themes delved into in book one are developed further and it all moves at a pace that is not too breathless, but never lags. I highly recommend this series, which I think has broad appeal. It’s not too nasty for those who like to sleep at night, has an interesting and highly relevent topic of ethics in scientific research and government agencies, and a great cast of colourful characters. Start with Almost Human if you haven’t already read it, and then you’ll be ready for the sequel when it comes out in a couple of weeks.
What’s it about?
When Dr. Ken Turner and his colleagues finally find half-human, half-chimpanzee hybrids in the dark jungles of the Congo, they think they are at the end of their long quest, but shady government agents have discovered the hybrids and plan to exploit them for military use. With the ruthless agents growing ever closer to realizing their goals, Dr. Turner and company must find a way to protect the creatures without destroying their careers and, for that matter, their very lives.
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