Publisher: Harper Collins
Publishing Date: March 2015
Publisher Description: Henry Madison is an apathetic young man with little to no ambition. When he loses his job and his girlfriend in one day, he is destitute and signs up for paid medical testing. The doctor creates clones of Henry and when these clones escape and start causing havoc in Henry’s life, he is hired in secret by the strange doctor and trained to hunt the clones down one by one and kill them.
Review: This was a really well done novel. Great character and story line development and an overall plot that was good to the end. Henry isn’t just apathetic. His self loathing and trenchant self-centeredness were pretty much over the top with regard to how much time was spent on that portion of his personality. If the author had of just backed off a little in that regard and moved more in a direction of self-sufficiency/esteem and emotive discovery then this would have been an easy 5 stars. It is nice to experience a person moving from deplorable into the Western hero he imagines himself to be. What we get in the end is not Angel Eyes or Blondie in “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” but Tuco with a conscience.
The story line might have moved in a direction where the clones ideas and burgeoning personalities were more on display. But when your busy whacking your clones it doesn’t leave a lot of room for chit-chat. There were some fall downs with regard to firearm knowledge. For instance, Henry is using a revolver to hunt his clones and referents the safety being on etc.. Only revolvers don’t have safeties. Despite my shitpicking, I read this in one sitting. GET IT!