Publishing Date: September 2017
Publishers Description: In the 1930s, Japanese scientists committed heinous crimes in their quest for the ultimate biological weapon. The war ended. Their mission did not. Eighty years later, Japanese-American scientist Amika Nakamura won’t let rules stand between her and scientific glory. When the ambitious young virologist defies a ban on the genetic manipulation of influenza, she’s expelled from the university. Desperate to save her career, she accepts a position with a pharmaceutical company in Tokyo. Soon after, a visit to a disputed island entangles her in a high-profile geopolitical struggle between Japan and China.
Review: ‘Nothing new under the Sun here. Move along, move along.”This story line is one of many that have been done over the years. Only this one was not very interesting due to the shallow characterization and weak plot.
Amika is extremely self-centered and narcissistic gurl yet is not so myopic that she fails to notice how hot her rich, handsome and hunky evil billionaire sponsor is. She wants to bang him if only to secure and further her career. Can you say writing for a movie deal?? Well I can, and as disappointed in Amika as I was, I was more disappointed in the stilted dialogue and not so surprising deus ex moments that littered the pages of this failure. I stopped and started this novel quite a few times but mushed on to the end in hopes of some characterization revival in the form of movement and depth. It just gets worse with evil guy becoming more evil-ish and the storyline more mundane.
I think Harvard is calling and wants their PhD back.