2015 · 4 Stars · Adult · Book Reviews · Reviewed for NetGalley · Science Fiction

Moonkind: Survivors of Ebola – Bruce Merchant

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http://moonkindbook.com

About the Author:

Bruce Merchant, M.D., is a Research Physician in the Immunology and Pathology of Human responses to tumors and infectious diseases.. Bruce also holds a doctorate in Immunopathology from the University of Chicago. He was a lab researcher at the National Institutes of Health for a decade and then continued his research in Immunology, and Immunogenetics at the FDA for a second decade. He then moved mainly into Clinical Research and served first as the Director of Clinical studies at Hybritech, Inc. and later as Clinical V.P at Viagene, Inc. both Biotech companies in San Diego, California.

He then teamed up with James A. Taylor, Ph. D, to whom this book is dedicated. Together, they formed Merchant-Taylor International, Inc. (MTI), a consulting firm that over the past two decades has assisted over 200 Biotech and Small Pharma companies in moving their products forward through successive phases of Clinical Development.

Bruce still works full time in this consulting capacity. Many of MTI’s clients are developing therapies aimed at controlling infections or malignant tumors, and Bruce serves as the Clinical Monitor for several of these studies. He is also involved with two separate Clinical Studies, one which involves the use of Convalescent Immune Plasma (from Ebola survivors) and another employing a number of promising new pharmaceuticals which will be critically tested in Ebola patients in West Africa in an effort to control the current deadly epidemic.


Synopsis:

In another Century and a half, the world, as we know it, will be greatly
changed. This book foresees changes that most of us could scarcely
dream of. It imagines a world where current international tensions
have mostly dissolved, where continental solidarity has supplanted most national boundaries, and where global warming has actually abated. It is a time when space exploration is of prime importance and when robotically operated stations exist on our own Moon and on Mars and Venus..

But several traditional earthly problems have not been resolved. One of these is the periodic emergence of infectious diseases that (by means of insidious mutations) have evaded all modern efforts to prevent or control them. Enter Q-strain, an astoundingly pernicious mutation of Ebola virus which, over the period of a few years, totally wipes out all humans on the Earth. There is time, however, in the interim, to transport the very earliest
stage (blastocysts) of the clones from many very accomplished humans to the robotic station on the Moon. (These clones had been acquired years before the epidemic and stored in suspended animation in liquid hydrogen).

Roughly a century later, when the “all clear” for absence of the Ebola Q-strain mutant on the Earth has been biologically verified, these “celebrity clones” are given birth on the Moon and raised to adulthood by robotic guides and caretakers. The story then centers on the development of fourteen spirited “celebrity clones” who must find ways to realistically coexist, and then to ultimately return a human presence to our now Ebola-free blue planet. This sounds like quite a challenge, and in fact, that’s just what it is.


Review:

Thank you NetGalley for the free book in exchange for an honest review.

I really enjoyed this book. It took me about a third of the book to really get into it and to start enjoying it. But once the book got to the actual clones I really got excited.

I would have given this book 5 stars if not for the first third of the book. It was just so hard for me to keep muddling through it. I understand the need for all the medical and back story, it just was a little much for me.

I have to admit that I do love a good apocalypse book though so I am a little biased. If you have read any of Nick Sagan’s books you will really enjoy this book. I love how the author didn’t just do some research and then write a book, he actually works in this field. It was great to see a crazy outbreak through his eyes with all his knowledge to back it up.

This book was written alright, could have been better, but by no means bad. The biggest problem that I had with the novel was that there were places that could have been skimmed over and other I would have like to have a little more meat on it’s bones.

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