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Monday, September 16, 2013

ARC Book Review + Book Trailer: Good Intentions (The Dead War series #1) by D. N. Simmons


Author: D. N. Simmons
Series: The Dead War series
Number in Series: 1
Format: ARC PDF
Release Date: September 17, 2013
Pages: 169
Publisher: Rushmore Publishing
Genre: Dark Fantasy/Horror/Suspense/Urban Fantasy


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Synopsis from D. N. Simmons

SciTech Labs was handsomely commissioned by the United States Military to design a revolutionary serum that would create the ultimate soldier.  They would be stronger and more resilient, they would also be smarter and more alert. Last, but not least, they would be faster with  more endurance. Everything was looking hopeful until an experiment went horribly wrong. The scientists mutated their specimen's DNA, turning into something monstrous. Now life as we know it will never be the same. 

Those things are coming for us. 

The entire world is in danger and our governments forces can't stop them. Humanity's only hope lies with... 

The Vampires. 

Can their supernatural abilities help save the human race, or is it the end? Can the human race survive being caught in a bloody war between two vicious predators?

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Book Trailer
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     Good intentions is a great story that actually follows the very beginning of a zombie outbreak. A brilliant scientist named Dr. Vincent Masterson has been given quite a task. His boss has informed him that the military have found something they want his team to work on. Something that could create the ultimate human; super strength, super speed, and the ability to heal any disease even AIDS. While working on the compound and having no success for almost 6 months, there is finally a breakthrough. But when they test it on a dying patient, all hell breaks loose. It starts panic in the city of Chicago and people are getting infected faster than they can be saved. It is up to Vincent and his team to figure out how to stop the epidemic. Along with a few vampires who are the only ones that can possibly save the human race, along with their own.

    Goodness, Simmons has done it again. Her talent for creating engrossing stories really shines in this book. I have read plenty of zombie books, but I love that Simmons has given us a different perspective. We never see things from the scientists/government who started it. In Good Intentions, we see how it all started. How one good deed turns into something catastrophic and so quickly as well.

     Vincent was a great lead. He is partially responsible for the world crumbling in less than 24 hours. He has the weight of the world on his shoulders. He is teamed up with other scientists; Felicia, Samantha and William. We don't know much about them except they have to try and help Vincent protect the human race. We do know that Felicia is a tough cookie. I hope we get more of her in the future as well as the others. The vampires were a great addition. I can't wait to see the kind of role they will play in the next book. Since this infection seems to affect them as well, they have a lot to lose as well.

     I also enjoyed the dialogue in the book. I love how real Simmons makes her characters. They always have conversations and make jokes I would make with my friends. The progression of the story was fast and intense. Like I said, seeing things from the very beginning and through the scientists' eyes was very refreshing. We see that Vincent had a bad feeling from the beginning with this project. His teammate, Philip, has gone out and did something to help the progression of their project. Problem is, no one knows what he has added tot he compound. It is up to Vincent to find out what he did, so he can find the cure. I loved Simmons take on zombies. These zombies were scary as hell. Shooting them in the head isn't even enough in this book. The only thing that works is decapitation and that means you have to get close to the things.         

     This is another book that will be making its way to my favorites list. I loved the characters, the concept, the suspense, and the insanely strong zombies! I am so hyped for the sequel. This book had everything I wanted. There wasn't a lot of romance, but I don't mind. I would hope to see some in the next book though. Simmons is major talent and this book shows that in spades. Highly recommended. 


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*This book belongs to the following challenge*
Under The Covers Book Blog 2013 Immortal Reading Challenge!


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About D. N. Simmons
D. N. Simmons lives in Chicago IL., with a rambunctious German Shepherd that's too big for his own good and mischievous kitten that she affectionately calls "Itty-bitty". Her hobbies include rollerblading, shooting pool, bowling, reading, watching television and going to the movies. She has been nominated at Love Romances and More, winning honorable mention for best paranormal book of 2006. She has won "Author of the Month" at Warrior of Words. She was voted "New Voice of Today" at Romance Reviews and "Rising Star" at Love Romance and More.
To learn more, and have the opportunity to speak with the author personally, please visit the official website and forum at www.dnsimmons.com . D.N. is always interesting in meeting new and wonderful people.


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