What happens when a scientist decides to play God? What happens when a megalomaniac CEO attempts to control that which can’t be? What happens when Jacob, a recently retired Marine, is pushed to the brink? Well, action that’s what, and it threatens to tear Jacob’s world apart, and perhaps everyone else’s, too.
Meanwhile thousands of miles away in sunny Silicon Valley, a young research scientist toils, and suddenly after a myriad of failures, eureka! Dr. Emmanuel Monte-Alban has created a cure for the inevitable scourge of humanity, a cure which might also save Jacob’s son. But this cure may prove to be deadly effective, and in the possession of his employer, BioSyn, it most certainly will. While the young doctor is pressed into perfecting his creation, a few competing sovereign interests discover his work. Could his creation be weaponized? Enter the Dragon, the Eagle, and the Bear. Oh my!
And when the good doctor disappears, Jacob is called to lead a highly-skilled team of contractors to find the doctor and his cure. There is just one catch. In doing so, Jacob must return to the site of his spiritual death, Basrah, Iraq in a quest for redemption. No outcome is certain, but Jacob’s fate, his son’s, and perhaps the world’s hangs in the balance. Let’s hope Jacob is not found wanting.
From Filth & Mud was a journey. The story follows several people from around the world as they are brought together and caught in the crossfire of Lilith; a living organism created in a lab that is capable of curing cancer or wiping out the entire human race.
Jacob, the main protagonist, is an ex-marine who is struggling to get back on his feet when an old friend, John, comes to him with a job offer. As the story moves on, more and more characters are added into the mix, raising the stakes higher and higher.
One thing I absolutely loved about the story was how well it was put together. There was so much going on and yet it was organized in a way that made it easy to follow. Although I have to admit that it did get a little confusing at times… but it always cleared itself up.
There was a lot of detail in From Filth & Mud. I could tell that everything was researched and thought out carefully. Every character was developed, even the less important characters. This did get to be a little much at times, especially when there was a page or two describing a character that only appeared once. That being said, the description really helped me understand the motive of each of the characters, even if it was a bit much.
I really enjoyed From Filth & Mud. It is a great debut novel, and I can’t wait for the next book from J. Manuel!
I am going to give From Filth & Mud four out of five hearts.