Book Reivew- From Filth & Mud



From Filth & Mud by J. Manuel
Published by CreateSpace on December 23, 2015
Genres: Thriller, Suspense, Science Fiction
Pages: 485

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.

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Don’t forget to check out the interviews J. did with me! You can see the one for Keystroke here, and the one for my podcast, Book Talk, here.

*This book was given to be by J. Manuel for free in exchange for an honest review. This has not in any way influenced my opinion or views of the book.

Book Review- Sicker



Sick by Christa Wojciechowski
Published by Amazon Digital Services LLC on April 13, 2016
Genres: Psychological, Suspense, Thriller
Pages: 82

John Branch’s sickness has dominated the lives of all those around him, consuming all it can from well-intentioned doctors, compassionate strangers, and trusting loved ones. His chronic illness also bonds him intimately to his wife Susan, trapping them in relationship of unhealthy psychological attachment.

But John’s disease isn’t the only blight in the Branch family.

Injured and loaded with Demerol, John Branch tells his life story from his filthy sickbed, confessing the horrific secrets of the past. Most disturbing of all, he reveals the philosophy he’s constructed around his condition and tries to indoctrinate Susan.

Will she stay with him now that she finally knows the truth, or will she put an end to the madness?

Sicker was disturbing in the best way possible. The story picks up where the first novella, Sick, left off. In Sicker, instead of Suze narrating the story, her husband John takes over and I get to see the world through his eyes.

Most of the book is used to tell John’s story, explaining why he is the way he is. The story was compelling and heartbreaking. I found myself sympathizing with him, which is something I didn’t expect. Even more surprising, I found myself physically flinching every time he was hurt. I could clearly imagine it happening, which always makes for a better reading experience.

I really liked how in depth Sicker went into the human desire to be loved and cared for. It made something I never thought I would relate to, well, relatable. Much to my own horror (again, in the best way possible), I could see the reasoning behind John’s sickness.

The actual time elapsed in the book is hours at most. John spends the time explaining his past to Suze and convincing her to be okay with his sickness. I am very interested to see what happens next, and I can’t wait for the final novella, Sickest, to come out!

I am going to give Sicker four out of five hearts.

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* I was given this book for free by the author in exchange for an honest review. This has not in any way impacted my views or opinions of the book.