Genre: Science Fiction; Adventure; “Vampire\Werewolf\Mutant”
Failing agrarian colony worlds and an infectious genetic virus threatens Earth with starvation and perhaps the end of the human race.For the first threat, Thomas Hunter joins the military to train an elite unit to combat a powerful, non-human species, one which has coexisted with humanity in secret for centuries. But now, many are being driven mad by their environments, and they must be stopped. Only problem is, few know of their existence, much less how to fight them and win. For the second threat, Rachel Torrence, Thomas’ partner, must use all her expertise in genetic medicine to find a cure before it’s too late. Neither can afford to fail. But the stakes are even greater for Thomas. He too is a member of that secretive race, also susceptible to the homicidal madness which is inflicting so many like him. If he succumbs, millions, perhaps billions, will die. But how can he expect to win a fight against the universe and his own nature?
I have also reviewed these other titles by Robert Leonard:
Hunter (Thomas Hunter Novels book 1)
The Alexander Gambit
The Man Who Stole the Moon (Alexander Gambit book 2)
Flight of Angels (Alexander Gambit book 3)
‘Hunted’ is an excellent follow-up to the first novel in the ‘Thomas Hunter’ series. The existence of altered humans has been proven and those within the government and military who are privy of this must now work with Thomas Hunter. As a unique version of the altered, Thomas wishes to cure his ilk rather than annihilate them. However, a terrifying new threat has emerged which may not give him much option.
Many altered have fallen victim to a strange environmental phenomena that has them slaughtering and feeding indiscriminately. What’s worse is that Thomas is not immune to these effects. While his partner, Dr. Rachel Torrence, works tirelessly to find a cure through her own resources as well as reaching out to the Grays, he has gone to the front-lines to recruit fair-minded altereds to fight alongside him.
Once again, I am impressed with the author’s attention to detail. The science parts of this story have clearly been well thought out and studied, going so far as to explain or express things that I would not have thought to point out: everything from Rachel’s experiments to the ‘why’ behind the altereds’ existence. In addition, this detail is given to the histories of each character, the current universe, and even the Grays.
I particularly enjoy the comparisons between our modern day world to the future in which these novels take place. Not only the sayings and references to our real life era (which creates great fun as those future generations are left in the dark as to our meanings), but things like shifts in culture and even anatomy. For example: how humans have evolved away from monogamy and closed relationships as the norm and how the gene pool has thinned so that the differences in human appearance is not quite as vast.
This is all balanced with action, emotion, and suspense to make a very immersive read. Not surprising, given that I’ve grown accustomed to this from Robert Leonard, yet I must comment on it nonetheless. As with everything I’ve read from him, I’m eagerly looking forward to the next book!
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