Friday, December 19, 2014

Review: The God Organ by Anthony Melchiorri

Immortality is within reach. 

In 2063, a biotechnological revolution sweeps the nation. Behind this movement is Chicago-based medical giant LyfeGen. The company leads the biotech industry with their Sustain, an implantable artificial organ designed to grant its recipients near-immortality. But many of those recipients are suddenly dying. 

Biomedical scientist Preston Carter developed the Sustain to improve and save lives. Yet there are others that would see him fail. Extreme religious groups, radical movements, and competing corporations would prefer to see LyfeGen collapse rather than allow “the god organ” to fundamentally alter medicine and the human body. In a race against time, Carter must learn to trust resourceful journalist Audrey Cook. She may hold the key to discovering who is sabotaging the Sustain. And with the organ already implanted in his own body, Carter must uncover the truth before he’s killed by his invention. 
THE GOD ORGAN is a near-future medical thriller that takes the reader on a suspenseful ride filled with sinister conspiracies, intriguing biomedical science, and rampant corruption that will leave readers wondering just how dangerous becoming a god may really be. 

Anthony J Melchiorri is a writer and biomedical engineer living in Maryland. He spends most of his time developing cardiovascular devices for tissue engineering to treat children with congenital heart defects when he isn't writing or reading.
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4 stars

Set in the year 2036, a period foreseen to be under great medical advancements, The God Organ presents us with a futuristic thriller involving the medical industry that enthralled me from the first chapter. This story is told from multiple POVs, which I think added to the depth and richness of the book. It was very easy to follow, even through all the details. The plot in itself I believed to be actually plausible in the future, which adds to this story. I think its a book that makes you think and reflect to what extent we as a human race striving for technological advancements are actually willing to give up or retain our humanity. 
The God Organ has a great pace and never slacks. It is a very complex and intricate book, so its not a quick, easy read. Aside from all the technological advances and issues portrayed, there is also a lot of ethical subplots that come up quite often. The only thing I thought was off was the title. It's really not a good match to what the book is actually about. 
Overall, a very interesting read and definitely peaked my interest in reading more from this author. 

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