Back Cover Blurb
He was raised to moral and ethical...but created for neither.
Quinn Riley wasn’t born. He was created. Constructed of artificial DNA, he is designed as the perfect soldier, explorer and assassin. His purpose is clear…until the scientists who manufacture him abduct him in his infancy.
With a new identity, Quinn is raised human, oblivious of his true origins. Only when Socrates, the parent company who funded his creation, finds him twenty-five years later does he learn the truth of himself.
With Socrates fighting to get him back, can Quinn's learned humanity override man-made genetic programming?
“The woman you know as Terra Riley is not Quinn’s biological mother anymore than Kyle Riley is his father. Terra Riley is not a teacher and Kyle is not a stockbroker. Their true names are Katherine Teller and James Brobst. This is all about Quinn.“
“Because of what he can do, you know--his thing?“
Moke grinned. “Yeah, Josh. His thing.“
“How do you know? What is going on, dude?”
“I tried to warn James and Katherine, but I didn’t get to them in time. My only hope was to get to Quinn. The problem is what makes Quinn so special, is also what makes him so valuable. I mean, he can heal someone just by touching them.“ Moke shook his head in wonder. “I was always skeptical, I guess I can’t doubt it anymore. Socrates didn’t think Quinn survived childhood. For the longest time we thought they’d given up looking for him. We thought he was safe. We were wrong. They found out. They found him.“
“Whoa, dude, back up. Exactly who are they? “
Moke pursed his lips, it was obvious he was deciding how much to tell Josh.
“They are Quinn’s creators, Josh, and they want him back.“
Another can't put down, on-target story by a great story teller. If you aren't familiar with Ann Simko, shame on you! She tells a great tale populated with rich and well-drawn out characters and plops them down in the middle of an elegantly paced story with a little of something for everyone.
This is a great treatise on what it means to be human and, most importantly for me, on family and friendship. Those are such powerful ties and Ann explores and probes and prods at them in a wonderful way.
I can only say i am lucky to know her and to be able to read her wonderful stories. Ann, keep em coming, please! Okay, pretty please even!
Gregory Jeffrey, New Jersey
Ann Simko delivers another powerhouse performance with rich, well-rounded characters and a heart-stopping pace. Can't wait for the next one!
Jennifer L. Schubert, Florida
You will want a seat belt, and maybe even a roll cage for this fast paced page turner. Ms. Simko has offered up yet another thrilling story with believable characters, an interesting plot, and enough action for any adreneline junkie.
Quinn Riley was not fully aware of who, or even what he was. He knew he had a gift, and a secret he shared with only his best friend, Josh, but somethingwas still missing. The big questions he faces are can he find the truth, and face it when he does, and what will be the cost of learning. Is he truly one of a kind?
Ms. Simko won hearts with the Coyote Moon series, and has honed her story telling skills further in Socrates's Child. A vivid plot, peopled with believable characters, in situations which may not be as far fetched as you might think, and offered in a voice that appeals to men and women makes this writer a force to be reckoned with. Her work has the flavor of Patterson, Koontz, King, Preston and Child, just to name a few, but she has blended them into her own recioe for a refreshing, thrilling novel. The visual images the novel cojures up would make it an excellent candidate for film, and the strength of the plot and characters begs for a sequel or two.
This new talent in the thriller field bears some serious watching. She is that good!
This is Ms Simko's 4th book and by far the best according to this reader. She has captured the soul of Quinn, the main character, and pulls the reader into his story as fast as the first 2 pages. You cannot wait to see how Ms Simko weaves the story and what the outcome will be.
Great, great story and here is wishing and praying for continuing success for this writer.