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Summary

The mind can hold powerful secrets.

When Dr. Jessica Paladon worked for her friend, Dr. Dean Devya, she helped create Nadia, one of the world's few Minders. Tough circumstances drove her away from that life, and to protect the secrets, she willingly took a drug that induced amnesia.

But now she needs those memories.

Two children - her children - Nadia and Varick, are competing in a winners-take-all, losers-might-die competition for the biggest secret government contract out there. They're fighting for the right to exist.

If Jessie can't remember, how will she help them survive?

©2016 Julie C. Gilbert (P)2016 Julie C. Gilbert

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fantastic

another fantastic audiobook from the pen of Julie c Gilbert and narrated by Brian Troxell. I thoroughly recommend this book to anyone xxxxx

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Scary world makes for Great story

I really enjoyed this book. I have had this book in my library for a while but kept putting it off because I wasn't sure I wanted to listen to experiments being carried out on children and choose a lighter listen, one that wouldn't make me cry- I cry at Disney films. I had nothing to worry about and Why on earth did I leave it so long? Nothing like that happened at all and In fact I really enjoyed it and found it fascinating. I liked the characters, even the scientists as they seemed to really care for the children. I did get a bit confused with all the characters and which child was on which team but I think it is a book you can listen to again and the second time I might follow along better. Science was along time ago for me but the author doesn't bamboozle you with science in fact you start straight in with a gripping story. Jessica went to extraordinary lengths to keep her greatest success and her biggest mistake a secret. Now that decision has come back to haunt her. The one thing she greatly wanted to forget by taking an amnesia inducing drug is now the most important thing that she remembers, lives are at stake. The lives of her children. The government can only fund one project and so divisive a competition to find the best and the loser will be cut, permanently. The contestants are children aged between 4 and 10 but they are no ordinary children they have been enhanced. Can the doctor or the children find a way to help each other? I liked the narrator and thought he did a good job with all the voices whether old or young. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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The Dark Side of Science

A really gripping and suspenseful sci-fi book that will surely keep you listening from start to finish. I have listened to other books written by Julie Gilbert before, and I am always amazed at how she can make complicated stuff easier for me to understand. The narration performed for this book was just the perfect touch needed to complete, what I consider as a great and entertaining listen. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Millican
  • 15-08-16

Great narration, good story.

The narration was spot on and engaging. The story was good but I feel like there was a lot of information I was missing.

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  • KACEY
  • 09-08-16

Great SyFi

I received this book from the author during a Facebook party with Book Rythm. I usually don't read SyFi but I was familiar with the authors poetry book and had read her mystery book, The Collins Case. Both were excellent. Although I was surprised I enjoyed it as much as I did, It makes me what to know what led up to this story. How the concept began. There must be a book before this.(note to self to check)
The author is a very well knowledged scientific writer. She makes all the 'over my head' stuff understandable, and interesting. Great book for any age. There was a good ending to the story but an opening for another episode in the life of Devya's Children. You won't be disappointed.
The narrator did a great job with the voices. A bad narrator can ruin a good book. Mr. Troxell did an excellent job of bringing the characters to life.

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  • Virgil Perryman
  • 17-10-20

A Sleeper don't miss this book it is great

I was pleasantly surprised by this book. the plot is complex and nicely of the beaten path. Something excitingly different. it flows well, the characters are well developed as important it makes you stop and think.

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  • Carol Brandon
  • 04-08-20

A page turner!

A gripping story about genetically engineered children, and the government’s plan to use them… The children turn the tables… Did the adults really understand the endgame of the children? I’m not sure it’s entirely revealed in the book – I can’t wait to learn more in the succeeding books, and to see the children grow and develop their gifts. I received a free copy of this audiobook, with no obligation.

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  • D M Reynolds
  • 24-06-20

Interesting concept

A cool premise, but the characters were a bit too exaggerated— or maybe two dimensional? People were super-human or naive or evil. Not a lot of soul searching was going on despite the potential for such in the themes. There were also a lot of surprise super powers introduced at very convenient times. Still I enjoyed it more as an action thriller than as sci fi. It’s also an easy listen with good narration that keeps you engaged. I received this audiobook for free in exchange for a review.

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  • UtDesertDawn
  • 05-06-20

A good story.

Julie C Gilbert did a good job on the story the narrator did a good job with the different characters. thoughts of things that could possibly happen in the future. I hope that you enjoy this book if you pick it up to read it

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 15-11-19

wow great

I totally enjoyed reading this book. It’s well written and the characters were fantastic. I would suggest this book to my friends that like this sort of genera. this was an excellent book

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  • Brandy Dalton
  • 14-09-19

Science and Fantasy combo

I thoroughly enjoyed this book as a fantasy sci-fi adventure. The narrative is exciting and greatly enjoyed the story plot with its twists and imagination.

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  • CG Cruzen
  • 02-02-17

Could not put it down.

If you could sum up The Dark Side of Science in three words, what would they be?

Suspenseful, thought-provoking, fun.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I have this book both on my kindle and audible. So I was able to just keep reading/listening without having to put it down. From the first few lines of the book I was hooked and am very much looking forward to reading/listening to the next.

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Family friendly but never boring. I was left with a sense of wondering if these things could really be happening somewhere.

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  • Lori
  • 16-01-17

Dark Side of Science

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Overall entertaining, engaging and enjoyable. An interesting and creative story with some different twists. Dealing with a clandestine military run genetic science experiment is never going to turn out good.

Even though this is the first book in the series I still felt as though something was missing. Like I was coming into a story already in progress. Much of the story comes across as feeling clinical. Is there a prequel? Or a pre novella leading into this story. If not there should be.

There is a lot going on in this story. It is hard to remember at times that the main characters are children. It's never a good thing when science is applied in any way in trying to alter a humans genetics. There will always be someone who wants to use those who have been altered as a military weapon. The story takes you through a range of emotions because of the situations the children forced into.

I didn't really connect to any of the characters. They were just characters. This was part of that too clinical feel of the story. This is where a different narrator may have made a difference in the feel of the story.

Brian Troxell did a really good job with the narration. Nice voice. Clearly spoken. Good pacing. Really good character voices. He did a great job with Nadia's voice. You always knew what character was speaking. Overall very enjoyable.

Even though he did a really good job with the narration I don't think he was the right narrator for the story. Personally I think either a female narrator or dual narration would have been better.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator or publisher.