7th Son

7th Son

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Book - 2009
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As America reels from the bizarre presidential assassination committed by a child, seven men are abducted from their normal lives and delivered to a secret government facility. Each man has his own career, his own specialty. All are identical in appearance. The seven strangers were grown--- unwitting human clones---as part of a project called 7th Son .

The government now wants something from these "John Michael Smiths." They share the flesh as well as the implanted memories of the psychopath responsible for the president's murder. The killer has bigger plans, and only these seven have the unique qualifications to track and stop him. But when their progenitor makes the battle personal, it becomes clear he may know the seven better than they know themselves.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2009.
ISBN: 9780312384371
0312384378
Characteristics: ix, 356 p. ;,21 cm.
Alternative Title: Seventh son

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DavidB
Jan 18, 2010

This book has absolutely no cultural significance or historical relevance. The story does reveal or explore any deep facet of humanity. The characters –neither the main protagonists, antagonists nor the supporting cast—have any depth genuine personality or interest; they all seem to be playing out stereotypes of stereotypes like bad photocopies of photocopies. Even after you grant the book the obligatory suspension of disbelief and sci-fi exemption from reality, the plot is still convoluted, absurd and weak.

Instead of trying to explore and develop the characters and letting the story flow from their action and reactions, the book reads like a bad action movie. It doesn’t make colourful, insightful or witty allusions to life but instead references the most bland aspects of modern culture like the Jerry Springer Show, Schwarzenegger films and the DaVinci Code. The writing is so crude and simple that it requires “minimal brainpower” to get through the book.

This book is like literary junk food; cheap, innutritious and hard to put down once you’ve started it even though you know it’s bad for you. Despite it’s many annoying faults I couldn’t stop reading it. I have no doubt that it will one day be adapted into another bad sci-fi movie blockbuster. It’s a book I love to hate.

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