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Author: Thomas Weston

Type of Book: Audiobook

Narrator: David Dietz

Genre: Science Fiction

Length: 5 hours and 55 minutes

Release Date: June 8, 2015

Publisher: Thomas Weston

Rating. 3 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐

* I received a free copy of this audiobook from the narrator in exchange for an honest review.

At a research facility called “Benevolent Pharmaceuticals” testing is done using chimpanzees. The experiments are often cruel and painful, but they are justified because they will supposedly help mankind.

The government sees the benefit of using simians as soldiers and/or suicide bombers.

To that end, Benevolent Pharmaceuticals is injecting human DNA into chimpanzees, who are getting smarter and smarter as a result. In fact, some of them can even speak a few words.

But as these chimpanzees become more intelligent and aware of their circumstances, they become angry and discontent. Eventually two disgruntled employees decide to unlock the chimp’s cages setting off a chain of events that may lead to the downfall of the human race.

This book started off promising. I was afraid that it would be just another “Planet of the Apes” book and there are similarities, but it is not the same.

I don’t want to give any spoilers in my review, but there were quite a few plot points that are just too far-fetched for any reader to believe. Horrible and cruel animal testing in a lab? Yes, I believe that. Disgruntled and underpaid workers in the same lab? Yes, I believe that.

Things I don’t believe are the relationship plot points. It is just too ridiculous that the Wayne stays with the Francine. Francine’s actions and behavior? I don’t think so! Not in a million years.

The ending was what completely ruined the book for me. The way Francine obtained the lightbulb is just ridiculous and it seemed like the author needed a way to wrap the story up and chose to take an easy storyline to achieve the desired conclusion. Read this book and see if you agree. * I hope I have been suitably vague so that no spoilers exist in this review.* However, I may have been too vague and potential readers will have no idea what I an talking about.

The narration of this story was good. The narrator had a good tone and kept the story moving at a good pace.

The author gives off the impression that he doesn’t think much of people. He makes fun of “hillbillies” and “rednecks” and obviously he does not like President Obama since he makes some unflattering comparisons.

All in all I feel that this book had potential but that it was lacking in believability. I rate this as 3 out of 5 stars.


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David W. Dietz is a writer, actor, director and producer from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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