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When the mad doctor steals the dying child of a simple Amish couple and transplants the brain and cardiovascular system of their dying 11-year-old autistic son into the incredibly lethal robot, the dark forces of government come looking for their investment.
Dr. Alexander and the monster escape into another Amish community to hide among the plain folk. Frank, the autistic 11-year-old boy trapped inside the body of the world's most deadly robot, befriends another child who will help the prisoner inside the machine. Tensions arise among the plain and pacifistic yet closed minded Amish as they begin to suspect just what kind of technological monstrosity is hiding among them. Before long, hard men who do the government's most dirty deeds will come looking for a killing machine only to find a boy named Frank who has the power to defend a closed society from the worst of the world.
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By DobieChuck on 07-23-15
Not Your Everyday SciFi Thriller
What a fantastic story, and so much more than your typical sf thriller... The insights into autism were fascinating and honestly realized... The snapshots into the mind of Frank were beautifully imagined and informative... The blurring of science and humanity were touching, yet disturbing... The realistically described Amish lifestyle and philosophy worked w/ the story well and were richly painted... The Frankenstein comparison is easy due to story and title, deservedly so, but reminded me quite a bit of the movie D.A.R.Y.L.
You might think you know who the monsters and sociopaths are when you start, and you'll be entirely wrong... Eye of the beholder and all that;)
An underated portion of this book will be the deft humor in its pages... Sometimes sarcastic, sometimes flippant and dark, sometimes honest and innocent, but always timely and apt... Some very fantastic action sandwiched between some exceptionally wrought inner musings and dialogue...
The #Anonymous analogous group helping behind the curtain, and in front of it towards the end lent flair to the overall story. Not to mention deep consideration to the manifesto and actions of such all too real groups... Read it one sitting which resulted in a sleepless night as I could not countenance stopping... The narrator was ideally suited for the reading and characters... Enough gushing, just read it already... (Might we be seeing Frank and Doc again??? Hmmmmmm)
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By Norma Miles on 07-01-15
What is a man?
A remarkable story, well read by Andrew McFerrin.
The idea is a simple one - what is it to be human? Can a child who has lost his body of flesh and blood, had it replaced with something synthetic, still be a child? And what, too, is a monster, a metal killing machine or the organic beings without thought or kindness to others? It is certainly thought provoking but never heavy. The story is well written, well paced, often moving but never sentimental. it is also fascinating for the glimpses were are given into the everyday life a an Amish community.
I would most sincerely recommend this book.