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Catherine is a soldier. Fast, strong, and lethal, she is the ultimate in military technology. She’s a monster in the body of an 18-year-old girl. Bred by scientists, grown in vats, indoctrinated by the government, she and her sisters will win this war—no matter the cost.
And the costs are high. Their lifespan is short; as they age they become unstable and undergo a process called “the spoiling”. On their 18th birthday they are discharged. Lined up and shot like cattle.
However, the truth is, Catherine and her sisters may not be strictly human, but they’re not animals. They can twist their genomes and indoctrinate them to follow the principles of Faith and Death, but they can’t shut off the part of them that wants more than war. Catherine may have only known death, but she dreams of life, and she will get it at any cost.
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By AMM on 08-24-13
This was my second T. C. McCarthy book. I read the first in this series. I thoroughly enjoyed the first book, which I also read in audio form. This one's entire audio performance was so atrociously bad that I'm not certain if my impression of this book as less good than the first was due entirely to the performance or if the book itself is also of lower quality.
The performance by Turpin is terrible! She reads in monotone and is insanely boring to listen to. Put me to sleep every time, even in battle scenes. Additionally, some individual words were clearly re-recorded in a different session and dubbed into the final product. They are randomly louder and even in a different tone of voice than the rest of the words in the sentence. This is generally the case with the names of places. It seems as if they were mispronounced in the first performance and then just dubbed over later? In any case, the mix of monotone with suddenly louder place names makes for a very uncomfortable read. In spite of wanting to know the story, I gave up partway through.
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By Andrew on 03-22-12
Beware of planted review....
Would you try another book from T. C. McCarthy and/or Bahni Turpin?
Would you ever listen to anything by T. C. McCarthy again?
What didn’t you like about Bahni Turpin’s performance?
It would have been a fine performance if I wanted to read Danielle Steel
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Exogene?
The Genre...it is not SF, it is a romance novel
Any additional comments?
I read the authors first book in this series, it was not bad, and I bought the follow-up based on the first review in this list. This review is a plant, designed to suggest a similarity to a book written by Weber, Flint or Ringo.
What it is in truth, is a Chick Flick.
Woman love, peolpe hatred (especially men), LAME descriptions of future tech......and of all the wierd things...religious overtones.
You have been warned :)
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