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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2007

    Thrilling and Elegant

    Let me tell ya something about elegance. Elegance is a matter of refinement and quality, sure. But it's also a matter of complexity. Elegant things just have more going on than things that are merely excellent. You may disagree, but I find the Beatles excellent, Bach elegant. You get my drift? The first layer in this book is the question of murder itself. We know from the outset that someone's going to die, but we don't find out who until half-way into the book. The author hasn't so much muddied the waters as she's added levels to them. Is the victim to be *the annoying and ambitious medical researcher? Could be-he's unlikeable enough and no innocent creatures-or readers- would miss him much. *the graduate student with whom he is conducting an affair? Maybe-she is brutally transgressive of all the rules of female romantic life. She's the sort of heroine who is always dispatched in the movies to reinforce the notion that sin doesn't pay. *how about the researcher's milquetoasty wife? The researcher obviously wants her dead and from the way her character is built, it seems that the author did too. Her husband not only has the motivation, he has access to all sorts of yummy viruses to do the job. *or maybe it's the impossibly refined and educated priest who's just arrived on the scene, sent by the Vatican to lead their parish out of the inferno of a child-abuse scandal and into the paradiso of something better. His name, of course is Dante and he has the combination of faith and doubt that is sometimes resolved in pulpier novels by a heroic death. Then there's the question of sex. (is sex a question?) anyway, all the main characters are simmering with unfulfilled lusts. Some, like Leila the grad student, are ferociously acting out. (Leila is a deliciously good acter-outer by the way). Others are celibate or so repressed as to be semi-celibate. Does all this sexual stewing have anything to do with the illicit sex that Dante has been sent to stamp out? Or isit thematically related to the HIV research going on in Leila's lab? The science adds another layer, an elegant hypothesis is teased out of the authorized and underground experiments. The conjecture relates ultimately to questions of faith which are another layer. There is more, much more. The roles and rules of men and women, the politics of institutions and the tidal waves of ambition all weave threads that recur and fascinate. What makes the whole thing work is that the author is bigger than any of the devices she uses. Nothing is obvious, every thread leads to another consideration without a hint of cliché. So let's define something else: the word thrill. A thrill is a shiver of delight-it's physical and mental and spiritual. Suspenseful, erotic, many-layered and intelligent, Rabid is truly an elegant thriller. Lynn Hoffman, author of bang BANG, ISBN 9781601640005

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2007

    Recipe for a Good Book

    A large helping of cheating husband several tablespoons of mad scientific research A recovering alcoholic clergyman named Dante lusting for the heroine A New England setting where witches, exorcisms, and such are the norm. Let the heroine, Beverly, discover a pair of panties in her husband¿s suitcase and become so distraught over the man¿s philandering that she seeks counseling from the church. Stir in wonderful character building, and then add a priest struggling with his faith and who lusts for the very person seeking his help. A heavy dose of murder must be added when the tension is high and the time is right. Clearly there has to be a tense trial in this recipe as indeed there is. While that is preparing, fold into the Catholic Church¿s obsession with cleaning up its image, the highly charged and competitive world of scientific research in which the lethality of products is subordinated to the almighty dollar. When you are sufficiently tense, you will be at the climax of T.K. Kenyon¿s Rabid, a very good novel with crisply drawn characters and interesting cross purposes impossible to put down until the literary meal is ready.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2007

    Rabid

    This book blew my mind! I usually don¿t like ¿heavy¿ books, meaning anything over 6 ounces as well as anything with more than one main point, but this book was so good that I kept reading, kept reading, kept reading! Parts of it made me laugh out loud, and the end made me cry. There are four main characters, and each one tells their own story (though not from that annoying first person ¿I¿ point-of-view.) Leila is a brilliant young scientist who¿s hiding a terrible secret about her past that haunts her, still. Conroy is her PI (principal investigator, which means boss) in the lab where she¿s working, and they¿re having an affair. His wife, Bev, is so sweet, and I felt so sorry for her all the way through, but she shows us that she¿s got a core of steel, and she has an affair of her own. Dante, the sexy priest, struggles with staying celibate, but he doesn¿t succeed. This book is hot, sexy, funny, tragic, heart-rending, and ultimately, satisfying in a way that many books aren¿t. My book club couldn¿t quit talking about it. We stayed an hour late because we couldn¿t agree on whether Leila was the villain or the heroine. She¿s both. She¿s tragic and funny in a way that I didn¿t think characters could be. There is a metaphor in this book that deals with science. Don¿t let that stop you from reading it. TK Kenyon makes it simple and even beautiful. I understood everything that she was talking about, and I¿m an idiot when it comes to science. I barely passed biology for non-majors and I don¿t remember anything about it, (except that an echinodermata is a starfish, but that¿s it). If I can understand it, anyone can. The plot tears through the book. Every time I thought that it would pause and reflect, like in a lot of other books that I¿ve read, something else shocking happened. At the end, it all exploded in a series of revelations and scenes that made me dizzy. I had to read it again because I was so shocked at what was going on!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2007

    Rabid

    I thought this was written by a chick, but maybe I¿m wrong. Of the four characters, two are dudes, and they are some of the most raving dudes around, especially the priest who tomcats around like he¿s the baddest dude since James Dean. Leila is so hot that she makes me want to dive into this book and [¿] This book has so many hot scenes, including some that I shouldn¿t have enjoyed but turned me on in a sick way, that I¿m going to read it again. And then maybe just the dirty parts again after that.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2007

    A crucible of characters and themes

    I love finding a new, brilliant, genius writer. Where has TK Kenyon been hiding? This is her first novel, but it¿s brilliant. I¿m a physician, and two of the characters in this book are MDs, and Kenyon hits the notes about being a doctor perfectly. The science, and there is a scientific metaphor that runs through the book, is true. The stuff that happens in a lab is spot on. To summarize, Dante, a gorgeous Italian Jesuit priest, arrives to investigate claims of pedophilia by another priest and to counsel the victims. Bev discovers that her husband, Conroy, is having an affair and drags him to counseling with Dante. Conroy is having an affair with Leila, his student, and Kenyon gets the tone of the university lab just right. Dante tries to counsel them, but Conroy doesn¿t want counseling, and the four characters spin out of control. One of the characters kills one of the others about a third of the way through the book, and then the book gets more complicated and scary and involved and crazy and fantastic. There are also parts that made me laugh so hard I had to put the book down. The dialogue, especially in the lab and during the trial, is so damn funny. When I started reading it, there were such strong, separate plot threads and round, perfect, thinking, smart characters, each with their own agenda, that I thought there was no way to adhere to E.M. Forrester¿s advice, ¿Only connect.¿ By a third of the way through, I knew this was something really special, as the plot threads braided together and the characters struggled against each other and themselves. The end, with a trial, an exorcism, and a confrontation, is too shocking to ruin for you. I cried at the end. It was so sad and beautiful at the same time, and yet perfect. Any other end would have been wrong.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2007

    It's Robin Cook on Steroids

    Rabid is one of those reads that hit the ground at full speed and pick up momentum from there. Either T.K. Kenyon doesn't care where the brake pedal is or decided not to use it and frankly, I think she's got it just about right. This is a full blown, balls-to-the-wall scorcher. Dual themes - out-of-control scientific research and pedophilia - make hot-as-the-devil premises and great platforms for the author's fascinating and often thought-provoking philosophical tirades. Whether science or religion, Rabid gives no quarter. These people are flawed, even hateful. Yet, you feel their pain, their doubt, their fear. They sear their way into your subconscious and in the end you love them and root for them because they are you. If the American priesthood is infested with pedophiles, the underlying causes have never been explained better, made more exciting, or presented in a way that offers so much hope for the future. Get yourself a copy, strap yourself into your favorite chair, and find out what's really been going on behind closed doors.

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