Children of the End

Children of the End

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by Mark A. Clements
     
 

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Deep in a converted Cold War-era bunker, a visionary scientist has devised a way to cure all the ills of humanity in a single stroke. No more war, pestilence, starvation, pollution.
The price will be high, but then, progress is never free.

Pendergast’s solution is entrusted to the extraordinary children he calls Loners—the ultimate fruit of his

Overview

Deep in a converted Cold War-era bunker, a visionary scientist has devised a way to cure all the ills of humanity in a single stroke. No more war, pestilence, starvation, pollution.
The price will be high, but then, progress is never free.

Pendergast’s solution is entrusted to the extraordinary children he calls Loners—the ultimate fruit of his genius. They’re almost ready for release.

But not everyone agrees with his vision of a perfect future; Pendergast is forced to deal with an ordinary woman and an ordinary man who stand in his way.

He’ll also have to deal with something else. Down in the darkness of the bunker, the Loners have developed a vision of their own.

One they’re eager to share with the world.

First ebook edition of a 1991 hardcover original.

“Brilliant.” - Kirkus Reviews

“Riveting.” - The Bookwatch

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The plot of this B-grade shocker--Clements's second novel, after 6:02 --might easily have come from some low-budget '50s sci-fi movie. In a gory and unlikely scheme to save the world, Dr. George Pendergast genetically engineers a superpowerful, shape-changing race of carnivorous ``Loners'' to hunt humans and so reduce the world's population to a more sustainable level. When Deborah Kosarek, a curious employee of Pendergast's company, and helpful security guard Tony Garwood poke their noses too far into Pendergast's business, he sends his psychopathic assistant to eliminate them. Meanwhile, the Loners have acquired a Bible and developed a patchwork religion that defines their destiny: to kill all humans and take over the world. The novel's absurd premises--e.g., that Pendergast decoded the entire human genome in five years with a computer based on brain-like neurochips--are no better than its plot. With predictable characters, action advanced by coincidence and the not very frightening Loners--who speak in an unreadable patois of Bible bits and TV phrases (``So the ArrrrrrrK of the Fatherrrrrrr. Accept no imitationsssss'')--Clements's novel fails as surely as Pendergast's world-saving plans. (Feb.)
Library Journal
The author's debut, Bram Stoker Award-nominated 6:02 (Warner Bks., 1988), clearly demonstrated that Clements knew how to tell a story. His second is big on the slice 'em/dice 'em action typical of modern horror: the pacing is breathtaking, the imagery not for the squeamish. The fancy footwork, however, can't conceal the fact that the material is awfully familiar. Mad scientist George Pendergast and his evil minion create a race of shape-shifting carnivores to prey on humanity. Technical writer Deborah Korsarek learns of this warped population-control project and enlists the aid of former cop and All-American hero Tony Garwood. From there, the plot follows an entirely predictable course involving love, a woman in danger, and a final battle with the monsters. The lack of any convincing motivation for Pendergast, who comes across as a neoconservative caricature of an environmentalist, consigns this to the fluff category. Worth a look for horror fans, but not an essential purchase.-- Randall L. Schroeder, Augustana Coll. Lib., Rock Island, Ill.
Carl Hays
As a first step toward eliminating worldwide overpopulation, a reclusive Nobel Prize-winning geneticist creates a breed of humanoid cannibals and unleashes them on contemporary San Diego. While news of the subsequent killing spree dominates local media, ex-police officer Tony Garwood and Deborah Kosarek, a technical writer for a biomedical research company the geneticist founded, stumble onto evidence that leads them unwillingly to the cannibals' lair. When the creatures develop their own, unanticipated agenda, defying their creator and kidnapping Kosarek, Garwood comes to the rescue. While Clements' somewhat farfetched scientific explanations and overemphasis upon graphic mayhem occasionally stretch suspension of disbelief to the breaking point, interest is easily sustained by a vivid and engrossing story line. For horror fans waiting out King's or Koontz's latest 'tween-tomes lull, this is welcome filler full of easily digestible, adrenalin-rousing entertainment.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940011301582
Publisher:
Mark A. Clements
Publication date:
05/11/2011
Sold by:
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Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
187,497
File size:
934 KB

Meet the Author

From earliest childhood, Mark A. Clements loved both storytelling and visual art. With characteristic practicality, he decided he had a better chance of making a living as an artist than as a writer, so he chose to go to art school and relegate writing to the status of "hobby."Later, art degree in hand, he reversed his priorities and began his first novel.The eventual result was the sale of "6:02" to a mainstream publisher. This was followed by the sales of three more novels, all published in hardcover. Two of them, "Lorelei" and "The Land of Nod," went on to win their categories in the San Diego Book Awards, while "The Land of Nod" also took the Theodore S. Geisel Award for Best of the Best of all books competing that year.All four novels have at various times been optioned for film.In the interim, children and economics (which so often go together) compelled Mark to ghostwrite for other people. He also teaches writing courses at San Diego Writer's Ink, and leads workshops at various writer's conferences in Southern California.Meanwhile, he's finishing up a new novel, which he hopes to sell to a traditional print publisher as well as make available in ebook format.Speaking of which, he's thrilled to re-release his first four novels as ebooks.Featuring his own cover art.What goes around...

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Children of the End 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
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This is one of my faves! It is literally one you cant put down!!!!
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Entertaining
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Ended with a bang.
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Good and entertaining read
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Amazing Read! Couldn't put this story down.
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