Children of the End

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From a rising horror novelist - a Stephen King/ Clive Barker amalgam, if you will - comes this novel of genetic experimentation and bloodshed wrought under the guise of salvation. A series of murders brings together Tony Garwood, an ex-San Diego police officer, and Deborah Kosarek, a technical writer at a center for biomedical research. They discover the murders are in fact a field test for genetically engineered shape-shifting humanoid creatures - the children of the title, otherwise known as "Loners" - bred to ...
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From a rising horror novelist - a Stephen King/ Clive Barker amalgam, if you will - comes this novel of genetic experimentation and bloodshed wrought under the guise of salvation. A series of murders brings together Tony Garwood, an ex-San Diego police officer, and Deborah Kosarek, a technical writer at a center for biomedical research. They discover the murders are in fact a field test for genetically engineered shape-shifting humanoid creatures - the children of the title, otherwise known as "Loners" - bred to hunt humans as a means of population control. Their creator is Kosarek's reclusive employer, a Nobel-laureate geneticist and a zealot who views overpopulation as the root of all Earth's evils, and the result of the Loners' work as a latter-day equivalent of the great flood of biblical times. Now the Loners develop unplanned-for intelligence and a quasi-religious vision of their own - that Earth, without human beings, is their Promised Land - and Garwood and Kosarek may be the only people left who can stop the all but indestructible creatures from exterminating the human race in their own grim version of the Crusades. Not for the faint-hearted, Children of the End will hold the reader in its clutches right up to its terrifying, macabre climax.
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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780843935943
  • Publisher: Dorchester Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/1994
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 4.17 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2012

    Editorials are way off for this one!

    This is one of my faves! It is literally one you cant put down!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2013

    Good

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2013

    Good book!

    Ended with a bang.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2012

    Entertaining

    Good and entertaining read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2011

    Great Book!

    Amazing Read! Couldn't put this story down.

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