Light Play

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Overview

Rick Lockmann had never met Caroline Denaro in the flesh. It was meeting her out of it that nearly killed him. Her touch was as potent as her plea for help.

Now, it's not only Denaro who needs help. She's infected Rick with more than a feeling of horror - she's given him a potentially-lethal dose of virus. A virus that's unknown to medical science, but that Rick soon begins to recognise. After all, he's seen it often enough in his lab - where ...

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Overview

Rick Lockmann had never met Caroline Denaro in the flesh. It was meeting her out of it that nearly killed him. Her touch was as potent as her plea for help.

Now, it's not only Denaro who needs help. She's infected Rick with more than a feeling of horror - she's given him a potentially-lethal dose of virus. A virus that's unknown to medical science, but that Rick soon begins to recognise. After all, he's seen it often enough in his lab - where he identifies plant diseases.

Rick learns that survival isn't enough when a virus is bioengineered - when it's the accidental by-product of experiments blending plant and animal genes. Survival is only the beginning. He has yet to salvage a life from the terrifying side-effects of the infection. Then he must decide how far he's willing to go to stop the spread of the disease, and whether he's still human enough to make sacrifices for his race.

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Guilt and fear weigh heavily on Justin Sacchara's shoulders, but Daniel Vizar's not burdened by personal convictions, having long ago overcome such a consciousness. Vizar has come to believe he's actively molding the future, and the end justifies the means. The fact that their researcher Caroline Denaro inadvertently contaminated herself with some kind of rogue gene, and, despite the side effects, translates to profit.

Denaro infected herself with a virus previously restricted only to plants. The implications are astounding. The experiment to blend plant and animal genes, however gone wrong, worked. In Denaro's case, however, as her physical body deteriorates, so does Denaro's mental condition until she becomes psychotic.

As the virus progresses in her body, Denaro separates from her physical body and walks the halls of Genetechnic Industries. She fears the day she won't be able to reenter her body and her spirit will forever be doomed to remain in limbo between existence and nonexistence. If she expends large amounts of energy, Denaro can exhibit some physical presence. Denaro had known that her successes were big, and worth far more than she was being paid. So she had secreted her notes in her home. Now she's terrified that they will terminate her body without curing her, leaving her in this nonexistence forever.

Dr. Richard Lockmann worked with fungus and bacteria all day. He easily recognizes the contamination that led to the flaw in Denaro's experiment, and that which effected her. Unfortunately, by the time he understands what's happening to him, Denaro's already passed the virus to him. Now Genetechnic Industries wants Rick, and will do anything to get him. And Rick will have to decide where his loyalties lie and how far he will go to preserve humanity.

Light Play reads like one of the best of Stephen King's novels, with emotional depth, a fast paced plot line, and believable characters. N.D. Hansen-Hill does not back away from the most profound moral and spiritual implications, challenges the very mores on which our society is built. The grit and the reality leave the reader with an unsettled feeling, as this is one of those gruesome tales that could happen. Very highly recommended.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780743300636
  • Publisher: Clocktower Books
  • Publication date: 12/28/2000
  • Series: Light Play Trilogy Series
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.73 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2001

    Science Fantasy

    I read this book last year and meant to do a review. I came back because it deserves to be recognized as a great read. It has just the right science fiction/fantasy/adventure ratio that keeps you hooked and wanting more. The dialogue of the characters is natural, sharp and witty. This would make a good movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2000

    Wonderful story!

    N.D Hansen-Hill has written a terrifying story of science out of control: a spine chilling thriller of genetic manipulation and abuse. There are some kinds of knowledge the world is just not ready for...or is it? Four friends' lives are torn apart by the accidental mutation of Richard Lockmann AKA 'Dr. Dung', a brilliant plant scientist who must fight the clandestine forces arrayed against him (and the astral horror of the scientist that started it all) to save himself, his friends...and the world itself! This story captured me from its almost supernatural opening to the battle of good and evil to protect everything that Lockmann holds dear. A must read sci-fi thriller that you DON'T want to miss!

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