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From The CriticsGuilt 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.