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The Caline Conspiracy
     

The Caline Conspiracy

4.6 10
by M. H. Mead
 
Combines strong writing throughout with a great build to a really spectacular final scene. --Android Dreamer

This is a cool read that challenges you to think. --Sci Your Fi reviews

Perfect pet or perfect killer?

Calines are the perfect pets. Smarter than border collies, playful as otters, elegant as cats, calines have been genetically engineered to

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Combines strong writing throughout with a great build to a really spectacular final scene. --Android Dreamer

This is a cool read that challenges you to think. --Sci Your Fi reviews

Perfect pet or perfect killer?

Calines are the perfect pets. Smarter than border collies, playful as otters, elegant as cats, calines have been genetically engineered to be everything a pet owner could want.

And one of them might be a killer.

The world is shocked when a famed geneticist is murdered, and his own pet caline, Madeline, is the prime suspect. Is this an isolated case, a flaw in the calines' design, or something more? The widow doesn't believe her darling could kill, and hires PI Aidra Scott to prove Madeline's innocence.

Aidra wants nothing to do with animals-genetically engineered perfection or not. Losing her beloved Doberman was so painful that she's sworn off pet ownership forever. But the more she investigates, the more Aidra becomes convinced an innocent animal is being framed, and murder is only the beginning of the conspiracy.

Praise for The Caline Conspiracy...

A breakneck thriller that mixes technology, murder, and man's best friend to make for a unique and compelling story. --Sarcasm and Lemons

It's smart and fun and was a great read from beginning to end. --The Unbound Underground

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780983780113
Publisher:
Ion Productions
Publication date:
03/18/2012
Pages:
214
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.49(d)

Meet the Author

M.H. Mead is the shared pen name of Alex Kourvo and Harry R. Campion. The authors live and work in Michigan, where they are hard at work on their next book. Visit their website at MHMead.com to learn about their novels and short stories.

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The Caline Conspiracy 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
KMatthews More than 1 year ago
Wow, what an awesome book! First off the writing is absolutely top-notch; some of the best I have come across in the Indie circuit, and I read A LOT. It was fast paced, had a great hook right from the get-go, and continually built the tension right up to the end. I admit I was bit wary about reading it at first as I am not a huge sci-fi reader, and only picked it up because the premise sounded interesting. But I would say that although this book is set in the future and had some sci-fi elements, it was not heavy on them, they more like enhanced the story instead of really driving it, and for me this was a huge bonus. All in all a wonderful read that I will definitely be recommending to my friends.
UnboundUnderground More than 1 year ago
5 out of 5 stars: This book successfully mingles elements from science fiction and mystery with the attachment people have to their pets to excellent effect. The authors have also created complex and interesting characters across the board, from central characters to minor ones. The people and the society of the book are well defined and well developed without being trite on one hand or over explained on the other. The balance in this book is really incredible, and the ideas and questions the book deals with have surprising depth and resonance with our present world. Also, flawlessly edited and formatted and intelligently written. This book offers a little something for an incredibly wide variety of people, and uses each element perfectly from beginning to end. It’s a book that defines what a 5 star book should be, and illustrates some of the great possibilities open to independent writers and audiences.
BenjisMom More than 1 year ago
This is one of the most creative and original books I have read all year. Set in the future, The Caline Conspiracy by M.H. Mead is more complex than it appears at first glance. There were many layers to this story, such as the ethical implications of manipulating genes for benefits, and just how far science can (and should) go for the sake of helping humanity. I liked the different angles presented of people for and against the engineered pets, and liked that it caused me to think in a different way. The book itself is very good, and I enjoyed it immensely. There were only a few parts that I thought were a tad slow or confusing, but overall I’d say I really liked it.
ianthealy More than 1 year ago
This is another tale set in the same universe and featuring the same characters as Mead's previous work FATE'S MIRROR, which I've also read. In comparison to that work, THE CALINE CONSPIRACY is a much better book in my opinion. The character of Aidra, who is only a secondary character in Fate's Mirror, is a more appealing lead than Morris the hacker, and I found myself identifying with her right away. The story moves along at a brisk pace, peppered with cinematic action sequences. The book as a whole reads like a 90-minute detective/action movie. There's a definite twist that I didn't see coming, and it tied the plot up very nicely. My only complaint is that it was a fast read in the sense that most of the characters besides Aidra are undeveloped beyond talking scenery, and a few of the subplots which are begun are left virtually unexplored. Genetic manipulation makes for some fascinating and scary science fiction, and I felt there were some more opportunities to expand upon the horrors that man might create with it. The book would have benefited by adding some depth to the setting and minor characters. That being said, it was an enjoyable beer-and-pretzels read, and an admirable sophomoric effort. I'm looking forward to further adventures in M.H. Mead's near-future Detroit.
BrendaMax More than 1 year ago
In a way this book reminded me a bit of the movie IRobot, but with a pet instead of a robot. Very intriguing concept, and I especially enjoyed the premise because although it is not real (yet), it totally feels like one day it will be! With all the advances in genetic engineering that have taken place over the past few decades, it seems like it is only a matter of time before scientists will create the perfect companion pet for people, like the calines. So I was definitely pulled into this story, and was impressed with the quality of clear, descriptive writing from the authors. This is a fast paced read, and fans of good mysteries, pet lovers, scifi readers…heck, anyone who enjoys an excellent read should be sure to pick it up. Definitely recommend.
SDecker More than 1 year ago
A beloved companion is accused of murder, but in this case it is not a person but a pet named Madeline. Madeline is special, she is created to be the perfect companion to her owner. Unfortunately one of her owners ends up dead, and his widow swears that Madeline is innocent. But who would want to frame a caline? Why? The Caline Conspiracy starts off strong and pulls you right into the thick of the action. The writing is great…one of the things that drives me nuts are when authors are all tell and no show, but M.H. Mead pulls you right into the action the whole way. This novel ended up being a lot different than what I expected, and in a good way. I thought it would be more serious…formal almost (In my experience most science fiction takes itself way too seriously). But that wasn’t the case here. The tone was easy, almost causal, with a perfect balance of lightheartedness (with the scenes with the other characters) that balanced out the darker subjects perfectly. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this and would love to read more from this author in the future.
BookPrincessSF More than 1 year ago
5 stars. Could NOT put it down. This book totally caught me off guard…I intended to only read a few chapters before turning in for the evening and found myself reading straight through to the very last page. It was THAT good!! I thought the writing was flawless, and it sucked me in right away. The story is mad creative – it’s about a genetically engineered pet (kind of like a dog but not really) called a caline that is accused of murdering its owner. I say murder, not kill, as Calines are advanced creations capable of rational thought. But the victim’s wife swears the accused (Madeline) is totally innocent, so it is up to PI Adria Scott to get to the bottom of this mystery. There were twists and turns I did notsee coming, and I devoured this in one sitting. Loved it!
BellaReadz More than 1 year ago
Every once in a while I will read a book that is outside my normal preferred genres and take a chance on an unknown author. Sometimes I regret it, other times I am pleasantly surprised, and every blue moon I am totally floored and feel excited to have discovered a talented author. Well, this was definitely one of those blue moon moments! From the very first page I was drawn into the world that M.H. Mead constructed, complete with the nifty gadgets and inventions of a futuristic society, and of course, with the addition of the perfect pet…the calines. But one might be a killer, even though her owner swears that is not the case. PI Adria Scott is a fabulous character and she is on the case, whether she wants it or not. What unfolds in a complex and riveting tale of mystery and suspense, one that kept me flipping the pages as fast as I possibly could. I was happy with the conclusion, and although I will not claim that this novel is perfect by any means (is any?), I thought it a terrific read and I am definitely looking forward to checking out other works from M.H. Mead.
kimba88 More than 1 year ago
The Caline Conspiracy by M.H. Mead is a fantasy novel, set in the not so distant future of Detroit. Mead spins an intriguing tale of suspense and mystery as her protagonist, PI Aidra Scott, sets out to prove a genetically created pet is innocent of a vicious crime. She captured my attention from the first few pages and I consumed this in one evening. The tale begins when geneticist Ivan Frithke is found murdered. His pet Madeline, a caline, is the prime suspect. The police believe this to be an open and shut case. The widow however, doesn’t believe sweet Madeline is capable of such a deed. She begs Aidra Scott to take on the case. While desperate for the income, single mom and PI extraordinaire Aidra, wants nothing to do with any case involving animals. After losing her Doberman, Nutmeg, she cannot stand to be around them. The widow dangles more money. The current creator of the caline raises her suspicions, when he doesn’t want her investigating. Curiosity takes hold and she finds herself in the middle of things. The tale that unfolds is fast paced and filled with twists. The more Aidra investigates the more she is convinced something sinister is afoot. Mead presents some interesting characters. Aidra tries to be a hip mom to her teenage son, and is very inquisitive. She has made a career for herself as a somewhat successful private investigator. She has issues but isn’t afraid to face things head on. I adored Morris, her computer hacker and would love to read more about him. He was hilarious and his use of technology was smashing. Other characters were; Jon, Aidra’s son, her sister Quinn, Tawny a teenage girl and members of the Caline Company. We also meet Edo a scientist and developer from a rival company. They make Pericats a genetically engineered pet. Aidra and Edo share an awkward scene when she is exposed to one of the pericats. The tale and world that Mead creates had elements that reminded me of old dime store detective novels and steampunk. In this futuristic world there are holographs,everything is wired and science is on the cusp of new inventions. Genetics is a huge industry and a controversial one. Caline and its competitor Pericats are creating the perfect pets and are involved in some ground breaking advancements in cell manipulation. Meanwhile, picket lines are forming and sides are being drawn. The US has banned most procedures, causing citizens to travel to Canada for treatments. While delivering a mystery, Mead raises questions about the advancement of science. This would make a great club read as it begs for discussions. This novel wasn’t without flaws. I questioned some of the story-line and teeter between wanting more information or thinking scenes should have been cut. The writing style was good, and the tale was well paced. I would recommend the Caline Conspiracy to fans of science fiction based fantasy and PI mysteries. This was an easy and entertaining read. M.H. Mead has also written; Fate’s Mirror and Good Fences. I look forward to reading more from this author. I want to thank the author for providing this finished copy in exchange for my unbiased review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago