by Betty Jean Craige

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BN ID: 2940159169372
Publisher: Black Opal Books
Publication date: 03/24/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 275 KB

About the Author

Dr. Betty Jean Craige is University Professor Emerita of Comparative Literature at the University of Georgia. She has lived in Athens, Georgia, since 1973.

Craige is a teacher, scholar, translator, humorist, and writer. After retiring in 2011, she published a column about animal behavior in the local paper titled “Cosmo Talks” and began writing fiction. Her Witherston Murder Mystery series, set in north Georgia, includes Downstream, Fairfield’s Auction, and Dam Witherston. Aldo, released by Black Opal Books in March of 2018, is a thriller.

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Aldo 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Reader_Views 11 months ago
Reviewed by Susan Violante for Reader Views (10/18) “Aldo” by Betty Jean Craige begins with a series of posts on the ‘Night Watch’ Facebook page about genetic modification and the danger it entails to the future of the human species. Readers then meet Dr. Isabel Canto as she finds out she is pregnant and worried about her boyfriend’s reaction to the news. She decides that Frank’s reaction won’t affect her decision - this was her baby and she would keep it. Isabel is the associate director of Pembrook and Frank Mark is a post-doctoral researcher at the same institution. The same day she learns she is pregnant, Isabel attends a press conference with University President Dr. Mackin, along with Frank and other colleagues working on Genome Modification research. There she finds out about a letter signed by ALDO demanding Mackin to dissolve the Institute, fire its director to put a stop to genome modification. Mackin doesn’t oblige. As a consequence, ALDO moves forward with his threats and the thrilling story unravels. Betty Jean Craige created a thought-provoking thriller for readers where academia, morality vs scientific beliefs, unplanned pregnancy, and terrorism meet, all woven into a plot as events change all of the characters’ lives unexpectedly. I loved the characters as they all seemed real and genuine to me, and I found myself turning pages not just to follow the plot but also because I cared about what happened to the characters. I was invested. Adding to the regular book format, screen posts from the internet was an awesome idea as it enriched the visual elements of the story as I saw the screen in my mind. The only things that took me out of the story was the slow pace at the beginning which, although interesting, felt slower than the rest of the book, and the fact that my copy’s pages were falling apart as I turned them. “Aldo” by Betty Jean Craige is a thrilling read that has a controversial and stimulating plot which will linger in the readers minds as they visit such topics while following the personal lives of characters, the actions of a terrorist and the consequences belief and ideology, love, and terrorism can have on people lives.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite Aldo by Betty Jean Craige is a fascinating thriller that melds themes of terrorism, suspense, and science fiction, a novel that features terrorist threats, kidnapping, and an endearing love story set against a difficult backdrop. Dr. Isabel Canto is the associate director of the Institute for Genome Modification at Pambrook Atlantic University, a seasoned researcher who is passionate about knowledge. But when she discovers that she is pregnant by Frank, a fellow post-graduate researcher, she also receives devastating news: a domestic terrorist, “Aldo,” has threatened to hurt the president of the research institute unless she shuts it down and fires its director, Dr. Linus Winters. Isabel advises Mary Ellen Mackin, the president, not to comply with the demands of the terrorist. Unfortunately for her, the president listens to her advice, and Aldo kidnaps her. It’s just the beginning of mayhem and the effects will reverberate in many lives. This is a novel for readers who enjoy great characters and strong plot points in a story. The story begins in the future with a letter to Lino, the child of the protagonist, promising to share a secret his parents have kept for sixteen years, and then moves on quickly to events of 2018. The story is engrossing and Betty Jean Craige handles the setting in a brilliant way by incorporating cutting edge technology into the narrative. The use of the epistolary style enriches the plot, deepens character development, and enhances the reading experience. The prose is crisp, filled with gorgeous descriptions, well-crafted dialogues, and intense scenes. The plot is fast paced, features twists and turns, and the tension builds up in great intensity until the satisfying end.