Cain's Blood: A Novel

Cain's Blood: A Novel

by Geoffrey Girard
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Cain's Blood: A Novel 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Chrissy_W More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down. Did I enjoy this book: I was asked this by some family members. My response: “I hate it. But I love it. I don’t want to read it. But I can’t not read it.” How’s that for an answer? I read every free chance I had, so long as it was during the day. I couldn’t read this book at night … at least, not at night by myself. If there were people around, then I was able to read a bit of it. Cain’s Blood was well-written and had me hooked after the first gruesome chapter. As I said above, this book is not something that I would normally pick off the shelf at my local bookstore. Nor is it a book I would necessarily pick after reading the blurb. But I was in the mood for something different. And different is what I got. Cain’s Blood was exciting, disturbing, gross, terrifying. It scared the crap out of me for the most part. Not necessarily due to the graphic scenes, but more due the fact that the murders were based on truth. People actually performed those horrifying acts. It also scared me because cloning has been done. I don’t know about cloning humans and doing everything that was done in this book, for the reasons they were done, etc, — but cloning has been done. What will be done with it in the future in the name of science, who knows. Cain’s Blood did take a bizarre turn toward the end. Not anything so unbelievable that would make the book less real, but borderline. Part of me wishes it hadn’t taken that step. I understand why it did and how it all fits together, but it could have been left out. I also would have liked to have learned more about Dr. Jacobson. I wanted more about his history. He was a major player in Cain’s Blood but this story was not necessarily his. However, it was partly his story and I wanted a bit more about him. I liked Castillo, Ox, and Jeff Jacobson. I really did like him. I felt so bad for him — well, for some/most of the boys. Like I said, I was terrified by this book, but I could not put it down. I wanted to know what happened. I had to know how this book ended. The epilogue left me with a chill and a shudder, a shudder I still have thinking about it while writing this review a day after I finished Cain’s Blood. Would I recommend it: I would recommend this book to anyone who likes exciting, scary, spine-chilling stories that have an air of truth to them. Cain’s Blood is not for the faint of heart, squeamish, or for those with sensitive ears. Will I read it again: I will not. (I received a copy of this book for review purposes.)
tpolen More than 1 year ago
Cain’s Blood is dark, intense, and gory at times – if none of that bothers you, then you’re in for a gripping and riveting read. When I first read this book description, it completely blew me away – a deeply disturbing, but profound concept, cloning serial killers and using them as weapons.  The government also experiments on numerous clones, altering their environments, and the concept of nature vs. nurture figures prominently in this story, along with genetic predisposition. Castillo is wonderfully complex and flawed as the protagonist and throughout the book, he is torn between his instincts of protecting and helping the teenaged Jeffrey, while at the same time fearing him.  The dialogue and interactions between the other teenage serial killers is both horrific and compelling and it’s obvious the author did extensive research for this novel.  The scientific aspects fascinated me – anything involving genetic engineering grabs me. Girard has also written a YA companion novel, Project Cain, I’m looking forward to reading.  It focuses more on Jeffrey, and I found his character and circumstances to be fascinating and engaging.  Cain’s Blood is heavy and gritty, and some readers may need to take a break while reading it, but easily one of the best thrillers I’ve read in quite a while.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Though not usually a fan of sci-fi, horror books, I was intrigued by the premise and enjoyed this book. Well written - with interesting science and compelling interactions.
Zot79 More than 1 year ago
Genuinely Creepy and Not for the Squeamish Anyone not expecting a book about serial killers, or in this case, clones of those serial killers, to not be sick and twisted is fooling themselves. What we have here is a solid first novel that is genuinely creepy and not for the squeamish. What's also a little creepy is the encyclopedic knowledge about serial killers, their lives and their 'careers' demonstrated by (and freely acknowledged by) the author. He uses this knowledge to build a world where he can freely explore the issues of nurture vs. nature and the consequences of unfettered scientific inquiry and military avarice along the lines of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. The characters and settings here are well-drawn. The prose is strong and the plot well-developed. What knocked me out of the story from time to time were the glaring inconsistencies and implausibilities in the science. Is this about cloning and genetics and free will? Or is it about a nerve gas that overrides all three? It tried to be about both, using the latter to provide a (superfluous) ticking clock to add urgency to the story about the former. It will be interesting to see what this author does in the future. He's already published a young adult novel that is a companion to this book. Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book for review.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Geoffrey Girard in his new book, “Cain’s Blood” published by Touchstone introduces us to  Shawn Castillo. From the back cover: Ted Bundy. The Son of Sam. The Boston Strangler. Albert Fish. Henry Lee Lucas.  The DNA of the world’s most notorious serial killers has been cloned by the U.S. Department of Defense to develop a new breed of bioweapon. Now in Phase Three, the program includes dozens of young men who have no clue as to their evil heritage. Playing a twisted game of nature vs. nurture, scientists raise some of the clones with loving families and others in abusive circumstances. But everything changes when the most dangerous boys are set free by their creator. A man with demons of his own, former black ops soldier Shawn Castillo is hot on their trail. But Castillo didn’t count on the quiet young man he finds hiding in an abandoned house—a boy who has just learned he is the clone of Jeffrey Dahmer. As Jeffrey and Castillo race across the country on the trail of the rampaging teens, Castillo must protect the boy who is the embodiment of his biggest fears—and who may also be his last hope. Melding all-too-plausible science and ripped from- the-headlines horror, Cain’s Blood is a stunning debut about the potential for good and evil in us all. I enjoy the stories when a science project goes horribly wrong and it is left to a small handful to fix the problem while trying to stay alive.  And that is exactly the type of story that Mr. Girard has given us here.  This whole issue of cloning, when you think about it, is enough to give you the creeps.  Truthfully would you really want another you running around out there?  Now how would you feel if you found out that you are not unique and that you are made from serial killer DNA?  Get ready for a page-turning, thrill ride.  Not only is Shawn trying to track down a bunch of serial killer clones he also has to deal with a clone who doesn’t want to be what his DNA was originally.  This is quite a theme-are we forced to be what our DNA tells us or can we be more than basic biology?  Mr. Girard gets us caught up in the story and the characters lives to the point that we actually hate to say goodbye to them when the book ends.  I want more adventures with Shawn Castillo please. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Touchstone.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
HeartofaBookWorm More than 1 year ago
OH MY GOSH!!! In thinking about just how I would write my review of Cain's Blood I had soooo many avenues I could go. This book is CRAZY, FREAKY, FRIGHTENING, TERRIFYING, and soooo much more! From the very first chapter I was HOOKED and even though there were some very gruesome parts, I had a hard time setting the book down! Cain's Blood is well written and for the most part, it is totally possible, I mean, cloning has already taken place and what some will do in the name of "Science," who knows??  Girard sure does and Cain's Blood is an excellent read!! Thank you TouchStone Publishers for allowing me this complimentary book in exchange for my honest review!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Girard tells a frightening and seemingly possible tale of government conspiracy, evil, and the sacrifice our heroes make to "keep us safe". The main character, Castillo, a former Delta Force Ranger struggles with his own sanity and morality as he tracks the government sanctioned clones of some of America's most notorious serial killers. As the story unfolds, Castillo uncovers the purpose of cloning serial killers, which the author uses as an example of how the War on Terror has changed our nation's need for weapons. This story is a great read for any who loves stories about doomsday preppers, crime, government conspiracies, military actions, and the ethics of science and medicine.