Human Instincts

Human Instincts

by Ioana Visan


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Human Instincts by Ioana Visan

Dr. Deanna Nichols is a geneticist searching for a cure to save the world. After the war nearly destroyed it by releasing an aggressive virus, it was the vaccine that killed the humanity's chances for progress and survival. Deanna feels guilty because she has participated in creating the vaccine, and General Mackenzie never lets her forget that.

Their luck changes when they are contacted by the convicts held in a secret military prison hidden in the arctic desert. The C deviance criminals are willing to negotiate and provide unaffected DNA samples in exchange for supplies and a visit paid by the doctor herself. Suddenly there's hope, so Deanna embarks on a dangerous journey to a grittier reality than she had expected.

Could a woman alone save the world?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781511882651
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 05/20/2015
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.37(d)

About the Author

Award-winning writer Ioana Visan has always dreamed about reaching the stars, but since she can't, she writes about it.

After fighting the apocalypse aftermath in "Human Instincts", she played with shapeshifters in "Blue Moon Café Series: Where Shifters Meet for Drinks", she dealt with vampires in "The Impaler Legacy" series, and then she designed prosthetics in "Broken People" before tackling longer works like a fantasy trilogy and a science fiction series.

Aside from publishing short stories in various Romanian magazines and anthologies, she published a Romanian short story collection "Efectul de nautil" and the Romanian edition of "Human Instincts".

She received the Encouragement Award from The European Science Fiction Society at Eurocon 2013.

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Human Instincts 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Chrissy_W More than 1 year ago
Did I enjoy this book: When I realized a few pages in that the plot involves a good looking female scientist heading out to an isolated, all-male prison to hopefully find a way to repopulate the Earth, I feared I was about to find myself neck-deep in an, um, Adult Film. It wasn’t as bad as all that (though I’d still label the book as a B-movie sort of thing), but it wasn’t great. I’m not sure if there’s going to be a sequel — the ending was rather ambiguous — but if there is, I doubt I’ll read it. Would I recommend it: Not really, no. As reviewed by Melissa at Every Free Chance Books.  Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange  for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this very much. I think the story is very plausible. I just wanted more story to read!  The end was a bit rushed and we are left hanging. This could have easily have been a full fledged novel. Great job to the author! Its like everyone wnats more! ! 
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really like this book. It was interesting and plausible. However, it was too short! I felt like there was so much more that needed to be told. I was left wondering what happened to Dr. Green and the escapees. Also, I felt like it ended abruptly. I think there is a lot more that could have happened. It left me wanting more!
SusanUttendorfsky2 More than 1 year ago
This apocalyptic novella has a remarkable concept as its base. While on the surface it appears to be a melding of several different post-apocalyptic themes, the exciting and suspenseful result contains some new twists. The fast pace starts out with definitive action in trying to solve the current problem enmeshed with an overview of how events led to the prevailing situation. The quandary lies in this question: how do you save the human race when all you’ve got to work with are hard-core prisoners with psychiatric challenges? Visan does a very good job of exploring multiple options and predicaments within the word constraints of a novella. The writing is skillful, the characters are meaty, and the premise is thought-provoking. A definite read! Susan Uttendorfsky Owner, Adirondack Editing
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Lee Ashford for Readers Favorite “Human Instincts” by Ioana Visan is an apocalyptic novella which is entirely different from any other I have read. The premise is that a global war finally ended when the losing side released a biological agent over the enemy. However, they failed to recognize how quickly the agent would travel into their own population. Long before an antidote could be distributed, millions died. Quarantine zones were established to enable the human race to continue, but only when the survivors bore children was it learned the antidote itself had teratogenic effects. Children were born with a multitude of problems, not the least of which was their inability to learn, think progressively or continue the cultural progress enjoyed by the human race up to that time. Dr. Deanna Nichols was researching a potential cure for the antidote’s effects, when her superiors determined there was a small population of non-treated, but uninfected humans in a maximum security prison complex north of the Arctic Circle. She was dispatched to interview and evaluate the prisoners, as a potential source of unpolluted human sperm donors, to be used to fertilize undisclosed egg donors, who also were apparently unpolluted. But is sending a lone woman into a maximum security prison a good idea, even if the fate of the entire human race is at stake? Will she succeed in her mission? Will the human race be saved? Or is this last ditch effort doomed to failure? I was very impressed with the author’s ability to develop a very interesting and logical apocalyptic scenario. I was impressed to a much greater degree when, in the author’s bio, it was disclosed that she is Romanian, and she translated the book into English herself! One would expect to find typical grammatical errors as a result of the inherent differences between languages, but this book was perfectly translated as far as I could tell. The author has a remarkable talent, and presents a compelling story. I look forward to seeing her name on future books, knowing they will be well worth the time to read.