The Fair & Foul

The Fair & Foul

by Allie Potts

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BN ID: 2940155346852
Publisher: Allie Potts
Publication date: 07/22/2018
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 1,205,551
File size: 622 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Allie Potts, born in Rochester Minnesota was moved to North Carolina at a very early age by parents eager to escape to a more forgiving climate. She has since continued to call North Carolina home, settling in 1998 in Raleigh, halfway between the mountains and the sea. When not finding ways to squeeze in 72 hours into a 24 day or chasing after children determined to turn her hair gray before its time, Allie enjoys stories of all kinds. Her favorites, whether they are novels, film, or simply shared aloud with friends, are usually accompanied by a glass of wine or cup of coffee in hand. A self-professed science geek and book nerd, Allie also writes at

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The Fair & Foul 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
tpolen More than 1 year ago
I'm such a groupie for books involving any kind of genetic manipulation - the scientific aspects fascinate me. If you read the description above, you can see why this one grabbed my attention. In this novel, there are characters seeking scientific and technical advancements for the right reasons, and those who are only looking out for themselves - which provide some compelling and interesting conflicts. As a woman, Juliane deals with her share of struggles and roadblocks, but her determination to succeed in her field is admirable. The author does a wonderful job of making the reader feel as frustrated and confused as Juliane over certain plot developments. The supporting characters are varying degrees of likable and loathsome and although I was convinced I knew who was trustworthy and who had ulterior motives, I was proven wrong. It's nice when that happens. Juliane is a strong, ambitious woman, so it's disappointing when an attractive guy shows up and she seems to lose focus - but I'm not a fan of romance novels, so that's a personal preference on my part. At times, the dialogue is somewhat stilted, and the addition of contractions would make conversations sound more natural. The ending just blew me away and is a perfect launching pad for book two in this series. If you're a fan of though-provoking sci-fi, this is your book. I received a copy of this book through Rosie's Book Review Team in exchange for an honest review.
ReadersFavorite4 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Cheryl E. Rodriguez for Readers' Favorite The Fair and Foul by Allie Potts is scientifically stimulating. The over-achieving Dr. Juliane Faris isolates herself within her innocent shell, believing that a scientist’s purpose in life is to make life better for others. Juliane was recruited to join the team at ACI after completing her post graduate work. Young, vibrant and hopeful, Juliane knew that her algorithms would one day be the path to success. Soon after joining the team at ACI, she realizes she is nothing more than a prop for her project partner, Alan. They are involved in a study that would radically impact humanity. Juliane names it “Project Gene Assist.” Alan and Juliane master the ability to access data through the mind alone, “internet enabled telepathy.” The goal is to turn the body into an internet server, never considering just because they can, doesn’t mean they should. Juliane and a small group of others become human trial specimens; their lives and the world will never be the same. Allie Potts' biography states that she is a “self-professed science geek.” She certainly let her imagination soar in her science fiction novel, The Fair and Foul: Project Gene Assist. The characters are those of unique genius, setting them apart in their scientific fields of study and research. The main character is the nucleus; Potts keeps the supporting cast spinning and orbiting around her heroine. The antagonist feigns his love and attraction, but remains devoted to ego and to self-accomplishment alone, charismatically setting his brilliance above all the rest. The setting doesn’t deviate much from the laboratory, except for a trip to a symposium in Las Vegas and a professional football game. Both of these shifts in setting, however, are pivotal to the story’s outcome. Using a three-part story format, the plot action is steady, gradually peaking and ebbing. Potts uses time progressions to move quickly through time, thus avoiding story stagnation. Good science fiction should challenge the reader’s mind; Allie Potts certainly achieves that in The Fair and Foul. Not only does she leave you in suspense awaiting the sequel, but pondering could this really happen?
ReadersFavorite3 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Ray Simmons for Readers' Favorite Gene Assist Book One, The Fair and Foul by Allie Potts is definitely a science fiction novel. There is a lot about the brave new world of virtual reality and how it may be combined with biochemistry to create a much better alternate reality experience. But I have to say there is a very strong element of romance in The Fair and Foul, as well as a pretty good look at corporate espionage and malfeasance. The protagonist, Juliane, is strong, smart, and beautiful. Her romantic interest, Louis, is a handsome captain of industry and he happens to be the son of the owner of the company where she does her research so, in effect, her boss. Together they generate a lot of heat as they try to circumvent the corporate villains intent on stealing and misusing Juliane's research. A host of interesting minor characters gives us an inside peek into the sometimes glamorous, sometimes comical, and sometimes frightening world of corporate science. I liked The Fair and Foul because of the exciting look at the near future, a look at the potential of the virtual reality field, but I also found myself rooting for the love story too. Science without the critical human elements of love, envy, greed, and hubris is not nearly as exciting as this romantic thriller by Allie Potts. Her characters are flawed but believable, as is the scenario she paints of scientists and businessmen who are willing to do anything to get what they want. I look forward to the next book.
ReadersFavorite2 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Carol Coetzee for Readers' Favorite The Fair and Foul, a new series by Allie Potts, promises to bring a new perspective to the increasing world of technology. Juliane Faris, abandoned by her flighty mother as a young girl, is determined to make a success of her life. Strings of temporary homes later, she graduates with a doctorate and begins her career. She quickly learns that computer algorithms will be her path to success. Working alongside the charismatic Alan Dronigh, she meets up with Louis Evans, her extremely attractive new boss, and things become spicy between them. An experimental procedure Juliane and Alan design enables the human mind to connect to the Internet. Alan, Louis, Juliane and their new assistant, Betty, all undergo the experimental procedure. This opens an entirely new world, and they set about changing the way humanity can evolve and interact. Their journey is just about to begin. The Fair and Foul is an interesting, well thought out novel by Allie Potts, dealing with an alternative idea of human evolution through science. The story twists and weaves a tale of so many human emotions and hidden agendas. Do you really control your own life? Will the future be controlled by humans, machines or hybrids? Genetic manipulation may offer many great advancements, but will they all be helpful or do we need to be careful? This story certainly looks at those issues and deals with them in an interesting and novel way. The story line moves slowly through the introduction of new characters, growing them, and helping one to relate to them, before zipping off at a frantic pace! A must-read for all people who wonder about where technology is taking us in the future!
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Stephen Fisher for Readers' Favorite The Fair & Foul is about the life of Juliane Faris, a young woman who is able to escape a chaotic childhood using her scientific gifts to reach a world more suitable for her. Armed with ambition, brains, and beauty, she is frustrated for not receiving the attention she deserves for her contributions. When she meets Louis, the new CEO of her company, he is given a demonstration of one of her projects. Louis whisks her away to Las Vegas to present her project for a demonstration, where she is catapulted into the world of the rich and famous, and all of the publicity that comes with it. When she creates a way to connect with the world wide web using an injected serum, things take a turn for the worst when she cannot reach Louis through their private connection. She gets frustrated and severs the connection, and Louis ends up missing. Not able to stay idle, Juliane is recruited to pursue her passion to make life easier for all mankind. Suddenly Louis turns up, with some shocking news. From there everything in both her professional and personal life takes her on an emotional roller coaster ride. Allie Potts does a marvelous job of creating a group of characters that even above their arrogant brilliance are still only human. Even when all seems lost, and things are piling up against our heroine, Allie consistently throws in a few surprises with things both fair and foul. This book keeps you on the edge of your seat. Well done, MS. Potts!
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite The Fair and Foul by Allie Potts is set in the future where the boundaries between reality and technology are blurred. It is set in the near future where artificial intelligence is very advanced. Juliane Faris is one of those programmers who wants to change the face of technology and how it is being used. She wants to make the human life as efficient as any super computer. In order to make her dreams come true, she agrees to become a part of an experiment which has the potential to change the technological world, but more than that, it has the potential to either make her life better or ruin it. With a power so great, can Juliane keep her mind straight and humane? Or will she lose her humanity for the sake of technology? Science fiction used to be a genre that I avoided. But for the past few weeks I have been giving it a chance and now it is fast becoming a favorite of mine. I have to say, The Foul and Fair is my favorite so far. The story is crisp, the dialogues are complete, and the plot line is very interesting. I really liked the way Allie Potts introduced Juliane and portrayed her hunger to secure her legacy. I also really liked the way the future was shown through her vivid imagery. Usually, writers make it grim and very disturbing, but I actually kind of liked the future described in this novel. Well deserved five stars for this amazing novel. A great sci-fi read that is not bleak or scary but very interesting and entertaining.