**Previous published under the title The Venom of Vipers**
Ryder wants to be more than a lab rat; he wants to be free. Katie wants him to save the world. Purists want him dead.
In a future where humans teeter on the brink of extinction, hope lies in the genetic experiments of Katie Marsh. A brilliant young scientist, Katie is hard at work perfecting a new species of humanoid resistant to the devastating virus afflicting mankind. But not everyone wants Katie to succeed. Certainly not the Human Purification Initiative, whose members seek to destroy all that Katie and her colleagues have accomplished.
Confined to the lab that created him, Ryder Stone wants to live as a free man. But Ryder, whose unique physiology may provide the cure for this viral malady, must tread lightly, for in his world, friends can sometimes be foes, and the helping hand of people close to him may very well turn out to be... the venom of vipers.
* Named a Top-15 Book of 2010 by author and book reviewer Robert Duperre on The Journal of Always
K.C. May grew up in the mid-western USA and in Hawaii, and earned a B.A. in Russian from Florida State University. After a year in Taiwan teaching English and studying Mandarin Chinese, she lived in the Arizona desert where she founded a Rottweiler rescue organization, studied karate, went backpacking, tried sky-diving, did some downhill skiing, got a couple motorcycles, wrote software, and spent time on the shooting range. In 2010, she retreated to cooler, greener Georgia. She earns her living as a full-time writer.