Friday, September 6, 2013

A Very Interesting Book Release From Simon and Schuster

One author, two books, one for an adult audience, one for a teen audience, both documenting the same story from different views.  The books can stand alone, or can be read together.  Here is what the author, Geoffrey Girard, says about how this all works:

"Cain’s Blood and Project Cain are two different novels written about the same fictional event. In both, scientists have been creating unpleasant things for the military, and these unpleasant things escape. The two books explore the trouble and adventure that ensues — but each does so differently.
Cain’s Blood uses the form and devices of a traditional thriller. It follows the story from a dozen viewpoints — mostly from the narrative point of view of former army ranger Shawn Castillo (the character brought in to fix things), but also via chapters and scenes from the perspectives of various killers, military schemers, evil scientists, and victims, all of which help create the big picture as the full horrifying story unfolds.
Project Cain is told from the point of view of one character: Jeff Jacobson, the sixteen-year-old clone of Jeffrey Dahmer, who has recently discovered his true origins and who is recruited by Castillo into helping, we hope, save the day. It’s a much more personal journey told through the voice and reflections of a smart, lost, and thoughtful teen. A thriller specifically written for young adult readers and those adults still interested in young heroes.
These are standalone novels. You could read the one and never bother looking at the other and have a complete story. Reading both just gives a more complete story. There are many parallel novels written by others to capture a new perspective on an old favorite (i.e., Wicked and Grendel). In this case, it just happens to be two books written by the same author at the same time. It was very important to me that readers curious enough to read both Cain books would be well rewarded."
(via Entertainment Weekly, click to see their exclusive trailer for these books)

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.

Jeff discovers he’s a serial killer clone—and he’s got to track down others like him before it’s too late. A thrilling YA companion to S&S Touchstone’s Cain’s Blood, releasing simultaneously.

This dark, literary thriller is a story about blood: specifically, the DNA of the world’s most notorious serial killers, captured and cloned by the Department of Defense to develop a new “breed” of bio-weapons. The program is now in Stage Three—with dozens of young male clones from age ten to eighteen kept and monitored at a private facility without any realization of who they really are. Some are treated like everyday kids. Others live prescribed lives to replicate the upbringing of their DNA donors. All wonder why they can’t remember their lives before age ten.

When security is breached and the most dangerous boys are set free by the now-insane scientist who created them, only one young man can help find the clones before their true genetic nature grows even more horrific than the original models: a fifteen-year-old boy, an every-boy…who has just learned that he is the clone of Jeffrey Dahmer.

Read an interview with the author explaining the inspiration for these books HERE.

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