Title: The Coming Storm
Author: Mark Alpert
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Publication Date: January 8, 2019
Page Count: 336
My rating: 2 1/2 stars
About the book:
America is on the brink of collapse, devastated by a brutal government trying to silence its citizens, in The Coming Storm, the next action-packed thriller from Mark Alpert.
New York City, 2023: Rising seas and superstorms have ravaged the land. Food and electricity are scarce. A dangerous Washington regime has terrorized the city, forcing the most vulnerable and defenseless people into the flood-ravaged neighborhoods. The new laws are enforced by an army of genetically enhanced soldiers, designed to be the fiercest and cruelest of killers. Genetic scientist Dr. Jenna Khan knows too much about how these super-soldiers were engineered: by altering the DNA sequence in ways that could change the fabric of humanity.
Escaping arrest and on the run, Jenna joins forces with a genetically enhanced soldier gone rogue and a Brooklyn gang kingpin to resist the government’s plan to manipulate the DNA of all Americans. The race is on to stop the evil experiment before it spreads the genetic changes…and transforms the human species forever.
The Coming Storm by Mark Alpert is an apocalyptic science fiction thriller that takes place in the near future. With a combination of natural disasters and science experiments go wrong the story is filled with action from start to finish.
The story starts in New York City in 2023 as soldiers have come to detain Dr. Jenna Khan forcing their way in and abusing her family. Jenna is a geneticist and she knows what the government have been up to with altering the DNA sequence and trying to produce their own super soldiers and now the government wants her quiet.
The Coming Storm is the type of book that should instantly grab a reader and not let go until it’s very end, however, as much as I wanted to become engrossed in this one it just wasn’t happening. I’m a huge fan of the apocalyptic stories and shows that get me to believe that I could wake up tomorrow and open my front door and see the events jumping from the pages of a scifi novel, with this one I never got that feeling.
I don’t know if it all felt like it was a bit too much or just one of those times I didn’t connect for whatever reason. Here I am though a few days after finishing and I’m already struggling to remember the story so it’s safe to say this one just wasn’t for me unfortunately.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
MARK ALPERT, author of Final Theory, The Omega Theory, Extinction, and The Furies, is a contributing editor at Scientific American. His work has also appeared in Fortune Magazine, Popular Mechanics, and Playboy. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and their two children.