Sunday, March 18, 2012

Generation by William Knight- Book Review

Welcome to this stop on the Novel Publicity Generation tour.

The Story- Hendrix Harrison is a reporter for a tabloid newspaper. He gets sent out of town after a ghost story, only to find himself in the middle of a medical conspiracy involving "dead" bodies.

Doctor Sarah Wallace works at the Newcastle University Institute of Forensic Science, and basically runs their body farm. She is shocked when it looks like three of her bodies have been stolen.

In steps Mendel Pharmaceuticals. They donated one of the bodies that was stolen and are about to announce a medical breakthrough. Hendrix smells something fishy, and tries to get Dr. Wallace to aid him in learning more about Mendel. But, Sarah refuses, confused by current events. Hendrix digs and finds out that Mendel has been working on a drug that prolongs life. Sarah, doing her own medical research, discovers that parts of her stolen dead bodies seem to be rejuvenating.

Both Sarah and Hendrix are black balled by the powerful backers of Mendel. However, they can't let the case go. Hendrix uncovers horrible patient testing and Sarah uncovers a virus that could change the world.

My Thoughts- Great story. This is a new take on the zombie trend currently surfing the top of the  book market. These zombies are not the brain eating kind, these ones actually remember who they are. The author does a good job switching POV to different case studies, dead people, again living, and their personal take on things. It is so sad, and scary.

I did find the paragraphs to be lengthy and there was a lot of medical jargon. Luckily, the story let me over look those things. The mystery is not laid out at the beginning of the book, so the reader goes along with Hendrix and Sarah as they slowly uncover the story. Plus the ending, just what I wanted. I knew those flies wouldn't be easy to kill.

This book is for mature readers. It contains both strong language and a sex scene.

Novel Publicity Blog Tour Notes:

Get Generation on Amazon or Barnes & Noble – you know you want to!

And please vote for my blog, The Write Path, in the traffic-breaker poll for this tour. The blogger with the most votes wins a $50 Amazon gift card. I want that to be me! You can vote in the poll by visiting the official Generation blog tour page and scrolling all the way to the bottom.

Be sure to enter for your chance to win an autographed copy of Generation : ENTER HERE.

About the Author-William Knight is a British born journalist and technologist currently living and working in Wellington, New Zealand. He's chased a varying career starting in acting, progressing to music, enjoyed a brief flirtation with handbag manufacturing and was eventually wired into technology where he's been since 1989. In 2003 he published his first feature in Computing magazine and has since written about the many successes and failings of high-tech for the Guardian, Financial Times and the BBC among many others publications. He continues to maintain a lively IT consultancy. Connect with William on his website, blog, Facebook, Twitter or GoodReads.


  1. I agree, this book is a nice new take on the zombie trend. I can't get over the gruesome descriptions of the "thinking" zombies though. :P

  2. Great review, Dorine. Isn't it always nice when a book ends how you want it to? That saves the trouble of throwing it against a wall ;-) Thank you for being part of this tour and for cross-posting to GoodReads and Amazon!


  3. Hi Dorine! I loved the case studies in the book. They were very haunting, and I could actually feel the pain of these people. I think the people who were incinerated had it much easier.
    BTW, Ritesh here from