by S.C. Mitchell
Chris Johnson never really started living until he died. Orphaned, fostered, and drifting through life, the twenty-seven year old programmer had no family, little money, and few friends. But he also had no enemies. So, who the hell killed him? After an experimental process brings him back from the dead as a zombiebot, he gets the chance to find out.
Heather Logan’s latest process uses nanobots to reanimate a corpse. Half robot, half something raised from the dead, Chris is her first successful resuscitation. Questions abound. What is it? Is it truly alive, a machine, or some kind of zombie-hybrid?
But someone wants to steal Heather’s secret process and put her out of the picture permanently. Chris, with his new superpowers, is the only thing standing between Heather and an assassin’s bullet. Is he enough of a hero to save her?
Heather sighed as she smoothed the dark brown hair back from Chris’s forehead. I was going to call you.
She took one beefy arm and turned it flat to insert the long needle into a vein. Already the skin was cooling. The process would work faster if she got the serum into his stream before the blood started to settle. Opening the valve on the IV caused viscous, yellow liquid to slide down the tube and into his arm. “Now we find out if all our theories are correct.”
The serum served to create a pathway, liquefying blood clots and expanding collapsed arteries, so that over a thousand nanobots—robots so small they were almost invisible to the naked eye—could invade Christopher\’s corpse, propelling their way through his stagnant blood vessels. Some moved toward his damaged heart and others toward the brain stem.
In the stillness of the lab, the whoosh of the ventilator created a constant distraction. Christopher’s chest continued to rise and fall as if he were still breathing.
And with luck, the corpse would soon be breathing on its own.
God, why not just change her last name to Frankenstein? The Zombiebot program did have more than a few similarities to Mary Shelley’s classic tale.
Am I creating a monster? It wasn’t the first time she’d asked herself that question.
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started reading this, but it quickly turned into something I enjoyed a lot. I’m not big on zombies, but this book took them in a great direction. The science is amazing yet plausible. The characters are fleshed out and realistic, and I didn’t see the twist coming—though I probably should have.
Heather and Chris are fantastic characters, both as individuals and a couple. Heather is a “strong” woman without having to kick butts to prove it, and Chris is a former dork who is now super-hot and strong and can’t quite figure it out. I would have liked a bit more of his dork personality to shine through after he’s brought back. He seems to get really confident without too much struggle, but he wasn’t an instant alpha-male either. He’s the kind of romance hero I like to read—manly but not in a “I will crush you for glancing at me the wrong way” way. Heather, too, is outstanding. She’s no blushing violet, but she’s not a prude either. She’s dedicated to her work without being angry about the sacrifices she’s made. She’s also brilliant. I always enjoy scientifically minded characters, possibly because I’m not very scientifically minded. Watching her figure stuff out was cool.
As I said, I didn’t see the twist coming, and it was a good one. Definitely not what I expected. Overall, I really enjoyed this and would love to read more from this author, especially in this universe. The superhero themes that come into the story hooked me. Otherwise, if you want your romance on the hotter side of medium with intrigue and action outside of the bedroom as well as in, this one’s for you.
ABOUT S. C.
S.C.Mitchell is a writer of paranormal, sci-fi, and fantasy romance, who crafts unique and wondrous worlds where characters explore, romp, and fall in love. Whether traveling through demon-filled dimensions, deep space, or ancient mythological heavens, heroes and heroines, face fantastic challenges on their pathway to enduring love.
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