This is a novel that, quite honestly, shook me. I read the previous book, Project Cain, which is the teen version, and it was explosive. This book goes beyond that. Cain's Blood is broader in scope, as it was written for adults. It is also much more descriptive and detailed, illustrating in graphic detail things that were sometimes glanced over in the previous book. Overall it is the same story but told with much more depth and heart, and this time, told more from the viewpoint of Shawn Castillo, the reluctant hero of the tale. I found it chilling and horrifying, yet I couldn't put it down. This is not for the faint of heart.
When Shawn Castillo is told to report to DSTI to go locate 6 missing boys, he thinks it will be an easy task. What he encounters upon his arrival is something totally different. The 6 boys he is tracking are clones of six of the worst serial killers the US has ever known. And they are all too familiar with their heritage. In his search, he locates another young man, also a clone, and the "son" of the scientist who started this whole nightmare. His name is Jeff, and he is a clone of Jeffrey Dahmer, one of Shawn Castillo's worst nightmares. As the two work together and race across the country to catch these killers before they unleash hell upon Earth, each must learn to trust the other and himself, as well as deal with all the epic fallout of a world gone mad and a power hungry General hot on their tails. It's a crazy race against time that questions the broadest of human emotion, and the depth of madness in each of us.
A terrifying debut novel about the evil in each of us: when clones of infamous serial killers escape from a secret government facility, it’s up to a former Army Ranger to stop them…with the help of a teenage killer clone.
Trying to develop a new breed of bio-weapons, the US Department of Defense has secretly cloned the world’s most notorious murderers, hoping to study their DNA and isolate a genetic predictor for evil. Now in Stage Three, the program contains dozens of young men who have no clue of their evil heritage—including Albert Fish, Ted Bundy, and David Berkowitz. Enacting a twisted game of nature vs. nurture, the 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—escaping with three canisters of a mysterious chemical weapon that could destroy an entire city.
A man with demons of his own, former black ops soldier Shawn Castillo is hot on their trail. But Shawn didn’t count on the quiet young boy 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 as unlikely allies on the trail of the rampaging teens’ increasing violence, Castillo must protect the boy who is the embodiment of his biggest fears—and who may also be his last hope.
More than just a serial killer novel, Cain’s Blood melds completely plausible science with terrifying horror, preying on our darkest fears of manipulation, secrecy, and murder.