It’s the not too distant future and we human folk are down to a very small number due to an outbreak of a fatal disease. Kati Marsh, the daughter of a leading genetic scientist, has spent her life working towards developing a new species of human that will be resistant to this virus. In the process, she and her father’s team have created a race of part human, part reptile creatures that could be the key to helping us survive this epic illness.
Her friend, Ryder, is the result of these genetic experiments and all he wants is to live free and not be just another lab rat, being subjected to test after test. But, there are people in the world who want nothing more than to destroy him and other saphers like him. Can a middle ground? Can mankind and the newly created saphers help each other survive their own destructions?
Grammar/Spelling: I noticed very few grammatical/spelling errors. My usual suggestion is for one more read through by a good beta reader.
Character Development: The characters were fully developed and spectacular – as per usual when reading a K.C. May tome.
Can I say that I developed a crush on the main character, Ryder, without sounding odd? He’s a sapher, but I’m cool with that. Throughout the story were several “firsts” experienced by Ryder and each one was described perfectly. I really felt Ryder’s shock of his first time seeing a dog in person, the feeling of the dog’s coat and tongue as he was licked by the puppy. Can you imagine never have actually been around a dog? Or a cat? Or, really, any pet ever in your life?
Writing Style: It’s a sneaky sci-fi book. Somehow, (I guess through “talent” or whatever, pshaw!) Miss May pumps you full of information on diseases, reptilian DNA and various other science related facts without overwhelming or alienating the reader. I bought into every single facet of the story and did not find myself with any questions left unanswered about the various processes and techniques used by the researchers.
Continuity: No issues with the continuity.
Overall Rating: 5
Look out! Venom of Vipers will getcha and leave you wanting more! K.C. May has created an exceptional sci-fi story that is both relevant and fascinating. I recommend this to anyone and everyone because, as I stated earlier, the science is well-explained, but not overpowering. I hope that this isn’t the last of her sci-fi adventures!
I was lucky enough to get an interview with dreamy Ryder. Yay! But, alas! He is spoken for!
1. How did you first meet your writer?
She just showed up one day like they all do. At first, I thought she was there to tell Katie’s story, so I didn’t really have much to say to her. Then I realized this was a perfect opportunity to get the word out about what’s happening in here.
2. Did you ever think that your life would end up being in a book?
Never. I didn’t there’d be anyone left alive who’d care.
3. What are your favorite scenes in your book: action, dialog, romance?
I like how KC quotes me exactly. She wanted to edit out the curse words, so I told her she could write about someone else then. I guess she decided to leave them in.
4. Did you have a hard time convincing your author to write any particular scenes for you?
I wanted her to give me a love scene with Katie, but she just gave me a sly look and said, “We’ll see.” Then I asked her to let me beat the crap out of Stuart Mann. She said if I could find him, I could do it. I looked for him. I looked all over.
5. Do you infiltrate your writer’s dreams?
Shhhh! She’s not supposed to know it was me.
6. What do you like to do when you are not being actively read somewhere?
Dane and Mack and I shoot pool a lot, and then there’s my art. I’m pretty good, if I do say so myself. I paint, sculpt and draw. You should see the drawing I did of my daughter, Evie. Henry sold it on eBay for twelve hundred bucks!
7. Are you currently engaged in a relationship?
Now, come on, Celia. You know I can’t tell you that. If you want to know who the repro scientists usually pair me with, it’s Teresa. She’s a fine Sapher woman, but she’s not currently pregnant. Maybe soon.
8. Are you happy with the genre your writer has placed you in?
Sure. I can’t imagine where else it would fit. I’m genetically-designed mutant, and I got people trying to kill me. Sci-fi thriller all the way, baby!
9. If you could rewrite anything in your book, what would it be?
I’d make it so I find Stuart Mann. Can you guess what I’d do to him?
10. Do you like the way the book ended?
*blushes* Yeah. I owe KC a beer.
11. Would you be interested in a sequel if your writer was so inclined?
Are you kidding? After what I went through? No way. She can be pretty mean. Let her to do it to someone else. I hear Pavel wants to be in one of her books. *snickers*
12. Do you believe that you are suitable portrayed in electronic books or would you rather be in paperback only?
Nah, I like knowing my story is out there being read right away. However people want to read it is fine with me — as long as they know the truth about what happened.
13. Did you have any input into the book cover design?
You know, I swore I wouldn’t try to run if they took me out to the desert for the photo shoot, but noooo. I blame Hamilton. Pretty sure she nixed that idea. They got some human kid to play me for the cover. Kid with fake fingernails and special-effect contact lenses. KC told me she’s thinking of changing it, but I don’t know what she has in mind.
14. What is the lamest characteristic your writer has attributed to you?
She tried to make me seem hot-headed. Can you believe that? Passionate, maybe, but hot headed? Give me a break.
15. If you could give yourself a superpower, what would you choose?
Well, since I can already heal people that wouldn’t be it. Maybe the ability to fly. Then they couldn’t keep me locked up in that place.