Book Review – 7th Son: Descent
When I first ran across this story, it was in podcast form and I almost didn’t listen to it because of the opening line. “The president of the United States is dead. He was murdered in the morning sunlight by a four-year-old boy…” It was around the time when my third son was born and I was a little sensitive about that sort of thing at the time. On a whim, however, I listened to all three parts of the trilogy and enjoyed every minute of the ride.
The novel version starts out the same way, with the President of the United States being murdered by a foul-mouthed four-year old child, but we find out later in the story it was a child in body only. Within weeks of the assassination, seven men are pulled from their ordinary lives, most at gun point, and taken to a secret government facility where a bombshell is dropped on them. They all have the same face, the same name, and the same childhood memories through a car accident when they were sixteen and “lost their parents. It is soon explained to them that all seven are human clones and that everything they are was carefully orchestrated as part of a large human experiment. They are also told that the culprit behind the president’s assassination was the very man they were all cloned from, a man named John Alpha, and they are the only ones able to stop him.
J.C. Hutchins crafts a well written thriller that is a fun story to read. You find yourself pulled into the story and taken on a fun roller coaster ride with all seven Beta clones to an explosive end. The bad thing is that the book didn’t do as well as the publisher had hoped and the prospect of parts two and three of the trilogy being released looked bleak, at least until J.C. mentioned plans to possibly release them in digital format. I for one look forward to their potential release with bated breath.
My rating for “7th Son: Descent” is a four out of five. There is bad language and some scenes of graphic violence, so the book isn’t recommended for children younger than 13. Check it out and let me know what you think.