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Daughter Cell (by Jay Hartlove)



Author: Jay Hartlove
Cover Artist: Ash Arceneaux
Length: Novel
Genres: Medical thriller
Violence: 3
Heat: 2

eBook: 9781629290379

Print: 9781629290386

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Sequel to The Chosen

How far can you genetically alter someone before she becomes someone else? Before she loses her soul?

Leading genetic researcher Randolph Macklin wakes up in Malaysia to find a four month gap in his memory, his wife dead, and his daughter in a coma. As he and his psychiatrist, Sanantha Mauwad unravel the mystery, they find nothing and no one are what they appear to be. Ancient cults collide with cutting edge science in this tale of too much power driven by too much passion.

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3 Responses to Daughter Cell (by Jay Hartlove)


    A pulse pounding change of pace

    When is a sequel not quite a sequel? Answer: When an author is confident enough to take his characters in a whole new direction, despite setting a high bar in his first offering.

    In his second full-length novel, Daughter Cell, suspense author Jay Hartlove masters this delicate balancing act by delivering us back to the world of psychologist Sanantha Mawaud, but (for the most part) without bringing back the supernatural element that played such a large role in Hartlove’s first novel, The Chosen.

    This time, our setting is Malaysia, Sammael and his machinations have been defeated and Sanantha is caught in a high stakes, high concept medical thriller as she seeks to help a brilliant biologist named Randy Macklin sort out a mysterious, months-long memory lapse apparently brought on by the traumatic events surrounding his wife’s death in a car accident.

    Macklin comes to Mawaud with his life in tatters: his wife is dead, his daughter lies in a coma and his memory of all the events leading up his present condition is gone. And that’s just the beginning of the twists and turns that Hartlove takes us through before the full secrets of Daughter Cell are revealed. ~ Sabbath Soldier, Amazon Review


    Daughter Cell is the second book in the Iris Rising Trilogy. I have not read the first book, The Chosen, but I did not feel lost while reading this book. Therefore, I believe anyone should be fine without reading the first. In this book, Randy (an American) wakes up and does remember what has happened the past four months in Kuala Lumpur. He remembers flying out to Malaysia with his daughter for his wife’s funeral. His friend/business partner Young Nae tells him that his daughter, Desiree, has been in a coma due to a snake bite which happened after Cheri’s burial. To help cope with his lost and memory issues, Randy seeks the help of a psychiatrist, Sanantha Mauwad. Instead of finding a resolution, they discover more questions to his memory lost and his daughter’s condition.

    The story is written in third person, mostly following Randy or Sanantha. Randy has suffered from a recent loss of his wife and critical condition of his daughter. Something is not right with his memory lost. As he gets flashes of memories, strange things happen. Will he piece everything back together? Sanantha is Randy’s psychiatrist who originally grew up in Haiti. She believes in Voodoo and is able to have divine visions. She is a strong character and perhaps the key to helping Randy uncover the secrets of his lost memories.

    The plot moved a long well. I do not want to provide any spoilers so please excuse the vagueness in this review. I haven’t read any books that take place in Malaysia so it was an interesting, new read for me. Throughout the book, the reader will know something is not right. However, there are a few twists along the way.

    Overall it was a good read. If you like medical thrillers, you might want to give this book a try. ~ Maria, Amazon Review


    Great Modern day Frankenstein story

    Randy Macklin woke up in Malaysia with no memory of the last four months of his life. His wife has died in a car wreck and his daughter is in a coma after a poisonous snake bite. Randy is currently living with his friend and business partner Young Nae, together they had been working on a way to use genetics to make people look younger, but their work has not been approved by the FDA and their project is now on hold.

    To get his memory back Randy visits psychiatrist Sanantha Mauwad to fill in the missing memories of the last four months. Sanantha and Randy discover that there is more to this situation then meets the eye and not everyone is who they appear to be. There are conflicting reports on the death of Randy’s wife, she may have been murdered and Randy’s daughter’s coma may have been caused by one of Young Nae’s rivals. To make matters even more complicated someone has been spotted that looks oddly similar to Randy’s deceased wife.

    Daughter Cell by Jay Hartlove is the second book in the Isis Rising Trilogy, the first book was The Chosen and both books are self-contained stories. Daughter Cell is a medical thriller that takes a look at loss and forgiveness and how far are you willing to go to be with your true love again. This is a Frankenstein type story set in an exotic location with voodoo mythology, black magic martial arts, spirituality and poisonous pufferfish. ~ David Watson, Amazon Review

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