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The Militant Genome

Title:  The Militant Genome
Author:  Braxton DeGarmo
Pages:  316
Year:  2012
Publisher:  CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book from
As I began reading, the suspense and tension in this thriller was palpable from the first sentence and continued till the end!  I read one of the author’s other novels titled, Indebted, and was just excited to have discovered a great story and author.  The threads of tension start in a classroom that is set up for demonstrations of how to take care of patients coming into the emergency room.  However, as the student doctor begins to examine this “playacting patient” with her professor watching her every move, it quickly unravels from play to a real life scenario. 
As the professor is shouting directions and questions and known by his students to be a real hard man, it is the student who quickly has to get his attention away from teaching to assisting.  However, the professor makes a fatal mistake and from there on both the student and the professor’s lives along with the school’s reputation become enmeshed in what becomes a murder investigation.  The action and plot thicken, going from the classroom to a pharmaceutical company’s discovery and then going even deeper into the sinister intent of a group of people known by a particular tattoo that federal agencies are trying to identify.  One man from the pharmaceutical company knows that tattoo, what it represents and what the dark purpose of this group really is about.  The group has been around for generations without garnering the attention of government agencies, but that might all be coming to an end soon.
Along with this, there is a well known talk show person, who has disappeared, and a senator who is unaware of something evil looming.  To top it off, there are chemicals being manufactured for sinister intent, but who are the intended victims?  Will the various agencies, many various expert doctors and an Irish detective be able to save the population from mass biochemical attack? 
When you read this novel and the plot thickens, so will the intensity heighten.  The suspense you will feel goes off the charts and perhaps like me you might try to read faster to find out how it all ends.  One characteristic about the storyline is the plethora of twists and turns that literally don’t stop till the end of the book.  There is spiritual activity that happens and God speaking to a most unlikely antagonist, but for what reason?   I loved reading The Militant Genome!  It really grabbed my attention from the get-go and the anticipation of action and adventure was a thrill!  Don’t miss out!
My rating is 4 stars.
Note:  There is some use of foul language in the novel, but for me it didn’t distract or minimize the story content. The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.  Other reviews can be read at  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at
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