"Requires a great leap of faith"
Because of his parapsychological abilities, the Selector
seems God-like as he uses mind control to grab the soul of
individuals, forcing them to join his army. With his need
to cleanse humanity, the Selector seems more like the devil
as he kills anyone with a physical or mental disability.
His selection process goes much wider than say the federal
Disabilities Act, as the sentence for corrective lens is
His opponents, who are trying to stop him, are not even at
a David level vs. his Goliath. Instead he sits at the top
of the food chain while they remain below the lowest rung.
Killing them seems as elementary as ABC to the Selector.
However, a quartet of survivors struggling with the
unexpected savagery and injustice of the Selector, are
trying to endure as they prepare for a final showdown that
they instinctively know they can only lose.
RUNNING ON INSTINCT is an exciting thriller if the reader
does not ask questions of why. The Selector will remind
the audience of Freddie Kreuger (that is from the sequels
and not the original Elm Street movie). He is clearly the
focus of the tale though his victims take more center
stage. N.M. Luiken provides an engaging concept within an
action-packed tale, but fails to explain why the Selector
chooses to cleanse the race, which leaves the audience
feeling shortchanged. Still those who enjoy a dynamic
energized thriller that never slows down and are willing to
suspend belief will delight in Ms. Luiken's debut novel.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted July 4, 2001