"A chilling thriller"
The thousand plus minority children are worse than at risk
with the probability of even one of them making it
astronomical. Thus, the theory of copying the behavior
patterns that led to the incredible success and wealth of
Alexander Marcus seems a likely winner to overcome the
ravages of their environment.
The sociology experiment works as the children copy the key
traits of their mentor to include his ambition, focus, and
determination. However, along with the so-called positive
imprints, the group also learns how to use and hide
Alexander's ruthlessness and even darker secrets. Now each
member of this select thousand possesses the skill,
ability, and inclination to turn into a serial killer.
This novel is based on the premise that the road to hell is
paved with good intentions. The story line grabs the
reader from the start because of Steven Barnes' uncanny
talent to make each member of his cast appear different so
that the world becomes relative when seen through the
different characters. Psychological horror fans will have
a field day with this powerful tale that reveals nothing
until the final period is struck by an author that is at
the head of the class in 2002.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted June 19, 2002