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Darren Beyer
Pathogen Protocol
Humanity’s greatest secret is uncovered. An insidious plot threatens its future. A corporate and government conspiracy led by CEO-turned-politician Gregory Andrews has succeeded in taking over Applied Interstellar Corporation (AIC), one of humanities largest companies, but they didn’t get everything. AIC’s leader, Jans Mikel escaped to a hidden base on the alien moon of Helios, where he harbors the company’s greatest secrets, the most profound of which is that humans are not alone in the galaxy. Now, as Andrews seeks to finish off AIC, one-time reporter Mandisa (Mandi) Nkosi sets off to help AIC Jans forge new alliances that could provide a path to salvation. On Eridani, AIC soldier Grae Raymus commands a fledgling resistance aimed at buying Mandi and Jans the time they need. Grae uncovers that Andrews is little more than a pawn in a game played by a greater evil, while Mandi discovers an even deeper, more insidious plot, and revelations about humanity’s origins that will shake the foundations of science. With humanity’s future hanging in the balance, Mandi and Grae fight to save the people they love, and along with them, all of mankind. About Pathogen Protocol is a heart-stopping science-fiction thriller, a story of survival and perseverance in the face of insurmountable odds. It is the second installment of Darren D. Beyer’s Anghazi series, which began with the award-winning novel, Casimir Bridge.
Plot/Idea: 8 out of 10
Originality: 8 out of 10
Prose: 8 out of 10
Character/Execution: 7 out of 10
Overall: 7.75 out of 10


Plot: Beyer’s fast-paced, action-packed, stellar storyline contains expertly-woven uses of foreshadowing. The manuscript is chunked into chapters based on the location of events, and futuristic or innovative terms are introduced to readers in a natural manner.

Prose: Beyer’s prose, dialogue especially, is poetic and flows organically throughout the novel. Futuristic vocabulary terms are introduced naturally and are understandable in reference to the storyline, but the comm dialogue can grow weary at points.

Originality: Beyer’s space opera is reminiscent of Ender’s Game and 2001: A Space Odyssey. Nevertheless, Beyer manages to provide fresh and exciting material for readers to indulge in.

Character Development: Pathogen Protocol lets readers explore an intriguing web of interconnected individuals' stories in a single galactic adventure. Beyer’s characters are emotionally complex, mysterious, and possess intricate backstories.

Blurb: A riveting intergalactic adventure filled with space battles, mystery, and even a hint of romance.

Date Submitted: July 11, 2018