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Good Intentions (The Dead War Series Book 1) by [Simmons, D.N.]
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SciTech Labs was handsomely commissioned by the United States Military to design a revolutionary serum that would create the ultimate soldier. If successful, the soldier would have an increase in endurance, strength, awareness and overall speed. They would become the true super soldier. That's if everything went according to plan.
SciTech put its best scientists on the project and gave them a time limit to complete the job or else. With the pressure on and the stakes high, Vincent Masterson and his team put everything they had into the project. Everything was looking hopeful until an experiment went horribly wrong. The scientists mutated their specimen's DNA, turning it into something monstrous. Now, life as we know it will never be the same.
As it stands, the only thing that can save the human race is one of the two things they should be running from.

Can the human race survive being caught in a bloody war between two vicious predators?

About the Author

D. N. Simmons lives in Chicago IL., with a rambunctious German Shepherd that's too big for his own good and mischievous kitten that she affectionately calls "Itty-bitty". Her hobbies include rollerblading, billiards, bowling, reading, watching television and going to the movies. She has been nominated at Love Romances and More, for "Best Book" and "Best Paranormal Book" of 2012. She has won "Author of the Month" at Warrior of Words. She was voted "New Voice of Today" at Romance Reviews and "Rising Star" at Love Romance and More. To learn more, and have the opportunity to speak with the author personally, please visit the official website and forum at www.dnsimmons.com . D.N. is always interesting in meeting new and wonderful people.

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Amazon.com: HASH(0x97574f24) out of 5 stars 34 reviews
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x973ab804) out of 5 stars A rock and A Hard Place Oct. 13 2013
By Lady Fridayx111 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
The basic plot is a group of scientists are given a vial of a mysterious substance and told to come up with a way of making a serum to turn ordinary soldiers into super soldiers. Along the way, the scientists discover the liquid they're working with can do a lot more than that. Naturally, something goes horribly wrong and suddenly...zombies!

I like how the author keeps one of the men working on the project alive to try and find a cure. He works with government agencies that aren't as useless as many portray, and accept what is happening instead of standing around endlessly denying the facts which stare them in the face.

Half-way through the book, a plot twist develops. Looking back, I realize the author peppered subtle clues, but alas they were lost on me. :) The twist took the story into an unexpected, yet welcome, direction. The characters I came to realize, are trapped between two fearsome predators. The ending left me intrigued enough that I want to read further in the series.

With that being said, this book hit upon a pet peeve of mine: editing. The first half, while having some minor problems such as missing or out-of-sequence words, wasn't enough to bother me. The second half of the book, however, read as if the editor quit at that point. The mistakes became more numerous, and hard to overlook. It quickly soured my enjoyment. I hope further books in the series do not continue the poor editing trend, as it has a lot of promise.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x973c0048) out of 5 stars Chicago scientists unintentionally release zombie plague. Serial novellas. - GOOD INTENTIONS (DEAD WAR #1) D.N. Simmons Feb. 15 2014
By Lori Parker - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
"I'm sure I don't have to tell you that this little experiment is to be kept top-secret." - General to SciTech Lab admin.

From the first line, D.N. Simmons had my attention. And don't shake your head at me and say, "She fell for that cliched line?" Penned under big names (Brad thor, Jonathan Maberry, Michael Grant, etc.), fictional conspiracy theories sell, because they play on our fears. Nothing quite says "fear" like zombies though - especially when the apocalypse is all the government's fault.

"The United States' military isn't looking for effort, Doctor. We're looking for results, and, with what you're being offered to come up with those results, failure is not an option." - General to SciTech Lab admin.

Obviously, this novella contained the prerequisites for an action-packed horror read, similar to what readers found in Dana Fredsti's PLAGUE TOWN. Take the mystery vial, toss in a time frame to figure out its paranormal secrets, and stir in a mix of personality conflicts. Bingo! One zombie plague...coming right up!

This was the first D.N. Simmons work I'd been asked by the author to review, so I can't compare her style in GOOD INTENTIONS to her other writings. Simmons exhibited only a passing acquaintance with proofing her manuscript for homonyms, near-homonyms, POV slips, and when to add in more detail (even if it was just made-up techno-jargan for this alternate history timeline). Necessary research was missing. For example, have you ever seen anyone win a foot-race in a quarantine suit and helmet? Regardless, she produced a facinating fast-paced first SF/horror Dead War serial installment.

"We are the only beings in the world who can help you." - Cassian to soldier

Pros:
* Zombies!
* Developed protagonist
* Prose convey emotion
* Twists in the plot

Cons:
* Editing
* Undeveloped secondary characters
* Lack of world-building details
* Missing real-life research
* I hate cliffhangers!
* I'm a full-length novel person, please!

My suggestions to D.N. Simmons would be to find a small press to assist with prettying up her novellas and allow her better rates on publishing a few novellas together as a full-length book. With so many eBook choices available, she has to stand out from the pack, and that may mean issuing in other than the serial format (which has been falling out-of-favor with many readers).

Because the story was still an awesome idea, I want to know what happened next. Was the zombie apocalypse contained to the Chicago suburbs, or did it spread? How did the soldiers and scientists react to their saviors? But lo-and-behold, "next" hasn't been published yet; it's due out in the fall of 2014. Here's another book by this author to tide us over.
Desires Unleashed (Knights of the Darkness Chronicles (Book One))

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x973c0288) out of 5 stars This would make a great Movie! Sept. 17 2013
By V.A. Dold - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I received a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review.

D.N. Simmons is so descriptive I swore I was watching a movie and not reading a book. I could virtually see everything happening in my mind as I read it. This is descriptive writing genius! I actually found myself imagining what the zombies would smell like and what they smelled and sensed when they detected a live human. I cannot wait until book 2 when I get to read even more about the Vampires!

The Virus in the book is so aggressive that it is spreading like a literal wild fire and the panic of the humans trying to leave the city and clogging the roadways just creates a zombie smorgasbord all laid out nice and tasty. Imagine living through the first days of the show the walking dead and then make the zombies stronger than a normal human and really, really fast.

I was so drawn into this book that I blew through it in a matter of hours. *Sigh* now I have to wait for the next book to come out, this is going to be a long hard wait.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x973c0504) out of 5 stars Blood and Gore! Oct. 2 2013
By Naila Moon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
When I was first asked to review this book, I was told that if I likes zombies and vampires, I would like this book.

To be honest, the books I had read prior to this could be considered light reading and very tongue in cheek compared to Good Intentions. From almost the start of the book I was thrust into the characters lives, who they were, and what made them tick.

The scientist, Vincent Masterson was generally a good guy who cared about humanity. When money and the possibility of saving humanity is thrown at him by the government, that persona went out the door along with his ethics. In turn, chaos of epic proportions ensues causing wide spread terror and zombies roaming the earth.

It seems no one or nothing can stop the zombies from killing and feeding on the non-infected humans. In fact, as it turns out, the zombies are able to infect another race, the vampires, who have to come out of hiding to save not only themselves but the human race as well.

There is non-stop gore in this book. I swear to you that if it was possible, the pages themselves would have dripped with blood and guts. I made the mistake of reading this in the darkness of night only to have a bit of trouble going to sleep.

Along with all that, there is a bit of heavy language but nothing that would make me shut the book. I whole heartedly was into this book and read it in no time. My only disappointment? It ended abruptly just as I was really getting into it. I had absolutely no realization that this was only the first in a series!

All in all, good book but I think probably an average read for those who really like this genre.
In any case, D.N. Simmons does a good job and kept my interest and therefore deserves 4 stars.

~Naila Moon

Disclosure: I received this Kindle edition for free for my open and honest opinion. The views expressed here are 100% my own.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x973c07f8) out of 5 stars Creeptastically wonderful... what if... Sept. 30 2013
By J. Kimmel-Freeman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This book is creepy in the what if sense. I do not read scary books, creepy books, or anything that will generally freak me out- especially at night... But that doesn't stop me from grabbing the next book on my calendar without looking to see what the hell I am reading at 3 am!

I bet you can guess the reason that I don't read these types of books that late... No? Well, they scare the CRAP out of me. It isn't even necessarily the story, but what my mind does with it afterwards!

This is one of those books that I shouldn't have just grabbed to read that freaking late! What ifs scare me because, well, they COULD happen. Yes, there are vampires and zombies here... Yes, I believe in the possibility of both! So what happens to my mind in the wee hours of the morning when I burn through this book? Oh, holy heck, we are all going to die or be harvested! >,<

Okay, all ranting aside, I liked this book... I hate the cliffhanger... Typically there is the cliffhanger that's at the end of a show to bring you back next season, and usually in books you get some sort of resolution with something that makes you want to come back for more- I missed the resolution enough to feel that satisfied with that, I just WANTED MORE! I suppose that is the good and bad of series books.

I liked the characters, except for his girlfriend... She was so whiny about stuff. I know the world is broken into utter chaos and you're the sensitive female in the book where there are chick doctors that are obviously braver than you, but do you have to give people the "how could you" look? The world is ending, there is absolutely nothing that can be done to change the past, think about the future and how to STOP the problem.

The setting and concept, COMPLETELY possible... which adds so much to the creepy factor. Is the red fluid that is surprisingly like "blood" is it vampire blood? I NEED TO KNOW!

Would I read the next one? OH HECK YEAH! I have to know what happens next! Well played, DN... well, played.

So DN, what happens next? Do you need a beta reader that will get FREAKED THE HECK OUT? Because, if so, I am your girl! RIGHT HERE! PICK ME! I do not read this stuff, I thought, "Hey, if it freaks me out, I can have hubby read it," only it was 3 am when I realized I was in too deep and HAD to finish... now I must know what happens, even though I know it will scare me and keep me up another night! But I had the best intentions. ;)

*I received this book in exchange for an honest review*