Book Review: Tainted Cure by Ashley Fontainne


Title: Tainted Cure
Series: The Rememdium Series Book 1
Author: Ashley Fontainne
Publisher: RMSW Press
Publication Date: January 31, 2016
Genres: Science Fiction, Post-Apocalyptic


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Tainted Cure
The Rememdium Series Book 1
Ashley Fontainne
RMSW Press, January 2016
ISBN 978-0692633106
Trade Paperback

From the author—

Scientists attempted to find a cure for addiction. They failed.

Dr. Everett Berning, a leading researcher into the causes of addiction in the brain, spent ten years of his life dedicated to one thing: finding the cure. Recruited after a strange encounter with the enigmatic Dr. Roberta Flint, Director of Research on Code Name: Rememdium, Dr. Berning is sent to work in a secret lab as part of the research team.

When the moment the scientists waited on for years arrives, Dr. Flint and her team are ecstatic. 

Unfortunately, not everyone in the world feels the same way.

Benito San Nicholas isn’t ready to give up his lucrative business. When the news of a cure arrives on his doorstep from a crooked informant, Benito enlists the help of other drug lords from around the world to stop the cure from hitting the streets and destroying their livelihoods.

What happens next ends up uniting the globe–just not the way society ever intended or hoped.

Be careful what you wish for…that could have been the tagline for this novel in which a potential cure for addiction is found. Imagine that, a chance to rid the world of so many problems that arise from our dependence on anything you can think of, whether it be chocolate, smoking, particular kinds of exercise, illegal drugs, just about anything. Sounds great doesn’t it?

Such an advancement might very well be a wonderful thing but we all know how this is going to turn out, right? We’d like to think that the government would have proper control and the right intentions but somehow, there nearly always seems to be a glitch and, in this case, that glitch is enormous with consequences beyond anything we could predict.

Surely anybody with half a brain would foresee that the world’s drug lords wouldn’t just stand around and watch this happen—not to mention some other powermongers—and, when the cure falls into their hands, some really terrible things start to happen. Instead of curing addictions, a brand new affliction appears—zombies.

Yes, zombies! I love zombie fiction and Ms. Fontainne came up with a nifty idea, basing the whole concept on well-intentioned people trying to do a good thing (although you know there are going to be some shady things going along with the good) and then the good thing goes very, very wrong (gee, have we seen that happen in real life?). Naturally, there no easy answers and I’m going to have to read Book 2 to see what happens next. I think I can force myself 😉

Reviewed by Lelia Taylor, October 2017.

About the Author

Award-winning and International bestselling author Ashley Fontainne enjoys stories that immerse the reader deep into the human psyche and the monsters lurking within each of us. She writes in numerous genres including mystery, suspense, horror, sci-fi and sometimes poetry.

Ashley lives in Arkansas with her husband and is the proud mother of one son and three daughters.

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