Book Review: Genes by Mary Ting @MaryTing @VesuvianMedia @XpressoTours

Title: Genes
Series: International Sensory Assassin Network #3
Author: Mary Ting
Publisher: Vesuvian Books
Publication Date: June 30, 2020
Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopian, Young Adult


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International Sensory Assassin Network #3
Mary Ting
Vesuvian Books, June 2020
ISBN 978-1-64548-010-5
Trade Paperback

From the publisher—

Allegiances will be tested.
Identities will be revealed.
No one is safe.

While searching for the HelixB88 anti-serum on the black market, Ava uncovers valuable intel that may help the rebels in their fight to bring down ISAN—the location of a hidden facility. But first, the insurgents must find the female citizens unexpectedly displaying powers without use of the Helix serum before ISAN captures them.

As the rebels join forces with other sectors, ISAN plans their destruction by using someone they don’t suspect at the rebel home base. A traitor within.

Now, Ava must make a dangerous decision, one that could risk their capture—or worse.

While things have turned much darker in this third episode, there’s also more attention on the romance between Ava and Rhett, a little too much, in my opinion, but that’s just because I’m not romance-driven and find it gets in the way at times. Never mind, though, that’s just me.

More characters show up and I like that, partly because we get a wide array of points of view and they bring different perspectives to the story. One thing I particularly admire about Mary Ting is her ability to introduce new characters and have them intermingle so well with the ones we met before, so well that you soon begin to think these newer players have been in the story all along and carry just as much importance.

There’s plenty of action, not much downtime, and it’s easy to become immersed in Ms. Ting’s tale to the point where it becomes difficult to put the book down and, in fact, I couldn’t. Just when I would think I was about to get a breather for a few minutes, something interesting would drag me back in—a sure sign of a good story 😉 This band of rebels have become a force to be reckoned with and, at last, there’s hope for their fight to bring ISAN to its knees.

If I’m sounding a bit vague, it’s because it would be too easy to fall into the spoiler trap and I’ll just say, please start with the first book if you’re new to the series. You’ll enjoy this third book much more if you do and be better prepared to wait for the fourth because the author has left us with a humdinger of a cliffhanger.

Reviewed by Lelia Taylor, July 2020,

About the Author

International Bestselling, Award-Winning Author Mary Ting writes soulful, spellbinding stories that excite the imagination and captivate readers all over the world. Her books run a wide range of genres: science fiction, fantasy, and swoon worthy stories. Her storytelling talents have won her a devoted legion of fans and garnered critical praise.

Mary was born in Seoul Korea and resides in Southern California with her husband, two children, and two dogs—Mochi and Mocha. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry. Becoming an author was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother. After realizing she wanted to become a full-time author, she retired from teaching after twenty years.

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