By Bradley Ernst
Genre – Thriller
Rating 3 or 5 out of 5 Posted 6/4/16
Inhumanum has been extremely difficult for me to rate. If read as a Thriller, as the author intended, it's farcical and I see it as a 3.0. Judged as a satire I rate it a 5.0.
Bonn Maddox was a weird but brilliant child who felt and expressed no emotion. He was a misunderstood quantity in his own home. His mother hated him and shot him in the head when he was nine. His father mostly ignored him and didn't understand why Bonn constantly caused problems in any endeavor he undertook.
When Bonn was grown he had a strong commitment to protect people and wanted to live by the articles of the US Constitution. So he became an assassin dedicated to killing the bad guys. The bad guys included a large number of corrupt New York City policemen.
Henna Maxwell was also a brilliant child with a cold grandmother who abandoned her. She was raised by her blind grandfather, a hermit who lived in a forest in Finland. He taught Henna biology and she became intrigued by the toxins found in plant and animal life. After she was raped by four men and her life put in danger, she killed all four of them before she was rescued.
Then when a close friend of hers was attacked by white supremacist because they thought he was gay, she killed the entire group of forty or so with fast acting mustard gas she created.
So far the story could be an extremely violent thriller.
Now to a few issues that caused me to look at the story as satire.
Start with Bonn's inheritance of several hundred billion, not million but BILLION dollars. That would make him the richest person in the world.
Then there are Rickard and Ryker two reptilian looking and acting Germans who eat bugs and foods normally fed to fishes and lab animals. Both of them are also brilliant, even smarter and more talented than Bonn and Henna.
Henna's best friend, Stephen is a 6' 7" rabbi who likes to dress in women's clothing so he'll fit in with other weird people he likes. People think he's a gay transvestite but he's not only straight he's also celibate, and he's in love with Henna.
The editing and sentence structure are far above average, not perfect but very good.
The writing style is crisp, descriptive and intense.
Attention to detail is evident in the amount of research needed to name all of the plants and animals mentioned plus the effects of the various toxins found in many.
The plot is complex as it deals with both main character's childhoods and their reactions to stimuli around them. By the time the children are adolescents, the characters are well developed and readers have a clear understanding of who these strange people are.
For readers who don't lean toward blatant, perverted anal sex, there is one kinky scene of that.
I enjoyed the story and feel it is more satire than thriller. I even chuckled out loud at a few of the scenes.
This review was provided in exchange for a free book.
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