Saturday, May 5, 2012

Killer Flies

Killer Flies
   ~ William D. Hicks
Publisher ~ Untreed Reads
                ~ The Sixth Sense (original)
Published ~ 11 January 2012
                ~ March 1998 (original)

My Rating ~ 4 out of 5

Dr. John Pankow has created a new breed of…fly. Yes, I said fly. Of everything out there to genetically engineer he did it to the pesky, irritating, ugly, disgusting fly. Has he made them less pesky? No. Less irritating? No. Prettier? No. Less disgusting? No. He’s made them into killers. For the Army. However, he can’t control them. They’re flies. They don’t listen to reason and they can’t be bribed with treats. They don’t care if they attack the enemy or our soldiers.

Dr. Pankow wants to destroy them because if they are let loose on the world it would be bad. Like, crossing the streams bad. However, the Army in its infinite wisdom wants more testing, so the kill order is not issued. Damn Army. Pankow should’ve worked with the Marines. Of course, my prejudice might be showing a tiny bit. We all know how this is going to end and it’s not going to be pretty.

This is a short, quick, well-written read with an interesting plot. I grew up on a farm. Lots of flies. Everywhere. The thought of killer flies? Makes me shudder and not in a good way. Why couldn’t this be about genetically engineered bunnies? Oh, wait…that reminds me of Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Nothing is sacred!

*The publisher provided a copy of this book to me for review. Please see disclaimer page.

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