Cain’s Blood

Ted Bundy. The Son of Sam. The Boston Strangler. Albert Fish. Henry Lee Lucas.

The DNA of the world’s most notorious serial killers has been cloned by the U.S. Department of Defense to develop a new breed of bioweapon. Now in Phase Three, the program includes dozens of young men who have no clue as to their evil heritage. Playing a twisted game of nature vs. nurture, scientists raise some of the clones with loving families and others in abusive circumstances. But everything changes when the most dangerous boys are set free by their creator. A man with demons of his own, former black ops soldier Shawn Castillo is hot on their trail. But Castillo didn’t count on the quiet young man he finds hiding in an abandoned house—a boy who has just learned he is the clone of Jeffrey Dahmer. As Jeffrey and Castillo race across the country on the trail of the rampaging teens, Castillo must protect the boy who is the embodiment of his biggest fears—and who may also be his last hope. Melding all-too-plausible science and ripped from- the-headlines horror, Cain’s Blood is a stunning debut about the potential for good and evil in us all.

Castillo is an ex-Special Ops member who spent time in Iraq, among some other places no man wants to see. The things he’s done and seen would make a grown man cry, and some would even crack from the pressure.  When his past commander presents him with the task of tracking down a group of vicious escaped serial killer clones and their spiritual leader, the geneticist Dr. Jacobson, PSTD becomes the least of his problems. Jeffrey Jacobson, son of Dr. Jacobson is a clone. Castillo battles with what Jeff is, isn’t, or could possibly be.

I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book, but when you mention DNA, cloning and serial killers, you’ve got my attention. I’m a lover of military stories, especially thrillers that portrays it’s characters a more than just foul mouth, gun-toting, killing machines. If that’s something you’re looking for then I suggest checking out Can’s Blood. It was a joy to read for this reviewer. A different twist on an old ethical, argument that will leave you wanting more.

Check out Girard’s YA novel Project Cain. It gives the story of Cain’s Blood from Jeff’s perspective.