REVIEW: Aldo By Betty Jean Craige


Title: Aldo
Author: Betty Jean Craige
Genre: Thriller/Mystery/Sci Fi
Release Date: March 24, 2018


Aldo is a mystery / thriller / love story in which a brilliant and dangerous ideologue attempts to eliminate a university’s genetics institute by holding the university’s president hostage.

On the same day that Isabel Canto, associate director of Pembrook Atlantic University’s Institute for Genome Modification, discovers she is pregnant with IGM post-doc Frank Marks’s baby, Pembrook Atlantic University’s president Mary Ellen Mackin receives a letter from “Aldo” threatening harm if she does not dissolve the institute and fire its director. Isabel recommends that Mackin refuse, and not allow a terrorist to dictate what her faculty and students can research and discover — setting off a chain of events that will change many lives forever, including her own.


I always like to read a little something different every once in a while, and take a break from my romance/ya train of reading.  When I was offered a chance to read Aldo, a thriller with a bit of a love story mixed in, I thought it would be the perfect thing to break up my reading.

Aldo is completely different than anything I’ve read before, and offers many different things for the reader to ponder and think about.  This is not a fast paced read, and one must be willing to set aside the time to delve into the pages of this book and extract the intricities of this mystery.  Aldo is a letter from a mother to her son, chronicling the events that happened before his arrival, plus the story of his father.  His mother, Isabel Canto is the associate director of Pembrook Atlantic’s Institute for Genome Modification who along with the university president receives a threatening letter from someone only identifying themselves as “Aldo.”  Aldo, the reader finds out is a group of civilians concerned with gene replacement who have created a cell of sorts on Facebook.  The group is extremely secretive, using on false initials and country locations to identify themselves.

While this book tackles some controversial topics, especially with today’s scientific advances which are always growing and changing, I struggled a bit with the voice of the narrator and my connection with the characters.  I felt like the characters were underdeveloped, and there wasn’t much to them beyond the initial surface.  Because of this, I did feel like the story drug in parts, and it seemed to affect the pacing of the novel.  It also caused me to struggle with the relationships between the characters because they just didn’t feel like there was any real kinship.

Overall, I was thoroughly impressed with the research and time that the author took in the development of this story.  You can tell that the plot was well thought out, and the scientific elements were presented in a knowledgeable and well thought out manner.  The writing and the basis of the story made it so that the reader could become involved in the plot, and every detail presented was important.  Aside from my few issues with the characters, I enjoyed this intense, scientific thriller!


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