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A young woman’s DNA may hold the key to saving the world from an emerging threat in author Brady Koch’s “The Negotiated Death of Sara Glen”, the first book in the All Our Forgotten Futures series.
The results of an at-home DNA testing kit reveal the key to eradicating an emerging threat. Getting that key may cost Sara her life.
This was a thought-provoking and engaging ethical sci-fi meets suspense thriller. The emotional weight of the narrative and the illness that the protagonist is set to help fight against definitely speaks to the emotional weight of the pandemic over the course of the last few years. The rich character development that this narrative had really kept the pace of the story flowing quickly, and yet added a depth of engagement for readers to really feel connected to the moral and emotional plight of the protagonist.
For me, the true heart of the story rested in the author’s ability to cement suspense into the narrative. The shocking back-and-forth struggles the protagonist’s faces are only added to when the realities of both sides of the discussion come into play. On one hand, the moral quandary of her sacrifice in helping to stop a pandemic before it occurs and helping save children’s lives seems like a straightforward answer, and yet when those seeking her aid prove to have shady and somewhat chilling means of gaining her help, the story becomes a question of at what cost does a person’s sacrifice need to come to?
Thoughtful, engaging, and heart-pounding, author Brady Koch’s “The Negotiated Death of Sara Glen” is a must-read ethical sci-fi meets suspense thriller novel and a great start to a mind-bending series of stories in the All Our Forgotten Futures series. The twists and turns will definitely keep readers invested, but it was the heart and emotion that the author infused into this suspenseful tale that will resonate with readers, as the question of how we as people value life really drives a moral and philosophical discussion into this exhilarating read. If you haven’t yet, be sure to grab your copy today!
About the Author
Feel free to read over Brady’s shoulder if you see him working on a new novel or short story at the coffee shop or library. Despite his penchant for crime, horror, and the unusual in his writing, he’s actually a nice guy and welcomes your feedback. Brady Koch’s first collection of short works, Guns, Gods & Robots, is now available. His debut novel, All our Forgotten Futures, will be available in Winter 2023.