Three Days of April By Edward Ashton

Title: Three Days in April 
Author: Edward Ashton
 Publisher: Harper Voyager Impulse 
Genre: Mystery/Suspense Science Fiction
 Format: Kindle

Anders Jensen is having a bad month. His roommate is a data thief, his girlfriend picks fights in bars, and his best friend is a cyborg…and a lousy tipper. When everything is spiraling out of control, though, maybe those are exactly the kind of friends you need.

In a world divided between the genetically engineered elite and the unmodified masses, Anders is an anomaly: engineered, but still broke and living next to a crack house. All he wants is to land a tenure-track faculty position, and maybe meet someone who’s not technically a criminal—but when a nightmare plague rips through Hagerstown, Anders finds himself dodging kinetic energy weapons and government assassins as Baltimore slips into chaos. His friends aren’t as helpless as they seem, though, and his girlfriend’s street-magician brother-in-law might be a pretentious hipster—or might hold the secret to saving them all.

Frenetic and audacious, Three Days in April is a speculative thriller that raises an important question: once humanity goes down the rabbit hole, can it ever find its way back?

This story was amazing! I was highly entertained the whole time and loved the constant movement of both the characters and the storyline. A techno-thriller set in the near future with a focus on mixing of cyborgs, natural humans and those that had alterations done. A corporation is trying to hide the events that took place with thousands dying in Hagerstown. While hackers and thieves are trying to discover the truth and if there will be more deaths. 

The story is told from several perspectives. Anders is given a mystery file to analyze and Terry is noticing her avatar is acting unusual. Her sister is learning about a new religion and Gary along with his fellow cyber-geeks are trying to find deleted information on news feeds to find out if this is the beginning of a war or plague. 

It is a very fast paced story with actions having immediate results and pushing the characters forward to survive. I am not a person that is incredibly computer savy and felt that the more complex parts of the story were completely understandable and said in a way that did not make me feel lost (or stupid)

I enjoyed this book so much, it is one I am definitely recommending to friends. 

About the Author
Edward Ashton lives with his adorably mopey dog, his inordinately patient wife, and three beautiful but terrifying daughters in Rochester, New York, where he studies new cancer therapies by day, and writes about the awful things his research may lead to by night. His short fiction has appeared in dozens of venues, ranging from Louisiana Literature to Daily Science FictionThree Days in April is his first novel.


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