I recently had the opportunity to review The Unwanted, a faith-based science fiction thriller written by Daniel L. Carter. The book’s premise is an interesting one centered on illegal genetic experiments being conducted by a researcher determined to design babies that grow up with new capabilities nonexistent in humans today.
The Unwanted opens with Nick Catlin, an FBI agent who is trying to figure out the secret behind several crime scenes, all of which had five babies among the casualties. However, in one instance, no babies are found and Nick wants to know why. It seems he’s not the only one trying to figure it out. Another party knows about the babies and wants them back.
I was fortunate enough to be able to ask the author a few questions, as follows:
What led you to write this particular story?
I’m a huge fantasy and sci-fi geek as well as a movie buff. With all the stories that have been showing up in the movies and literature as of late, I was finding that very few gave any credit to the creator of the universe, God. My desire was to take all the elements of styles I love to read or watch, such as detective stories, superheroes, science fiction and fantasy, and put it all in one story based off of a plausible universe that people can relate to. I wanted real characters, real struggles based in a world of the supernatural. Hopefully The Unwanted accomplishes some of that.
Who is your favorite character and why?
If you had asked me after writing Book 1 of “The Unwanted Trilogy” I probably would have said Uncle Leigh, a godly man who has struggles and trials but always puts others first. But now that Book 2, Children of Anak, is getting ready with OakTara Publishing and working on Book 3, Unholy Resurrection, I’d have to say my favorite character is Marcus. I won’t go into details and ruin the sequels but this boy is going to face serious trials.
Who are your favorite authors?
Surprisingly, I don’t have many. I love the late Robert Aspirin for his humor and first person writing style in the Myth books. For my word fix I love Stephen R. Donaldson. Now here is a writer who is truly gifted in getting into the character’s minds and using rich text that makes you pull out your dictionary. I also like Timothy Zahn when I need a good Star Wars or sci-fi fix.
If you could be any character from a fantasy book, who would it be and why?
Skeeve from Robert Aspirin’s Myth series. He’s a young magician who gets to travel through dimensions and explore the universe. Can’t get better than that. hehehe
What projects are you working on now?
Currently I’m working on Unholy Resurrection, Book 3 of “The Unwanted Trilogy.” I’m having a lot of fun introducing the readers to G6 (GSIX) which stands for Global Security from Interdimensional Xs. X is the Roman numeral for ten, which is the known dimensions outside of string theory but I won’t get into that. Needless to say this will continue the story after “The Unwanted Trilogy.” More to come on that. =)
How can readers find you on the web?
Author: Daniel L. Carter
Paperback, 240 pages
List Price: $18.96
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I was provided with a copy of The Unwanted for review purposes.