Series: Dehumanized #1
Author: Michael Loring
Genre: Paranormal Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Bokheim Publishing
Format: Ebook and Paperback
Length: Paperback 522 pages | Ebook 524 pages
A deadly and currently incurable disease has been released as the result of an unknown experiment that went awry. Dubbed 'Lycanthropy' by the media due to its similarity to the horror movie genre depiction about werewolves, anyone infected begins to change, and every night of the full moon the 'beast' within is released. Within one year, lycanthropy spread throughout Europe, Asia and has now infected the USA. In an attempt to control and treat the outbreak, concerned governments have begun creating camps to contain those who are infected and to help find a cure. Despite rumors comparing these camps to the concentration camps of almost 70 years ago, the US government maintains these camps have the best interests of the public and the residents at heart. Expectations for a cure in the next year remain high.
Ryan Zachery lived his life the way all high school teenagers should - carefree, and oblivious to anything around him. He had an attractive girlfriend and hope for the future. One night when he was walking home he was attacked by an unknown assailer. He awoke in the hospital to learn he had been infected by lycanthropy, a disease he had heard about but had ignored.
Taken by armed guards and dragged away from his parents who did not understand what was happening, Ryan was thrown into a US camp made for those 'suffering' from lycanthropy. Treated like prisoners, he and other lycanthropes were abused by the guards and by their own kind. Scientists regularly performed experiments that promised to treat the disease, yet only caused pain. If Ryan or any of the other roommates acted up or demanded answers, they were thrown into solitary, nicknamed the 'dungeon', and ignored until they became docile once more.
But at the night of the full moon, the beast within him is freed. The beast hates the prison and Ryan. When an experimental procedure allows the beast and Ryan to communicate, the two enemies become unlikely allies who will stop at nothing to tear down the walls keeping them prisoner. With the beast's help, Ryan learns how to change at will. When even his own kind begin to fear him, he creates a plan to release all lycanthropes. They caged the beast, but now he will show them that he will never be dehumanized.
5 of 5 Dehumanized
Dehumanized is one of those stories that captures you right from the start and keeps you on the edge of your seat wanting no needing more and more. I love stories that have Lycanthropy in them. I love me some werewolf stories. This one is particularly different in how the story unfolds and what happens to the main character and how he grows and makes decisions for him as well as the others around him.
Ryan is just your average 19 year old guy living his life and minding his business. He hangs out with his friends until one night he is attacked and bitten by a lycanthrope and is turned into a werewolf. His world is turned upside down and he is taken from his family and friends and brought to the government compound where he will live. At the compound he is subjected to testing and other things. He is in a room with Fred but he does not really talk to him because Fred does not know how speak English.
One thing Ryan can count on is that the government wants to see why and how the Lycanthrope are the way they are. With this Ryan finds himself trying to stay away from people and stay out of trouble but he finds himself in the Dungeon which is like a jail cell where they are placed naked and only given a bucket to relieve themselves.
Ryan will soon get a new roommate name Anna and she will be a game changer for him. She will give him the one thing he has given up on and that is hope. On one of his testing days he is given something and he is able to change on will. The government wants to know how he can do that and why he is able to change himself at will. But all Ryan wants to do is escape from that horrible place. Will he escape? Who will he take with him? What will happen when the government finds out? This is a must read story!
About the Author:
Michael Loring was born in Bristol, Connecticut, but has lived in a variety of places such as Florida and Tennessee. He likes to think of himself as an amateur Lycanthropologist, studying werewolves ever since he was eight years old when he first saw An American Werewolf In London. He spent most of his life switching between home school and public school, always focusing on his passion of writing no matter what. His interest in writing was sparked in the second grade when his teacher encouraged him to write short stories for the class, earning him more than one award at school assemblies for Creative Writing. He currently resides back in his birthplace of Connecticut with a house full of women who like to drive him up the wall until he finishes his chores. Though they seem to avoid him during the night of the full moon for some unexplainable reason…
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