When I read the first few words, I had no idea of what I was in for. Peter Bailey truly stepped out of the box for this one. He decided that walls, boxes anything to enclose his creativity must be eliminated and he came up with Walk in the Flesh. This book was a different kind of twisted sci-fi, thriller action mix that had me looking at the words like they were going to jump off the page. Let's talk about a few things.
The characters all seemed to have their own agenda. The main characters Neil and Ariana were worlds apart. Until, Neil botched a self termination which is required at the end of every mission. That's when Ariana, a bold pathologist, gets involved. She was a woman in a man's world. Having to fight everyday to prove herself to men who really didn't care or saw a woman fit to be in their field, let alone out of the house. When she gets the severed head that was supposed to be crushed, things go down a slippery slope. After time slipped away from her while examining the strange severed head, Ariana is visited by a salacious security guard and friends who intended to rape her. After hiding while they trashed her office, she was blamed for the damage and fired. To make things worse she was raped one day in the streets.
This is where the story started to make more sense to me. After a series of missions, a scientist trying to expose his boss for the acts Neil carried out and a disgraced pathologist loses her job, Arianna becomes Neil's mission. He was to find out what she knew after doing the autopsy on the severed head. If she knew too much she would be killed. Yet Neil went a bit rogue on the mission. They were ambushed at a meeting place. Neil easily took care of that and they made an escape. The plot was a bit all over the place for my liking and needed a more centralized point to refer back to. Neil was crazy, I get that. But was that the point? The experiment on Neil, was that it? When it's not clear in a plot, it's easy to lose the reader. This made the ending even more bland yet confusing. Neil was shot in the head after being on the lamb for a while. The scientists were all replaced, more guys like Neil were made and we heard nothing more of Ariana who was such a huge part of the story after Neil tried to kill her.
This book had alot of potential. It had a great and interesting concept but the execution could have been better. The characters felt more surface except for Neil. He was the most developed one.
I give this one a 3 out of 5 stars.
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