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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

DEHUMANIZED by Michael Loring_Blog Tour

Title: Dehumanized
Series: Dehumanized  #1
Author: Michael Loring
Genre: Paranormal Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Bokheim Publishing
Format: Ebook and Paperback
Length: Paperback 522 pages | Ebook 524 pages

Purchase: Amazon Print | Amazon Kindle |

Book Description:

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.

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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Tour Schedule:

Feb. 25th- A Bibliophiles Thoughts on Books (Review/Giveaway)
Feb. 26th- Kaidans Seduction (Review/Giveaway)
Feb. 27th- Buffy's Ramblings (Review/Giveaway)
Feb. 28th- Mallory Heart Reviews (Review/Giveaway)
Mar. 1st- Sharing Links and Wisdom (Review/Giveaway)
Mar. 4th- Reader Girls (Review/Giveaway)
Mar. 4th- Sweet n' Sassi (Review/Giveaway)
Mar. 5th- Andi's Book Reviews (Review/Giveaway)
Mar. 7th- Words of Wisdom from The Scarf Princess (Review/Giveaway)
Mar. 8th- Pavarti K Tyler at Fighting Monkey Press (Review/Giveaway)

Review:


Review of Dehumanized by Michael Loring

What if: Lycanthropy is an infection, not a legend? What if: humans become werewolves during a Full Moon, simply because they were bitten by a werewolf and the blood exchange mutates their DNA? What if: governments consider safety above human rights, and incarcerate “werewolves” in camps bound by barbed wire fencing? What if: “werewolf” sufferers are considered really as lower than prison inmates, abused by guards, frequently subjected to solitary confinement in a freezing “Dungeon” room and allowed to fight each other with only further punishment? What if some of the research scientists are evil enough to have taken a page from Dr. Mengele?

Sounds like a horridly dystopian society, doesn’t it? Such is the case in which young Ryan finds himself, after being bitten inadvertently. However, even in the midst of the most horrible conditions (as had been demonstrated in the concentration camps of WWII and in refugee camps ever since), hope does spring eternal in the human soul, and there is that miniscule possibility of finding friendship, romance, even love, if one tries diligently enough.


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