Science Fiction/Thriller

The Singular Menace: Book 1: Uncaged

Written By: John Sanford & Michele Cook

Published By:
Alfred A. Knopf

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


                A couple of weeks ago, I picked up a copy of a chapter sampler of The Singular Menace: Book 1: Uncaged from a promotional table at Barnes & Noble's Pop Culture event.  The cover is what attracted me to it: basic blue-tinted security photographs of what looks like someone running through hallways of a building with the title Uncaged stamped across the top in yellow.  The cover art made me want to know more.

                Inside this thirty-five page excerpt we learn about an science laboratory and their strange experimentation on live animals.  According to the information received by a local animal rights activist group from a source at the lab, the experimentation is not only cruel and inhumane, but incredibly strange.  Could the informant be right about experimentation on minds that could eventually cross over into human mind control?  None of the activists care - they only want to release the animals from their hardship and send the lab a message.

                Unfortunately, what was supposed to be a simple lab raid turns into something much worse and the group ends up leaving two behind, one with a serious gunshot wound.  But that's not the worst of it - their computer hacker, a young Odin Remby, escapes the lab with a dog, a very special dog that the owners of the lab, the Singular Coporation, want and will stop at nothing to get back. 

                It's up to Odin's sister, Shay, to find him before the lab boys do, because there is something about this dog and the thumb drives stolen from the lab that the Singular Corporation will do anything to keep from the general public.

                After reading through the chapter sampler of Uncaged, I have to say that I was intrigued.  Right away, we know the folks at Singular Corporation are the bad guys, but are they really into mind control?  What's on those thumb drives that they don't want anyone else to know about?  And what is so special about the dog that Odin rescued? 

                The writing in the sampler I received was fast-paced and reeled me in.  I actually cared about what Shay was getting herself into and wondered about her connection to the lab-raiding activist group, something not readily apparent until you witness the liberation of the dog.  I find myself incredibly intrigued.  The sample of Uncaged, the first book in a series called The Singular Menace is intriguing enough for me to want to check out the full thriller by the husband and wife team of John Sanford and Michele Cook.  The preview was just that good!  Sometimes you can judge a book by it's cover!


For feedback, visit our message board or e-mail the author at