Second Nature

Second Nature

87.4K Reads 2K Votes 66 Part Story
Mark Canter By MarkCanter Completed

2012 SILVER MEDAL WINNER in the Indie Awards (from the Independent Publishers Association).

When the heart sees more keenly than the eye, beauty is unexpectedly found.
Gen is a teen-age woman. She is also a bio-warfare research project, designed by Col. Jack Eberhard. Born at Redstone Military Laboratories inside a quarantine unit rated Biohazard Level Four, Gen’s body harbors billions of microscopic organisms that have mutated from her genetically altered cells. The tiny entities in Gen’s tissues control life at the molecular level and Eberhard weekly tests their ability to heal the simulated combat wounds he inflicts on her. 
When a deadly threat forces Gen to escape the lab, she discovers that her marvelous power to reconstruct living tissue, from proteins to cells to whole organs, enables her to transform herself bodily into any animal whose DNA she collects through a simple touch. 
While in the form of a dolphin, Gen saves dolphin researcher Cade Seaborne from drowning. Her heartfelt attraction to him compels her to spontaneously shape-shift back into human form; but the morphing is incomplete and Cade encounters Gen as a woman with her head and face hideously deformed.
As Gen struggles with her dilemma of falling in love with a kind-hearted man who nonetheless regards her as pitifully ugly, the evolving microscopic life-forms inside her compel her to complete a frightening journey to fulfill their mysterious mission. Meanwhile, Eberhard has tracked down Gen and he’s sending in Special Forces to carry out a priority-one Executive Order: capture and destroy his dangerous experiment. When Cade at last recognizes beauty behind the mask of a beast, he’ll give his life to protect the unusual woman he cherishes. And he learns that love has its own transformative power. 

Michael Crichton meets Hans Christian Anderson in this romantic thriller with the brains of science fiction and the heart of a fairy tale.

ZackEvans ZackEvans Sep 22, 2012
Hey I want to say amazing book ...and that's hard to achieve in my mind cause I rarely find that I enjoy well enough to not set it down
MarkCanter MarkCanter Jan 20, 2012
Yeah, the story starts off darkly, but brightens to a happy "Hollywood" ending---especially if you're a reader who loves dolphins. 
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MarkCanter MarkCanter Jan 12, 2012
You'll find out in Chapter 2 why she's super-humanly intelligent.
MarkCanter MarkCanter Jan 12, 2012
Yeah, uh... I did notice that many of the posts contained ungrammatical sentences and misspellings. But I want to get this tale out to the wide world. It starts off darkly, but It's an optimistic love story with a feel-good ending.
42Dreams 42Dreams Jan 12, 2012
Your heroine is a little too skilled and innocent so far, but I suppose anyone would be, growing up literally in a sterile environment. Maybe her character will get more interesting later...
42Dreams 42Dreams Jan 12, 2012
You are too smart for this website. Don't you know you're in the land of the precocious children?