The United Protectorate is under attack by the Brelac, a bloodthirsty reptilian alien race bent on destroying humanity. A dark alliance between the Brelac and the Vendetta, a separatist organization, looms over the Protectorate. The Brelac’s onslaught brings forth the creation of the genetically engineered humanoid weapons called Reploids. Reploids are identical copies of real humans captured, killed, cloned, embedded with powerful psionic abilities, and programmed to serve the Brelac. They are untraceable and blend into human society so believably, the Reploids themselves do not know they are clones.
Colin McKenzie, part of a military team sent to a remote planet to investigate and capture a downed Brelac ship, turns on his commanding officer in an attempt to protect a shipwrecked band of Brelac soldiers. But he is captured and reprogrammed – along with two other arrested Reploids – to serve the government they were originally created to destroy.
The balance is upset when a weapon powerful enough to bring the Protectorate to its knees is about to be unleashed – and the Protectorate’s only hope of stopping it is the three Reploids.
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“I had a bit of trouble getting into this book at first. I always have that with science-fiction though. Since most of these books are set in the distant future, thousands of years have passed and the world has completely changed.In The McKenzie Files, it’s no different. A lot has changed for earth and humanity. Earth was taken over by a virus named Pandora Simplex that greatly diminished its population, and the survivors were forced to turn to a deep space development program that could possibly save the human race. The surviving population embarked on a journey to find a new home. They founded the United Protectorate, a colony in outer space, one of the last remnants of human civilization. On one of the planets in the United Protectorate lives Colin Mckenzie, the main character of this series. Colin is a soldier fighting against the Brelac, but he’s not exactly human. He’s a second-generation Reploid with powerful abilities and an undying desire to kill Brelac.
But things are more complicated than they seem at first. Colin is captured and re-programmed to serve the Brelacs, instead of destroying them. A powerful weapon is forged in an unforeseen alliance, and the future of the United Protectorate is at stake.
Set in this science-fiction world, Colin is actually a very complicated character. He goes through a myriad of ever-changing emotions. He’s a clone, a Reploid, but he’s unaware of that, at least at first. I liked his personality. He’s a natural-born leader but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t doubt himself sometimes. He’s intelligent and strong and just the right amount of stubborn.
What really impressed me though was the setting. The futuristic world author Barry Nelson has created, is simply amazing. It’s so complicated, with so many parties at play, from the Protectorate to the Brelac to the Vendetta, and the main characters all stuck in the middle of that. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the world better, reading more about the colonies, space ships and the alien races, clones and weapons.
I enjoyed The McKenzie Files. The story was a bit confusing at first with the switching POVs, but I quickly got the hang of it. I liked the characters, the setting and of course, the action. This book is nothing if not suspenseful. It actually reads pretty much like a movie. Some of the descriptions are so vivid that I could picture the scenes happening right in front of me.”
~ J. Crane.
About Barry K. Nelson
A Pennsylvania native, Barry K. Nelson has attended college and has worked at a variety of jobs, including retail and the corporate environment. Barry enjoys reading and gardening and is a fan of science fiction and horror movies, Marvel comic collecting, and the X-box 360.
Barry has written short stories, and his first book in the science fiction series, The McKenzie Files, is soon to be followed by a sequel, Assassination Anxiety.
Barry is a member of Ning and Goodreads, can be found on Facebook, and can also be reached through Penumbra Publishing.