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The Genius Dilemma by Dustin Grinnell

Thursday, July 17, 2014

A team of scientists has invented a new smart drug named Trillium. A revolutionary medical breakthrough, Trillium enhances cognitive abilities, creating geniuses. But the researchers are horrified to discover that…


Leviathan, the CIA’s assassination team, has been tasked with eliminating global threats using any means necessary. When their superior General Beranger learns about Trillium, he believes he’s uncovered a distinct advantage in the fight against terrorism. After convincing the scientists to share the drug with his team, Beranger learns there’s just one problem—the side effects are disturbing.

Trillium creates cold-blooded psychopaths.

The first casualty is CIA operative David Landry who snaps hours after taking the drug. When he goes rogue, it’s up to Special Forces, along with renowned neuroscientist Alan Pierce and psychiatrist Michelle Emmett, to stop them.

Armed with a hastily concocted antidote, the team hunts Landry.

His destination? Africa. Nasir Lwazi, the Kenyan president, has recently been murdered. Believing Lwazi’s son Thomas is a threat to national security, Landry is on a ruthless mission to destroy him and he doesn’t plan to let anyone get in his way.

Alan and the Special Forces team are determined to reach Kenya and stop Landry before he harms Thomas or any other innocent civilians. But can they get there in time? Will the antidote work? Or will Landry suffer the same fate as their other targets?

In the unforgettable climax, an epic battle for power ensues as the Special Forces team attempts to thwart Landry’s homicidal tendencies.

Written in a style reminiscent of Michael Crichton, The Genius Dilemma is a science fiction thriller, action-packed with adventure, seeded with corruption, and stunning with its abuses of power. Expect the gripping conclusion to keep you compulsively turning pages way past your bedtime.

Goodreads Summary

If you could be thinner by taking a pill, would you take it? If you could be faster by taking a pill, would you take it? If you could be smarter and mentally sharper in every way by taking a pill, would you take it? They say that agility and speed will get you places in life, but the ability to outwit and outsmart everyone around you can make you an eerily and uniquely unstoppable force in this world. The mere idea of this story is fascinating and is very captivating for a wide audience range as everyone wishes that they were more intelligent. We would make less mistakes. Maybe even make no mistakes.

I really liked the conflict between the drug being a major problem and being an unremarkable advantage to the people who use it. On the one hand, people become much more able to quickly make the best decisions possible, however the cost is that people on the drug tend to become psychopathic. This is where this novel really grabbed my attention. I loved the application of the psychopathic genius on the battlefield. They get the job done in supremely efficient ways that you would never think of. It made for a book that is not only interesting to read, but very creative, ever changing, and very hard to put down.   

5 Stars

*Reviewed by Chris*

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  1. creepy cover for sure. this sounds like a really good story and i am glad that it is now on my radar!