Book Review: The Janus Legacy by Lisa von Biela

19236342Title: The Janus Legacy

Author: Lisa Von Biela

Genre: Dark Fiction, Horror

Age Group: Adult

Rating: 3,5 stars

Purchase: Amazon

Jeremy Magnusson’s life changes forever when his estranged father, the renowned physician Ivan Magnusson, is unexpectedly killed in a plane crash. Recently dumped by his girlfriend and suffering from a serious, likely fatal disease, Jeremy faces a choice: Take over SomaGene, Ivan’s highly successful custom organ cultivation and transplant operation, and inherit all his wealth. Or turn the job down and inherit nothing.

Only later, once he’s assumed the position, does Jeremy realize his father left him more than the company. He’s left Jeremy a special gift. A gift with the power to bring him everything he wants in life, but one that comes at a horrible cost, with repercussions and consequences he could never imagine, and that could very well change not only his life, but the lives and deaths of millions across the globe.

THE JANUS LEGACY—is it a gift or a curse? Does it bring life or death? Is it a miraculous new beginning for the human race or a step closer to the end of everything?

Some doors should never be opened…

The Janus Legacy is an interesting story focusing on Jeremy Magnusson. He faces an impossible choice, after his estranged father, a renowned and wealthy physician, is killed in a plane crash. He can take over SomaGene, his deceased father’s successful custom organ cultivation and transplant operation, and inherit all his wealth. Or he can turn the job, and get nothing. But a shaky inheritance isn’t the only thing bothering Jeremy. He suffers from a serious, likely fatal disease, and his girlfriend just dumped him.

As if life couldn’t get any bleaker, Jeremy begins to realize his father left him more than just the company. He’s received a special gift, with the power to bring him everything he wants in life, but at an enormous cost.

At the heart of this book, it centers on an ethical question: the good of the patient vs the suffering of the donor. The story reads like science-fiction, but the issue at hand is very contemporary. Doctors wonder about ethical questions every day, and Jeremy’s ethics problem has probably haunted several doctors over the years, albeit not in such extremes.

Although I liked the story, it took a while before I got into it. The first few chapters were slow. Nevertheless, I’d recommend this book to fans of medical thrillers and sci-fi thrillers.

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