Author: Marvin L. Zimmerman
Publisher: Synergy Books
ISBN: 978-1-933538-99-6

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To find the solution for humanity’s threatened future on the planet, a Nobel laureate scientist is researching the synthesis of a molecule that will give human embryos exceptional development so as to produce geniuses who may save world’ life from extinction. The plot of Marvin L. Zimmerman’s science fiction-adventure The Ovum Factor is not something extraordinary or even novel enough to catch immediate attention. But the book does create unusual situations, some of them quite enjoyable, mainly by taking an investment banker, David Rose, to assess the research project, on the neurodevelopment of embryos, of the scientist who is aiming at saving humanity from destruction. For an investment banker, this does sound like an unusual assignment.

Much of what follows in the novel is the usual stuff seen in movies and read in science fiction books/stories: the hero’s quest for the vital molecule, his love affair, some secrets, and his success. The weaknesses in the book are showing at numerous places both in the validity of the scientific/logical details and the general makeup of the characters. David Rose’s character particularly feels like over-represented and his success is made possible by throwing in a number of unexpected and unfitting twists to the story. There is more ‘telling’ than ‘showing’ and the ending too is rather cartoonish and somewhat rushed.

What is truly remarkable about this novel is the hero’s adventure across the Amazon. Not only is this part of the book rich in detail and genuinely inspiring but one also cannot keep from appreciating the author’s power of genuinely depicting modern man’s experience with the wild and open nature. The details of the Amazonian culture, the diversity of life forms in the forest, Indian mythology, and David’s experience of the Amazon in total make these chapters a fascinating portion of the narrative. For adventure lovers, Zimmerman’s novel will come more enjoyable a read but for the general readers, The Ovum Factor is recommended only if someone is a big sci-fic fan and can’t remain without devouring all the usual sci-fic stuff.


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