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Project X by [Nephylim]
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Morgan Bentley is a bastard. Always was and always will be.

At least that’s what Matthew Hopkins thinks. Unfortunately, Morgan is also a brilliant law student, and easily eclipses Matthew, academically and socially.

Matthew insists he hates Morgan. According to Matthew’s best friend, Cory, perhaps he doth protest a bit too much.

Cory has received the chance of a lifetime in the form of an internship with ITM—Information Technology and Medicine—the prestigious research company where Morgan’s father is the CEO. Too inquisitive for his own good, the naturally curious Cory stumbles on a deadly secret inside of ITM. What he has learned will tip the balance of everything, but for good or bad?

Just what is the mysterious Project X?

What is Morgan’s involvement?

Matthew has to sort fact from fiction, friend from foe, as his world is turned upside down and inside out, and nothing can be the way it was.

About the Author

Nephylim was born into a poor mining family in the South Wales Valleys. Until she was 16, the toilet was at the bottom of the garden and the bath hung on the wall. Her refrigerator was a stone slab in the pantry and there was a black lead fireplace in the kitchen. They look lovely in a museum but aren’t so much fun to clean.

Nephylim has always been a storyteller. As a child, she’d make up stories for her nieces, nephews and cousin and they’d explore the imaginary worlds she created, in play.

Later in life, Nephylim became the storyteller for a re-enactment group who travelled widely, giving a taste of life in the Iron Age. As well as having an opportunity to run around hitting people with a sword, she had an opportunity to tell stories of all kinds, sometimes of her own making, to all kinds of people. The criticism was sometimes harsh, especially from the children, but the reward enormous.

It was here she began to appreciate the power of stories and the primal need to hear them. In ancient times, the wandering bard was the only source of news, and the storyteller the heart of the village, keeping the lore and the magic alive. Although much of the magic has been lost, the stories still provide a link to the part of us that still wants to believe that it’s still there, somewhere.

In present times, Nephylim lives in a terraced house in the valleys with her son and her two cats. Her daughter has deserted her for the big city, but they’re still close. The part of her that needs to earn money is a lawyer, but the deepest, and most important part of her is a storyteller and artist, and always will be.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4621 KB
  • Print Length: 286 pages
  • Publisher: Wayward Ink Publishing (21 September 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #346,056 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xaee66f48) out of 5 stars 8 reviews
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xaec61fcc) out of 5 stars Everyone around him understands him way better than he understands himself 26 September 2014
By Toni FGMAMTC - Published on
The three characters with the most air time in this book are Matthew, Cory and Morgan, three college students. The story is told from the POV of Matthew. Matthew is just really clueless. Everyone around him understands him way better than he understands himself. Matthew is fairly popular, well liked (loved by some), good-looking and gay. He's unaware of any of this. Basically he's unaware of anything except school and how much he can't stand Morgan.

Cory is the always in the shadows, computer nerd, best friend of Matthew. Morgan is the ultra cool, mega rich, superstar of the campus.

Matthew thinks he hates Morgan, but really it's not hate of course.

Tomorrow we were going to glare at each other again and grind our teeth at every word the other said. Tomorrow we were going to torment one another and try our very best to tear the other down at every possibility. Tomorrow we would hate each other again...but was something different. Today I was holding him in my arms. Today I was resting my cheek on his hair. Today I was feeling his heart beat next to mine.

This story felt like YA to me for a long time. Then all the sudden it definitely wasn't so I guess I'd label it as NA. It's sort of sci-fi, but not as much as I thought it would be. There is a secret drug and experiments and side effects. Most of the first part is mystery. Lots of mystery. It's also sort of a coming of age, first love and family drama novel.

I thought Project X contained many sweet parts, emotional parts and also a little wisdom we all should take note of.

"Why don't we realize life's so fragile? Why do we waste it, throw it away for nothing? This was all so...unnecessary."

This was my first read from the author. I look forward to reading more.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xaec61f9c) out of 5 stars My Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars For Romantic Science Fiction Lovers 8 October 2014
By johanna - Published on
Most of us are aware of human experimentation, the ethical issues that spark debates, the movies that spark terror. These are all true up to a certain extent but most probably what comes to mind are the psychological human experimentation rather than genetic manipulation. The issues that surround this type of experimentation on the animal and plant levels are controversial enough so human DNA experimentation would most likely be labelled: TABOO.

When does a scientist cross the boundaries of ethics and abuse? This is the question that comes to mind when reading Project X. It is told from a romantic point of view and it is a romantic and heart wrenching tale. The science fiction aspect is not romantic, however, for it tells the tale of science crossing the boundaries of ethics and moral conduct.

Morgan is seen by Matthew as a horrible, spoiled brat who had the luck to grow up silver spoon fed and all the money in the world. To rub salt into the already deep injury jealousy carved Morgan is beautiful and has the brains that only parents could dream their child to have. This young man has everything. The icing on the cake is the fact that he is an individual everyone craves to be, including Matthew even if he denies it.

The minute Matthew saw Morgan on campus two years ago, it was war. A war between wills that became a circus to the observer. The hate Matthew did not spare Morgan was legendary. The fact that Matthew could discourse law with Morgan seemingly with ease was the stuff of legends. Only thing is, Matthew comes from a blue collar family so his fame was not as brilliant. When the two are put together for a moot discussion on law, the two brilliant minds collide. Will their hearts be able to handle it?

Cory is Matthew's best friend. His is a brilliant mind that feeds on biochemistry and anything IT. When he stumbles into an experiment he was not meant to even hear about, he sets fire to the already hot relationship between his best friend Matthew and his idol Morgan. Who or What is Project X?

It all goes to a head when Morgan's behavior begins to change and health to spiral down. Cory now finds himself in the middle of a game he never expected to meet outside the realm of science fiction. He now finds himself the key to maybe saving the life of Morgan. Maybe his over-curious mind should not have driven him to hack into the system? Maybe, he should just forget about it?

This was an astounding tale of human DNA experimentation that crossed boundaries. This is not an action packed book but it has enough suspense and thrill of the unexpected in it to make it impossible to put down. It has enough ethical questions raised to get the mind discussing the pros and the cons silently. It has enough heat between Matthew and Morgan to get the romantic at heart to want for more.

Starting ordinarily enough, this should have been a simple tale between two academically competetive young men and how their relationship turns from unveiled insults and unhidden sarcasm to that of love and dependence. When the story turns for the race to save Morgan's life and the quest for a solution, then it turns into full blown suspense/thriller/science-fiction. With that turn, then this became an extraordinary tale. It was a wild ride reading this, for the pace set to motion was sometimes too fast and a bit confusing to the unscientific mind. Thankfully this is fiction so whatever I missed out on, I could only skip over as fiction (I hope).
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xaee05834) out of 5 stars A Must Read 25 September 2014
By Dawn Mayhew - Published on
OMG, OMG……Wow……

To be honest, in the beginning of the book to me the author seemed to be going into too much detail. However, when you get to a certain part of the book, you realise that you needed all this detail, so that you could fully understand what was happening – and how evil Project X was.

I have to say, the blurb was right for this one….. Morgan Bentley is a bastard….. or is he????

When you first meet Morgan, it does seem like he has everything he could ever want, but as you read on, you soon begin to feel that he is very insecure and in some ways totally alone. Matthew insists he hates Morgan, but Matthews best friend Cory seems to see right through this…… but perhaps Cory has other reasons for thinking so.

Matthew is forced to work with Morgan, and sometimes even manages to get a peek at the real Morgan – but this is quickly hidden, and we are back to the prickly pair together, each trying to do better than the other. Cory however, seems to have disappeared inside his computer, but once Cory manages to get into some information he shouldn’t have, the story becomes one you cannot put down. Together with Matthew, Cory and Morgan, you are trying to find out who is friend and who is foe…… and people are not always who you think they are.

There are many twists and turns in this book, and the scene when Morgan and Matthew finally get together is really wonderfully written by the author. You can really feel the emotions from both boys, as it seems they come out all at once, and you see someone who knows who he is and is comfortable with it, and the other that is still trying to deny it. However, Project X soon intervenes, and their happiness is short-lived. Pretty soon, Morgan, Matthew and Cory are on a race against time, but I won’t spoil and say from what.

This was a brilliant read, and I will be looking forward to reading more books from this author.

Book provided free of charge for an honest review.
HASH(0xaee0524c) out of 5 stars An attention grabber. 14 October 2014
By TNT Reviews - Published on
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I’m not really sure what I thought of the characters. Morgan was definitely the arrogant, rich kid. He had an entourage and seemed to be oblivious to the feelings of others. Matthew was very prejudiced against Morgan. All he kept saying was how much of a “bastard” Morgan was. Matthew hated Morgan throughout about the first half of the book. Finally, we have Cory, Matthew’s best friend. They’ve been friends since they were kids. However, Cory’s feelings go beyond that of friendship. He’s in love with Mathew but has always kept his feelings to himself. It’s a very convoluted relationship between the three. Morgan has feelings for Matthew. Cory’s in love with Matthew. Matthew believes he’s straight but really has feelings for Morgan that he’s fighting by saying he hates him. Matthew loves Cory but only as a friend.

Up until about the half way mark, I thought the relationships between Morgan, Matthew, and Cory were pretty predictable. Typical, I’ll be mean because I don’t want to admit my true feelings. About the time Morgan and Matthew become friends, Cory has disappeared after taking an internship at the research company Morgan’s father runs. Cory discovers a horrible truth about the company and about Morgan. This discovery and the budding relationship between Morgan and Matthew turn the tide of the story. I was shocked by the actions Morgan’s father took with his research. I was totally and completely flabbergasted that someone could do that to family. My heart broke to think that Morgan and Matthew just started their relationship and it could all end in a matter of days if not hours. I wasn’t really surprised by Cory’s reaction when Morgan and Matthew finally got to the safe house. From the way he acted in the beginning of the book, it was easy to see that he would be bitter about their relationship. I was really surprised that he decided to deal with it and be happy for them. Morgan is definitely a bigger person than I am. I don’t think I would have been able to even try to forgive a family member if they did what his dad did. I’d be done with them real quickly. The ending was rather abrupt and I would have like a little more of the future between Morgan and Matthew.

Overall, Project X was a good book. It is well-written and easy-to-read. The first 50% of the book, in which there was a lot of name calling, was hard to get through. The last half of the book sucked me in and kept me turning pages to see what would happen next. A definite attention grabber.

Reviewed by Tracy
HASH(0xaee056b4) out of 5 stars A roller-coaster ride of drama, action, adventure and romance. 14 October 2014
By Carly (Carly's Book Reviews) - Published on
Normally I start my reviews with a brief character summary, but the book description does a really good job of laying that groundwork. I'm going to skip the intro and move right on to my review because I've got a lot to say... ( surprise!! )

PROJECT X is a complex story with a detailed plot that's full of twists and turns. Almost the entire first half of the book is dedicated to laying the groundwork for the story line, character introduction and scene building. At this point the, plot is primarily focused on the main characters; Matthew, Morgan and (to a lesser extent) Cory. It's paced pretty slowly, there are several typical college scenes, and plenty of dialog, so readers really get to know the characters well. A few hints are dropped about Project X, and the potential impact it might have later in the story, but for the most part the first half has the feel of a well written yet typical New Adult/Coming of Age romance.

Dear Readers, hang in with me here, and trust that you want to keep going!

Just about the time I started to scratch my head and wonder what exactly this book was about again, I began the second half. Suddenly the pace picks up dramatically! The foundation that was laid previously becomes invaluable, because here is where Nephylim takes readers on a roller-coaster ride of drama, action, adventure and... yes, romance. PROJECT X becomes a thrilling, nail biting, kept-me-on-the-edge-of-my-seat-and-up-all-night-reading experience!

I would highly recommend this to readers who love sci-fi, romance, mystery, drama, thrillers, action, and complex and well written characters. I'm not usually someone who reads books more than once, but there is so much subtle detail here that I'm looking forward to returning to the beginning and re-reading it soon. This one makes my top ten books of 2014!

My OFFICIAL REVIEW written for Carly's Book Reviews