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Zendyne by Han Li Thorn







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Lee is an up-and-coming designer of seductive love dolls, until the day his sexiest product yet goes murderously wrong. Sent to the crime scene to defuse a delicate situation, Lee finds that the rogue doll has been infiltrated by a mysterious, self-aware entity called Lilith who can't seem to make her mind up whether she's a silky-smooth seductress or a state-of-the-art assassination system.Within hours, Lee's encounter with Lilith has escalated into a life-or-death race with her creators, the shadowy and relentless Elect, and ultimately into a battle for the very stuff of his humanity - a battle in which his best hope of salvation turns out not to be human at all.

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ld be perfect: a random problem that had nothing to do with psychotic mindware or bad design, and that could be plausibly and reassuringly fixed by tightening standards in the fabrication plant.

All he needed was a few days to carry out an investigation and fake some results. Then, everything could get back to normal and hed have plenty of time to figure out how to deal with the entity that called itself Lilith.


"Ah, Lee. Please, sit down. Will you take some tea?" Xia Lin poured for both of them. Lees project manager seemed more distant than usual. Cooler. Hardly surprising, Lee thought. This was where they put the boot in.

Usually, Xia Lins manner was anything but cool. Over several years of working together, shed left him in no doubt that she was available for what Zendyne corporate-speak would have termed an alliance, with her as mentor and him as protégé.

It was a standing offer that would have done wonders for Lees career, if only hed been able to take it up.

Hed often wis

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A lot of fun. Reading the blurb I was afraid it was going to be adolescent, with seductive love dolls, etc. However, it stays ahead of that, focusing on the absurd rather than the titillating.

I would like to read more about the background and circumstance of The Elect and Stranger. The world of the book seems to go beyond the immediate characters; which is something I appreciate.
Claire Duffy - Snarky Protagonists, Dark Facts Blended With Fiction, and Suspenseful Crime-solving
FEATURED AUTHOR - Claire Duffy was a screenwriter for over a decade until she caught herself cycling past a production company and giving it the finger. She decided she didn't like the person the film industry was turning her into. Duffy quit, took a temporary job at a daycare in Stockholm, and wrote her first novel while her class of one-year-olds took their afternoon nap. Through blogging that story in daily chapters, she discovered indie publishing and never looked back.