The Ovum Factor
Marvin L. Zimmerman
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The Ovum Factor
Marvin L. Zimmerman
Synergy Books
400 pages
February 2008
rated 5 of 5 possible stars

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Marvin L. Zimmerman's The Ovum Factor is one of the best intrigue novels I have read in some time. Several aspects stand out for me with this book. Zimmerman brings several environmental, moral and ethical issues to the reader's attention, and he shows us a little of an insider’s view into the corporate world. His passion for the planet is so well interwoven into the story’s plot that readers will find themselves tense and wanting to read more. Zimmerman also highlights the importance of indigenous knowledge and the dangers of eradicating life-systems.

Lead character David Rose becomes involved with a Nobel Prize-winning professor, Charles MacMillan who, driven by a traumatic event from his youth, has helped discover one possible thread of hope for man and the destruction of Earth. Early on in this tale, readers are introduced to controversial subjects from genetic manipulation to social ethics. David, however, has no idea of the role that religious leaders going back in time have played in keeping this knowledge from reaching the public. In his ignorance, Cardinal Cardoso sends a reformed assassin, Dario Santini, to stop Professor MacMillan’s project. A romance develops between David and Professor MacMillan’s assistant, Emily Chang – a woman with a troubled past who has a hidden agenda of her own. David soon finds himself trekking through the Amazon forest in search of a plant that may no longer exist due to vast abuse to the land. His guide, Galileo, is also far from what he seems at first, and David becomes more than a little reliant on this man.

The Ovum Factor is a sad, gripping, emotionally charged book that is both realistic and intelligently written, interweaving action, legends, adventure, romance and travel. I truly enjoyed the author’s style and the simple way he blends fact and fiction, comparing modern society with that of indigenous peoples and the effect our society has on theirs.

Throught the concept of fate and the interconnected web of life Zimmerman employs, we see characters finding purpose in life and pursuing it. The plight of the planet and the loss of life described in this book may help some readers feel inspired to become proactive in life: the main message of The Ovum Factor is that there is a potential hero in each one of us.

Marvin Zimmerman has been the publisher and editor of INMR Quarterly Review, focusing on electrical energy, for more than 15 years. His work as a consultant for business and marketing strategy and as an instructor of international business at two of Canada’s largest universities informs the accurate portrayal of the corporate world seen in The Ovum Factor. Zimmerman is a life-long environmentalist and, interestingly, wrote most of the book on location.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at © Lillian Brummet, 2008

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