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The Caline Conspiracy

really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating Details ·  48 Ratings  ·  28 Reviews
Calines are the perfect pets. Smarter than border collies, playful as otters, elegant as cats, calines have been genetically engineered to be everything a pet owner could want.

Except that they might kill you one day.

The world is shocked when geneticist Ivan Frithke is murdered, and his own pet caline, Madeline, is the prime suspect. Is this an isolated case, a flaw in the
Mass Market Paperback, 210 pages
Published March 18th 2012 by Ion Productions (first published March 1st 2012)
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Ian Thomas
Apr 20, 2012 Ian Thomas rated it really liked it
This is another tale set in the same universe and featuring the same characters as Mead's previous work FATE'S MIRROR, which I've also read. In comparison to that work, THE CALINE CONSPIRACY is a much better book in my opinion. The character of Aidra, who is only a secondary character in Fate's Mirror, is a more appealing lead than Morris the hacker, and I found myself identifying with her right away. The story moves along at a brisk pace, peppered with cinematic action sequences. The book as a ...more
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May 13, 2012 Indie e-books rated it it was amazing
I have to admit that this book was not quite what I expected from the blurb and continuing along the line of honesty - I was also supposed to be reviewing another book, when in a brief moment of weakness I took a peak and got sucked in. Before I knew what had happened I'd eaten my way through the 200+ pages and suddenly had to find something else to do... or perhaps to start communicating with the outside world again...

This is a world and a set of characters that I can see being spun into an int
Book Princess Sofia
Aug 23, 2012 Book Princess Sofia rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, scfy-fantasy
Could NOT put it down. This book totally caught me off guard…I intended to only read a few chapters before turning in for the evening and found myself reading straight through to the very last page. It was THAT good!! I thought the writing was flawless, and it sucked me in right away. The story is mad creative – it’s about a genetically engineered pet (kind of like a dog but not really) called a caline that is accused of murdering its owner. I say murder, not kill, as Calines are advanced ...more
Eliabeth Hawthorne
Apr 14, 2012 Eliabeth Hawthorne rated it really liked it

Calines are genetically engineered “dogs” designed to purr, calm the senses, and feel baby smooth. They are genetically engineered and custom made to accommodate their master’s allergies and be the perfect companion. Smarter and better trained than dogs, they are incapable of hurting a human being… or is that just what they advertise? Madeline, the Caline companion of a top genetic scientist is accused of murdering her master and the evidence against her is open and shut. Everyone but th
C.J. Sarcasm & Lemons
Nov 21, 2012 C.J. Sarcasm & Lemons rated it it was amazing
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I don't read thrillers a lot, even though I watch crime shows like it's my job. So this was a nice treat. It grabbed me from the very beginning. The near-futuristic world is carefully crafted, filled with little details don't necessarily have huge plot significance, but make the world feel absolutely real. It's a world I hope to visit again. Aidra is a snappy, confident heroine with some issues of her own. I thought the thing with her old dog wa
Caleb Blake
Jan 31, 2015 Caleb Blake rated it really liked it
Cross-posted from Papyrus Independent Author Reviews:

After a genetically manufactured cyber pet is found standing over its dead owner and creator, it is sentenced to be destroyed. Has the invention killed the inventor or is there a deeper conspiracy at work?

Previously, I’ve read and reviewed Fate's Mirror and gave it a high rating as a highly enjoyable cyberpunk romp. The Caline Conspiracy, although seemingly a prequel t
Aug 05, 2016 Kelsey rated it really liked it
Caline Conspiracy is great for light entertainment, and the potpourri of genres will make it appeal to many.

The novel follows Aidra as she hunts down the murderer of Ivan Frithke, one of the world’s leading geneticists. She finds a blood-stained muzzle at the scene of the crime. No, not the muzzle of a gun. The muzzle of the cute and cuddly caline, a genetically modified perfect pet. Aidra sniffs out clues with the help of a fiendishly clever computer hacker, a sexy scientist, her pregnant (than
The Caline Conspiracy by M.H. Mead is a science fiction novel, set in the not so distant future of Detroit. Mead spins an intriguing tale of suspense and mystery as her protagonist, PI Aidra Scott, sets out to prove a genetically created pet is innocent of a vicious crime. She captured my attention from the first few pages and I consumed this in one evening.

The tale begins when geneticist Ivan Frithke is found murdered. His pet Madeline, a caline, is the prime suspect. The police believe this to
(Originally posted on Misprinted Pages.)

By the sounds of it, The Caline Conspiracy wasn’t something I’d normally pick up, and the cover screamed the nineties, but I agreed to give the book a shot. Sometimes we need to step out of our comfort zones.

As silly as the plot felt at times—it’s a murder mystery in which a genetically enhanced pet (a “caline”) is the only suspect—the writing was, well, good. Nothing ground-breaking, but better than a lot of the books I’m handed to read on assignment. I d
[Originally posted at Android Dreamer]

As orangutans are to humans, dogs are to calines, a genetical modified canine designed to be the absolutely perfect pet. The caline business is shaken when Madeleine, a caline, allegedly kills it's owner by biting him on the neck. The widow of the departed Ivan Frithke does not believe that their beloved caline is the culprit, and she hires talented private detective Aidra Scott to investigate what seems more and more like a frame job.

Although mystery is gen
Oct 01, 2013 Amanda rated it really liked it
I was intrigued primarily by the idea of calines. As an animal lover I couldn’t help but be fascinated by the idea of a caline. While the calines are pulled off well, they are not the focus of the book. This is definitely a near future scifi mystery, and it’s well-done.

The plot is a typical murder mystery with a twist. The pet is possibly framed, and the pet was created in a lab by geneticists. While I had my suspicions about whodunit early on, I must admit I wasn’t entirely right, plus there wa
Jul 13, 2012 Carien rated it really liked it
Shelves: scifi
This was an enjoyable read.

Aidra, the lead character, gets a case she doesn’t really want and that seems like it’s pretty straight forward. Still she gives it her best effort and soon discovers this case is more than she bargained for.

Aidra is a likeable character, tough, but with a vulnerable side. She is resourceful and observant and knows when to handle things herself and when to ask for help.

The case she’s working on is interesting and had me invested from the start. The calines are intrigui
Ian Thomas
Apr 20, 2012 Ian Thomas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is another tale set in the same universe and featuring the same characters as Mead's previous work FATE'S MIRROR, which I've also read. In comparison to that work, THE CALINE CONSPIRACY is a much better book in my opinion. The character of Aidra, who is only a secondary character in Fate's Mirror, is a more appealing lead than Morris the hacker, and I found myself identifying with her right away. The story moves along at a brisk pace, peppered with cinematic action sequences. The book as a ...more
Jul 07, 2013 Angie rated it really liked it

Calines are genetically engineered to be the perfect pet---until Madeline, caline creator Dr. Ivan Frithke’s own perfect pet, apparently viciously attacks and murders him. To the police the case is an obvious one, but Frithke’s widow refuses to believe that the family’s beloved companion has committed the murder and hires single-mom PI Aidra Scott to find the real murderer and save Madeline from euthanasia.
The set-up is intriguing; the clues are fair; the suspense is well-done; and, VERY import
Aug 30, 2012 BellaReadz rated it it was amazing
Every once in a while I’ll read a book that’s outside my normal preferred genres and take a chance on an unknown author. Sometimes I regret it, other times I am pleasantly surprised, and every blue moon I am totally floored and feel excited to have discovered a talented author. Well, this was definitely one of those “blue moon” moments! From the very first page I was drawn into the world that M.H. Mead constructed, complete with the nifty gadgets and inventions of a futuristic society, and of ...more
Aug 24, 2012 Stacy rated it it was amazing
A beloved companion is accused of murder, but in this case it isn’t a person but a pet named Madeline. Madeline is special, she is created to be the perfect companion to her owner. Unfortunately one of her owners ends up dead, and his widow swears that Madeline is innocent. But who would want to frame a caline? Why? “The Caline Conspiracy” starts off strong and pulls you right into the thick of the action. The writing is great…one of the things that drives me nuts are when authors are all “tell” ...more
Apr 02, 2012 Gretchen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Emotionally captivating and with engaging characters (including the caline, which most resembles a dog), fast-paced and well written, this science fiction-cum-murder mystery works.

Behind the cutest, most coveted bio-engineered pet in the world lies a secret.

Is it the brutal murder that opens this story? Or is it something entirely different and equally distasteful. This novel is about a pet facing the death sentence after being suspected of killing her owner. Private investigator Aidra Scott is
Karen *ReaderGirl*
Aug 27, 2012 Karen *ReaderGirl* rated it it was amazing
Wow, what an awesome book! First off the writing is absolutely top-notch; some of the best I’ve come across in the Indie circuit, and I read A LOT. It was fast paced, had a great hook right from the get-go, and continually built the tension right up to the end. I admit I was bit wary about reading it at first as I am not a huge sci-fi reader, and only picked it up because the premise sounded interesting. But I’d say that although this book is set in the future and had some sci-fi elements, it ...more
Sep 05, 2012 Brenda rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star
In a way this book reminded me a bit of the movie “IRobot”, but with a pet instead of a robot. Very intriguing concept, and I especially enjoyed the premise because although it isn’t real (yet), it totally feels like one day it will be! With all the advances in genetic engineering that have taken place over the past few decades, it seems like it’s only a matter of time before scientists will create the perfect companion pet for people, like the calines. So I was definitely pulled into this ...more
Sep 01, 2012 Carla rated it really liked it
This is one of the most creative and original books I’ve read all year. Set in the future, “The Caline Conspiracy” by M.H. Mead is more complex than it appears at first glance. There were many layers to this story, such as the ethical implications of manipulating genes for benefits, and just how far science can (and should) go for the sake of helping humanity. I liked the different angles presented of people for and against the engineered pets, and liked that it caused me to think in a different ...more
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This was a great mystery story and raised some great ethical questions. It was a well paced story with plenty of twists and turns. In a world where genetic engineering is OK for dogs but not so OK for people it painted some interesting picture of what the future may look like, and how far people will go to get what they want. Some parts of the book I found myself asking 'would I do that', particularly the scenes regarding Quinn's baby. The ending
Terri Pray
Jun 08, 2012 Terri Pray rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
This was a goodreads giveaway. Thankyou.
Calines were created to be perfect pets so when one apparently kills its owner the questions begin.
An easy, light read with good world building that doesn't bury the story. Taking the genetic experiment line as the basis of the story the authors manage to avoid falling into too many worn out tropes.
It lost one star because the ending felt a little telegraphed. As if a good five thousand words were missing from the tale.
Would read more in this setting and
Laure Reminick
May 22, 2014 Laure Reminick rated it it was amazing
M.H. Mead does and excellent job in contemplating the possibilities of genetic engineering, from endearing to terrifying. I admit, as a dog lover, I may be more in favor of a tale that wags (he he), but I have to say that I found the heroine and her son very believable and the new member of their family worth saving.
Jun 01, 2013 Molly rated it it was amazing
Wonderful story! Had a VERY hard time putting this down. Looking forward to the next book by these wonderful authors:)
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