Feedback Review

by D.L. Richardson

Ethan James, Florida Bowman, and Jake Inala are three teenagers who receive much-needed organ transplants. Two weeks later they are inadvertently recruited by the CIA when a spy dies halfway through his mission. Three bacteria bombs are set to detonate, spreading illness and death across the planet, and it’s up to Ethan, Florida, and Jake to deactivate them.

Except that they have no idea where the bombs are located.

Kidnapped for information they can’t possibly know, and fuelled by the spirit of a dead CIA agent, Ethan, Florida, and Jake must look deep inside themselves if they are to finish the mission and save millions of lives. But they’re being held captive in a strange place by a man who believes in Feedback, the theory that information is retained in the memory of organs–in this case those of a certain dead CIA agent donor. And their captor will stop at nothing to get the information retained in their newly transplanted organs.

Author Bio: D.L. Richardson 

D L Richardson was born in Ireland and came to Australia with her parents as a baby. She went to a public school in Sydney’s western suburbs and the books she read were given to her or borrowed from the library. However it was music that first captured her creative interest.
​She joined the school choir at age eight and got her first acoustic guitar at age ten, although she really wanted a piano. In high school she took up lead vocals after the girl she was to sing a duet with failed to show up. After that she told her stage fright to get lost and took up singing with the school band where she performed in many concerts. When she left school she helped form her own rock band where she sang lead vocals, played bass guitar, and wrote all the lyrics. At age 26 she realized she wanted to write novels for the rest of her life or die trying so she sold her equipment, quit pursuing a music career and began writing instead.
​She has two young adult novels published, “The Bird With The Broken Wing” and “Feedback” and is currently writing a third.

​She lives in Australia on the NSW South Coast with her husband and dog. When she’s not writing or reading she can be found playing her piano or guitars, renovating the house, or walking the dog.


Feedback, an interesting concept. Basically, the theory that an organ can possess characteristics or memories of the individual it came from even after transferred to an organ donor’s recipient on steroids. In Feedback, a full person—memories, personality, and all—is kept alive within the bodies of those who received his organ’s after his death. I definitely thought the concept was new, and the story was compelling. The characters were well developed, but developing character background made for a slow start to the story. Though I enjoyed the read, it lacked an X-factor quality to make it a really great read.

3 out of 5 stars

The story starts out by giving the background of three teens that have a sick organ of some kind that needs replacing. The first half of the book focuses on their stories and is written from the perspective of each teen. I just read another book that used a switching 1st-person style and I have mixed feelings about it. Here I didn’t think it added enough insight into each character to make it worth the confusion it can cause. I understand that she wanted to give a view of how it was inside each of their heads once they could hear the dead CIA agent in their heads, but I felt a third person would have done just as good without the risk of confusion. I did, however love the diversity of the characters. I thought the way they all handled their debilitating diseases was interesting to see and I also loved that they were all ver different types of people in interest as well as personality. The problem is, knowing those things did not really move the story along. 

Once we got past the background and the story started to move, I got hooked. I was jumping back and forth from one person’s thoughts to another’s, and I wanted to know what had happened, but I had to hear it from another person’s perspective. The climax of the story was great. It really got you guessing and was fast-paced and had several unexpected surprises. In fact, from the climax all the way to the resolve was action. I was excited and having a blast. Once the conflict was resolved, I felt good and thought the story was going to end. Unfortunately, it did not. I know the author was trying to make a good lead-in for a sequel, but I thought the lead-in was too long and too complex. I was already in the middle of a second book by the time it finished. I thought the book should have ended **SPOILER ALERT** when the main character arrived home and met the CIA at his house. It would have been  enough to see that there was more going on without ruining the resolve the reader felt at the recently resolved conflict. 

All in all, it was a good book. Though I didn’t like some of the little details, the author entertained me. Isn’t that the point of a fiction book?

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