Book Review “The Hydra” by Graham Stull

Summary from Goodreads:

2020. The world watches as biogeneticist Brian Matterosi goes on trial for his life before the International Criminal Court. His crime? To engineer a virus which has swept the globe and sterilised entire populations. Is Matterosi a genius or a madman with a God complex? Only one thing is certain: he is a complicated man with a difficult past.

Nobody would acknowledge that more than Matterosi’s defence attorney, Art Blume, who is spearheading the campaign to save the scientist’s life.

Prosecutor Leeton Kgabu has no such difficulty: for him Matterosi is a vicious murderer who deserves death for his crimes against the human race. The world craves justice, and Leeton is determined to see it happen. At all costs.

To Art Blume’s dismay, Brian Matterosi appears intent on helping Kgabu achieve his goal. What dark secrets are driving the scientist to seek his own annihilation? Is he truly the worst mass murderer of mankind or is he its saviour? As the trial progresses, Art discovers he is running out of time to find the truth.


This was one hell of a political thriller. From beginning to end you are entrenched in this world. You are angry and contemplative. You are curious and shocked.  Its a hell of a ride.

Brian Matterosi is a complex man. He’s a kid who had nothing and no one. He was neglected and abused. He was starving and homeless. 

He’s also a genius.

As a reader I had so many emotions towards him. Anger, fear, sympathy….to name a few.

Here’s the kicker. As atrocious as his actions are…it’s something to really take your feelings out of and think about. Think real hard here.

Over population is a real issue with no real answer that is morally sound. Make a one child rule like China? Definitely not morally sound. Make people apply and qualify to have a child? Still not okay. Forced sterilization? Big moral issue!

So, what is the real answer here? Because we need one.

This book explores one of those options. It gives a haunting look into the repercussions of literally stealing someones reproductive rights. 

Art and Leeton are interesting characters. They are completely different people who get swept up into someone elses manipulation.  The whole plot line there is extremely clever and calculating. 

The disease is cleverly explained. The science terms used are technical but not overly so. It’s believability factor is high.

Each step of this book was carefully considered to get to the end result. I binge read the crap out of this book. I HAD to find out what happened.

You will never guess how it ends. I didn’t even come close to see it coming. I was totally blindsided. That’s a sure sign of a damn good writer.

I loved this book and would love to read more from this author.

I give this book the full 5 stars. It was sooo good.

5 stars

This book is available for purchase through Amazon. Click the title

“The Hydra”


The Technical Data:

Title: The Hydra | Author(s): Graham Stull |

Publisher: Ribbit Books / Publication Date: 4-15-2015 | Pages: 346 (Paperback) |ISBN: 9780993265006 | Genre(s): Political Thriller | Language:English |Rating: 5 out of 5 |  Date Read: 12-25-2015 | Source: Copy From Author

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