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One of the least successful films from Bruce Willis is Hudson Hawk. People expected a story in the vein of Die Hard. Instead, they got a black comedy, heavy on cynicism and even self-deprecation. It didn’t help that the Studio had marketed it as an action film when they should have appealed to the fans of The Naked Gun franchise instead.

While not the same case, Jim Morris’ novel from 1988 titled Breeder released by Tor, judged by the cover, people might think the tale would mix action, a bit of sci-fi and, why not, some sex. It would not be a lie, because the plot does deliver on those points, with spades. However, the unknown element not considered by the publisher was that readers found the story hilarious.

A group of men and women are genetically enhanced to be stronger, faster and with quicker reflexes. Although brought up in the Soviet Union, they were conditioned to think they were indeed American. They were also sterile. The evil plans involved deploying them to the US and affect the next generations of Americans, substantially reducing their number due to sterility.

Jeff Clendenning is the quintessential man, broad-shouldered, a 28-inch waist and the washboard abs that belong in a gym commercial. Jeff is one of those men who can have any woman he desires by just snapping his fingers. Unlike James Bond, Jeff gets women pregnant, all of them, with only one encounter. He’s also the accident part of the experiment as he’s able to reproduce.

Please read the following excerpt from the opening chapter:

"So that was it,” I thought. More humiliation. Even as I was thinking this, he got me in a headlock, threw me to the floor, squooshing all the air out of my chest, and twisted my arm up behind my back so that I was in extreme pain. 

“You gonna make my bed or not?”

“F**k you, asshole! Make your own goddam—aw-ow-ow! All right, all right, I’ll make your f***ing bed.” 

So I made it. But the next day it was the same thing. Some smidgen of remaining pride made me fight him every day. I couldn’t just give in. And every day the fight took a little longer. 

Finally one day I got him trapped under the bed where he couldn’t get on top of me. We had wrestled around for over twenty minutes, but now I had him. He was trapped under there, and this time I had him in a chokehold. I laughed. “Say, uncle!” I demanded.

 F**k you!” he squealed. 

Say uncle, and say you’ll never make me make the bed again, or I’ll pop your eyes out, just like shelling a pea. 

Awright, awright! I’ll say uncle, and I’ll make my own bed. 

I let him up, and he made his own bed for the first time in two weeks. 

You got a wrinkle down towards the foot,” I pointed out. “That’ll pass today’s inspection, but it would never pass a Saturday room inspection. 

It ain’t Saturday,” he said. “Feels good, doesn’t it?

What does?” I asked. “To fight and win. You been kickin’ yourself all around the block over that bullshit with Hardwick. Forget it. You just beat me fair and square, and I can whip Hardwick any time I want to. 

I knew then what he’d done, and felt thrilled that I had such a friend, and proud that I had beaten the toughest kid in school fair and square. Once in fifteen tries.

The excerpt above describes the beginning of a beautiful friendship that spanned years. There’s nothing sadder when a friend becomes the enemy, and that’s precisely the story Jim Morris presented us within Breeder. The novel was re-released recently, and the change in an advertisement is evident with the style of the new cover. 

The author knows his weapons and tactics as he served with The Green Berets in Vietnam for three tours. Upon retiring with the rank of major, he took to writing. The film Operation Dumbo Drop was based on one of his novels. He’s also produced documentaries about Vietnam. Breeder was one of his first novels, and as one review from Goodreads on 2014 summed it like this: Very funny and enjoyable action novel spoof. The publisher didn't seem to be in on the joke. Worth seeking out.  

Visit the author’s website at http://jimmorriswarstory.com/

J. H. Bográn, born and raised in Honduras, is the son of a journalist; however, he ironically prefers to write fiction. José’s genre of choice is thrillers, but he enjoys to throw in a twist of romance on occasion. He has published three acclaimed novels and is a member of The Crime Writers Association, the Short Fiction Writers Guild, and the International Thriller Writers where he also serves as the Thriller Roundtable Coordinator and contributor editor for their official e-zine The Big Thrill.