Darren G. Burton
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Minotaur is the story of private investigator, Jerry King, thrust into a world of horror he never dreamed could really exist.
The Minotaur - half man, half bull - is a beast of the creation of ex-medical scientist and biochemist, Edgar Wallace. Banned from the profession when his inhumane experiments were discovered, Wallace retreats to a secluded farm in south-east Queensland. There he continues his experiments until he's successful in creating the Minotaur; a product of genetic mutation. Using a human female egg and the sperm from a bull, Wallace forms a test-tube embryo which he implants into a cow. The Minotaur is born, and grows rapidly with the introduction of high doses of steroids.
Wallace's intention was never to set it loose on mankind, but merely to show it off as an example of what he was capable of. But the Minotaur, with the intelligence of a man, the cunning of a beast, and the insatiable appetite of an animal, escapes in search of prey.
Edgar Wallace, having lost his specimen, produces another, more advanced beast. He trains this one to speak and reason, teaches it all that he knows. This beast, with a taste for what power over life can be like, wants to reproduce itself and take control of mankind.
Jerry King, teamed up with reporter and lover, Charmaine Brooks, investigates a series of deaths just west of the Gold Coast region. What they uncover is far more sinister, far more terrifying than anyone could ever have imagined.
After the first beast is killed they have more of an idea of what they are up against: A mythical beast that is no longer a myth, but a reality. Investigations lead them into the world of medical science, where they learn of the unorthodox practices of Edgar Wallace and the conspiracy that surrounds him. They must uncover his secrets and discover the location of his latest experiments in order to put a stop to the carnage which is fast getting out of hand as more and more of the beasts emerge.
In the end they must confront Taurus, leader of the Minotaurs. Only then can they put an end to the nightmare.