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Publisher's Summary

George Galen is a brilliant scientist, a pioneer in gene therapy. But Galen is dangerously insane. He has created a method to alter human DNA, not just to heal diseases, but also to "improve" people - make them stronger, make them able to heal more quickly...and make them compliant to his will. Frank Hartman is also a brilliant virologist, working for the government's ultra-secret biohazard agency. He has discovered how to neutralize Galen's DNA-changing virus. Now he is the one man who stands in the way of Galen's plan to "improve" the entire human race.
This taut thriller takes the listener a few years into the future and shows the promise and danger of new genetic medicine techniques.
©2007 Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston (P)2007 Blackstone Audio Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"[An] intriguing medical thriller...raises pertinent regulatory questions." ( Publishers Weekly)
"Pace, characterization, and chilling suspense all polished to a high gloss." ( Booklist)
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2 out of 5 stars
By Carl on 06-17-08

I should have read the reviews

Orson, Orson, what happened here? On your worst days you are better than this. Tedious, uninspired, boring, predictable, juvenile and, let's not mince words, just plain awful. Please don't ever do this again.

I couldn't bear to hear the last two hours of the book. Listen carefully, that sound you hear is me flinging this virtual book out my virtual window.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Jim "The Impatient" on 10-01-12

It pains me.

It pains me to write bad things about Card as he is my favorite author, but sometimes you have to call a dud a dud. Don't get me wrong for some authors this would be a masterpiece, but out of Card we expect better.

This starts out as a poor imitation of Michael Crichton, then moves into an ok imitation of Dean Koontz and finishes as Stephanie Myers. Sprinkled through are touches of Card, such as characters questioning themselves and there inner strife.

At one point a 40 year old in the future references the Marx Brothers. I am 54 and living now and I would never reference the Marx Brothers. The amount of endless debate in action situations is unbelievable. These people are trying to escape a building, time is an issue and they are debating the most minute details. In one part Card gives a boy lessons on how to be a coward.

There is a lot here on genetics. I really liked the part where a megalomaniac makes four copies of himself in order to better rule the world, yet he is too stupid to figure out that four copies of himself would try to kill each other.

Before there was Scalzi and Wheaton, there was Card and Rudnicki. Rudnicki does an excellent job.

If you have never read Card, please don't start here. Card has written the best sci-fi book ever in "Enders Game". You must read that. Then if you want great fantasy read Seventh Son and the two books that follow, skip the rest in that series. For scary read Treasure Box. Hart's Hope is real good and Songmaster is Card in a nutshell.

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