For 155 days, Will Foster has been locked in medical quarantine without his consent. The doctors claim he is infected with a deadly virus, but this is a lie. Encoded in his DNA is a mutation that provides immunity from disease for all who possess it, source code that Vyrogen Pharmaceuticals aims to commercialize as a multi-billion dollar gene therapy.
Against all odds, Foster escapes his laboratory prison and steals a virulent strain of bubonic plague as insurance. To help him unravel the mystery inside him, Foster contacts the only person he can trust - a former lover and microbiologist living Vienna - and the two become fugitives, hunted across the heart of Europe.
Under the guise of averting a plague pandemic, Vryogen hires an elite, underground Think Tank to track down Foster. But when the team sets a trap for Foster, they discover they're not the only ones in the hunt. In a race against two deadly assassins, can the brilliant minds of the Think Tank unravel the truth before time runs out for their quarry?
In a novel where conscience clashes with greed, loyalty with suspicion, and paranoia with reality, The Calypso Directive deftly explores the issues of genetic exploitation and piracy. Captivating, controversial, and courageous, Andrews debut is sure to thrill and leave you wondering what secrets are locked in your DNA.
Brian Andrews' gripping thriller takes place in the fascinating and terrifying world where pharmaceutical research and biological warfare intersect. Will Foster, known as "patient 65" is immune to any and all disease has been held and studied like a lab rat by Vyrogen Pharmaceuticals. When he escapes, Vyrogen will go to any length to retrieve him and his precious DNA.
Ray Childs’ distinctive, raspy voice and dramatic delivery will pull you into this story that hooks you and never lets go. The medical jargon and contagion response feel eerily plausible while the action is satisfyingly intense.
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This book could never be a 4- or 5-star listening experience. None of the characters are believable, all of the characters are stilted and hackneyed, and the listener has no reason to like anyone in the book. The writing is horrid; for example, during a semi-romantic moment in the book, the author writes, "He ran his fingertips along her trapezius muscle . . . and they danced along her latissimus dorsi." Honestly; who writes like that?
His writing style. Mr. Andrews would do well to attend several creative writing programs before subjecting any reader to another novel.
Oh, dear, no! Mr. Childs has a fairly decent voice, but he has no talent as an audiobook reader. His vocal range is extremely limited so that all of the characters sound exactly the same and sometimes not even like normal people. He reads with a slow cadence whether the scene is supposed to portray scariness, sadness, or excitement.
The two brothers who are supposedly highly talented killers.
A topical modern thriller
I've listened to many audio books and this is one of my favorites, my only quibble is how the performer handled dialog in certain portions of the book.
Meredith Morley how can you like such a controlling manipulative bad gal?
Scene at the cafe and subsequent motorcycle chase.
Seems like a solid effort from a new writer, looking forward to his new stuff.