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Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
begins with a dramatic climb to reveal the remains of a Neanderthal family, long preserved in an icy mountain cave. Paleontologist Mitch Rafelson barely survives the unorthodox expedition and its circumstances leave him with haunting dreams and a doubly damaged reputation.
round the same time while hiking in Georgia, genetic engineering researcher Kaye Lang is asked by the United Nations to consult on a recently discovered mass grave. It turns out to be full of pregnant women slaughtered in the last few years ... and these bodies have something in common with the ancient cave family. In Georgia, Kaye meets Christopher Dicken, a virus hunter with the Epidemic Intelligence Service. She, and the reader, wonder what he is doing there.
his fast moving story pulls together these threads into a thriller reminiscent of
in its societal impact. But is it really a new global epidemic or something equally frightening, an evolutionary jump engineered by our own cells?
has it all - a thrilling story full of action, interesting characters with real problems, a romantic triangle, power politics, plausible science and a realistic assessment of the panic and mob violence that might be outcomes if these events really happened.
ear even manages to provide us with a painless genetic education, well woven into the story as it unfolds.
is a fascinating near future science fiction tale with an imaginative and well developed premise. The only disappointment was in the ending which seemed inconclusive. Don't miss this one, it's a worthy read.
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