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In Sigler's timely tale of science run amok, Genada, a renegade biotech firm, is striving to synthesize a proto-mammal similar to the prehistoric entity that all mammalian life sprang from as a source of transplantable organs that the human body won't reject. Pressured for results before the government shuts down her lab, the firm's lead medico, Liu Jian Den, introduces something unorthodox into the creature's genome. The result: oversized and ravenously hungry embryos that eat their way out of the bovine wombs incubating them. A small band of scientists wind up trapped with the creatures on a Lake Superior island, where they become the prey of predators that pose a threat to life as we know it. Sigler (Contagious) stuffs his story with an overabundance of speculative science, but the cinematic pacing keeps the action relentless and suspenseful. Its many pulpy flourishes notwithstanding, this is that rare horror B-movie of a thriller that compels reading until the final page. 10–15-city author tour. (May)
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Sigler, the author of the splendid alien-invasion thrillers Infected (2008) and Contagious (2009), veers off into new territory, with a tremendously entertaining horror novel about a motley group of genetic researchers, their maniacal sponsor, and the stalwart government agent who’s determined to shut them down. The premise is thought-provoking: the researchers are trying to engineer an ancient human ancestor so it can be bred and its organs harvested for transplantation. The researchers get their ancestor, but let’s just say they get a bit more than they bargained for. Soon blood and bedlam are everywhere on a small island in Lake Superior. Sigler populates the novel with a lively cast of characters (unlike many thrillers, the heroes are as interesting as the villains), and the action is virtually nonstop—and, at times, quite graphic. If you combined Michael Crichton’s scientific exploration with Matthew Reilly’s lightning-fast pace and colorful characters, you might get something that feels like this book, which, incidentally, would make a great movie. --David Pitt --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
I expected a good story and Sigler did not disappoint. Just enough technical details to lend some weight to the story. Not so many that it distracted from the characters. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Shannon F.
Compelling storytelling. There are enough clues in the book to see the inevitable ending, long before the narrative arrives. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Desert_Dad
I almost put this book down and did not finish it. I was bored for about the first half and then it got more interesting.Published 6 months ago by Justuspups
If you want all the info on the latest military toys and maybe even weapons that do not exist yet here is the book for you! Read morePublished 7 months ago by katdu
OUTSTANDING!! Sigler does it again! Scott Sigler once again demonstrates what great fiction is all about ... original ideas and their execution!Published 7 months ago by jed dronet
Have you ever read a novelization? I've read a few (the Alien trilogy being quite good) but two in mind felt quite wooden, awkward on the page: Gipe's mildly interesting Back To... Read morePublished 7 months ago by 2theD
This book was great. The story was strong throughout with great character development. Sigler weaved a great story with gruesome vivid depictions of his scenes. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Busy Mom