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Science gives us a real superhero,
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This review is from: Knockdown: A Thriller (Kindle Edition)
Spiderman was bitten by a radioactive spider. Bruce Banner was the result of an experiment. Green Lantern got a magic ring. The list goes on and we roll our eyes but suspend our disbelief to enjoy the story.
But Doering's "superhero" is born from real science.
In today's age -- where the human genome has been decoded and heritable traits can be manipulated -- Doering crafts a story from current medical technology. Our protagonist is a garage biotechnician, experimenting with genetic manipulation in an effort to save his brother from a debilitating disease. In the process, he experiments on himself and we see the results of unlocked potential and heightened senses -- the impact of super-sized olfactory senses and rapid reflexes. How an ordinary person can smell deception.
What's great about Knockdown is the insight into aspects of biotechnology. And not just how it works but its impact on society and culture, how advancements could very well come from garage geeks instead of corporations.
Knockdown is a fun thriller that offers a glimpse at today's medical world. And what the future may hold.