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- Print Length: 236 pages
- Publication Date: August 6, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01JWEQNIM
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The Ego Cluster: They discovered the genes that define us all... Kindle Edition
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This book could also be titled "Genetically engineered socialism for underachievers".
Dr. Ethan Hendersen, a scientist with a major company, has worked for years on a way to eliminate the genes that contribute to the human ego. No one wants to listen to any ideas other than their own, there are people with "too much money" (oh here we go whining on this issue), and the woman who heads his department is too fixated on the bottom line than the right thing. Oh, you mean she's DOING HER JOB? Oh no not that. Not to mention that Ethan hates how she's always with her boss on an issue and even thinks that she may be "kissing up" to him. So an ambitious person is evil and a successful woman is a whore? Talk about ego! Ethan even hates his ex for leaving him for not getting himself together. Once again the strong women are vilified. He and colleague, Amelia try the cocktail on themselves, and evaluate their findings before, during, and after the effects. What they want is to administer this drug world wide, so everyone supposedly works together, listens to ideas, doesn't let their own ego get in the way, no one is 'mean' to someone else in order to get ahead, and there is no arguing. Complacency. So basically, a date rape drug for the masses.
The story and premise are good. I get that there is unfairness and very, very many egos need to be curbed. However the major problem with this book is that ego is normal; it's what accounts for progress in society and how some people get ahead and others don't. Some people have more ego: it's called AMBITION. And it's natural. The problem, however, is that some people are taught to curb their ego (women for example) and others are taught to cultivate it.
Ego is biological; the superego (which is really what the characters should have been focusing on) is sociological, and that's really where this book went wrong. Ego tells us who we are - society tells us who to be, and who gets privilege according to gender, race, etc.
Honestly, while it is a good story and it's told well, the idea is for people who want socialism merely out of being jealous underachievers.
So after all this time and work, of course, it's always sold out to the highest bidder. That is the way of the world. Ethan really isn't happy about this, no one wants to be pulled of their main project and shoved onto another one. In a classic "mad scientist" move, Ethan tests his work on himself. He has a huge ego, so this should be very, very interesting. What about Amelia? How is this going to effect her? She is Ethan's research partner.
And you really think the powers that be will let this slide by without punishment or greed coming into play. Nope, no way! Now things are really fast paced, plausible, and disturbing.
The settings were nice, but I think the terms can be confusing. Lines that are ego get all blurred with things that are actually narcissus and other major issues. Over all it was an interesting read. The first, oh, about 1/4 was all the medical and science background setup which can move very slowly if your not into that sort of thing. I tend to be interested, so it wasn't too bad for me.
I received this book for free. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.
Robert Cole has developed likeable main characters who fight hard for their cause, and equally bad guys who stop at nothing to prevent it. If you liked The Firm you’ll love The Ego Cluster.
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First let me say that I do recommend this book. Now let me say that the first 25% or so is very technical with a lot of medical jargon that...Read more