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Genesis Code: A Thriller of the Near Future Hardcover – November 4, 2014
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"Genesis Code is both a high-octane thriller exploring what could happen if international politics drive the human genetic revolution and a compelling love story touching the core of what it means to be a good old-fashioned human being. Read this book and let the conversation about the future of our species begin." Sanjay Gupta, CNN chief medical correspondent and New York Timesbestselling author
Genesis Code is a highly original and thoroughly gripping account of a nightmare that may yet prove all too real. I read it in one sittingI could not put it down. A thrilling tale written with heart-pounding authority.”
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"A spellbinding odyssey into our genetic future. Jamie Metzl is a supreme storyteller who entrances his readers with deep and surprising insights into science, politics, and the human condition."Eric Garcetti, mayor of Los Angeles
An old-fashioned hard-boiled thriller . . . Metzl knows his science, and the detail is elegantly done while the novel moves at a nonstop pace over 41 days. Metzl provides a believable look at a not-too-distant future where science, politics, religion, economics and the ability to report the "truth" are all inseparably bound together.”Kirkus Reviews
Metzl offers up a tense vision of the near future with this science fiction thriller.” Publishers Weekly
"Metzl... has a strong command of the financial, political and bioethical questions at the heart of his fast-paced dystopian novel."Washington Post
"The plot is stellar and well paced. . . . The science on the DNA enhancement research is fascinating. . . . Fans of sci-fi and mystery will definitely enjoy Genesis Code."Portland Book Review
About the Author
Jamie Metzl is a principal in a global investment company and a Senior Fellow of the Asia Society. He has served in the US National Security Council, State Department, and Senate Foreign Relations Committee, with the United Nations in Cambodia, and as Executive Vice President of the Asia Society. Jamie appears regularly on national and international media discussing Asian economic and political issues, and his syndicated columns and writing on Asian affairs, genetics, virtual reality, and other topics is featured in publications around the world. In addition to "Genesis Code," he has written a history of the Cambodian genocide and the novel "The Depths of the Sea." A graduate of Brown, Oxford, and Harvard universities and an avid ironman triathlete and ultramarathoner, he lives in New York City. Twitter: @jamiemetzl.
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I bought and read this book yesterday, Dec 2.
The story opens with the death of a young woman and unfolds as a death, then murder, mystery pursued by a journalist who also happens to be an underemployed science Ph.D.
As a murder mystery Dr. Metzl's book failed for me. Simply because he never provides me with any significant information which would lead to the murderer. Kinda like having 3 equations with 10 variables: unresolvable.
The setting of the book is the near future, 2023, with the USA rebounding from yet another economic downturn, heavily impacted by the growth of China. In the book Dr. Metzl explores the future impact of current trends. For me, his forecasting seems very viable. He's done his research on the science which he describes well.
For my computer background as a 3rd generation computer pro, now retired, his exposition of computer technology was minimally above educated layman: Technically weak. Through personal suspension of disbelief, I ignored this aspect while I focused on the murder mystery.
A murder mystery story typically follows the adventures of a de facto detective and suspects. Providing clues along the way which would lead the astute reader to the actual murderer among the dead end suspects. In the Genesis Code Dr. Metzl follows dead ends until the final revelation of the murderer where the murderer reveals his?/her? identity to three primary story characters he?/she? is about to kill. (I'm using "his?/her?" and "he?she?" above to protect mystery of the gender of the murderer.)
This book shows me unfulfilled promise of Dr. Metzl's venture as a writer of thrillers. I'm sure his future endeavors will improve. However, I cannot recommend this book to any of my friends.