Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
The Genius Plague Paperback – October 3, 2017
|New from||Used from|
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
“Paired with relentless pacing, an action-packed narrative, and a cast of interesting characters, Walton's fluid writing style and tightly constructed plot produce a virtually un-put-down-able read. Tonally the love child of Crichton's The Andromeda Strain and Aldiss' SF classic Hothouse, this is a page-turner of the highest order.”
“Fast-paced and engaging, this had me rapt from beginning to end. A surprisingly vicious, timely look at the line between humanity and its environment. Beautifully done. I am eating a mushroom omelet as revenge.”
—Mira Grant, New York Times–bestselling author of Feed
“David Walton is one of our very best writers of science-fiction thrillers, and The Genius Plague is a triumph from first page to last. This one will stick with you.”
—Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo Award-winning author of Quantum Night
“Riveting. David Walton gives us a wild ride through new territory.”
—Jack McDevitt, Nebula Award–winning author of the Alex Benedict and Priscilla Hutchins novels
"Once areader picks up Walton’s latest whirlwind sf thriller, she will not be able to put it down."
Walton infuses his latest novel with adventure, spycraft, humor, and shudders…. The Genius Plague freshens up the nature-versus-man archetype with an unusual “critter” and contemporary global politics, resulting in a page-turning read that is also thought-provoking. We may never look at mushrooms the same way again.”
“This original and frightening ecological response to human activity dances tantalizingly on the edge of believability. Adding to questions of species survival are chewy concepts that touch on individual choice and free will.”
PRAISE FOR SUPERPOSITION:
"This is the way sci-fi ought to be."
--WALL STREET JOURNAL
"An expanding universe of delight."
"Gripping, suspenseful and original, this is a page-turning novel that readers are sure to devour. ”
--RT BOOK REVIEWS
"Walton delivers fast-paced action, suspense and riveting mystery--all of it spinning about a core of vivid, speculative science. Enjoy some tense, imaginative fun."
--David Brin, Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author of Existence
PRAISE FOR SUPERSYMMETRY:
“Thrills and spills and sheer excitement on full-throttle overdrive.”
“This sequel to Superposition is just as excellent as the first. Fast-paced, mind-bending, super-scientific yet fully accessible. . . . Full of new possibilities and probabilities, Supersymmetry gives readers a peek into what the future may hold and the cost that comes with it. This is a science fiction novel full of humanity and all its inherent beauty and ugliness.
--RT BOOK REVIEWS
About the Author
David Walton is the author of six novels and recipient of the Philip K. Dick Award for his first novel, Terminal Mind. Superposition and Supersymmetry are quantum physics murder mysteries. He is also the author of Quintessence, a science fantasy in which the Earth is really flat, and its sequel, Quintessence Sky. David lives a double life as a top secret engineer working with the US intelligence community by day, and the mild-mannered father of seven children at night.
Browse award-winning titles. See more
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
The characters here feel real for the most part, though I would have liked to see Neil have more maturity rather than repeatedly behaving like a scatterbrained teenager. I just had a hard time believing he was in any way a suitable candidate for a high level security clearance. The dialogue throughout this book is snappy - the conversations sound like ordinary people and that's hard to do for many authors. The action and pacing is spot on as well. There are a number of developments that seem outlandish, yet that's the appeal of sci-fi - a dose of reality mixed with the fantastic and drizzled with fantasy. I really enjoyed this book. It's creepy, scary, too close to home (for me) and fun at the same time.
The storyline starts in the deep jungles of the Amazon with Paul Johns, a mycologist (he studies fungi for a living), travels all the way to NSA Headquarters at Fort Meade, Maryland, and wanders back to Brazil and even to New Mexico.
Neil Johns is Paul Johns' brother. His dream has always been to work for the NSA, like their father did until struck by Alzheimer's disease. He's quirky and smart and a great character in this story. The info about the NSA and their facility was mind boggling.
What do you do when you're infected with spores that make you very much smarter - but also guide your actions and reactions? Not everyone thinks this is a bad thing.
I enjoyed this book. Some parts were a bit too scientific for me but I liked the overall story nonetheless.
I received this book from Pyr Books through Edelweiss in exchange for my unbiased review.
At the same time Paul is recovering from his almost fatal illness, events are taking a turn for the worse in South America. Coups are violently accomplished but unlike other changes in that part of the world, brutal dictators are uniting in purpose.
At first Paul sees the brilliance of fungus which even duplicates in the body and changes the mind, including the mind of his aged father who had been on the cusp of despair with Alzheimer’s disease but is now transformed and refreshed as an elderly man with purpose!
It sounds dangerous and frightening and so it is! But the danger lies beyond what can be seen for what will happen when even humans cannot control the power of the transformative fungus that seems out to change and control the world? The plot is simple but events move faster than the reader can imagine! This is a science fiction novel that could become reality as microbial elements in the world are becoming stronger and resistant to all drugs and experiments. Interesting read that this reviewer recommends as not only sci fi but also a great novel of international intrigue and mystery!
The story stars with Paul, a mycologist (fungus study) who was collecting samples in the Amazon. He is on his way back home after a highly successful trip. Unfortunately his trip is not as uneventful as he was planning. Now we jump to his brother Neil who has a natural ability to crack codes and decipher patterns in messages. He aspires to join the NSA like his dad did. After several pitfalls he does start his new job only to realize the glitz and glamor of his dream are nothing like the somewhat average reality. He starts working on messages that everybody has given up on. It is assumed those messages are not that vital and can't be read. That is, until Neil cracks them. He is in for a wild ride trying to figure out what is going on and how a fungus, yes a fungus, is wreaking so much havoc on the world that the survival of the human race as we know it becomes questionable.
The back and forth between the biological science and the intelligence gathering is very refreshing. I have never been so pleased and satisfied by a book in at least a decade. There are so many twists and turns that you simply can not predict the ending but will thoroughly enjoy it. The characters have a real feeling to them, you find yourself sympathizing with them easily. I highly recommend this book to anybody who enjoys a trilling story with either biology or intelligence features. This is one you are going to remember for a long time!