- Paperback: 672 pages
- Publisher: Connection Books (CA) (June 1, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0967571294
- ISBN-13: 978-0967571294
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,240,150 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ninth Day of Creation Paperback – June 1, 2000
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In Crane's first novel, a biochemist must decode hexadecimal e-mail fragments, chase assassins and confront the president of the U. S. about his secret biological warfare program. Credulity issues aside, scientist-turned-author Crane spins a gripping tale with all the complexity of a Tom Clancy novel, but without the gift of smoothly weaving together the story's loose threads. Richard Kirby has just announced a dramatic breakthrough in the treatment of AIDS at the WHO conference in Geneva. The White House, eager to defuse a tense political situation, has taken credit for the anonymous funding of this research. Back in his San Diego office, Kirby begins to probe into the apparent suicide of a colleague, as well as clandestine activities in his own company. Enlisting the help of a local newspaper reporter and a CIA agent, Kirby finds himself tracking terrorists who have kidnapped both the president of Mexico and his own wife. Crane provides highly detailed descriptions of advances in biotechnology, clearly the subject he knows best. Yet the details of the larger story, involving military conflicts among multiple nations, are sometimes muddled, further hampered by poor editing. Despite these shortcomings, Crane presents an intriguing scenario of how today's biotechnology could be utilized as an agent of genocide. (June)
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Crane spins a gripping tale with all the complexity of a Tom Clancy novel. -- Publishers Weekly, May 29, 2000
Leonard Crane's Ninth Day of Creation successfully weaves cutting-edge scientific speculation into a political thriller with a propulsive, Byzantine plot. -- SFSite.com, April 01, 2001
[It's] an ambitious work, it's very well thought out, and it has something for most everyone to like about it. -- Chemical & Engineering News, April 02, 2001
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A brilliant, young, unassuming scientist has developed a potential cure for AIDS. Mexico's feisty female president is causing major headaches for the US presidency. The Chinese government is attempting to cover up the drastic measures that it has undertaken to prevent the country's collapse. These three seemingly unrelated plots turn out to be intertwined so fully that the events that unfold have shattering implications for everyone concerned. Leonard Crane weaves his plot so well that it's difficult to believe that this is his first novel.
For me, the most important aspect that determines whether or not I like a book is if I care about the characters. All of the main players in this book (and most of the minor characters as well) are very real and mostly likeable, despite their very human flaws. Even the villains are portrayed as real people with real reasons behind their despicable actions, twisted as those reasons may be.
I normally do not particularly enjoy this type of political thriller. It says something for Crane's ability to write a story that I picked up his book and didn't put it down until I had finished it three days later. The action never stops, the science is fascinating and well-researched, the characters are delightful, and the ending is satisfying. Who could ask for more?
Leonard Crane gets bonus points for featuring some really smart, strong female characters, and also for not resorting to one of the most common mistakes of science fiction novels, which is having all of the characters jumping into bed with each other. (You could read this book to your grandmother and not be embarrassed.)
I won't rehash the plot. I'll just tell you that this book ranks right up there with Jurassic Park and Andromeda Strain.
If you'd like to know more about it, come on over to Amazon's Science Fiction and Fantasy Discussion Board for a visit. There are plenty of friendly folks there who will be more than happy to discuss books with you, including this one!
"The Ninth Day of Creation" centers on Richard Kirby, one of many brilliant scientists working at a little known, yet highly secured laboratory called Imtech. Richard and his team, through the magic of genetic science, have found the cure for AIDS and the world may never be the same. But all is not as it seems at Imtech, and the reader is sent on journey of power, greed, corruption, political intrigue and world mayhem. Set in the very near future (sometime after the Clinton administration), we are shown a world where tensions between the United States and Mexico are coming to a head. President Coleman has hit a wall in his relationship with the fiery leader of Mexico, Camilla Montoya. Add to that, a missing ship in the China Sea, the ongoing antagonism between China and Taiwan, and America's shrinking military might due to budget cuts of key elements in the Air Force and Navy, and we find Kirby's miraculous cure quickly takes a backseat.
This is an extremely ambitious novel, and it works on many levels and is interlaced with many subplots (maybe too many), and because it is so ambitious, not everything jells. The reader will find himself/herself reading in spurts. There are times "Ninth Day" is impossible to put down, while at other times....
Crane succeeds best when he focuses on world tensions, and indeed, the sub hunts and sea skirmishes are some of the best writing I've seen in many years. I was absolutely glued to those pages! Also, the intrigue centering around Imtech is handled masterfully and keeps the reader on edge and guessing. Crane has a great knack for grabbing the reader's interest and building tension. What's also interesting is that the novel is not setup conventionally with chapters, but is sprinkled throughout with headings, and this works surprisingly well.
Crane's knowledge and research of his subject matter, including military tactics and armament, are first-rate, however, much of the science of genetics, biochemistry and vaccinations won't be particularly exciting for the average reader to wade through (scientists will love it, though). Crane's eye for detail and scientific explanation slowed the pace of the novel at key moments. This can frustrate a reader who is totally caught up in events, then is made to wait too long for the payoff. I also have some minor quibbles concerning the handling of some the subplots and the validity of some of the characters (although most are handled deftly). Indeed, after finishing the novel, I'm not sure I know who Richard Kirby is...and damn it, I SHOULD know.
These minor criticisms aside, "Ninth Day of Creation" turned out to be a very enjoyable read, and at times, absolutely riveting! If Crane would have trimmed his work by 100 or so pages by deleted unnecessary detail, and drawn a few of his main characters just a tad deeper, I'd rank this novel a must buy. As it stands, "Ninth Day" gets a marginal 7 out of 10. Make no mistake, this is a fine piece of work, and one I'm sure most will thoroughly enjoy.
Leonard Crane. Remember the name. I think we will be hearing much more from this talented writer.