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- File Size : 518 KB
- Print Length : 298 pages
- Publisher : Fireship Press (January 26, 2011)
- Publication Date : January 26, 2011
- ASIN : B004L2LJ80
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #47,007 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Gene-Tech, a team of young genetic researchers have been given a directive: find a way to enhance athletic performance that will not set off any blood test alarms. Oh, and never mind preliminary studies - here's a football team to use as your test subjects, and we want results fast!!! The team hasn't had a winning season in years, so they're desperate enough to sign waivers, try anything, and ask no questions. The sponsoring drug company, Nolan Pharmaceuticals, needs a quick success to offset some annoying lawsuits and patents on the verge of expiration. Now the team leader, Harley Ryan, has delivered the goods. All it took was to interpolate some extra-species DNA. Now the team members REALLY play like animals! But side effects are beginning to manifest that could ruin everybody's game.
Charlize Russell is doing genetic research of her own to find a cure for muscular dystrophy. Nolan Pharma funds her research, so when she's told to fix a problem, she hasn't much choice in the matter. She finds herself sent to a tropical island, surrounded by football players who are turning feral, with a hostile ex-lover stonewalling her efforts to identify the origin of those pesky side-effects.
Fortunately, someone with relevant experience shows up on the island, summoned by an increasingly worried chief of police.
There are chase scenes, confrontations, romantic interludes and an absolutely wild pre-season game. Hoover gives the reader plenty to think about, while telling an exciting story.
I was a big fan of Thomas Hoover books back in the 80's and 90's; then he kind'a dropped off the map. That's why I was so surprised to see him publish a new book in 2011, and even more surprised to see he hadn't lost his touch.
The Touchdown Gene will grab you from the opening chapter and simply not let you go. A down on their luck pharmaceutical company combines with an even more down on their luck NFL football team, to enhance player performance through genetic manipulation. They will play like animals, it is said, and no NFL drug test will ever discover the reason why. The problem is that the scientist in charge really does splice in animal genes--predatory animals--which spirals the whole project more than a bit out of control.
The football scenes are accurate, believable, and very well done. It has action, adventure, romance, and a preseason football game that is for the ages.
Well done, Mr. Hoover, and welcome back! We missed you!