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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2008

    Amazing!

    Wow. Quite simply put, wow. This is one of those rare novels where, upon finishing it, the reader is forced to sit and collect their breath, and eagerly devours the last paragraph over and over, willing the book never to end. George Galen is a brilliant genetic engineer who has fallen from the grace of his comrades, do to his radical, and somewhat unstable, viewpoints. Deranged, Galen forms a cult of 'Healers' who wander the streets, collecting transients and the infirm, assisting and treating them when possible. (In fact, I envisioned the Healers as a sort of twisted version of Jedi Knights.) While seemingly harmless and kind, these Healers are simply a portion of a grand design, conceived by Galen, to achieve immortality, and structure the world to his desires. The writing is superb, and the suspense is astounding. Galen, himself, is an extraordinarily complex character, outwardly calm, with a cheerful, almost happy-go-lucky, old-fashioned good nature about him, which masks the seering contempt within him. Orson Scott Card has once again proven himself worthy the genre of science-fiction, a true successor to such greats as Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke. Now, my only question is, when is he going to be named a Grand Master of Science Fiction??? May the Force be with you all!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2009

    A Truly Amazing Book!

    This book is amazing. Once you start reading you will not be able to put it down until you are done. This story is about the crazy and scary antics of George Galen, a famous geneticist. In the past he was shunned by the medical community for his radical views. Now Galen has his own followers called the Healers. Galen has genetically modified them and himself to be bigger, faster, and stronger, and heal faster. Also, the Healers submit completely to Galen's will. Galen has found a way to cure many gene related diseases using his new virus called V16. However it is only a cure for the person for whom it is created for. If anyone else comes into contact with this virus they will die a horrible death. This is the reason why the BHA or the BioHazard Agency of the United States government recruits a man called Frank Hartman. Hartman has just completed a counter virus for V16. This makes him the number one enemy against Galen and his cult of Healers. Another pawn in George Galen's master plan is Monica Owens, a heart surgeon. She and her son are kidnapped by Galen. Why does he want with her? And what is his master plan? Well you have to read to find out. INVASIVE PROCEDURES will add another amazing page turner to Card's long list of books. INVASIVE PROCEDURES has many more things then what I have written above, but I don¿t want to ruin the book for anyone. Once again this book is amazing and once you start you can not stop.-MW

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2013

    Meh.

    It was ok. Wouldn't recommend it though.

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  • Posted April 8, 2010

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    Enjoyable early story revived in a book

    You can't beat Card for engaging writing and this book based on an earlier story he wrote and reciently made into a book is no different. I don't usually like smaller books but this one still worked for me.

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  • Posted September 5, 2009

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    gift

    I bought this as a gift for someone who reads this author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2008

    great book

    as i want to become a geneticist, this book was right up my alley. it was very good and interesting. the only problem i had with it was wyatt does not talk like a 6 year old. he seems older so its disconcerting to read what he has to say.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2008

    Disappointing!

    Being that Orson Scott Card is one of my favorite authors, I was very disappointed with this book, especially since the afterword says that the book was updated several times based on discussions with Ben Bova (also a favorite author of mine) over 30 years. The book is germane to recent events in sports concerning steroid usage and growth hormone and several cult incidents (Waco) that have been in the news over the last few years. The book concerns a cult led by a scientist, George Galen (wondering if the name Galen has anything to do with the famous Galen from ancient medicine?) who leads a group of 'Healers.' Galen's group siphons off medical records of people with incurable illnesses and then injects a virus into each of his selected 'victims' which alters their DNA and apparently cures the affliction. Since the virus is particular to the 'victim's' DNA, anyone else coming in contact with the virus dies a very painful death in a matter of minutes of coming into contact with the virus. This gets the interest of a government agency interested in finding those infected and giving them an antivirus to protect the public. As interesting as this sounds, the book is not! The government agents led by a doctor named Frank, find the lair of the Galen cult. Frank must try to find a way to rescue a bunch of homeless outcasts that have been given the virus, as well as the female doctor (Monica) who is treating them because Galen is holding her son Wyatt captive. Frank is virtually powerless to stop Galen's DNA enhanced Healer henchmen, who seem like something out of The Six Million Dollar Man (I guess since Card started this book in the 70's). The relationship that forms between Frank, Monica, Wyatt and the other captives is not interesting at all. The book tries to be a suspenseful action thriller with Frank battling the Healers, some of the captives, and rogue government men from his own agency. The story fails miserably in this regard. There is very little suspense, the relationships are not interesting and the descriptions of action sequences are very poor. Overall Card disappointed me with this book. I would suggest reading a far superior book that he wrote that has a lot of the same elements as this book called 'A Planet Called Treason.'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2007

    Makes SciFi cool again.

    This novel will keep you up at night. You can not put it down once you start it, simple as that. It is well written, fast paced, and mind blowing. The other reviewer speaks of 'no twists'... well, I wonder if she read past page 100, because there are plenty of twists. This is a great novel in the vein of Micheal Crichton's last novel, 'NEXT'. Read it, enjoy it, then give it to a friend

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    George Galen is the leading geneticist in the world. However, the brilliant research scientist has no ethics except his own. Thus disgraced for crossing lines, his work healing diseases through fixing DNA via a virus V-16 has proven successful when customized to the individual when not properly adapted tragedy occurs. Galen also has tinkered with his patients¿ DNA to improve their healing capacity and to turn them into stronger and faster humans. Finally he also has insured this revised super model Healer obeys his command. To make his work pragmatic Galen needs the cooperation of a super thoracic surgeon. He targets highly regarded Dr. Monica Owens because she is easily vulnerable. He abducts her weakness, her six-year-old son, Wyatt. If she wants Wyatt kept alive, Monica will do Galen¿s bidding. She accompanies the insane Galen to an abandoned nursing home where he has a living lab of involuntary human guinea pigs for Monica to alter their DNA. Federal Biohazard Agency virologist Lieutenant Colonel Frank Hartman has found the antidote to Galen's DNA altering virus. The mad scientist plans to neutralize the threat by capturing and changing Hartman¿s DNA to make him less brilliant and more willing to cooperate. --- INVASIVE PROCEDURES is an interesting action-packed medical thriller that grips the audience from the moment readers meet egomaniacal Galen who blames government interference for his failures and his intelligence for his successes (classic conservative). The story line is fast-paced and fun to read although there are no twists as fans will know from the onset the end game. Still the cast is strong and the ethical questions raised on where to draw the ethical boundary on research and what is the government¿s role seems relevant with current debates over ideology twisting/ignoring the pertinent facts. --- Harriet Klausner

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