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Posted September 1, 2008
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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Posted November 3, 2009
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