The Genesis Key

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More than three decades ago, Dr. Kathleen Sainsbury's archaeologist parents were murdered at an ancient excavation site in Iraq. Now the gifted biologist stands on the brink of a miraculous breakthrough: the discovery of a gene that could extend a human life by hundreds of years. But at the moment of her greatest triumph, a mysterious phone call reveals a hidden truth that draws chaos and violence once again into Kathleen's world . . . and threatens to irreversibly alter the ...

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Overview

More than three decades ago, Dr. Kathleen Sainsbury's archaeologist parents were murdered at an ancient excavation site in Iraq. Now the gifted biologist stands on the brink of a miraculous breakthrough: the discovery of a gene that could extend a human life by hundreds of years. But at the moment of her greatest triumph, a mysterious phone call reveals a hidden truth that draws chaos and violence once again into Kathleen's world . . . and threatens to irreversibly alter the destiny of humankind.

For somewhere in the shadows, powerful unseenforces are watching . . . and waiting.Suddenly Kathleen is a target of covert governmentoperatives as she races to uncover the mysterybehind her parents' secret research and brutal deaths—a mystery locked in the human genome, in thesands of antiquity, and in the Book of Genesis.More than survival is at stake forDr. Kathleen Sainsbury. The future of all humanityhangs in the balance . . . and the prizeis the secret of life itself.

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Barney's fast-paced debut novel demonstrates his knowledge of ancient history, the bible, and microbiol-ogy, as well as his fertile imagination. His protagonist, Kathleen Sainsbury, Ph.D., with the help of her col-leagues, is trying to uncover a gene that can cure age-related disease, particularly Alzheimer's. A curious voice message leads her to the home of Hakeen Abdul Sargon, a.k.a. Tariq Al-Fulani, who served as Direc-tor of Antiquities in Iraq until the 1979 Coup D'état by Saddam Hussein forced him into exile. Sargon re-veals his connection to Kathleen's archaeologist parents and tells her the truth about their death at the Iraqi dig of Tell-Fara during Saddam's coup. He then gives Kathleen his most precious artifact, an ancient tooth that was the key to her parents' search for the long-lived ancients of the bible, the Nephilim. Curi-ously and coincidentally, this artifact also holds the solution to Kathleen's quest, for which many are will-ing to kill. Betrayal, treachery and run-ins with fundamentalists, the Israeli Mafia, the FBI, CIA, and a cabal of the world's wealthiest men leave Kathleen fearing for her life, with no one to trust. (July)
Steve Berry
“THE GENESIS KEY is a solid blend of science, myth, history, and suspense. It’s remarkable and unconventional, which together make for a great tale. There’s an intense brand of storytelling here, utilizing all of the elements I love. I can’t wait for more from James Barney.”
John Hart
“A strong debut thriller. . . . James Barney deftly explores elements of modern science and antiquity to mine the kinds of themes so ably explored by the likes of Dan Brown and James Rollins. . . . Barney is a welcome player in a crowded field.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062021380
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/28/2011
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 817,129
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 7.30 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

James Barney is the critically acclaimed author of The Genesis Key. He is an attorney who lives outside Washington, D.C., with his wife and two children.

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  • Posted October 12, 2011

    A touch of philosophy, ethics, history, and a plethora of science

    What if you could live for an extra forty, fifty, maybe even one hundred years? What if science could manipulate your DNA to allow you an extended life? That's the premise of "The Genesis Key." Chock full of science, conspiracy, and ethical dilemma, Barney's novel takes you back to the beginning of history and explores man's desire for immortality.
    Back in 1979, two archaeologists in Iraq are killed during the government takeover by Saddam Hussein. However, Hakeem Sargon, a museum curator fleeing his own murder, comes upon the scene and discovers what the couple's death has uncovered. Jump to the present where the couple's daughter, Dr. Kathleen Sainsbury, is conducting experiments to find an elusive 'longevity gene.'
    When Sargon contacts her and tells her the story behind her parent's murder, he also presents her with a gift, an artifact he took from the site back in 1979. This sets Sainsbury off on a trail to discover the truth about her parents. A friend of Sargon's opens up a new world of thought for Kathleen, one involving the ancient Sumerians, Biblical history, and possible explanations for why man once lived for hundreds of years until after the Great Flood. When a reporter breaks the story Kathleen may have discovered the longevity gene in Sargon's artifact, Kathleen finds herself running from those who would destroy her to keep the treasure for themselves.
    This novel brings in a touch of philosophy, ethics, history, and a plethora of science. Although there are some scenes set in Iraq, most of the action is centered on the Washington, D.C. and Maryland area. Interesting characters, the obligatory/secret organization, and government black ops keep this novel moving. It raises some very legitimate questions about how science affects human life and debates how, as one scientist declares, "Sometimes science can be its own worst enemy."
    Reviewed by Stephen L. Brayton, author of "Beta" for Suspense Magazine

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 24, 2011

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    Excellent Debut Novel!

    This is a debut novel that blew me away. It is definitely a page turner. The prologue starts off more than 30 years ago with the parents of Dr. Kathleen Sainsbury on a archaeology expedition. That day 30 years ago will be brought into Kathleen's current life and her biology work with fruit flies. The doctor will find out what really happened with her parents and cause her to look at her own work in biology.
    This is a must read.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 3, 2011

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    Happy "I'm Not Dead Yet" INDY

    "The Genesis Key" by James Barney is an exciting novel; it is entertaining, fast moving and light reading. The story swirls about ancient history, modern science, politics and the Old Testament and Torah. I am thrilled to have found "the Nephilim" ... those "divine beings" from ancient religious texts who "cohabited with men, who bore them offspring." I am happy that "I'm Not Dead Yet" for I am eagerly awaiting Barney's second book.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 2, 2011

    An excellent read

    Nicely balanced and well-researched. A great read!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 20, 2011

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    An exciting fast paced debut novel sure to capture the reader's attention from cover to cover.

    In September of 1979 Daniel and Becky Talbot are on the cusp of discovery. They have given the last 5 years of their life to an archaeological dig at Tell-Fara, Iraq to prove that Tell-Fara is more than a Ziggurat. But on the eve of Saddam Hussein's rise their dreams may be short lived. Dr Kathleen Sainsbury, a world class biologist, works at Quantum Life Sciences trying to find a cure for Alzheimer's and other age related dementias. When Washington Post reporter Bryce Whittaker does a story on new biology start-ups in the D.C. area, QLS is on the list, but when the interview is over he asks Kathleen out. Kathleen has never had good luck in the dating game so she reluctantly agrees to go out with him. Later that night, while Kathleen and her QLS co-workers are celebrating the Post interview, Kathleen is secretly photographed by Semion Zafer. After Kathleen's date with Bryce there is a message on her phone from Tariq Al-Fulani who claims to have known her parents and that it is urgent that they meet tonight! With misgivings Kathleen goes to the location he mentioned and finds out that he is not who he claims to be. Rather he is Hakeem Abdul Sargon the former Director of Antiquites in Iraq until 1979. Sargon's family was murdered the day Saddam Hussein came to power the day before Kathleen's parents were murdered! Sargon witnessed the attack on the Talbots and then killed their murderers. When he searched the rubble for his friends he discovered the hidden chamber that Becky and Daniel believed was there. The ziggurat was no ziggurat but instead a massive tomb with a massive sarcophagus. Within the sarcophagus Sargon found an object that he has kept hidden all these years, an object that he feels he must give to Kathleen. He asks Kathleen to come in the morning that there is more to tell but overnight Sargon dies under suspicious circumstances and Kathlenn is questioned by the FBI. Kathleen then searches for a Dr Charles Eskridge whom Sargon mentioned. When Kathleen finds him she shows him the symbol Sargon found on the sarcophagus. A symbol that Dr Eskridge translates as THE LAST NEPHILIM. Dr. Eskridge then reads Genesis 6:1-4 to Kathleen which speaks of the Nephilim as human hybrid which would have explained the longevity of humanity before the Great Flood. Does the tooth that Sargon found in an ancient tomb hold the key that Kathleen has been searching for? When Kathleen returns to QLS she tasks Julie and Jeremy with testing the tooth searching for its DNA! While Kathleen spends Easter Sunday with Bryce and her Grandfather who suffers from Alzheimer's Jeremy is hard at work. While Bryce and Kathleen are still in Annapolis, Jeremy calls. He's found a complete intact DNA strand. But after hanging up Jeremy is attacked by Zafer, who demands the DNA sample! As Jeremy tries to escape Zafer shoots him in the back. As he comes in to finish Jeremy off Kathleen arrives to check out Jeremy's progress and Zafer leaves. While FBI assists with Jeremy's shooting because Kathleen is a common factor in two crimes, Julie and Kathleen work on sequencing the DNA strand Jeremy found. Hours later they find the longevity gene an ancient deactivated retrovirus hidden away by time. But when Bryce Whittaker breaks a story that QLS has found the gene for long life everything comes apart. Will her discovery see the light of day or will it be stolen away in the night? Does Genesis hold the key that will lead her to the truth?

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2013

    highly recommended

    I am looking forward to reading more of James Barney's work. His attention to detail and his knowledge of the DC area made the work so much more believable.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2013

    Good book very promising author similar to Dan Brown

    Really enjoyed thus

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2013

    Not good

    Too long..not fast paced..too scientific.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2013

    very good

    Would read again

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