The Miracle Strain

The Miracle Strain

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by Michael Cordy
     
 

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Famed geneticist Dr. Tom Carter's worst nightmares come true when his wife is slain by an assassin's bullet and his nine-year-old daughter is diagnosed with incurable brain cancer. Carter now needs a miracle to save his little girl; and one is waiting for him in a cave in the Middle East...and in the guarded DNA of the greatest healer in history. See more details below

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Famed geneticist Dr. Tom Carter's worst nightmares come true when his wife is slain by an assassin's bullet and his nine-year-old daughter is diagnosed with incurable brain cancer. Carter now needs a miracle to save his little girl; and one is waiting for him in a cave in the Middle East...and in the guarded DNA of the greatest healer in history.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In the year 2002, the Brotherhood of the Second Coming scours the world for the new Messiah. This first novel uses a fanatical cult to whip popular fantasies about the millennium into a potent cocktail of high-tech science and apocalypse. Just after receiving the Nobel Prize, geneticist Tom Carter is attacked by a Brotherhood assassin who condemns his work as unnatural. Tom is unharmed, but his wife, Olivia, dies. Using his own "Genescope," which decodes a human genetic map from a single cell, Tom discovers that his eight-year-old daughter, Holly, will be struck by brain cancer. Desperate to save Holly, Tom forms an uneasy alliance with the Brotherhood, which provides a tooth of Christ so that Tom can extract "Nazarene" genes that may cure his daughter. In return, he's expected to give the Brotherhood data on who may be a match for the Messiah. Cordy provides some clever twists, plenty of action and a whizbang climax; but the writing is bland and often carelessin one goofy moment, "the lapsed Baptist crossed herself." The most interesting character here is the Brotherhood assassin Maria, a beautiful, intelligent young woman who chooses to become the merciless nemesis rather than the healer she was born to be. Still, Cordy's debut is atmospheric enough and the new Messiah's probable identity is intriguing enough to keep pages turning until the last revelation. Major ad/promo; Literary Guild Super Release; film rights to Disney; audio rights to HarperAudio; foreign rights sold in 10 countries; author tour. (Sept.)
Library Journal
With film rights sold to Disney and a simultaneous audio release, this first novel about a Nobel geneticist who takes on a deadly religious cult will surely stir some dust.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780552145787
Publisher:
Transworld Publishers Limited
Publication date:
09/15/1998
Pages:
484
Product dimensions:
4.33(w) x 7.09(h) x (d)

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