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Dr. Tom Carter - surgeon, geneticist, husband, father - is riding high. He has invented a revolutionary machine, the Genescope, that can decode the blueprint of man. From the DNA found in just one hair follicle, Carter can read a person's genes, predicting the onset of disease, determining how and when he or she will die. But at the moment of his greatest triumph, as he is being presented the Nobel Prize for medicine, Carter's world is shattered: An assassin's bullet meant for him kills his wife. In the aftermath...
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1997 Hard cover New in new dust jacket. Sewn binding. Paper over boards. 368 p. Audience: General/trade. Dr. Tom Carter has invented a revolutionary machine that can decode the ... blueprint of man. But a secret Brotherhood, two thousand years old, needs his new technology to complete a sacred quest, to decode the DNA of the most famous healer in history-to look beyond the genes of man and into the genes of God. Read more Show Less

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Dr. Tom Carter - surgeon, geneticist, husband, father - is riding high. He has invented a revolutionary machine, the Genescope, that can decode the blueprint of man. From the DNA found in just one hair follicle, Carter can read a person's genes, predicting the onset of disease, determining how and when he or she will die. But at the moment of his greatest triumph, as he is being presented the Nobel Prize for medicine, Carter's world is shattered: An assassin's bullet meant for him kills his wife. In the aftermath of her death, a Genescope scan reveals that his young daughter, Holly, has inherited an incurable brain disease and has less than a year to live. His greatest achievement, which will save countless lives, can offer his beloved daughter only a death sentence. Even the most advanced medical science cannot save her. Tom Carter needs a miracle. A secret brotherhood, two thousand years old, may have the answer. Its members need his new technology to complete a sacred quest of their own. In return they offer Carter the chance to decode the DNA of the most famous healer in history - to look beyond the genes of man and into the genes of God.
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Genetic and computer mysteries have long been the coming thing as art struggles to keep up with technology. But now, with the sheep replication in Scotland, "clone" thrillers are really taking off -- and naturally, the question of whether science can replicate Christ is a tempting topic. In this debut novel by Cordy, a Nobel Prize-winning geneticist who can correctly analyze and predict disease patterns based on DNA samples is faced with a creepy dilemma: Will he attempt to clone Jesus for a deranged religious group in exchange for their help in saving his mortally ill daughter? One other twist: They may be the zealots who accidentally murdered the geneticist's wife in an earlier botched attempt to kill him for his "blasphemous" research.

—Rick Koster

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.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780688155087
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/3/1997
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.48 (w) x 9.59 (h) x 1.34 (d)

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  • Posted January 25, 2011

    I love it! This is a must for science fiction - religion fans!

    I read this book when I was 16 and I enjoyed. I couldn't stop reading and the details allow you to be there, in the middle of the characters like if you were in a movie. After all, with all the technology we have nowadays... who knows if this book could be a view to the medical future...
    You can not stop asking what could be the limit with fiction and reality, also gives a interesting perspective about religion and faith.
    Not for close minded readers.
    I will love to read it over and over again. I highly recommend it, you are not going to be disappointed.
    I read the Spanish version and it was excellent.

    I hope you enjoy it if you decided to read it or give it as a gift.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2001

    Amazing Story

    This is one of those books you don't want to put down, it really sets you thinking...what if this could really happen? Highly recommended!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2000

    A Great Novel

    It was very intense and wonderful book that I couldn't put down once I started to read it.

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