The Touchdown Gene

The Touchdown Gene

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by Thomas Hoover
     
 

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A new thriller from the best-selling author—Thomas Hoover

Genetic manipulation can be a wonderful thing; but what happens if you do it to an NFL football team?

Nolan Pharmaceutical was a company in trouble. So were the New York Wolverines, an NFL franchise that had fallen on hard times. Together, perhaps they could solve both of their…  See more details below

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A new thriller from the best-selling author—Thomas Hoover

Genetic manipulation can be a wonderful thing; but what happens if you do it to an NFL football team?

Nolan Pharmaceutical was a company in trouble. So were the New York Wolverines, an NFL franchise that had fallen on hard times. Together, perhaps they could solve both of their problems; but it was to be a marriage made in hell.

Sequestered on the Caribbean Island of Bonaire, the Wolverines held their normal pre-season training camp, with one exception. Nolan Pharmaceutical was experimenting with DNA manipulation to enhance the player’s performance in a way that could not be detected by any drug test. Everything was going well until the lead scientist did the unthinkable. He started splicing in genes from predatory animals.

Dr. Charlize Russell is called in to find out what’s going wrong on Bonaire. After an accidental meeting with an old love, Alex Archer, the two of them find a seemingly endless line of people trying to kill them, which only gets worse after they discover what the scientists were doing.

The plot starts fast and accelerates from there, until you are swept from a tranquil Caribbean island, to a pre-season NFL football game you will never forget.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781611791181
Publisher:
Fireship Press
Publication date:
01/26/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
296
Sales rank:
1,171,272
File size:
814 KB

Meet the Author

Thomas Hoover began his writing career with two classic non-fiction books on Far Eastern art (Zen Culture, Random House, 1977), and religion (The Zen Experience, Penguin, 1980). He then moved into fiction writing with two critically acclaimed novels about English sailors in the early Seventeenth century, one set in India (The Moghul, Doubleday, 1983) and one in the Caribbean (Caribbee, Doubleday, 1985).
From these beginnings as a fiction writer, he branched into several new areas. The first was a Wall Street financial thriller (The Samurai Strategy, Bantam Books, 1988) and two techno-thrillers depicting very powerful experimental airplanes operating at the edge of space (Project Daedalus, Bantam Books, 1991 and Project Cyclops, Bantam Books, 1992).
His most recent novels have examined topics at the cutting edge of medicine—genetics (Life Blood, Kensington, 2000) and stem cells (Syndrome, Kensington, 2003). A third medical thriller, The Alpha Gene, concerning DNA manipulation, will be produced by Fireship Press in late 2010, along with a republication of his earlier works.
Along the way, critics have compared his historical novels to those of James Clavell and James A. Mitchner, and his novels have twice been optioned for TV mini-series production.
“Back in the dim mists of time,” as he describes it, he also acquired a doctorate in oceanography and later served as senior vice president of an architect-engineering firm in New York, where he has lived for several decades. His vices include being an avid sailor and a recognized collector of the classical music of India.

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The Touchdown Gene 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I knew Thomas Hoover was good,very good, but with THE TOUCHDOWN GENE I barely know what hit me. It's an astonishing read! A breathless thrill ride for sports and medical research fans, it's a wham-bam powerhouse that never lets down - and characters? A dynamic, tender plus sexy couple that rediscover each other are at the center of this scheme to create a super football team that's literally gone wild, and they're only the beginning of unforgettable characters - the power-brokers (football and pharmaceutical), the salts of the earth, the mesmerizing but insane, the innocents caught in ambitions bound to derail them all - from a surf-drenched tropical island to urban Manhattan, the urgency builds to a season's opening game you couldn't in your wildest dreams imagine. This is entertainment on steroids!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How many pages