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Posted March 13, 2006
The most interesting part of the book for me was the extrapolation of genetic engineering theory into the near future and the dark ramifications that this could lead to by an author who really knows this stuff. Unfortunately, the book takes a big detour becoming an action/adventure yarn with a huge bodycount, melodramatic villains, and characters who refuse to shake hands! My suspension of disbelief failed when a Rambo-like Christian warrior motivated only by some seemingly random out-of-context verse in the Bible appears to pretty much create an excuse for tons of explosions, bodies, and convenient means to end the reign of the various villains. There are great ideas in here like gengineered butterflies with Pepsi logos that have prevailed over the indigenous African species. The world is half-way developed with a scientology-like religion that requires a partial lobotomy to join, but there doesn't appear to be much point to a lot of this. Again, I enjoyed the world McAuley created and the many ideas he devolops in this cautionary story of gengineering gone crazy. I just didn't care for the extreme violence and throw-away characters wrapped around it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 7, 2004
The genetic engineering experiments have desolated Africa as outsider research biologists have used the continent as a giant laboratory. Not caring about the consequences to the African people, the experimenters created dangerous extinct animals like the saber-toothed tiger and various other outputs ranging from the benign corporate logo butterflies to the pandemic diseases. Especially brutal has become the no man¿s land Dead Zone, where trees have melted into wooden pools. The environmental group that rules over areas like the Congo, the Obligate, sends former mercenary Nick Hyde to lead an investigation into a recent massacre. Nick and his team find ripped asunder corpses with remains of brains that appear devoured. Appalled by the gruesome sight, Nick and his squad come under attack by lightning quick ferocious apelike creatures that use guns. The team is slaughtered with Nick escaping. Back in civilization, no one believes Nick¿s tale of demon killers except journalist Harmony Boniface. As they plan to return to the site of the carnage, they begin to unravel a major cover-up of a failed effort to re-erect Australopithecus, but that knowledge is lethal to anyone outside the conspiracy. <P>This heart of Africa tale depicts a dark future if certain genetic reengineering paths are followed. The story line is a cautionary tale of a Dr. Frankenstein variety using state of the art genome knowledge as a base for science unchecked turning the continent into hell. The plot is frightening as the depth of details makes the case for concern that recklessness can lead to devastation unheard of even in biblical proportions. However, the intensity is so realistic; it also slows down the plot as readers frightfully envision a near futuristic bleak landscape. <P>Harriet KlausnerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 10, 2004
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