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A visionary tour de force. An edge-of-your-seat roller-coaster ride that will leave you breathless and begging for more. No, these aren't reviews for the latest billion-dollar blockbuster motion picture; it's praise for Paul McAuley's White Devils, a biotechnological thriller that is guaranteed to chill readers to the bone.
In a near future that sees Africa a lawless wasteland after plagues wipe out nearly half a billion people and civil wars make warlords nearly omnipotent, an environmentally conscious transnational corporation has taken over the Congo in a putative attempt to save its people and rebuild its economy using ecologically friendly business principles. But in a land where illegal biotechnological experiments have killed millions and turned hundreds of acres of rainforest into a postapocalyptic nightmare called the Dead Zone, no one is to be trusted.
As part of a small team sent into a remote part of the Congo to investigate a massacre, British researcher Nicholas Hyde discovers that the dead have been brutally mauled. Someone -- or something -- has ripped them apart, bashed in their skulls, and eaten their brains. While examining the site, Nicholas and his party are attacked by a band of what appear to be white, hairless chimpanzees: except that they are much bigger, have needlelike fangs -- and carry automatic weapons.
A standout among McAuley's brilliant books, White Devils addresses controversial, timely themes from cloning and gene hacking to bioterrorism and body modification. It is a powerful and thought-provoking thriller. Paul Goat Allen