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KLIATTThe historic hatreds that brew within Afghanistan lie at the root of a tense international adventure reminiscent of Cold War espionage novels that have been popular for so long. Wilson sets his story in the now (beginning in August 2001). He takes as his frame of reference the post-9/11 war in Afghanistan and the intertribal warfare that follows in the mountains and caves of the country. His main characters carry the war to Amsterdam, then to the US and Canada. The author makes use of his medical and biological training to set some of the action in the hospitals of the Middle East and the experimental labs of the Netherlands and Canada. As the story unfolds, his characters imaginatively explore the possibilities of DNA technology to make weapons more effective and more horrible. More dead bodies than one would like litter the scenes. The book contains love (and some limited sex) as well as war; chapters are short and crisp, and there is lots of dialogue. Wilson keeps the names short, the better for Americans to grasp them. It would translate well into a movie, but in the meantime, many will enjoy this well-crafted page-turner. The author is not well known (this is his first published novel), but readers who like this genre will be glad to find this book on your library shelves. KLIATT Codes: SA—Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2004, Hailey-Grey Books, 455p., Ages 15 to adult.