Gene Pool: Unnatural Selection

Gene Pool: Unnatural Selection

by R. A. Finlayson

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Gene Pool: Unnatural Selection by R. A. Finlayson

Can love exist in a world where human beings take charge of their own evolution?

For thousands of years human beings have dreamed of immortality, of reversing the aging process, of enhancing beauty and retaining the vigor and vitality of youth – forever. In the year 2059 this dream is at last within our grasp. But as biologic engineers finally achieve total control over the fundamental mechanics of life and the ability to change the course of human evolution, will this awesome power alter the meaning of love, the nature of relationships and society, and even the very definition of what it means to be human?

Yet in world obsessed with the perfection of the human form, the weight of such questions have yet to trouble the global consciousness.

Such concerns are most decidedly not on the mind of Amadé Bertrand, a young, investigative journalist with the New York Times. Amadé is worried that her career is stalling out after a meteoric – and some would say undeserved – rise to the top of her profession. As Amadé ponders her next career move, an anonymous and cryptic tip lands in her inbox about GeneTech, the largest and most powerful of the new generation of bioengineering companies.

Amadé’s quest to uncover the meaning of this mysterious message leads her to Whitfield Gray, a senior GeneTech executive with a dark secret that if exposed could destroy the company and threaten the biotech revolution. Drawn to the powerful and mysterious Whitfield, Amadé must decide between a burgeoning love for the brash, young executive and her career ambition as she uncovers a web of intrigue that leads from the GeneTech board room to the White House and beyond.

Gene Pool: Unnatural Selection is the first book in a four-part science fiction series that explores a world where biological engineering becomes the master science influencing every aspect of society. A mystery and romance at its core, ambition, power, wealth and love drive the fast-paced story that revolves around a fascinating cast of characters.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940015010107
Publisher: Day Street Press
Publication date: 07/28/2012
Series: Gene Pool , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 643 KB

About the Author

R. A. Finlayson is a futurist and marketer who has spent the last 10 years helping startups and major brands launch a range of new products, from TiVo to Xbox, working alongside some of the most innovative minds of our age. He brings to his work a passion for technology and a keen eye for the products and services that are changing the fabric of our society.

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Gene Pool: Unnatural Selection 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
plappen More than 1 year ago
This book is about a world totally changed by genetic engineering. GeneTech is, by far, the biggest company in the world. Human youth treatments, that make people look younger than they really are, are common. The world of agriculture harvesting has been turned upside down by XenoMats. Imagine genetically-created, dwarf size, green gorillas with tentacles instead of arms that are bred to pick produce in the fields. Commercial buildings are no longer built with steel and concrete. They are made of genetically created material based on the bones of this animal or the shell of that animal.  Amade Bertrand is a New York Times reporter who has gotten a tip about strange happenings at GeneTech. She wonders why there has never, ever been a negative story about GeneTech in the press. It is because Whitfield Gray, GeneTech's head of PR, has been given, by GeneTech, a genetically-enhanced ability to bend anyone to his will, to make anyone do anything he wants. Is the fact that Amade is falling in love with him real or coerced? For years, the Church of Traditional Biblical Values has been very vocal in its opposition to genetic engineering in general. A very secret plan is hatched to get a dose of the influence drug, and inject it in the Leader of the Church. His influence will turn America back on the path toward God. It is led by Colonel Ron Savage, who goes up against general Sutherland, GeneTech's Head of Security. The two are ex-military, and have a long and unpleasant history together. A full-blown military assaultis unleashed against a complex of buildings that are full of the latest in high-tech and genetically engineered safeguards. The author does a very good job at making the characters not all bad or all good. There is no well-defined "good guy" or "bad guy." This story takes place only a few decades from now, it's very plausible, and more than a little spooky. The reader will not go wrong with this book; it's a first-rate piece of storytelling.
angelreaderAB More than 1 year ago
We read this book at my book club and the ladies loved it. Afterwards, the book club discussion was intense, not just around all the character issues -- Should Amade trust Whitfield? Is Sophie really evil or just following her beliefs? Did Roland, Amade’s boyfriend and editor, do the right thing by letting her not write the whole story in the New York Times? – but also about all the larger, societal questions this book raises: Should we alter the genetic make-up of ourselves? Is this wrong morally? What are the consequences for our children? What role should religion play in a post-bioengineering future? What will relationships be like in the future when people can look and stay young into their 70s, 80s, 90s and beyond? How should the U.S. respond to the coming conflict over natural resources? Should we create genetically engineered animals to serve us? The book inspired my group to ask some tough questions about what future we want for ourselves and our children. I’d recommend it to any book club. It’s not just an entertaining read that grabs you, it’s thought provoking with just the right balance of romance, action and mystery. Buy this book and read it ladies!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A page-turner. Love, romance, mystery, adventure. Finlayson’s vision of the future is thrilling, foreboding and hopeful – all at the same time. It’s difficult to believe all the bio-tech stuff will happen, but the book makes it seem so plausible. Did I mention the ending leaves you begging for more? I can’t wait for the next book!
Chanel06 More than 1 year ago
Sexy and fast paced. Got my interest from the first page. A fascinating look into the future and how genetic engineering will change all our lives. Really made me think about what the world we are creating. I loved the lead character, Amade. She’s strong and determined. Amade is a reporter with the New York Times who gets an anonymous tip about the world’s most important bio-tech company, GeneTech, and thus begins her quest to uncover a mystery involving Whitfield Gray, a top GeneTech executive. Whitfield is sexy, mysterious and fabulously wealthy, but he has a dark secret. The kind of guy you know you should stay away from, but just can’t. There’s lots of steamy action, along with danger and heart-pounding excitement. I took it on vacation and couldn’t put it down. I’d recommend this book to anyone who loves science fiction and romance, and is looking for a book that is entertaining with a terrific cast of characters. Looking forward to the second book!!