The Genesis Key

The Genesis Key

by James Barney

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Fans of James Rollins, Dan Brown, Michael Crichton, Steve Berry, David Baldacci, and Raymond Khoury, listen up: James Barney is among us! A remarkable new master bursts upon the scene with The Genesis Key—a gripping debut thriller that combines a breathtaking Da Vinci Code-like historical/religious conspiracy with the science-gone-mad terror of Jurassic Park. A brilliant biologist finds herself at the center of a heart-racing international race to unlock the secret to life itself in James Barney’s electrifying, page-turning hunt for The Genesis Key.

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ISBN-13: 9780062021380
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/28/2011
Edition description: Original
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 559,994
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 7.30(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

James Barney is the critically acclaimed author of The Genesis Key. He is an attorney who lives outside Washington, D.C., with his wife and two children.

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Steve Berry

“THE GENESIS KEY is a solid blend of science, myth, history, and suspense. It’s remarkable and unconventional, which together make for a great tale. There’s an intense brand of storytelling here, utilizing all of the elements I love. I can’t wait for more from James Barney.”

John Hart

“A strong debut thriller. . . . James Barney deftly explores elements of modern science and antiquity to mine the kinds of themes so ably explored by the likes of Dan Brown and James Rollins. . . . Barney is a welcome player in a crowded field.”

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Genesis Key 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Suspensemag More than 1 year ago
What if you could live for an extra forty, fifty, maybe even one hundred years? What if science could manipulate your DNA to allow you an extended life? That's the premise of "The Genesis Key." Chock full of science, conspiracy, and ethical dilemma, Barney's novel takes you back to the beginning of history and explores man's desire for immortality. Back in 1979, two archaeologists in Iraq are killed during the government takeover by Saddam Hussein. However, Hakeem Sargon, a museum curator fleeing his own murder, comes upon the scene and discovers what the couple's death has uncovered. Jump to the present where the couple's daughter, Dr. Kathleen Sainsbury, is conducting experiments to find an elusive 'longevity gene.' When Sargon contacts her and tells her the story behind her parent's murder, he also presents her with a gift, an artifact he took from the site back in 1979. This sets Sainsbury off on a trail to discover the truth about her parents. A friend of Sargon's opens up a new world of thought for Kathleen, one involving the ancient Sumerians, Biblical history, and possible explanations for why man once lived for hundreds of years until after the Great Flood. When a reporter breaks the story Kathleen may have discovered the longevity gene in Sargon's artifact, Kathleen finds herself running from those who would destroy her to keep the treasure for themselves. This novel brings in a touch of philosophy, ethics, history, and a plethora of science. Although there are some scenes set in Iraq, most of the action is centered on the Washington, D.C. and Maryland area. Interesting characters, the obligatory/secret organization, and government black ops keep this novel moving. It raises some very legitimate questions about how science affects human life and debates how, as one scientist declares, "Sometimes science can be its own worst enemy." Reviewed by Stephen L. Brayton, author of "Beta" for Suspense Magazine
pen21 More than 1 year ago
This is a debut novel that blew me away. It is definitely a page turner. The prologue starts off more than 30 years ago with the parents of Dr. Kathleen Sainsbury on a archaeology expedition. That day 30 years ago will be brought into Kathleen's current life and her biology work with fruit flies. The doctor will find out what really happened with her parents and cause her to look at her own work in biology. This is a must read.
Neddy More than 1 year ago
"The Genesis Key" by James Barney is an exciting novel; it is entertaining, fast moving and light reading. The story swirls about ancient history, modern science, politics and the Old Testament and Torah. I am thrilled to have found "the Nephilim" ... those "divine beings" from ancient religious texts who "cohabited with men, who bore them offspring." I am happy that "I'm Not Dead Yet" for I am eagerly awaiting Barney's second book.
David Bouknight More than 1 year ago
Nicely balanced and well-researched. A great read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am looking forward to reading more of James Barney's work. His attention to detail and his knowledge of the DC area made the work so much more believable.
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Really enjoyed thus
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Too long..not fast paced..too scientific.
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Blooming-with-Books More than 1 year ago
In September of 1979 Daniel and Becky Talbot are on the cusp of discovery. They have given the last 5 years of their life to an archaeological dig at Tell-Fara, Iraq to prove that Tell-Fara is more than a Ziggurat. But on the eve of Saddam Hussein's rise their dreams may be short lived. Dr Kathleen Sainsbury, a world class biologist, works at Quantum Life Sciences trying to find a cure for Alzheimer's and other age related dementias. When Washington Post reporter Bryce Whittaker does a story on new biology start-ups in the D.C. area, QLS is on the list, but when the interview is over he asks Kathleen out. Kathleen has never had good luck in the dating game so she reluctantly agrees to go out with him. Later that night, while Kathleen and her QLS co-workers are celebrating the Post interview, Kathleen is secretly photographed by Semion Zafer. After Kathleen's date with Bryce there is a message on her phone from Tariq Al-Fulani who claims to have known her parents and that it is urgent that they meet tonight! With misgivings Kathleen goes to the location he mentioned and finds out that he is not who he claims to be. Rather he is Hakeem Abdul Sargon the former Director of Antiquites in Iraq until 1979. Sargon's family was murdered the day Saddam Hussein came to power the day before Kathleen's parents were murdered! Sargon witnessed the attack on the Talbots and then killed their murderers. When he searched the rubble for his friends he discovered the hidden chamber that Becky and Daniel believed was there. The ziggurat was no ziggurat but instead a massive tomb with a massive sarcophagus. Within the sarcophagus Sargon found an object that he has kept hidden all these years, an object that he feels he must give to Kathleen. He asks Kathleen to come in the morning that there is more to tell but overnight Sargon dies under suspicious circumstances and Kathlenn is questioned by the FBI. Kathleen then searches for a Dr Charles Eskridge whom Sargon mentioned. When Kathleen finds him she shows him the symbol Sargon found on the sarcophagus. A symbol that Dr Eskridge translates as THE LAST NEPHILIM. Dr. Eskridge then reads Genesis 6:1-4 to Kathleen which speaks of the Nephilim as human hybrid which would have explained the longevity of humanity before the Great Flood. Does the tooth that Sargon found in an ancient tomb hold the key that Kathleen has been searching for? When Kathleen returns to QLS she tasks Julie and Jeremy with testing the tooth searching for its DNA! While Kathleen spends Easter Sunday with Bryce and her Grandfather who suffers from Alzheimer's Jeremy is hard at work. While Bryce and Kathleen are still in Annapolis, Jeremy calls. He's found a complete intact DNA strand. But after hanging up Jeremy is attacked by Zafer, who demands the DNA sample! As Jeremy tries to escape Zafer shoots him in the back. As he comes in to finish Jeremy off Kathleen arrives to check out Jeremy's progress and Zafer leaves. While FBI assists with Jeremy's shooting because Kathleen is a common factor in two crimes, Julie and Kathleen work on sequencing the DNA strand Jeremy found. Hours later they find the longevity gene an ancient deactivated retrovirus hidden away by time. But when Bryce Whittaker breaks a story that QLS has found the gene for long life everything comes apart. Will her discovery see the light of day or will it be stolen away in the night? Does Genesis hold the key that will lead her to the truth?