WHITE DEVILS by PAUL MCAULEY
One of the most exciting new science fiction writers of the
new millennium, Paul McAuley has already won the Arthur C.
Clarke Award, the Philip K. Dick Award, and the John W.
Campbell Award. Now he presents a disturbingly convincing
exploration of the future of Africa, the darker
applications of biotechnology, and of the very nature of
the human psyche.
The Congo, roughly thirty years from now. Plague, civil
war, and rampant genetic engineering have spawned
widespread chaos and devastation throughout Africa.
Nicholas Hyde is investigating a reported massacre in a
remote corner of the Congo when his team is attacked by a
band of fierce apelike creatures, possibly the result of
illegal genetic experimentation on chimpanzees. Nick
survives the encounter, only to discover himself at the
center of a massive cover-up.
Obligate, the supposedly eco-friendly transnational that
now controls the Congo, denies the existence of the "white
devils," and will stop at nothing to suppress all evidence
to the contrary. Although Nick has secrets of his own to
conceal, he becomes determined to uncover the origin of the
mysterious creatures---and why certain individuals will
kill to bury the truth.
But even the atrocities he has already witnessed cannot
prepare him for the terrifying secret of the white devils.
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