"Reprint of an exciting action-packed medical thriller"
In Berkley, California, French-Canadian research molecular
biologist Pierre Tardivel works on the Human Genome Project
even as he expects to die soon due to the probability that
he suffers from terminal genetic Huntington's disease. His
girlfriend psychologist Molly Bond knows Pierre cares
deeply for her especially since she has limited telepathic
skills. When someone attacks Pierre, Molly realizes that an
unknown person hired the assailant to kill Pierre.
Both wonder why he would be the victim of an assassination
attempt. Pierre does what he does best, conduct research
seeking trends. He soon learns that his health insurance
provider Condor has had an abnormally high number of deaths
of those members with potentially expensive health costs
that they would have to cover. At the same time Molly,
wanting an offspring of Pierre, but unable to conceive
naturally accepts the kind offer from Pierre's boss, Nobel
Prize winner Burian Klimus to have an IVF impregnation.
However, Burian uses the opportunity to test something
different as he impregnates Molly with DNA extracted from
the remains of a Neanderthal at the same time the Justice
Department Agent Avi Meyer warns Pierre that his superior
may be Ivan the Terrible of Treblinka infamy.
This is a reprint of an exciting action-packed medical
thriller that grips the audience from the moment readers
meet Pierre and never slows down until the final twist. The
story line in some ways will remind the audience of
Rosemary's baby except the devil is am amoral human using
modern science to impregnate the innocent woman. Though the
ties back to Treblinka seem forced and add nothing (Klimus
can be a modern day scientist with no ethics without the
concentration camp résumé), readers will finish this
thriller in one exciting sitting.
Reviewed by Harriet Klausner
Posted November 5, 2005
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted January 25, 2007