"Powerful science fiction thriller"
Brilliant biochemist Hal Cousins conducts research on
bacteria living on the ocean floor that if proves fruitful
will be the Fountain of Youth as immortality would be the
norm. However, someone does not want Hal's work to reach
fruition and actually one of the team tries to kill him.
Others are also murdered and Hal comes under suspicion of
the homicides that include his twin brother, Rob.
Hal soon learns that under Stalin's rule, Soviet
microbiologist Maxim Golokhov discovered how to use
bacteria to control human behavior. His program, Silk
clandestinely came to the United States to set in motion a
plan for world domination. As Hal uncovers more of the
truth, he wonders if he is paranoid as he sees Silk
operatives in everyone including his brother's widow and
wonders why Silk wants to stop him from developing the
VITALS is a powerful science fiction thriller that
never slows down whether the tale is in a bathysphere on
the ocean floor or in a lab. The story line is fast-paced,
seems credible, and is loaded with action though the climax
leaves some threads dangling perhaps for a sequel. As he
did with DARWIN'S RADIO, Greg Bear stirs up the biological
paranoia that seems part of living in this century.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted December 1, 2001