Darwin's Radio

Darwin's Radio

Book - 1999
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Random House, Inc.
A 2000 HUGO AWARD NOMINEE

Greg Bear's powerfully written, brilliantly inventive novels combine cutting-edge science and unforgettable characters, illuminating dazzling new technologies--and their dangers. Now, in Darwin's Radio, Bear draws on state-of-the-art biological and anthropological research to give us an ingeniously plotted thriller that questions everything we believe about human origins and destiny--as civilization confronts the next terrifying step in evolution.

A mass grave in Russia that conceals the mummified remains of two women, both with child--and the conspiracy to keep it secret . . . a major discovery high in the Alps: the preserved bodies of a prehistoric family--the newborn infant possessing disturbing characteristics . . . a mysterious disease that strikes only pregnant women, resulting in miscarriage. Three disparate facts that will converge into one science-shattering truth.

Molecular biologist Kaye Lang, a specialist in retroviruses, believes that ancient diseases encoded in the DNA of humans can again come to life. But her theory soon becomes chilling reality. For Christopher Dicken--a "virus hunter" at the Epidemic Intelligence Service--has pursued an elusive flu-like disease that strikes down expectant mothers and their offspring. The shocking link: something that has slept in our genes for millions of years is waking up.

Now, as the outbreak of this terrifying disease threatens to become a deadly epidemic, Dicken and Lang, along with anthropologist Mitch Rafelson, must race against time to assemble the pieces of a puzzle only they are equipped to solve. An evolutionary puzzle that will determine the future of the human race . . . if a future exists at all.

A fiercely intelligent, utterly enthralling novel of adventure and ideas, genetics and evolution, a fast-paced thriller that is grounded in the timeless human themes of struggle, loss, and redemption, Darwin's Radio is sure to become one of the most talked-about books of the year.

Baker & Taylor
A virus hunter at the Epidemic Intelligence Service has discovered that a long-dormant virus encoded in human DNA is about to reawaken, with terrifying consequences for any woman about to have a child

Blackwell North Amer
A mass grave in Russia that conceals the mummified remains of two women, both with child - and the conspiracy to keep it secret ... a major discovery high in the Alps: the preserved bodies of a prehistoric family - the newborn infant possessing disturbing characteristics ... a mysterious disease that strikes only pregnant women, resulting in miscarriage. Three disparate facts that will converge into one science-shattering truth.
Molecular biologist Kaye Lang, a specialist in retroviruses, believes that ancient diseases encoded in the DNA of humans can again come to life. But her theory soon becomes chilling reality. For Christopher Dicken - a "virus hunter" at the Epidemic Intelligence Service - has pursued an elusive flu-like disease that strikes down expectant mothers and their offspring. The shocking link: something that has slept in our genes for millions of years is waking up.
Now, as the outbreak of this terrifying disease threatens to become a deadly epidemic, Dicken and Lan, along with anthropologist Mitch Rafelson, must race against time to assemble the pieces of a puzzle only they are equipped to solve. An evolutionary puzzle that will determine the future of the human race ... if a future exists at all.

Baker
& Taylor

A virus hunter at the Epidemic Intelligence Service has discovered that a long-dormant virus encoded in human DNA is about to re-awaken, with terrifying consequences for any woman about to have a child.

Publisher: New York : Del Rey Book, Ballantine Publishing, c1999
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780345423337
034542333X
Branch Call Number: F BEA
Characteristics: 430 p. ; 24 cm

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hgibbins
May 16, 2017

This is the second time I've tried to read this and have given up as the plotting is very slow to develop. The story itself sounds like a great premise, but it could have been done much better.

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timmyob
May 05, 2016

I agree this book could have been better if shortened to focus on the events and technical stuff. I was able to skip a few pages here and there and still was on track with what was going on. Also you should have some good understanding of microbiology, the book is very technical at times.

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LauraSteinert
Aug 07, 2015

This would have been a great book if anyone bothered to edit it down to 300 pages. Because, really, do we need four pages of drinking wine with nothing about the plot, characters, or even foreshadowing? Bear must have been reading something like Portrait of a Lady and thought he should try adding every extraneous detail he could come up with--like do we really want to know she wears white panties and bra when we no no one is going to see them? Does it take 3 pages to describe a neglected hallway? Hidden in the fluff and nonsense is a pretty good book or an excellent novella. Sorry, but last Bear book for me.

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brontoceratops
Jul 19, 2015

At least the characters are flat & unengaging!

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brontoceratops
Aug 17, 2014

A prehistoric virus prompts the next leap in human evolution.

Bear manages to drag this 10-page short story into a 300+ page boondoggle.

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