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The miracle strain : a genetic thriller
Michael Cordy
Adult Fiction CORDY

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From Publishers' Weekly:

In the year 2002, the Brotherhood of the Second Coming scours the world for the new Messiah. This first novel uses a fanatical cult to whip popular fantasies about the millennium into a potent cocktail of high-tech science and apocalypse. Just after receiving the Nobel Prize, geneticist Tom Carter is attacked by a Brotherhood assassin who condemns his work as unnatural. Tom is unharmed, but his wife, Olivia, dies. Using his own "Genescope," which decodes a human genetic map from a single cell, Tom discovers that his eight-year-old daughter, Holly, will be struck by brain cancer. Desperate to save Holly, Tom forms an uneasy alliance with the Brotherhood, which provides a tooth of Christ so that Tom can extract "Nazarene" genes that may cure his daughter. In return, he's expected to give the Brotherhood data on who may be a match for the Messiah. Cordy provides some clever twists, plenty of action and a whizbang climax; but the writing is bland and often careless‘in one goofy moment, "the lapsed Baptist crossed herself." The most interesting character here is the Brotherhood assassin Maria, a beautiful, intelligent young woman who chooses to become the merciless nemesis rather than the healer she was born to be. Still, Cordy's debut is atmospheric enough and the new Messiah's probable identity is intriguing enough to keep pages turning until the last revelation. Major ad/promo; Literary Guild Super Release; film rights to Disney; audio rights to HarperAudio; foreign rights sold in 10 countries; author tour. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

In this debut genetics novel, Tom Carter, genetics genius, and his partner, computer whiz Jasmine Washington, have invented the Genescope, through which anyone's DNA can be reproduced completely and then modified from just a single cell. Genetically triggered diseases like cystic fibrosis are being cured, and cancer and AIDS are the next targets. Meanwhile, an ancient, secret cult directs their trained assassin, the Preacher, to kill Carter for meddling with nature; the bullet kills Carter's wife instead. Then Carter's daughter develops a congenital brain tumor that will kill her in months, and the scientists search DNA databanks for any matches that could heal the girl. The cult, which possesses a carefully preserved piece of Christ, calls off the Preacher, who decides to disobey and finish the job. The imaginative plot flirts with silliness, but the suspense holds, most of the twists are surprises, and the story will grip the reader to the last page. That Disney owns the movie rights might make this a hot title for public libraries. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 5/15/97.]‘Robert C. Moore, DuPont Merck Pharmaceuticals Co. Information Svcs., N. Billerica, Mass. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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