The concept behind this story was intriguing, but the execution was just not well done. The highly educated professional scientist ends up behaving like a school girl. The Federal agents don't behave much better. I would not read another book by Greg Bear.
This was a scientific concept. Develop the science of the story further. Allow the characters to stay true to themselves and evolve in a mature sense.
His reading of the story was great. Nice inflection.
Disappointment. I really expected a scientific thriller. I even get into the political upheaval a situation like this might cause, but the character and story development really fell short.
Hard to recommend because of technobiojargonlanguage,particularly in the first 1/2 of the book. But, if you hang in, the last 1/3 is really compelling.
When the 3 year old interfaces with other children.
When he did the argument between the several government types toward the end of the book. He is so masterful, you were never confused about who was saying what to whom.
Since Frank died, George is alone at the top of the mountain.
Both...I did. I cried several times and laughed out loud a few times. I got angry. This one really got to me. Thank you Mr. Bear.
Story that keeps attention vs. filling pages describing a scene without purpose.
It started with promise then went downhill and stayed there.
Avid reader. Even more avid listener. I enjoy thrillers, sci-fi, fantasy, non-fiction .... just about everything.
An ending that didn't suck
Not at all. This is one of my favorite genres.
The characters were fine. The ending really disappointed.
Husband, Dad, Principal, Adjunct prof, RC Deacon, radio co-host, story teller, NYer, walker, & occasional sipper of fine whisk(e)y,
... and then it started to trip on itself. I which there was more time to develop the thesis. Interesting conceit, just happen to fizzle out at the end
Interesting premise of both past and future.
Love George Guidall. Just love his voice.
Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.
This book is worth listening to… much of it. George Guidall will help with all of it, but particularly the, um, "look-I-really-now-about-this-stuff" parts. See this is all about what's riding on the Watson and Crick double helix. So, be prepared to go eye-glazed as Mr. Bear's scientists show off their knowledge so we will suspend disbelief.
When the lectures start… let your mind wander. Don't try to follow… and don't try to look for a lot of plot in these monologues. Instead, give the author credit for his research and push on. It's a cool story and very Crichton-ish. If you liked Michael Crichton and like Robin Cook, you'll enjoy this. I did.
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The jump the shark moment for me was when the principle scientists decide for themselves what they believe is the nature of the biological reproductive "disaster" is, and decide the best course of action is to get married, have a mutant baby, and go hide somewhere and let the world take care of itself. It felt unrealistic to me that a person would behave this way.
In the end, I felt like I was watching a cheesy sci-fi disaster made for TV movie.
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This was a great medical mystery book! A mix between Robin Cook and Michael Crichton; a real pager turner!
My only complaint and the reason I could not go all the way and give it 5 stars was because it was just way too “jargony” and it lost me quite a few times along the way. There was a lot of dumbing-it-down-for-the-common-man and the author provided plenty of explanations of the medical terms and processes (so much so that it started to feel like he was showing off his research) but there was still WAY WAY too much technical detail for my liking. As soon as it started getting interesting, it got text-booky.
I also felt like I lost huge chunks of the developing story; many times I found myself thinking “How did we get to this point?” or “when did that happen?” … did I miss something crucial?
If you have a good attention span (better than mine anyway) you won’t have trouble – I on the other hand was confused for a lot of the time. Still, it was a great story and I can’t wait to dig into Book 2!