I liked this for the concept but wouldn't really suggest it because it seemed to get lost on cowboys and the virtual world descriptions. The medical part of it was pretty intriguing but the characters were down right annoying.
I would only suggest it if you can suspend your belief in reasonable survival skills and really like listening to long descriptions of virtual worlds.
I liked the detailed storyline, the knowledge and research on the subject matter, both about gentetics, computers and surviving in the destert. Also, it sent a moral message about alterning human genes without being too preachy.
I would compare it to a Michael Crichton novel.
65 y/o father of two sons. Married 25 yrs. Audible member for 8 yrs. I can hardly read books with my eyes any more. I love reviewing.
Preston and Childs apparently have written many books. I was spoiled by reading The Ice Limit first, which is a true masterpiece. This is not. It is clever, with a lot of thought and a whole lot of research behind it. It is far-reaching and science-fictiony for 1996. It is a very strident argument against genetic modification of medications, and indeed of anything these guys tinker with. It does keep you reading, as David Colacci virtually always does. However, the detailed descriptions of the computer programming and of the lab and science being addressed will test the patience of many readers. The chief computer freak is a cleverly imagined character who is nonetheless as over the top as any character I have ever heard. The (spoiler alert) romance between Carson and Cabeza de Vaca is something that you can see coming from a mile away, but it takes about a thousand figurative miles to happen, and it comes at almost the end of the book. The lab itself is excruciatingly well drawn, and the ambition of the boss is so over-reaching as to try one's patience, as (another spoiler alert) he eventually tries to sell his virus for 5 BILLION dollars to the Army. There are many things to praise about the book, and I gave it a higher rating than I thought I would. It takes a lot of patience to wade through some parts, which scream for an editor. You might enjoy the reading, but you may find yourself wishing it were about three hours shorter than the book ends up being.
A lover of contemporary, character driven sci-fi.
The main character was excellently developed, and it had a fairly strong plot, although it changed gears on me at the end and fell short. As someone deeply entrenched in the biological sciences, i love a good bio thriller although unfortunately the science must be top-notch in order for me to buy it-- this one just didn't quite cut it for me. Still, kept me reading to the end, which is saying something. Meh.
Really enjoy listening to these books sure am glad I was introduced to Audible. Best dollar I've ever spent.
I liked this one, and being a PC Tech 4 tier support person both hardware and soft it was kinda fun to see something that one could only wish for.
The story line was good and enjoyed the narration.
This is a good read/listen.
I was only able to download a partial recording of this book, very disapointed in the lackof concern in emails (unanswered) and phone calls. I don't regard this website as trustworthy.
Tom P. Wilson
I found this book interesting, exciting, gripping, and entertaining. The topic is appropo and fortuitous given the high interest in gene therapy; the plot posits a set of entirely plausible if alarming circumstances that will capture your imagination and keep you awake at night. This is one book you will find difficult to put down. Making this book one of the better reads I have had the pleasure of experiencing is the performance by Mr. Colacci. His rendition adds to the very gratifying experience of listening to a great work.
A good story, well read but the sound quality was so poor I often had to undock my Garmin and reposition it near my ear, even with the volume at 100%. Really disappointing.