In a cave high in the Alps, a renegade anthropologist discovers a frozen Neanderthal couple with a Homo sapiens baby. Meanwhile, in southern Russia, the U.N. investigation of a mysterious mass grave is cut short. One of the investigators, molecular biologist Kaye Lang, returns home to the U.S. to learn that her theory on human retroviruses has been verified with the discovery of SHEVA, a virus that has slept in our DNA for millions of years and is now waking up. How are these seemingly disparate events connected? Kaye Lang and her colleagues must race against a genetic time bomb to find out.
Darwin's Radio pulses with intelligent speculation, international adventure, and political intrigue as it explores timeless human themes. George Guidall's masterful performance heightens the excitement and keeps you enthralled until the final fascinating word.
©2000 Greg Bear; (P)2000 Recorded Books
"Centered on well-developed, highly believable figures who are working scientists and full-fledged human beings, this fine novel is sure to please anyone who appreciates literate, state-of-the-art SF." (Publishers Weekly)
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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!
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Greg Bear is methodical, this is my third of his books, and I can say that he is reliable in his logic, and his writing. My favorite thing about all of his fiction is his ability to use very real human characteristics to bring realism to his plots. His people act like people.
Yes, sometimes plodding. Maybe one or two goofy edits out of 17 hours of recording.
This is evolution in science fiction. The conflict stems from the human capacity for stubborn denial. If you are in actual denial about actual evolution stay away.
If the next evolutionary step happened, would we recognize it? Or would we think it a disease to destroy? When a part of our genetic code suddenly activates, and women's pregnancies start go go wrong, it's a race to find the cause and cure it. Or is it something else entirely?
Exciting and thought provoking look at how we react to change and what we might do to keep the status quo rather than take a step into the unknown.
The author clearly lost his way about midway through this book. I don't know if he lost interest or decided to change direction but it was obvious and ruined the story. No more Greg Bear for me!
I liked the book until about the last 3rd after that it was not as believable or interesting. I did not like he end.
A severe suspension of disbelief is needed for this story in general. Seems like a background fiction for the so called indigo children discussed on late nite talk radio. The ability of human DNA to modify itself and anticipate changes, world events, etc. is the main problem I have with the premise.
I don't know how a man wrote such an amazing section on child birth, but it's absolutely gripping.
Marvelous until the last few chapters. There is no resolution,but more of the same, characters going from place to place forever. The author has the government "stealing' these kids as if they were criminals. not realistic given the rest of the plot.
Unless you want to learn about microbiology (how much is real and how much fiction?), this book is a SNOOZER. It reads like he just wanted to show off his new-found knowledge and and attmpted to wrap it up in a LAME story. There is no plot, no suspense, no twists, nothing. It's a straight line, completely predictable boring book. The ending was so anti-climatic I couldn't believe it.
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