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Darwin's Radio | [Greg Bear]

Darwin's Radio

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.
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Publisher's Summary

Greg Bear's fiction ingeniously combines cutting-edge science and unforgettable characters. It has won multiple Hugo and Nebula Awards and choruses of critical acclaim. Now, with Darwin's Radio, Bear creates a nonstop thriller swirling with provocative ideas about the next step of human evolution.

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

What the Critics Say

  • Winner, 2000 Nebula Award - Best Novel

"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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    "It's worth it for the birth scene"

    I don't know how a man wrote such an amazing section on child birth, but it's absolutely gripping.

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    "D'ont even start it."

    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.

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    "Go back!"

    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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