• Darwin’s Cipher

  • By: M.A. Rothman
  • Narrated by: Tim Campbell
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (426 ratings)

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By: M.A. Rothman
Narrated by: Tim Campbell
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Juan Gutierrez, a cancer researcher, has spent years studying the genome of animals that exhibit immunity to some types of cancer. Over the course of his study, Juan discovers a pattern that allows him to predict the course of a species' evolution across thousands of generations. Using the algorithm he's developed from the pattern, Juan uncovers what he believes to be the key to conquering humanity's susceptibility to cancer. Others are interested in using what Juan has dubbed "Darwin's Cipher"; however, instead of cancer research, they see very different applications for the new genetic algorithm.  

Nate Carrington, an FBI forensic analyst, has been struggling with several cold cases when he's alerted to an incident at a nearby ranch. It's a case of a newborn calf who is found in the middle of a herd of dead cattle. It provides a single link to Nate's other cold cases: the DNA analysis of the calf doesn't match anything in the FBI's database. 

Somewhere in a rural hospital in West Virginia, four hospital workers are dead and a newborn child has been transported to the NIH's level-four bio-containment unit. It's only when the NIH sends out an alert to all hospitals and law enforcement agencies that the world realizes the danger that faces them.

©2019 Michael A. Rothman (P)2019 Tantor

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Very Nice Story

I often use books to help me fall asleep. This book was too interesting, too much of a page-turner for me to use it that way. I had to find a different book for falling asleep, and then listen to this one when I was wide awake.

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Better ending would have made it a “5.”

Absolutely outstanding book. Did not want to put it down. Unfortunately, the ending was incomplete and disappointing. The book ending was not well developed. Left a lot of questions and not the type that would lead to a sequel. Still, a good read.

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Interesting

This is an interesting take on the consequences of searching for cures. Characters are those you want to hear follow along through the story. Overall a good listen.

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an exciting read

I enjoyed the story and performance. the scientific parts were explained so that I thought I understood. only thing that irritatef me was that when Kathy was at the clinic at her college, the dr discussed her anemia , was lacking in the knowledge of womens health issues. Drs always ask about periods etc to young ( and older) women. I am way past that age , however due to other health issues have had anemia since I was young. New drs always ask about uterine issues when they first see my labs, and I refer them them to my specialist

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a disciple of crichton

upside: reminds me of Andromeda Strain an Jurassic Park. An homage.

downside: after the fact the author references those two titles in the epilogue....a great book, but obviously influenced by Michael Crichton.

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Riveting

I have not enjoyed a book this much in a long time. Recommending it to everyone!

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Great read! .

By the way, if you like Michael CRICHTON books, you will surely want to read this book.

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Good Book

The narration is great. The book is good. The wrap up is a little short and there are some plot holes. I will look for more books by this author to try. Definitely like the narrator.

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Technical and factual

As much as I enjoyed this, I was blown away by the realistic background . I actually think I might have learned something

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Pandemic -The Prequel

I finished this book before COVID-19 and didn't get around to reviewing. The book held my interest and it's science felt authentic. In our new pandemic era I'm recommending it to relatives as a primer. Very well researched. The writing and story pacing are accomplished, reminiscent of Michael Crichton. However you are unlikely to discover any literary bon-bons in this box.

Like the science, the ethnic and "racial" diversity of the characters seemed true-to-life, but laid in a bit heavily (in some ways the whole book seemed to be a treatment for a movie-yet-to-be-made. My thought about the heavy DIVERSITY as it went was that it could have been left to the screen adapters to flesh in those bits).

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