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The Genius Plague Audiobook

The Genius Plague

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Publisher's Summary

The contagion is in your mind

In this science fiction thriller, brothers are pitted against each other as a pandemic threatens to destabilize world governments by exerting a subtle mind control over survivors.

Neil Johns has just started his dream job as a code breaker for the NSA when his brother Paul, a mycologist, goes missing on a trip to collect samples in the Amazon jungle. Paul returns with a gap in his memory and a fungal infection that almost kills him. But once he recuperates, he has enhanced communication, memory, and pattern recognition. Meanwhile, something is happening in South America; others, like Paul, have also fallen ill and recovered with abilities they didn't have before.

But that's not the only pattern - the survivors, from entire remote Brazilian tribes to American tourists, all seem to be working toward a common, deadly goal. Neil soon uncovers a secret, unexplained alliances form between governments that have traditionally been enemies, and Paul becomes increasingly secretive and erratic. Paul sees the fungus as the next stage of human evolution, while Neil is convinced that it is driving its human hosts to destruction.

Brother must oppose brother on an increasingly fraught international stage, with the free will of every human on earth at stake. Can humanity use this force for good, or are we becoming the pawns of an utterly alien intelligence?

©2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc. (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    wheezy 10-23-17
    wheezy 10-23-17
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    "The Genius Plague was an all-around very fun book "

    The Genius Plague was an all-around very fun book to read. Walton presents a lot of complicated science in a very ingest-able format. The book is well-paced and keeps you on the edge of your seat. I wasn't 100% satisfied with how the book ended (maybe only 80% satisfied!), but I absolutely loved the journey to get there.

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    Andrew 10-17-17
    Andrew 10-17-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Predictable and Tedious"

    This felt fairly uninspired, I would not waste your time, money or energy on this book. I say that as a lover of science fiction, fantasy and even non fiction. A protagonist NSA agent, an antagonist mycologist and an Alzheimer’s patient all within one family group. If any other character was important in the story I’m sure they would have ended up being a close relative as well. Groan.

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    RJPF 10-14-17
    RJPF 10-14-17
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    "Intriguing idea poorly executed"

    I really wanted to like this book - I had to make myself listen to the entire thing. This book has received 4-5 stars on multiple sites.

    The reader appears to be chosen for his ability to pronounce Portuguese words correctly but doesn't catch things like "neuron star".

    The main character is totally ridiculous - the brilliant 21 year white male old college drop out who solves the problems that no one else can. He loves the NSA! He can't wait to be part of the team! Yay! He doesn't freak out when the head of the NSA - he is travelling with him - is murdered in an explosion in Brasilia! The head of his group - a 70 something lifetime employee of the NSA - just loves her new hire and defers to the snotty know it all! This is a matter of national security! Just yuck

    The premise is interesting but vague - it has big holes in some areas. I am usually willing to suspend belief for a good sci-fi story - after all, it is fiction - but this story pushed it past my limits.

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    Steve S. 10-12-17
    Steve S. 10-12-17
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    "Evolution, Co-Opted"

    Like author David Walton's previous books, Superposition and Supersymmetry, The Genius Plague is high-energy, high-velocity intrigue. With ingredients like Amazon adventure, brain-boosting mushrooms, shadowy NSA activities, fluid global alliances and even some good-old brother-against-brother challenges thrown in, The Genius Plague is a potent brew and will draw in and transfix even the most casual listener. Highly recommended!

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    Clark R. VanBuskirk 10-11-17
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    "Great Storyline"

    Great story and characters. Descriptive plot that continues to evolve. First person style and approach. A really interesting listen!

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    Z. Voigtman 10-05-17
    Z. Voigtman 10-05-17 Member Since 2016
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    "I made it 6hrs..."

    Only because I forgot to set a sleep timer.

    Grabbed it on a whim, I can't seem to get into it at all. Neither the story or the narrator grab my attention enough.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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