Genocide of One

Genocide of One

A Thriller

Book - 2014
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"During a briefing in Washington D.C., the President is informed of a threat to national security: a three-year-old boy named Akili, who is already the smartest being on the planet. Representing the next step in human evolution, Akili can perceive patterns and predict future events better than most supercomputers, and is capable of manipulating grand-scale events like pieces on a chess board. And yet, for all that power, Akili has the emotional maturity of a child--which might make him the most dangerous threat humanity has ever faced. An American soldier, Jonathan Yeager, leads an international team of elite operatives deep into the heart of the Congolese jungle under Presidential orders to destroy this threat to humanity before Akili's full potential can be realized. But Yeager has a very sick child, and Akili's advanced knowledge of all things, medicine included, may be Yeager's only hope for saving his son's life. Soon Yeager finds himself caught between following his orders and saving a creature with a hidden agenda, who plans to either save humanity as we know it--or destroy it"--
Publisher: New York :, Mulholland Books,, 2014
Edition: First North American edition
ISBN: 9780316226226
Branch Call Number: FIC Taka
Characteristics: 506 p
Additional Contributors: Gabriel, Philip 1953-


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May 06, 2016

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12/2 - I'm really enjoying the feeling of suspended tension in 'Hawk's' side of the story, but Kento's story is getting a bit bogged down in the details of biological science. Reading the explanations of what Kento's father wants him to do, my eyes were starting to glaze over with the complexity of it all. It seems clear to me that Takano did his research (or has a background in biology), but I really wish he hadn't been quite so thorough with his explanations, it's just a bit too much for someone with a 'no science' background. It's like he knows his professor will be reading this book and feels great pressure to get the science absolutely right and explain everything as if this is an exam instead of fiction. To be continued...

17/2 - I'm trying really hard to enjoy this because it has such a promising plot (it started out with four stars, but if I was to continue to be honest about my feelings regarding the book I couldn't leave the rating at four, it had to come down to three). It could be soooo good! but there are just too many incomprehensible medical, biological, and technical computer details. Any time something exciting starts to happen (whenever Hawk and his men in the Congo show up, which isn't nearly often enough) the chapter ends and the POV changes to one of the scientists who play a role in bringing the story together and the reader is bombarded with information about a highly technical subject that most of us just don't have the expertise to understand or the tolerance to find the depth of detail given all that interesting. The subjects of DNA, genetic mutations, code breaking, viruses, and so on are all interesting, but Takano just goes into so much detail that, at frequent points, I feel like I'm reading a non-fiction journal article aimed at professionals of the field. I was expecting a thrill ride, not a lecture. To be continued...

27/2 - GOD! I have been reading this for.ever.. I have to finish this tonight, there are other books which look really enticing and more interesting than this. My feelings haven't really changed regarding everything I said in my previous updates. The things that are annoying continue to be annoying, and the things that aren't annoying continue to be completely overshadowed by the aforementioned annoying things. To be continued...

28/2 - FINISHED FINALLY!! I feel like I've been reading this for months. In parts it's been a real tough slog, then others the story got very exciting and attention-holding. I will reiterate what I've said a number of times now - there was just too much technical detail. I felt like the author had read reviews of other sci-fi/action thrillers where the reviewers had complained about the lack of detail and realistic explanation as to how magical-seeming science stuff worked, and decided that no one was going to make the same complaint of his book. Unfortunately he went about 100 miles too far with his explanations, leaving this reader with the feeling of complete bemusement regarding all the scientific explanations about how new drugs are made.

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