Darwin's Radio

Darwin's Radio

Paperback - 2000
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A 2000 HUGO AWARD NOMINEE

Ancient diseases encoded in the DNA of humans wait like sleeping dragons to wake and infect again--or so molecular biologist Kaye Lang believes. And now it looks as if her controversial theory is in fact chilling reality. For Christopher Dicken, a "virus hunter" at the Epidemic Intelligence Service, has pursued an elusive flu-like disease that strikes down expectant mothers and their offspring. Then a major discovery high in the Alps --the preserved bodies of a prehistoric family--reveals a shocking link: something that has slept in our genes for millions of years is waking up.

Now, as the outbreak of this terrifying disease threatens to become a deadly epidemic, Dicken and Lang must race against time to assemble the pieces of a puzzle only they are equipped to solve--an evolutionary puzzle that will determine the future of the human race . . . if a future exists at all.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine, 2000
ISBN: 9780345435248
0345435249

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Ancient diseases encoded in the DNA of humans wait like sleeping dragons to wake and infect again--or so molecular biologist Kaye Lang believes. And now it looks as if her controversial theory is in fact chilling reality. For Christopher Dicken, a "virus hunter" at the Epidemic Intellig... Read More »

Molecular biologist Kaye Lang's theory -- that ancient diseases encoded in the DNA of humans can return to life -- has become a chilling reality. The shocking evidence: a "virus-hunter" has tracked down a flu-like disease that kills expectant mothers and their offspring.


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hgibbins
May 16, 2017

This is the second time I've tried to read this and have given up as the plotting is very slow to develop. The story itself sounds like a great premise, but it could have been done much better.

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timmyob
May 05, 2016

I agree this book could have been better if shortened to focus on the events and technical stuff. I was able to skip a few pages here and there and still was on track with what was going on. Also you should have some good understanding of microbiology, the book is very technical at times.

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LauraSteinert
Aug 07, 2015

This would have been a great book if anyone bothered to edit it down to 300 pages. Because, really, do we need four pages of drinking wine with nothing about the plot, characters, or even foreshadowing? Bear must have been reading something like Portrait of a Lady and thought he should try adding every extraneous detail he could come up with--like do we really want to know she wears white panties and bra when we no no one is going to see them? Does it take 3 pages to describe a neglected hallway? Hidden in the fluff and nonsense is a pretty good book or an excellent novella. Sorry, but last Bear book for me.

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