“Just as good as the first two in the series and even more engaging as it delved into areas that I was completely unfamiliar with.”see full review » see other reviews »
“good”Shari wrote this review Sunday, December 30, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Enjoyable read with an interesting premise. Given the way genetic research is growing, the plot is certainly plausible. This book was written 15 years ago making it even more prophetic.
The characters meshed well. There were minimal characters that were not germaine to the story.
Overall a good read - more a 3.5 star.”
“Though the latter stages of this novel stretched credibility past the point at which it became silly, the majority of this was an entertaining enough read (and not so silly as to be off-putting). You felt entertained, but you would be wrong to assume that you were being educated at all, as the author displayed a very 'selective' grasp of genetic knowledge. Still, the complexity and ambition were laudable and the end result perfectly amiable.”Monkey Davies wrote this review Friday, August 10, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Very complicated and mature. I do think it's worth reading, but you have to read every line to understand the basis of the story. Over all interesting. Twist and turns in the story keep you hooked and the characters are well-developed. Worth reading.”Catherine wrote this review Saturday, April 21, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Just as good as the first two in the series and even more engaging as it delved into areas that I was completely unfamiliar with.”Dan Perlman wrote this review Monday, December 26, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book was 500 pages, but probably could have been written in half that. ”Hannah Baylor wrote this review Tuesday, December 6, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
November 11, 2011
Kevin Marshall is a 34 year old man living inside Cogo, Equilateral Guinea. He is a member of the bio-tech company Gensys. Kevin has learned how to place parts of chromosomes into the places of a different chromosome. Kevin has been doing this to make livers that are perfect for the person using the switching of chromosome parts and bonobos, a type of primate. The primates that have perfect livers for a person are called doubles.
Meanwhile on the other side of the world Carlo Franconi, a member of the mafia, was assassinated before he could give information on the mafia. Jack Stapleton and Laurie Montgomery are Medical examiners in New York and, Laurie has been assigned to the Franconi case. Later that night someone goes inside and steals Franconi’s body before an autopsy can be done. While Laurie is working on what she can of the Franconi case, Jack is assigned to a case of a body that was found in the water which has been decapitated, had his hands cut off and, has had his internal organs blown to pieces because of a shotgun. Because of the state of the body it will be extremely hard to identify the body and figure out who it was.
In Cogo Kevin is in his office and has a perfect view of Isla Francesca, the island where they keep the doubles. He is concerned that smoke is coming from the island and the government, which is being paid by Gensys, has made orders to shoot at any one who comes near the island except for certain Gensys employees. That means the doubles, hippos, crocodiles, and other types of monkeys, which aren’t used for the chromosome switching process, are the only things on the island. Kevin thinks that there is a possibility that he has made basically cavemen and that they are making fire on the island. Kevin’s superiors say he is crazy and that it is just the storms. However lighting has not struck Isla Francesca but yet there is still smoke.
In New York Jack Stapleton has been able to identify the missing body as Carlo Franconi but with a lot of difficulty. Carlo Franconi’s body was hard to identify because his internal organs were obliterated and the body was decapitated. Jack then has a hunch that the way the body got out was there is a spy in the medical examiners office. As Vinnie, a co-worker to Jack and Laurie, continues to be grumpy Jack and Laurie become suspicious and have a friend in the police department keep and eye on Vinnie. The biggest reason why they were suspicious is Vinnie had only been grumpy ever since the Franconi incident started.
(Cogo) Kevin and some of his friends in the hospital decide that they can’t stand the thought that they, one of the friends had helped with the chromosome part the other was just a nurse, had made protohumans (cave men). they go out to Isla Francesca and try to get on the island when some of the local solders started shooting. At first it sounded more of a lower sound but Kevin having been in Cogo for so long knew the sound of an assault rifle. So when he heard one he tackled his friends who were in front of him. They were found and thrown in prison where one of their employers had to come and pick them up. Melanie, the friend who helped with the chromosome splitting, was more than furious and demanded that they should go back to the island. They said this when the solders and their employer weren’t there obviously. Kevin at first disagreed but after both of his friends voted against him he had to give up the idea of not going. They try going later and are caught again but Melanie, the friend who helped with the chromosome splitting, said that she was just looking for the glasses she lost the first time around. Siegfried, one of the employers, said that he was sorry and that he would have some of the solders look for the glasses. The glasses aren’t real they were just a scapegoat but this was able to tell them that they will need to go by boat to get on that island.
In New York Laurie goes home after a long day at work and is met by some people who work for Vinnie. Not the Vinnie in the medical examiners office but a different Vinnie. The two guys say that they are supposed to warn her that she needs to not work on the case or else. After beating her a little they kill her cat and leave. Laurie talks to Jack about this on the phone and goes over to his apartment up in Harlem. Not to long after she arrives the same two guys go to Jack’s to give him the same warning. However about a minute after the two guys arrive, the local gang, the leader of which was one of Jack’s friends, bust in and catch the guys completely off guard. After Warren and his gang took care of the situation disarming the two, Jack hits Angelo who was one of the guys so hard that Angelo staggers a bit.”
“Gripping tale till the last page”Neo wrote this review Wednesday, November 16, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“An excellent book! At first it hadn't caught my attention, but then... an intriguing book with so much suspense! No doubt, it has a great plot.
trad.: Um livro excelente! Ao princípio não me chamava muito à atenção, mas então.... um livro intrigante com tanto suspense! Sem dúvida, tem um óptimo enredo.”
When notorious underworld figure Carlo Franconi is gunned down, his mafioso competitors become prime suspects. Suspicious are fueled when Franconi's body disappears from the city morgue before it can be autopsied - much to the embarrassment of the chief medical examiner and the mayor, but to the amusement of the morgue's resident cynic, forensic pathologist Dr. Jack Stapleton. A few days later, when the mutilated, unidentifiable body of a "floater" arrives on the autopsy table, Jack is troubled by the case. While unidentified bodies routinely make their way to the medical examiner's office, what piques Jack's curiosity is not so much this body's missing head, hands, and feet, but its missing liver. Aided by his colleague Dr. Laurie Montgomery, Jack identifies the corpse as the missing Franconi, but this positive identification in no way solves the mystery. Who killed Carlo Franconi? And was the triggerman responsible for the theft of Franconi's body and its eventual mutilation? ”