Genesis Code

A Thriller of the Near Future

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About The Book

Now in paperback: “A thrill ride through the dangerous intersection where the human genetics revolution and aggressive big power rivalries meet.” —Richard Clarke

The latest designer drug, Blue Magic, might explain the needle mark on the arm of a young woman found dead in her Kansas City apartment. But when Star reporter Rich Azadian digs deeper, the clues point to a far more explosive story: MaryLee Stock was a protégée of evangelical megapastor and power broker Cobalt Becker, who is poised to deliver his followers and the presidency to a firebrand right-wing senator in the next election. When Azadian sets out to prove that MaryLee’s death was no accident and she may have been carrying Becker’s baby, the stakes become life itself.

In 2023 America—bankrupt, violently divided by culture wars, and beholden to archrival China—the rules of the game are complicated. When the deaths of other young women appear to be connected to MaryLee’s, the US Department of National Competitiveness moves in to quash the investigation. Azadian’s only option is to go rogue, assemble a team of brilliant misfits like himself, and begin the fight of his life to find out who is killing these women and why, and whether any others like them may still be alive.

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About The Author

Jamie Metzl is author of the novels Genesis Code and The Depths of the Sea. He is a Senior Fellow of the Atlantic Council and has served in the US National Security Council, State Department, and Senate Foreign Relations Committee, as Executive Vice President of the Asia Society, and with the United Nations in Cambodia. Jamie appears frequently on national and international media, and his writing on Asia, international relations, genetics, and other topics is featured regularly in publications around the world. He holds a PhD from Oxford and a JD from Harvard Law School and is a magna cum laude graduate of Brown University.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Arcade (May 10, 2016)
  • Length: 348 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781628726084

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Raves and Reviews

"A thrill ride through the dangerous intersection where the human genetics revolution and aggressive big power rivalries meet." —Richard Clarke, former White House terrorism czar and New York Times bestselling author of Against All Enemies

"Genesis Code is both a high-octane thriller exploring what could happen if international politics drive the human genetic revolution and a compelling love story touching the core of what it means to be a good old-fashioned human being. Read this book and let the conversation about the future of our species begin." —Sanjay Gupta, CNN chief medical correspondent and New York Times–bestselling author

“Genesis Code is a highly original and thoroughly gripping account of a nightmare that may yet prove all too real. I read it in one sitting—I could not put it down. A thrilling tale written with heart-pounding authority.” —Kati Marton, author of the New York Times bestseller, Paris—A Love Story

"A spellbinding odyssey into our genetic future. Jamie Metzl is a supreme storyteller who entrances his readers with deep and surprising insights into science, politics, and the human condition." —Eric Garcetti, mayor of Los Angeles

“An old-fashioned hard-boiled thriller . . . Metzl knows his science, and the detail is elegantly done while the novel moves at a nonstop pace over 41 days. Metzl provides a believable look at a not-too-distant future where science, politics, religion, economics and the ability to report the "truth" are all inseparably bound together.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Metzl offers up a tense vision of the near future with this science fiction thriller.” —Publishers Weekly

"Metzl... has a strong command of the financial, political and bioethical questions at the heart of his fast-paced dystopian novel." —Washington Post

"The plot is stellar and well paced. . . . The science on the DNA enhancement research is fascinating. . . . Fans of sci-fi and mystery will definitely enjoy Genesis Code." —Portland Book Review

"Riveting...a real page-turner...a vivid, exciting and well-paced thriller...with a message:...that we must all learn to use wisely the scientific advances that our greatest geniuses uncover." —World Policy Blog

"A thrill ride through the dangerous intersection where the human genetics revolution and aggressive big power rivalries meet." —Richard Clarke, former White House terrorism czar and New York Times bestselling author of Against All Enemies

"Genesis Code is both a high-octane thriller exploring what could happen if international politics drive the human genetic revolution and a compelling love story touching the core of what it means to be a good old-fashioned human being. Read this book and let the conversation about the future of our species begin." —Sanjay Gupta, CNN chief medical correspondent and New York Times–bestselling author

“Genesis Code is a highly original and thoroughly gripping account of a nightmare that may yet prove all too real. I read it in one sitting—I could not put it down. A thrilling tale written with heart-pounding authority.” —Kati Marton, author of the New York Times bestseller, Paris—A Love Story

"A spellbinding odyssey into our genetic future. Jamie Metzl is a supreme storyteller who entrances his readers with deep and surprising insights into science, politics, and the human condition." —Eric Garcetti, mayor of Los Angeles

“An old-fashioned hard-boiled thriller . . . Metzl knows his science, and the detail is elegantly done while the novel moves at a nonstop pace over 41 days. Metzl provides a believable look at a not-too-distant future where science, politics, religion, economics and the ability to report the "truth" are all inseparably bound together.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Metzl offers up a tense vision of the near future with this science fiction thriller.” —Publishers Weekly

"Metzl... has a strong command of the financial, political and bioethical questions at the heart of his fast-paced dystopian novel." —Washington Post

"The plot is stellar and well paced. . . . The science on the DNA enhancement research is fascinating. . . . Fans of sci-fi and mystery will definitely enjoy Genesis Code." —Portland Book Review

"Riveting...a real page-turner...a vivid, exciting and well-paced thriller...with a message:...that we must all learn to use wisely the scientific advances that our greatest geniuses uncover." —World Policy Blog

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