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This review is from: Gene (Paperback)
A brilliant book I couldn't put down
What do you get when you cross Homer, Virgil and Goethe with genetic engineering and a gritty modern day detective story? The answer is the powerful and visceral Gene. The canvas is stunningly vivid, the characters sharp and multifaceted. Like his last book this is a complex story that requires much attention by the reader, but unlike his last book Pavlou's Gene is not a tale of whiz bang. It's a mature steady deep descent into the underworld and the darkness that lays in all of us. The idea of immortality comes in many forms but for Cyclades and Athanatos it is through rebirth. But genetic reincarnation, genetic memory, has a curious flaw that I've never seen explored before now; what happens when two bloodlines are crossed? What happens when many descendents share the same memories and personality? Are they all the same person, or just parts of one? This is at the heart of Gene's darkness.