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4.0 out of 5 stars Creative and intriguing book, possibly in need of some fine-tuning, 23 Aug. 2012
This review is from: Rock Creek Park (Paperback)
Favourable reviews of books by "The Economist" have been hit and miss for me in the past, but I would say I agree with the recent positive words in respect of this book.

This is a well-written novel which plays with a scary scientific theme - namely, the possibility that humans can be altered, by using certain animal genes, to be either providers of pleasure and/or fiercer fighters. The two main protagonists are a former soldier (Michael) who is now a policeman, and a former British policewoman ("Harry"), now based in the States, who secures a temporary job as a bodyguard. Their lives sort of come together as she discovers a brutalized body, while jogging, and he is called in to investigate the murder.

The science - to this layman, at least - was well-presented and reasonably easy to follow without being intimidating. And Conway does very well in developing the story components, which also include political shenanigans, and building both tension and excitement. His experience in the military shows and there is a lot of edge-of-the-seat stuff here. A little more colour in the characters may have been helpful though.

There are some unlikely story components and these become much more regular as we move towards the end. In fact, the last fifth of the book, which is spent in the Caucuses in the former Soviet Union, was too over-the-top for my liking and thus watered down my enjoyment of the novel. I also struggled, at times, with sudden changes in the predicaments of some of the characters.

Happily, no Kindle typo or formatting issues to report.

In short, I very much liked the writing and the creative plot, but was less enthusiastic about the licence the author took towards the end. That said, there was certainly enough there to look out for more by Conway. 7/10
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