- Paperback: 420 pages
- Publisher: FPR-Books Ltd; First edition (20 July 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1874082421
- ISBN-13: 978-1874082422
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.2 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,468,008 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Doomsday Genie Paperback – 1 Jun 2007
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I truly enjoyed this thriller. It was a real page turner. I hadn't a clue about the technical and scientific bits and yet that did not spoil my enjoyment at all. In fact the formula felt right. I was fascinated by the subject matter and totally involved in the story. It was a great read I would have high hopes for this one. It is gripping, well-written for its genre of the time and thoroughly engaging. --Gillian Bethstein
The Doomsday Genie is a fast-paced action thriller by bestselling writer, Frank P. Ryan. Set in America, it describes the desperate response of a small group of heroes to a presumed W.M.D. attack featuring a genetically engineered bioweapon. It is grounded on real understanding of modern science as you would expect from a bestselling author who is also happens to be a gold-medallist physician and distinguished biological scientist. Ryan came to widespread acclaim with thrillers such as "Goodbye Baby Blue" and "Tiger Tiger. His "The Forgotten Plague" was a Book of the Year for the New York Times, "Virus X" was an Amazon com best-seller and "Darwin's Blind Spot" was the "Amazon Featured Book" recommended by Charlie Munger at the 2003 Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting. His books have been translated into many languages and have been the subject of more than a dozen television features and documentaries. The book was the subject of a blog on www.lablit.com and has attracted a high degree of advance and interactive attention on Frank's website www.fprbooks.comSee all Product description
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Realistic science fiction--At times, I felt horrified for events taking place. The elements in the story were well imagined and well written. I couldn't get enough.
Usually, I do not like the introducing a character just to kill them off three paragraphs later. However, the author did a great job doing this... Several times. And each time is was great!
An African American female as president! Alright!
Events in the book invaded my dreams. How awesome was that?!?!
Editor did not catch mistypes. IE: 'the' typed as 'he', omitted commas, commas inserted in place of periods, etc.
Cover art. This book is about bio-engineered viruses. I can understand the image of God on the book. I do not understand the compass (or is it a pool stick? Is God playing pool?). I do not understand the string of binary numbers. I say again, this is a bio-engineered virus, not a computer virus. Also, the cover art looks like somebody was paid five dollars to throw something together.
or at another level for the scientific implications.
Reminiscent of classic Sci-Fi thrillers such as Michael Crichton's "Andromeda Strain", or Hoyle's fiction.
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I’ve just got my all-time favourite genres rolled into one, and I’m not complaining!!
On top of that, I remember my amazement when I first learnt about viruses and how they work their way into their hosts, they’ve always been interesting to me; so, finding them as an important part of the story has been a real pleasure (guess why I picked this one as the first book to read from this author, and Virolution as the second).
The plot is convincing and the main characters are nicely developed; I love how the characters (Anton, Mike, Ari,… ) express both fear and wonder at what is going on, and how Ari is both scared and proud, finding his achievement both a disaster and a miracle. I especially liked the description of symptoms, how the Entity works, and how it is created.
I’ve had lots of fun reading this book.
Go get it.
This is a typical Armageddon plot with plenty of slaughter and the ultimate saving of the world. Ryan with a background as a physician and biologist is a good story teller. A little too technical for me in spots, but nevertheless a good read.
24/11 - This is fantastic!!!! Can't praise it highly enough. It's like reading a book version of one of my all-time favourite movies, Outbreak, but with much more believable experts than Rene Russo and Dustin Hoffman's characters. I LOVE a good virus outbreak/plague book and this has all the characteristics you want in a great one. It has the fast killing, mysterious disease that uses more than one method of transference, experts that know more than the government or military about the disease and a possibly evil government or military presence that just want to nuke the whole situation instead of working out where the contagion came from and stopping it before resorting to killing the majority of the population to keep themselves safe. Alright, enough reviewing, got to get back to reading. To be continued...
27/11 - In my first review I forgot to compliment the author or publisher, or whoever is in charge of the decision, on their choice of paper for the book. It's a lovely experience to touch the paper as you read the book, it feels silky smooth and nice and thick, not like some books that have much rougher textured paper that if you hold up a single page you can watch the tv through it. In The Doomsday Genie the tension is rachetting up, higher and higher as we (me guessing in my head) attempt to work out who the bad guy is. I have had a few comprehension problems with some of the more complicated gene/virus science, but it's not impacting on my enjoyment of the story. What IS impacting on my enjoyment are the grammar, typos, spelling mistakes and missing words (especially the word 'the' before entities like 'THE' CDC, not just CDC). The flow of my reading is definitely disrupted by sentences like "I guess she was pretty enough to be a model. Hispanic, I'd day." (it should be "I'd say") from page 263-4 or "Kay - it means I can check if humans posses the mutant E gene." from page 269. I looked 'posses' up in the dictionary and it is the plural form of posse (as in a group of people formed by a sheriff in order to search for a criminal). Obviously these are not the only instances of these types of errors, if they were I wouldn't even bother mentioning them, these were just the ones I noticed most recently during last night's reading. I would highly recommend a more thorough editing job for Ryan's next book. To be continued...
29/11 - Inspite (or maybe because) of the fact that the silly little editing errors continued through to the end of the book I sort of got used it and was able to mostly ignore it, except for the occasional grimace at some of the instances. The story was great, very exciting, high tension, lots of believable science that was well explained (although I could have used some diagrams to help me imagine what they were explaining a bit better) and a bad guy who started out attempting to do something good for the world. I wish Ryan had extended the ending a bit more, shown the reader how they fought the plague throughout the wider population in a bit more detail, instead of cutting the story off as soon as the scientists had worked out the solution and one person had been treated. I wanted to read about the clean up of America after such a disaster, how the country recuperated - the crops, the people etc. Despite the aforementioned flaws I still think the story itself deserves the 5 star rating and I would highly recommend it to anyone who enjoyed movies like Outbreak and Contagion.