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- Print Length: 363 pages
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- Publisher: Ashton Publishing Group (22 July 2014)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00M0DQGXU
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- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #117,458 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Initially one feels Ryan is just plain ignorant and/or too lazy to have done his research; as the story progresses one realises that Ryan’s intention is actually insidious, that he is engaged in misinformation and propaganda. This book doesn’t even have the merit of being at least internally consistent and thrilling with an ingenious resolution. His prose has become more pedestrian, clichéd card-board cut-out characters plodding towards a deux ex machina dénouement. His resolution to the story would be comically quick if it didn’t show his utter contempt for his readers’ intelligence; it’s almost as if Ryan is boring himself. He has thrown out all subtlety and pretence here. The first two books were covered with a patina of liberal idealism (only world peace and harmony would ensure humanity’s future, the benefits of human diversity etc. etc.) although underneath all the English-speaking white characters were flawless and noble, full of vitality and virtue. In contrast non-whites and non-English speaking white characters were either weak, flawed or down-right duplicitous. Here he has dispensed with the need for such “politically-correct” restrictions. When a character calls for wiping out all Middle-Easterners one suspects Ryan doesn’t think they’re wrong to think so, it’s just that the optics wouldn’t play so well.
This is dog-whistling propaganda masquerading as concerned philanthropy.
If you’re picking up this book on a whim, you should know that the previous book, ‘Ninth Cycle Antarctica’ provides the backstory. While in the previous book, the Rossler Foundation expedition team unearths a city deep within the Transantarctic Mountains, sending shockwaves of intrigue and interest across archaeological circles and other interest groups, including the villainous Orion Society. Now in ‘Genetic Bullets’, the Rossler Foundation sends a second expedition to further understand what secrets that the 35,000-year-old city hides within its confines. But as it turns out, the secret is invisible and utterly deadly: a virus that kills everyone it infects within weeks, and it is so virulent that it quickly creates a pandemic across the world—killing tens of millions of people and creating incredible unrest and international conflict that could lead, ultimately, to an actual global apocalypse. With so many people dying and with no apparent cure, governments harbour deep, fierce distrust of one another, creating a highly volatile situation that could easily lead to the final destruction of mankind.
Now if that doesn’t get your juices flowing, then I don’t know what will. Ryan always has the knack for building up the kind of suspense thrillers that are propelled by their own dynamic, and ‘Genetic Bullets’ is no exception. The tension mounts unwaveringly chapter after chapter, and by the middle of the book, it becomes impossible to put this book down—you must read through to the end or, as they say, lose your marbles.
As polished and carefully and masterfully plotted as Ryan’s two previous books, ‘Genetic Bullets’ offers some more surprises up its proverbial sleeve. I love, for instance, the first part of the book—the preparation and all the politics involved, as well as the plot asides (the romance developing between JR and Rebecca and all its implications for the expedition team)—which succeeds largely in setting the tone for the rest of the story. The relative peace of the first part juxtaposes starkly with the sheer chaos of the book’s latter part. The thing about the author is that Ryan can go in and out of complicated plot twists largely unscathed—every turning point is as breathtaking as the last, and the resolution—after all the winding roads that the story has taken—feels as satisfying as a desperate embrace.
Let me suffice it to say that this is an incredible book—drop what you’re doing and get a copy of ‘Genetic Bullets’. Or send this as a gift to anyone you know who has read Ryan’s previous two books—they will be more than grateful and delighted. Another literary homerun, this book is a five-star read from start to finish.
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