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The God Gene by [Simmon, Jaymie]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1248 KB
  • Print Length: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Telemachus Press, LLC (1 Aug. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008S0H7HS
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,094,372 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The author describes her debut novel as "satire." So we expect ridicule or irony to expose folly or evil. And we get it by the "Shovel" ful.

Let me preface my review by saying that it takes some doing to spin the protein sequences of a single gene (the Claire gene) of a single double helix of a chromosome, in which the genes are arranged in linear order, into a 408-page novel, but Ms. Simmon has done it with élan and considerable humor.

We live in an era where a Florida resident puts a 10-year-old grilled cheese sandwich, purportedly containing the image of the Virgin Mary, on eBay for $22,000; a country where the image of Jesus in a frying pan makes money for Texans; the "end?" times when multiple images of Jesus and Mary are found in pancakes in - you guessed it - Florida.

So, why not non-textured non-extruded protein sequences which spell out The Ten Commandments in a gene?

This reviewer says the "good" characters are beautiful, rich and brilliant (and live in wonderful apartments and have boats). The "bad" characters also have bags of money, though possessed of complexity and back stories, scheming and detestable as they are. Big Pharma, the Catholic hierarchy, the Jesus-TV stars, self-involved politicians, know-it-all IT guys, talking heads whose main qualification is reading TelePrompTers find themselves at the point of Simmon's pen, skewered appropriately.

Lest we forget the "new age" (pronounced ahhhge) non-denominational churches, the reader will find one of those, too, complete with holograms and hot tubs. No dogmas, no problems.

Simmon is an expert at creating suspense, even in such an unlikely context.
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Great story with great range of characters, once I got into the story I was hooked and could not stop reading it. The only criticism I have is that the end came too quickly and story was over but still enjoyable non the less.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent author visit to our Brunch Book Club 3 Oct. 2014
By J. Susanne Wirth - Published on Amazon.com
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Our book club was very fortunate to have selected this book to read, and then to be able to have the author join in our discussion of the many layers, of the deep questions presented by the complex characters she has created in this novel. The book led to the best discussion of the year by our active members.

Jaymie Simmon has left us hanging on with the tantalizing hints of a sequel to this mesmerizing tale of our complex world in the age of instant communication. Words and image comprise "communication" which may or may not be Truth and Questions which may or may not have answers in the lives of the protagonists or of the readers.

Very good book for a book discussion in many different settings, not just book clubs.

Thank you for your time, Jaymie
5.0 out of 5 stars Our small group just completed a 4-week discussion of The ... 28 Oct. 2016
By CM - Published on Amazon.com
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Our small group just completed a 4-week discussion of The God Gene; what an exciting discussion we had each week! And how blessed to have had the author with us! Our discussion took as many twists and turns as did the book's characters! So many observations from our real culture; so many levels of observation and understanding throughout the book! Can't wait for the next one!
5.0 out of 5 stars The Fingerprint 3 Feb. 2013
By Augie Treibach - Published on Amazon.com
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Ms. Simmon gives a feeling of authenticity to the research of the genetic code in the second chromosome. She takes a wonderful, extraordinary concept and developes it thoroughly. Did creation leave a fingerprint in mankind's DNA? Ms. Simmon investigates this astounding phenomenon through her protagonist, a scientist, Rosalind, whom as a reader, I felt--her work, her fear, her frustration, her sadness, her anger, her transformation back to spirituality and love, and her determination in getting what she wanted. Ms. Simmon puts her protagonist through the wringer and pulls her out at the end having learned so much about the world and especially about herself. And with Rosalind's growth, I grew as the reader. Ms. Simmon builds a number of threads through all of her well established characters, and connectes them all. There is action, suspense, mystery, ambition, jealousy, resentment, love, and resolution. It makes for great reading!
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5.0 out of 5 stars sci-fi serves up brilliant social satire 16 Mar. 2013
By D. Wolf - Published on Amazon.com
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First of all, the provocative plot--part science fiction and part religious miracle--is riveting, and the many twists and surprises keep you turning the pages. But even better than the plot are the many fascinating characters, from the grieving, challenged and beleaguered main character to the many representatives of their professions: media stars, mystery bloggers, an oversexed IT person, religious leaders, political candidates and their flunkies, lawyers and more. Beyond the rollicking satire, though, the author's purposes--and the main character's--are sweet and sincere and ultimately satisfying. As an ex-Chicagoan myself, I also enjoyed seeing this great city once again in all her finery.
5.0 out of 5 stars I wasn't able to put it down! Outstanding! 4 April 2014
By William Guertin - Published on Amazon.com
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I don't normally read a book as "entertainment", but the premise of this book was so compelling that I started it on a Monday, and finished it on a Thursday. The characters are so vivid, it reads more like a movie. The idea of whether or not God has placed a message inside our DNA reminded me of the classic movie Contact (with Jodie Foster). If you enjoy "What would happen if...?" scenarios, and seeing how the thought-provoking reactions to the scenario play out, I highly recommend this book. It WILL make you think!
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