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The Human Race [Paperback]

O.C. Heaton
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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Rookwood Publishing (1 Jun. 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 0956172008
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956172006
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,516,319 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a Race 9 Jun. 2009
By Amanda
The Human Race is part science fiction, part adventure thriller, and a wholly enjoyable read.
Once upon a time, a man named Michael Crichton told us that we could recreate the world of dinosaurs from DNA extracted from amber. The success of Jurassic Park tells us that we believed it, too, or wanted to believe it. O. C. Heaton through his heroine, Uma Jakobsdóttir, tells us that we now have access to another holy grail of science fiction. I won't tell you what it is, as it might spoil the surprise, but he then proceeds, in a very readable fashion, to make it sound much more like currently available science than fiction. And after that, the action just does not stop.
None of the main characters is one you might admire or wish to be like. They are all motivated by greed, some more altruistically so than others, but all are nonetheless driven by self-interest: the businessman desperate to keep his family's empire alive; the entrepreneur who seems unable not to make money; the scientist driven by her green agenda. However, they all get your attention if not your admiration.
I know that it is a cliché, but this is an exciting, fast-paced read. The Human Race is a book that is very easy to forget to put down. Bring on `Part Two'. I very much look forward to seeing what O. C. Heaton has in store for Ethan and Uma - and for us.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An intriguing story with interesting characters 15 Nov. 2009
By Julia Flyte TOP 500 REVIEWER
The Human Race story is about a teleporter developed in Iceland, which has the ability to transport an individual from one country to another. Scientist Uma Jakobsdóttir, the daughter of a famous geothermal engineer, is the product champion. She approaches Ethan Rae, a billionaire venture capitalist from England, to help bring it to market. (I had a wry chuckle at the Ethan plus Uma teaming - was the author a Gattaca fan perhaps?). At the same time, the owner of an airline in America gets wind of the invention and tries to steal it, perceiving correctly that this invention could severely impact on the airline industry. There is also a strong environmental message running through the story.

Don't be put off by the cover: The Human Race has the bones of a very good thriller. Its got an intriguing and original storyline with some great characters. The first half of the book is particularly good - Joseph Finder fans should enjoy. Unfortunately it's over-written and gets bogged down with too much detail. It gets hard to follow the main story because there are so many strings and sub-plots and ultimately I think it would have benefited from a more ruthless edit. It's not a bad book by any stretch, but it had the potential to be even better.

Be warned that this is the first in a planned series and it ends very abruptly: just stopping in the middle of the story, blatantly setting the reader up for the next installment.

This review is based on a copy provided for reviewing purposes, but the opinions above are genuine and based on having read the book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling Debut 23 Jun. 2009
Recommended by a friend, I recently read this author's debut thriller on holiday, and can report that I'm now officially in the O.C.Heaton fan club, and consequently more open minded about reading first time author's work. (Holidays previously being too precious to risk valuable time reading anything other than established, best-seller-writing stalwarts of the literary world.)

"The Human Race" has pretty much everything I expect from a thriller: a good story, told from the multiple points of view of interesting characters, at great pace. Each chapter and scene reveals something new to the plot. The strong narrative thrust, using active verbs rather than the passive voice, helps get the reader inside the heads of the three main protagonists, adds depth and builds dramatic tension. The "big secret" is convincingly revealed, and credibly explained, so that you fully believe (or want to believe) that the technology necessary is current, and not science fiction. The depth of research is impressive, not just behind the locations etc, but particularly behind the new technology and it's environmental and ethical consequences.

Congratulations, then, to O.C.Heaton on a fine debut, for opening my mind to first-timers, and for inventing the fantastic new word "Thrillogy" which is now firmly implanted in my vocabulary! I look forward to the next instalment.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't judge a book by it's cover! A must read! 27 Sept. 2011
By peonies
As a girly mother of 2 girls, this isn't a book I would normally pick up. However, I received it as a gift and decided to give it a go. I am so glad I did, it is BRILLIANT!

It is superbly written, informative, exciting, disturbing, enthralling & surprisingly funny in parts. From the very first page, it grabs your imagination and doesn't let go. I read it cover to cover in 2 days and felt like I'd been on a nail biting roller coaster of a journey...that I didn't want to end!

The main characters, though not likeable are very intriguing. You feel as though you really know them and come to somewhat care for them (even though you don't want to)!

Despite my initial reservations about the book being too masculine for me, The Human Race is one of the best books I have read this year.

Buy it, you won't regret it!
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3.0 out of 5 stars OK bu to much unnecessary detail
This book is an OK read and well written however I felt that in some sections of the story to much detail was provided which was totally unrelated to the story. Read more
Published on 21 May 2014 by TVR-Andy
2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting story, over-written and eventually a disappointment
A British billionaire entrepreneur gets involved with an Icelandic woman who has inherited her brilliant father's work and mission, part of which is an invention that enables... Read more
Published on 31 Jan. 2012 by O E J
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't let the cover put you off!
I was interested in reviewing this book and was put in touch by Mr O. C. Heaton with Rookwood Publishing who sent me a copy. Read more
Published on 31 Dec. 2011 by Sonya Alford
5.0 out of 5 stars A Page-Turning Delight!
Well,I didn't think I was a fast reader... until I read this! Action from page one, one's initial natural instinct to doubt the credibility of the science is soon suspended as the... Read more
Published on 5 Jun. 2010 by N. Bhowmick
5.0 out of 5 stars A gripping unputdownable read!
O.C. Heaton's first novel is a non-stop thriller, being both timely and gripping to the point where I couldn't put it down. Read more
Published on 3 Dec. 2009 by Louise A. Handley
4.0 out of 5 stars GETTING FROM A TO C
If you are looking for a well-plotted and well-written thriller to while away the hours of a long flight, this offering might suit you very well. Read more
Published on 16 Nov. 2009 by DAVID BRYSON
3.0 out of 5 stars Thermals required
I definitely found this book to be one of three parts i.e. a good start, a dull middle and a better if slightly incredible finish. Read more
Published on 9 Nov. 2009 by tallpete33
5.0 out of 5 stars The Human Race
The Human Race is a fantastic thriller. At first I could not get away from drawing comparisons to Dan Brown and 'that' style of writing - a plot heavily laden with interesting... Read more
Published on 2 Nov. 2009 by S. D. Munday
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Debut
What a terrific debut novel from Mr. O.C. Heaton! He's written an edge of your seat thriller, but with very well thought-out science and research. Read more
Published on 31 Oct. 2009 by Shane O'Neill
5.0 out of 5 stars Now that's what I call a Page Turner!
Truly gripping. First question I had on finishing it was when will the second part be published?!

I read The Human Race by O C Heaton whilst on holiday and finished it... Read more
Published on 18 Sept. 2009 by Mark Bootherstone
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