Science Fiction Thriller

The Doomsday Genie

 

 

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In the Middle East Apache gunships attack an agricultural station in the desert.

In Thirless, Arizona, MayEllen Reickhardt is waiting to meet her friend, Lucille Cordoba.  MayEllen and Lucille are cactus growers.  They plan to visit the annual convention in Phoenix.  They will never make it.

At the Ivan Wallin Field Reserve, an ecology station in the southern Mojave, Ake Johansson is carrying a roll of computer printout back to his office from the mainframe computer in the lab.  The printout - covering the last few days' measurements in Sector 5-32 - is alarming.  Soon Johansson will make an urgent call to his colleague, Kay McCann, at Berkeley.

In Atlanta CDC-based Will Grant is woken from sleep by a call from the ITU doctor at the Thirless Memorial Hospital.  'Well, I'm telling you this is a very strange case.  We've already sent you specimens.  I certainly hope you can help us.'

They don't know it yet but it is already too late.  A bioengineered weapon of mass destruction - The Doomsday Genie - is threatening America. It kills every life form it encounters upon contact. When it hits residential communities it slate wipes the entire population, and it is already fanning out to threaten the entire continent, and beyond it the world.  Nothing appears capable of stopping it.

Kay McCann and Will Grant lead the small group of scientists who work in Biosafety Level 4 conditions to fight back against the Doomsday Genie. Their lives will never be the same again.

 

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Reviews

"The Doomsday Genie is a fast-paced action thriller about a small group (of heroes) working against the clock to save the world from a nano-engineered bioweapon capable of killing anything in its path. Mother Nature has got it right by default. To mess with the natural order of things is to invite her wrath. The first fiction that explored this theme was Michael Crichton's unintentionally risible PreyIt was a distinct pleasure to see Ryan deal with similar issues in a much more sensible, and more horrific, way. Ryan's ability to give the characters' brief lives some meaning is an accomplishment that adds to the horror of their deaths. On top of all the fast-paced action, we also have the sub-plots involving hit men and mysterious strangers. Ryan really does ramp up the Hollywood to bring us a true modern thriller. Moreover, the science behind The Doomsday Genie is well constructed and imaginative.

"With careful attention to detail, and feeling no need to unduly embellish what is already an awe-inspiring environment, he takes us inside the dangerous world of CDC level pathogenic research: the places where plagues are studied."

Ian Brooks, an abstract from the review on lablit website.

"It's a scary tale of what could  happen if one scientist just happens to push the bounds beyond what is ethical.  I can thoroughly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys scientific realism mixed with a rollicking good yarn."

Mark Salwowski, Australia.

"I really truly enjoyed this thriller - it was a real page turner. I was fascinated by the subject matter and totally involved in the story. I would have high hopes for this one. It is gripping, well-written for its genre, 'of the time' and thoroughly engaging. I so hope it sells the film and TV rights for millions."

Gillian Bethstein, London.

"A cracking yarn and very cleverly constructed - I thoroughly enjoyed it." 

John Stratford, Cafe Scientifique.