Darwin's Radio

Darwin's Radio

Book - 1999
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Molecular biologist Kaye Lang's theory--that ancient diseases encoded in the DNA of humans can return to life--has become a chilling reality. The shocking evidence: a virus-hunter has tracked down a flu-like disease that kills expectant mothers and their offspring.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Pub. Group, 1999.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780345423337
034542333X
Characteristics: 430 p. ; 25 cm.

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hgibbins
May 16, 2017

This is the second time I've tried to read this and have given up as the plotting is very slow to develop. The story itself sounds like a great premise, but it could have been done much better.

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timmyob
May 05, 2016

I agree this book could have been better if shortened to focus on the events and technical stuff. I was able to skip a few pages here and there and still was on track with what was going on. Also you should have some good understanding of microbiology, the book is very technical at times.

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LauraSteinert
Aug 07, 2015

This would have been a great book if anyone bothered to edit it down to 300 pages. Because, really, do we need four pages of drinking wine with nothing about the plot, characters, or even foreshadowing? Bear must have been reading something like Portrait of a Lady and thought he should try adding every extraneous detail he could come up with--like do we really want to know she wears white panties and bra when we no no one is going to see them? Does it take 3 pages to describe a neglected hallway? Hidden in the fluff and nonsense is a pretty good book or an excellent novella. Sorry, but last Bear book for me.

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brontoceratops
Jul 19, 2015

At least the characters are flat & unengaging!

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brontoceratops
Aug 17, 2014

A prehistoric virus prompts the next leap in human evolution.

Bear manages to drag this 10-page short story into a 300+ page boondoggle.

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