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by Peter Senese and Robert Geis
Published by Orion Publishing and Media, 2002
Reviewed by: Robert Slade
Greg, you have got to read this book.
All your friends on the Christian Fandom mailing list have got to read this book.
There are some books that are so appallingly bad that they become, in a sense, exemplars of badness, and therefore, in a sense, good.
This book isn't quite that bad.
But the writing is so awful that you keep reading out of a kind of horrified fascination. Surely the authors can't keep making such errors. Surely they can't keep making obvious grammatical errors. Surely they can't keep leaving glaring holes in sentences. Surely they can't keep leaving gaps in the story continuity. (Yes, they can, and stop calling me Shirley.)
Oddly, for all of the missing chunks of text and syntactical mistakes that should have been caught by a copy editor, the book has been run through a spelling checker. This would explain why the Mobil Corporation is spelled "Mobile." The lack of involvement by a human with a knowledge of English would also indicate why shone is spelled "shown" throughout, along with other similar faults.
Plot? Hero gets chased around by a large number of well-equipped people who are trying to kill him and manage to off everyone but. Characters? They range from the odd to the vile, but are mostly inexplicable.
And the science, to get it into my list? None. Not a sausage. Does anyone try to clone Christ? Nobody even considers it. Is there any discussion of what's involved in cloning at all? Nope. Any examination of the problems, the work (such as the birth of Dolly, for some reason called Mildred in the book), the failures, the technologies, or even a serious consideration of the ethics of biotechnology? Nada. Zilch. Zippo.
Heck, maybe I owe Crichton an apology. At least he tried.
© Robert M. Slade, 2003
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