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I first read this in February 2000.
Mitch Rafaelson is hunting prehistoric frozen corpses in the Alps.
Kaye Lang's revolutionary research suggests a whole new family of viral
Christopher Dicken is an investigator for the National Center for
Infectious Diseases and he's been searching for historical evidence to
back up his theories about a strange deforming disease.
They're all unknowingly on separate tracks toward the identifying the
problem that is about to engulf their world. However, events are
moving swiftly and identifying a problem is not the same as solving it.
An ancient virus has somehow awakened. For men it means just a slight
influenza, but for women the effects are extreme and horrifying.
Soon the virus will be rampant world-wide and and extreme measures will
be needed to safeguard the uninfected.
Greg Bear has managed another excellent book. I've liked Greg Bear's
writing ever since "Blood Music" (make a point of reading it).
This work is part detective novel, part thriller and part exploration
of evolutionary theories. It's gripping stuff.
I'm glad to say that Asia Books in Sukhumvit Road came through this
time. In years past it was always well worth the trudge in the
sweltering heat down to the shop, but recently their SF selection
has drifted all to far toward swords and sorcery fantasy. It's
become an increasingly tough decision between the doing the book
run or having another cocktail by the pool. But they came certainly
through by having Greg Bear's new book on their shelves .
Note for the publisher: my paperback had an astonishingly bad binding,
the pages falling out as I read it. Paperbacks are meant to be
convenient, not disposable. Having the book slowly self-destruct while
being read is an impressive but entirely inappropriate application of
Loaded on the 16th May 2001.