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The Genesis Code, by Christopher Forrest Book Review | SFReader.com
The Genesis Code, by Christopher Forrest Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Tor Published: 2007 Review Posted: 10/16/2007 Reviewer Rating:
Reader Rating: 6 out of 10
The Genesis Code, by Christopher Forrest
Book Review by Benjamin Boulden
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Christian Madison is a grieving father—his son died of leukemia not long ago—and Madison feels a void from the loss of not only his son, but also his wife who divorced him shortly after their son's death. The Genesis Code opens on the birthday of Madison's dead son, and we find Madison in a downward spiral. Every relationship in his life has fallen apart—the two most significant are his marriage, and his relationship with his mentor Dr. Joshua Ambergris.
Dr. Ambergris is a Nobel Prize winning geneticist and cofounder of Triad Genomics. He is working on something astounding—a code hidden in human DNA that has the potential to change everything we have ever thought about ourselves—but hours before he is scheduled to announce his discovery Dr. Ambergris is murdered in his office. This is the first of several events that will change Christian Madison's life. He will be forced to run, and to save not only himself, but also a coworker and former lover—Grace Nguyen. Together they will need to uncover the mysterious code Dr. Ambergris was working on before their lives can be put back together.
The Genesis Code is advertised as "Michael Crichton meets Dan Brown," but as I read it I saw more of the Dan Brown style of storytelling than that of Michael Crichton. That isn't to say I didn't enjoy The Genesis Code, because I did. The writing isn't top notch, the story isn't overly compelling, but there is a mixture of quickness and intrigue that kept me turning the pages.
The characters are exactly what I expected: shallow, underdeveloped, and something less than real, which fits the storyline perfectly. Mr. Forrest doesn't try to develop them past their usefulness within the story—they are larger than life and he doesn't bog it down with laughable emotions, insecurities, or anything else that would slow the forward momentum of the novel.
The plot is full of holes, and if you stop to think about them too much everything quickly falls apart, but if you take it as it comes and don't ask any, or at least not many, questions The Genesis Code works. It is a novel that is less than brilliant, but if you are in the mood for something cheesy, quick, and very escapist you very well may enjoy The Genesis Code.
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