Date of Release: 1997
Publisher: Arrow (Random House)
Date of Release: Nov '98
Publisher: Century (Random House)
LucasZ from Tucson, AZ , November 23, 1998 "4 out of 5 stars"
The ending of this awesome book was a lame good VS bad struggle, but the part after the ending almost made up for it with a little insight into the unwritten future this book suggests.
A reader from Mpls, Mn , November 13, 1998 "5 out of 5 stars"
DON'T READ ANY REVIEWS, just buy it
I won't say anything, except that this was a GREAT book. I listened on tape, and could hardly wait to go to work in the morning. I was sorry to see each cassette end, but could hardly load the next fast enough.
I'm amazed at how much of the story line people put in these reviews. Although you are usually a few steps ahead of the hero in this story, it still unfolds wonderfully. There were flaws, but SO WHAT. I was very glad I hadn't read anything, or it would have spoiled a lot of the fun. Going back and reading the reviews afterwards was more interesting.
A reader from Chapel Hill, NC , November 8, 1998 "4 out of 5 stars"
A well-rounded thriller with depth
The amount of depth and detail surprised me in a novel that maintained a good level of suspense throughout. An unfair but necessary comparison is a Crichtonesque novel with less developed characters but more literary quality in plot, description, and scientific information.
Dan Wong (email@example.com) from USA , October 12, 1998 "5 out of 5 stars"
The ending is wonderful
I tremendously enjoyed this book. Although there are areas that are not quite as convincing and the main character is a bit too well connected, the story presented is still very fascinating. I particularly enjoy the ending of the book, which gave me a jolt that lasted on me for long time. I strongly recommend this book for anybody seeking a good suspense reading, it has the same quality as "The Firm".
A reader from North Eastern United States , October 9, 1998 "4 out of 5 stars"
Action-packed and suspenseful with humor and irony
This book is a "must-read" for anyone who enjoys drama and suspense, and also who enjoys a good debate on ethics and morality. This book will leave you wondering, questioning and hungry for more John Case. The perfect book for mind-bending and provocation. If you enjoy a book filled with suspense, action and the possiblity of reality, you've got to check it out!
Xkayybr@aol.com from West Coast , October 7, 1998 "4 out of 5 stars"
"The Genesis Code" is a hard to put down thrilling book.
I very much enjoyed reading "The Genesis Code". It was hard to put down and I looked forward to each chapter as we got closer to the answers. Any other books John Case comes out with will definetly be read by me. Try a few out and see.
A reader from US , September 28, 1998 "5 out of 5 stars"
Spellbinding and chilling story of religious terrorism.
Once started, literally couldn't put it down. Full impact hidden until the last sentense. Vatican II relationship seems to be historically accurate.
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firstname.lastname@example.org from Milton, Wisconsin , November 14, 1998 "3 out of 5 stars"
Reasonably plausible twist to an overused storyline
Biological thrillers are becoming so prevalent that they are losing their appeal. For some reason, television and the movies haven't caught up yet, but watch out when they do--we'll all get "sick" of them in a hurry! This plot actually seemed plausible for the most part (until the invasion of the compound and subsequent sewer chase). Characters were introduced in small bits and only the important ones carried on, which made this a fun, easy to follow book. "Case" does need to tone down the emphasis on individual words. Almost every page has at least one, and usually several, italicized words to show emphasis. It's as if he doesn't think we can get into the book enough to imagine the voice inflections the characters would have used. I found this incredibly distracting and unnecessary. Other than that, it's a decent book that can provide some entertainment and even makes one wonder a little.
A reader from Holden, Massachusetts , October 29, 1998 "3 out of 5 stars"
Not in a league with The Genesis Code
Like many of you, I read and truly enjoyed Case's "The Genesis Code". Case's writing style is captivating and yields a "fun" read. But, (always a but...) this second outing was somewhat disjointed and meandering. First, we're in North Korea (with a character that is never seen again), then in Washington with the "sure fire" ring of covert government officials (again, most of whom never continue on), then in Russia... I would have liked to see a more coherent plot development, and less "pin ball" from Case.
A reader from McLean, Virginia , September 28, 1998 "5 out of 5 stars"
Mind-blowing story reveals tomorrow's headlines today
Wow! As Case proved in "The Genesis Code," he's a brilliant writer who knows the intelligence "community" inside-out. His characters are real, and the subject-matter is always fascinating. This time, he takes us to a very spooky place where new-age gurus, biological warfare, and apocalypse converge. Nobody does it better---not Ludlum, and not Le Carre. Trust me: if the first chapter doesn't grab you, you might want to check your pulse for vital signs. (I know one thing: I'll never look at a U-Haul---or the Staten Island ferry---the same way again.)
A reader from Pasadena , September 27, 1998 "5 out of 5 stars"
An excellent, thrilling read.
I won't give away the plot, but I can say it's a page turner, a scary read, excellent characters, and unfortunately (a good thing) believable. I'm an avid thriller reader and I can rate Blood Work (Connelly-wow) and Alien Rapture (Steiger's best!) as HIGHLY recommended reads also. Yes, you should buy this book.