About the Book
Book: The Gene
Author: Timothy Browne
Genre: Medical Thriller
Release Date: July 12, 2020
We are the dwelling place of God—it is woven into our very DNA. Do we change the core of who we are by manipulating our genes? Is gene-therapy a miraculous cure or a slippery slope into eugenics?
Following their marriage, Dr. Nicklaus Hart and Maggie Russell enjoy the splendor and passion of a honeymoon in Hawaii. They learn that their union has brought new life, but the overflowing joy of Maggie’s pregnancy and their romantic getaway is interrupted by the shocking news of a genetic disorder discovered in Maggie’s family lineage. The devastating possibility that both Maggie and the baby carry the mutated gene for the horrific Huntington’s disease, shakes their faith.
Faced with this dreadful diagnosis, Nick and Maggie seek peace as they wrestle with the heartbreaking discovery of a genetic disease versus the knowledge that God is good—He has made their baby in His image and knit him together in Maggie’s womb. Like the millions of people around the world affected with genetic disorders, Nick and Maggie look for answers. With the belief that people are the dwelling place of God, and He is woven into the DNA, what should they do when that DNA has been corrupted?
Nick and Maggie travel to Poland, where the top geneticist, Emmanuelle Christianson, has founded and operates BioGenics whose mission statement is: Advancing the Human Genome. They understand that medical advances always cost something, but they face impossible decisions. They are unaware that the sinister side of genetic research has slithered in from the horrors of Nazi death camps into this modern-day technology. Their journey reveals more than the fight for knowledge, it uncovers a simmering evil left over from World War II. One that puts their lives in danger.
Click here to get your copy!
This novel is very informative about genetic diseases and gene manipulation. I was amazed and disturbed by what Browne says can be known through DNA sequencing, such as ethnicity, eye and hair color, etc. The potential of snipping out defective sections of the DNA is amazing yet frightening. I like how Browne drew the relationship between Nazi experimentation during WW II and current genetic manipulation. He presents the clear danger of the continuation of work to enhance human stock, basically eugenics.
The large amount genetic information included was shared in what at times seemed forced plot scenes, such as through dialogue or visiting historic sites. I felt informing the reader was forcing the action rather than merely adding to the plot. The author's writing style is straight forward and sometimes seemed awkward. Dumping information often stopped the flow of the plot.
Some of the characters in this novel are not Christians and act like it. There are some vulgar words included. Though they were appropriate of the character, they were surprising. There was also a good amount of suggestive sexual activity. Even though it took place among newlyweds, it was just beyond my own comfort level.
This is a novel for readers who enjoy learning a great deal from novels. You will not be disappointed in that area, learning much about genetics and Polish culture and customs as well.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
About the Author
More from Timothy
After finishing, The Gene, the fourth book in the Dr. Nicklaus Hart Series, I have been able to look back at this body of work. The heart of my prose remains the same: to entertain and educate—fueled with imagination, inspired by history, and grounded in truth. I explored the mystery of North Korea and the threat of bioterrorism in Maya Hope, the complexities of the middle East and the history of Mesopotamia in The Tree of Life, the controversies of Big Pharma and our health in The Rusted Scalpel, and now examine the history of eugenics and the pitfalls of gene-therapy in The Gene.
Writing The Gene has taken significant research: exploration of Poland, investigation of the Nazi doctors and their horrendous medical experiments, the history of eugenics around the world, and of course, the science of genetics. The work has been satisfying, edifying, and many times, heartbreaking.
Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, November 14
Debbie's Dusty Deliberations, November 15
Texas Book-aholic, November 16
Genesis 5020, November 16
Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, November 17
Betti Mace, November 18
deb's Book Review, November 18
Inklings and notions, November 19
For Him and My Family, November 20
Sara Jane Jacobs, November 20
Rebecca Tews, November 22
Ashley’s Bookshelf, November 22
Locks, Hooks and Books, November 23
For the Love of Literature, November 24
amandainpa, November 25
Artistic Nobody, November 25 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)
Emily Yager, November 26
Blogging With Carol, November 26
Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, November 27
Pause for Tales, November 27
I received a complimentary digital copy of this book through Celebrate Lit. My comments are an independent and honest review. The rest of the copy of this post was provided by Celebrate Lit.
(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)