Mutation Author:Robin Cook He sought to create the son of his dreams - and invented a nightmare. Robin Cook's techno-medical thriller probes every father's greatest fear. — Drawing on a horror theme as old as Frankenstein, as fresh as tomorrow's headlines, Mutation is a chilling cautionary tale of the perils of genetic engineering. — When ob/gyn and biomolecular researcher ... more »Dr. Victor Frank learns of wife's infertility, he initiates a bold - and dangerous - experiment. Unbeknownst to everyone, Dr. Frank has adapted the methods of molecular genetics to human reproduction. Fusing his wife's egg and his own sperm, he sets in motion the production of a superior being.
The result of this experiment, a son, VJ, is born to a surrogate mother and legally adopted by the Franks. To their delight, their son is physically perfect, and, by the age of three, displays the complex problem-solving abilities of a prodigy. Victor Frank is a happy man. He has produced a flawless human being, and that success - plus the subsequently healthy births he has covertly engineered through his obstetrics practice - bodes well for a dazzling professional future.
Then, without warning, VJ's intelligence level plunges to a point appropriate to his age, but stabilizes. For the moment, Frank can breathe a sigh of relief: Even if VJ is no longer the genius he was, at least he will be normal.
But that relief is tragically short-lived, for all too soon VJ begins to change again. And this time, there is no cause for comfort - only terror.
Mutation is both the spellbinding chronicle of a father pitted against his son in mythic battle and a timely warning to us all. Here is blue-chip Robin Cook, destined to be as controversial as it is compulsively readable.« less