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Darwin's Radio (Darwin, Bk 1)
Darwin's Radio - Darwin, Bk 1
Author: Greg Bear
A 2000 HUGO AWARD NOMINEE — Ancient diseases encoded in the DNA of humans wait like sleeping dragons to wake and infect again -- or so molecular biologist Kaye Lang believes. And now it looks as if her controversial theory is in fact chilling reality. For Christopher Dicken, a "virus hunter" at the Epidemic Intelligence Service, has pur...  more »
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PBS Market Price: $8.09 or $4.19+1 credit
ISBN-13: 9780345435248
ISBN-10: 0345435249
Publication Date: 7/5/2000
Pages: 544
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.

3.5 stars, based on 176 ratings
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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Jerseygirl-exit30 avatar reviewed Darwin's Radio (Darwin, Bk 1) on + 79 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 6
Couldn't finish it! Too much science for me, if you're into the whole science of evolution, you'll find it interesting. Otherwise, yawn!
reviewed Darwin's Radio (Darwin, Bk 1) on + 10 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 5
This was an interesting blend of science information and government and politics. I found it to be an interesting reflection of the world today where scientific information is offered as justification for government policies or withheld for similar reasons. The characters came from different walks of life, scientists, scientists turned businessmen, American Indians. They were well drawn. A few were rather one-dimensional, but necessary. The main characters were more complex, and what was important to me, gained insight about themselves over the course of the story. I can recommend this book to readers of science fiction looking for something more than fantasy.
reviewed Darwin's Radio (Darwin, Bk 1) on + 50 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
excellent book, a cross of Michael Ctochton and Robin Cook.
paigu avatar reviewed Darwin's Radio (Darwin, Bk 1) on + 120 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
Have never read Greg Bear before, but gave him a try due to his reputation as being one of the best modern sci-fi writers. Maybe this wasn't his best work; I found it equivalent to a Robin Cook "outbreak" thriller (which, ironically, Bear makes reference to in the book- funny!). Entertaining nonetheless, and definitely set up as a serial novel. Falls victim to the "we just discovered, isolated, and mapped the entire genome of a new virus in less than 6 months!" fantasy trap. What I found more interesting was Bear's descriptions of the politics and business aspect that drive pharmaceutical companies.
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Helpful Score: 2
This book is quality science-fiction dealing with evolution of the human species. It is well writen and contains a significant amount of current scientific knowledge in addition to fantastic extrapolations.
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pinkshoe avatar reviewed Darwin's Radio (Darwin, Bk 1) on + 2 more book reviews
Fantastic read. A bit heavy on the pathology if you don't have a back ground in biology but other wise a fantastic read. It does keep you turning pages and eager for the next book which is also well worth the read... Love them both
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A story of evolution as it may actually be. Real Science Fiction as apposed to fantasy. First rate reading.
wss4 avatar reviewed Darwin's Radio (Darwin, Bk 1) on + 389 more book reviews
A mass grave in Russia that conceals the mummified remains of two women, both with child -- and the conspiracy to keep it secret.a major discovery high in the Alps: the preserved bodies of a prehistoric family -- the newborn infant possessing disturbing characteristics.a mysterious disease that strikes pregnant women, resulting in miscarriage. Three disparate facts that will converge into one science-shattering truth.

Molecular biologist Kaye Lang, a specialist in retroviruses, believe that ancient diseases encoded in the DNA of humans can again come to life. But her theory soon becomes chilling reality. For Christopher Dicken -- a "virus hunter" at the Epidemic Intelligence Service -- has pursued an elusive flu-like disease that strikes down expectant mothers and their offspring. The shocking link: something that has slept in our genes for millions of years is waking up.
Excellent book. I really enjoyed it and am looking forward to the sequel Darwin's Children!
nccorthu avatar reviewed Darwin's Radio (Darwin, Bk 1) on + 569 more book reviews
Found it a bit overloaded with things that do not really advance the story. Otherwise a good idea for a story, which recommends it.
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very interesting and thought provoking.
reviewed Darwin's Radio (Darwin, Bk 1) on + 18 more book reviews
What if evolution happens not just via random mutations, but quickly, on a species level, to deal with perceived threats to the human race? If so many of our problems today are due to a lack of ability to communicate with each other effectively, what would that next step in human evolution look like?


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