Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Giveaway: Genesis Code

Summary: Blue Magic, the latest designer drug linked to a rash of overdoses, might explain the needle mark on the arm of a young woman found dead in her Kansas City apartment. But when Star reporter Rich Azadian digs deeper, the clues point to a far more explosive story: MaryLee Stock was a special protégée of evangelical megapastor and power broker Cobalt Becker, who is poised to deliver his followers and the presidency to a firebrand right-wing senator in the next election. When Azadian sets out to prove that MaryLee’s death was no accident and she may have been carrying Becker’s genetically enhanced baby, the stakes become life itself. 

In 2023 America—bankrupt, violently divided by the culture wars, and beholden to archrival China—the rules of the game are complicated. With the danger mounting, the dead bodies of young women piling up, Chinese agents circling, and the US Department of National Competitiveness moving in to quash his investigation, Azadian’s only option is to go rogue, assemble a team of brilliant misfits like himself, and begin the fight of his life to find out who is killing these women and why, and if any others like them may still be alive. -- Arcade/Skyhorse Publishing

GENESIS CODE: A THRILLER OF THE NEAR FUTURE by Jamie Metzl sounds like a very unique (and scary!) thriller. Fast forward to 2023 when America is indebted to China (which is not entirely out of the realm of possibility) and they learn that China has a secret genetic enhancement program. The Americans believe they have to stay competitive with the Chinese; however, the US has restrictions on the rules. As a result, someone in power devises a secret plan to impregnate women with genetically enhanced embryos... without their knowledge.

While you might be thinking that this book sounds a little far-fetched, there is evidence out there that China might actually have a program similar to the one described in GENESIS CODE. Last year, Wired ran an article on a young entrepreneur in China moving ahead on this type research. This definitely opens the door the some of the questions raised in this novel.

I have a copy of GENESIS CODE to share with one lucky reader. To enter, just fill out the form below before November 17th at 11:59 p.m. EST. I will randomly select and notify the winner the following day. This contest is open to those of you with U.S. addresses only. Good luck!

Originally from Kansas City, MO, Jamie Metzl is a Partner in a global investment firm and a Senior Fellow of the Asia Society. He previously served as Executive Vice President of the Asia Society, Deputy Staff Director of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senior Coordinator for International Public Information at the U.S. State Department, Director for Multilateral Affairs on the National Security Council, and with the United Nations in Cambodia. He appears regularly on national and international media discussing Asian economic and political issues and his syndicated columns and other writing on Asian affairs, genetics, virtual reality, and other topics is featured in publications around the world. He is the author of a history of the Cambodian genocide and the novel The Depths of the Sea (both published by St. Martin's Press). Jamie is a founder and Co-Chairman of Partnership for a Secure America, a board member of the International Center for Transitional Justice and the Jewish refugee agency HIAS, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a former White House Fellow and Aspen Institute Crown Fellow. An avid ultramarathoner and Ironman triathlete, he holds a Ph.D. in Asian history from Oxford, a JD from Harvard Law School, and is a magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Brown University. He lives in New York City.


bermudaonion said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

Kim@Time2Read said...

This one sounds good....and a little frightening! Thanks for the giveaway.