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The Wrong Tom Jacks (The Genehunter #1)

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The Genehunter Case 1: The Wrong Tom Jacks

Simms is a genehunter, paid by megarich collectors to track down the DNA of the famous for their private zoos. He's employed to locate the genetic code of Tom Jacks. But not the rock star Tom Jacks, just an unknown namesake.

The job bugs Simms. Something about it is wrong. Someone is playing him. Problem is he doesn't know who or wh
Kindle Edition, 46 pages
Published October 25th 2012

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Jeff Chapman
Nov 02, 2012 Jeff Chapman rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sfac, science-fiction
The Wrong Tom Jacks is the first in a series of Genehunter stories from Simon Kewin. Set in a not-to-distant future version of Earth in which information is the most prized commodity, the stories follow the exploits of Simms, a pessimistic but likable criminal, if you narrowly define a criminal as someone who breaks the law. Simms is a professional genehunter, a trade that can be practiced both above and below the law. The best paying contracts are less than legal. Simms finds the DNA of decease ...more
Dec 22, 2012 Karen rated it it was amazing
A dystopian novella, The Genehunter kept me enthralled, and that's hard to do when I'm reading on the Kindle. I'm a print book lover and will easily get distracted by an ebook, keep checking the percentage at the bottom to see how much is left. With The Genehunter, when I saw the percentage left I wanted it to be more. The first in a series set in the future when DNA is harvested, frozen and often stolen, Kewin's writing is intense, clear, stark as he creates a world that no one would want to li ...more
Philip McClimon
Nov 02, 2012 Philip McClimon rated it it was amazing
This was a free offering so I checked it out. It is a short story and I read it in one sitting. It has the feel of a lighter shade of BLADE RUNNER. The world and the technology of Simms' world are "off the chart" slick. The genre is "Noir" and feels very much like a "hard boiled" detective story. I liked that the story ran on two tracks. One was the actual case that Simms solves and the other, which will apparently be a thread running through the series, is this "Boneyard " storyline. It was a f ...more
Nov 08, 2012 Lyndon rated it it was amazing
This cyberpunk techno-thriller is a fast-paced novella that serves as a brilliant introduction (but also works as a stand-alone) to a series of cyber-driven future noir crime stories featuring a Genehunter named Simms. The world building is seamless as author Simon Kewin immerses you into a double-pronged plot - and a super cool mind/techno meld - that zips you from one case to the next.

Simms hires himself out to track down (often while skirting the law) DNA samples of historic figures, for whi
Christine Rains
May 24, 2016 Christine Rains rated it it was amazing
As a genehunter, Simms hunts down the DNA of famous people for well-paying collectors. In this case, he's paid to locate the genetic code of a nobody, someone who shares the same name with the rock star Tom Jacks. Something doesn't add up, though. An agent from the Genetic Monitoring Agency harasses Simms and his ex-lover, who might be able to help, doesn't want anything to do with him. There's a named whispered: Boneyard. Simms has no idea what he's stepped in to.

An incredibly well-written scie
H.G. Estok
Mar 01, 2013 H.G. Estok rated it it was amazing
I'm a BIG fan of future noir -- Blade Runner, Looper, and everything in between. I like the details in these gritty worlds, and the first episode of The Genehunter series doesn't disappoint. Kewin creates a world similar to other visions we've seen but with enough surprises to keep us wanting more. Simms is a detective of sorts, a Genehunter tasked with finding the DNA of specific people currently on ice (literally) so that certain collectors can clone them and keep them in their zoos. As the ti ...more
Sep 17, 2013 Gertie rated it liked it
I was expecting to like this, but it really just didn't grab my attention- it feels like a prequel or sequel, a story in which effort isn't really made to make the reader feel attached to the main character because they already are (it isn't a pre-seq though, just short, episodic.) The main character is morally grey, not particularly conflicted, and the drama just didn't feel very dramatic to me. I thought I would like this more since the subject matter (cryonics) is interesting. However it is m ...more
May 18, 2014 J.M. rated it really liked it
Enjoyed this a lot more than I thought I would. Intriguing world, interesting concept, edgy characters. I'd like to read more.
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Fantasy/SciFi writer, author of over 100 published short and flash stories, quite a lot of poetry and the novels The Genehunter, Engn and the Cloven Land fantasy trilogy (Hedge Witch, Wyrm Lord and Witch King).

Short stories have appeared in Nature, Daily Science Fiction, Abyss & Apex and many more.

Member of the British Fantasy Society and the British Science Fiction Association. In
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Other Books in the Series

The Genehunter (5 books)
  • The Zombies of Death (The Genehunter,  Case 2)
  • The Clone who Didn't Know (The Genehunter, Case 3)
  • A Soldier of Megiddo (The Genehunter, Case 4)
  • Boneyard (The Genehunter, Case 5)

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