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Plague, civil war, and uncontrolled experiments in genetic engineering have caused widespread chaos and devastation throughout Africa. Nicholas Hyde is part of a team of forensic pathologists investigating a massacre in the swamp forest of the northern Congo when an armed band of ferocious ape-like creatures attack. Nick survives, but finds that he's at the center of a mas ...more
Paperback, 537 pages
Published April 1st 2005 by Tor Science Fiction (first published January 31st 2004)
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Scotchneat
Quite a good book. I read it on the heels of Atwood's The Year of the Flood, which provided an interesting context.

Without giving too much away, an archeologist for hire cum civilian mercenary in Africa witnesses a massacre of his co-workers and some soldiers by "white devils" - bipeds that look like mutant albino chimps who are capable of organized hunting and handling weapons.

When the megacorp that now runs the Congo kills the story, he sets out to find and prove the truth of what happens. Dur
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Nicolas
ce roman est assez intriguant.
D'abord, parce qu'il place le lecteur de SF que je suis dans un environement inhabituel : l'Afrique du milieu du XXIème siècle.
Ensuite parce qu'il traite de thèmes somme toute communs en les prenant "à l'envers".
Et enfin parce qu'il utilise une construction tout à fait typique du roman d'aventure/action.
Mais reprenons du début.
Notre héros s'appelle Nicholas Hyde, il est quasi-légiste, chargé de donner un nom et une mémoire aux innombrables victimes d'un quelconque g
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Allan Dyen-Shapiro
The strength of this book was its characters. They all seemed very real to me. The environmental terrorists, the corporate sell-outs, the flaky brain-burned types, etc. A second strength is the adept use of science, most of which was kept relatively plausible. Some nice touches--I really liked the plastic disease--and yes, even though the idea of bacteria engineered for transforming plants would be picked up by black flies is implausible (and there were several other implausibilities), there wer ...more
Ian Mapp
Apr 17, 2012 Ian Mapp rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Matthew Fray
The story is good; a near-future thriller that makes you want to keep reading. But it does feel rather mechanical. The characters seem to be there to serve the plot and generally fail to come alive; particularly the lead, Nicholas Hyde, who has a secret of his own which is explained but never confronted. In fact the part of his backstory that he simply tells to the female lead could have been written fully as part of the novel. It would have given Hyde's character real meat. As it is you are giv ...more
BookMattic
May 17, 2017 BookMattic rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Just awful! I got 122 pages in and just couldn't finish it. The descriptions were too lengthy and often pointless. For a while I was thinking that I might pick this book up later but then decided that it wasn't worth my time.

The only exciting bits in this book was when the main character and his team of researchers along with military escorts from Africa encounter the 'white devils' while investigating a massacre. While at the massacre the team and military escorts end up becoming part of the ma
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Bonnie
May 25, 2017 Bonnie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
NOT his best. Good SF setup (bio-plague, cults taking over whole countries, genetic manipulation, bringing Australopithecus back) but the story was "meh." Too many times we got to know someone and their situations -- next thing you know the characters were killed and the place burned down -- rug pulled out from under you. Something wrong with the follow through of the setups.
Paul McCauley has lots of good books but I didn't think was one of them.
Bookmarks Magazine

With its mantra against genetic engineering, White Devils raises natural comparisons to the works of Michael Crichton and, with its leap into Africa's modern heart of darkness, Joseph Conrad. Critics agree that McAuley, a British biologist-turned-award-winning SF writer, has written a minor thriller masterpiece. It's smart, appropriately sinister, and has a plot that "roars along like a bushfire, crackling with fast and brutal action" (Guardian). McAuley's message is clear--runaway genetic engin

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Xarah
Dec 06, 2012 Xarah rated it really liked it
The story itself was really interesting, looking at environmental problems, cultural problems, war, and science gone too far. I enjoyed how McAuley makes the technology and science just far enough in the future to seem a little unreal, but not far enough to make it seem as though it won't happen. It was very believable in that regard.

I also really enjoyed how he's been intertwining novels. I've also read "The Secret of Life," "The Quiet War," and "Gardens of the Sun." In this novel and "The Secr
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KotayaLu
Feb 15, 2016 KotayaLu rated it it was ok
Shelves: library-books
This book was kinda MEH. I mean I did enjoy it while I was reading it, despite the fact the at least a third of this book could have been cut out (I'm talking about all the description of things that did not neeed to be described and also about the terrible thing the author kept doing - repeating the whole names of the people - like what the hell was that Mr. McAuley?!).
But After I finished it, I seriously think that in a week I won't remember any of it. It wasn't memorable in any way, most of t
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Amaya
Aug 27, 2012 Amaya rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I don't even know why I finished it. Or where did I get the strength to finished this crap.

I remember I was in ep48, starting the chapter, I just yelled and ask what is happening in this book? What is this book?? Why are all the characters dying? Why is the lead guy, Nicholas, so dumb??? Why did that thing happened to Cody???!!!!! Whyyy?????

I am soo angry I can't write a proper review to this. I guess this doesn't deserve any anyways -.-

This is the worst book I have ever, as in ever read in my
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Anonangus
The story revolves around Nicholas Hyde and his experience with genetically engineered monsters called White Devils. The Devils have a history that is slowly revealed throughout the book. Nick himself has a secret of his own revolving around the fact that his mother cloned him after her dead son.

To be quite honest... I only read the book when I was utterly bored on the airplane ride going to India. The book itself has a wonderful narrative, but the characters and the story didn't really pull me
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Eve K
Dec 25, 2015 Eve K rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is breathtakingly brilliant. It kept me on the edge of my seat right to the end.
An absolute thriller, it delves into the frightening waters of genetic engineering and the darker, terrifying side of science and politics, yet is not bogged down with confusing jargon.
It's jam packed with action and suspense and is easily in my top 10 books ever read.
Paul McAuley's my idol in thriller writing.
Garyjn
Jun 05, 2015 Garyjn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book. A SciFi/thriller in the style of Crichton. Some interesting concepts explored by McCauley include gene engineering, a new illness called the plastic disease, the creation of a "Dead Zone" area in Africa, and the aftermath of world-wide plague. He also gets into African politics and the influence of global conglomerates. The final showdown is pretty much standard thriller, but overall, I would recommend this to SciFi fans, particularly those of Michael Crichton.
Shawn Davies
Come back Michael Crichton, all is forgiven! Whilst I realise that that is a big ask, some editorial control over Paul McAuley's near future techno thriller would have been welcome. Lots of ideas but far too much exposition. When you find yourself scim reading, that is not a good sign.
Ricardo
Jan 14, 2012 Ricardo rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't really like this book at all. The author tries to build on almost non-existent suspense and makes the book seem longer by repeating the full name of each character every time he refers to them. Very strange writing quirk
Dee
Aug 15, 2010 Dee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Genetic engineering gone amok! It got a bit bogged down in places, but I had to see how it ended and I hate to peek.
Peter
Oct 30, 2014 Peter rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Too slow.DNF
Mikey
Aug 04, 2011 Mikey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eerily believable. A page-turning sci-fi thriller. In the same vein as Michael Chricton.
David
May 26, 2014 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
great biothriller
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Since about 2000, book jackets have given his name as just Paul McAuley.

A biologist by training, UK science fiction author McAuley writes mostly hard science fiction, dealing with themes such as biotechnology, alternate history/alternate reality, and space travel.

McAuley has also used biotechnology and nanotechnology themes in near-future settings.

Since 2001, he has produced several SF-based tech
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