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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Paul McCauley has lots of good books but I didn't think was one of them.
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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more