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The Genehunter

3.73  ·  Rating Details ·  44 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
Some secrets are best left buried...

Simms is a genehunter, paid to track down the DNA of the famous and infamous of history for his clients' private collections. What they do with the DNA isn't his problem - even if they are using it to create illegal clones.

He walks a line, pulled in many different directions at once. The law, competing genehunters, ex-lovers, religious n
Published (first published May 1st 2013)
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Apr 14, 2013 Lyndon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The Genehunter by Simon Kewin is a top notch cyberpunk, SF-noir thriller with enough subplots and clandestine organizations to keep mystery/conspiracy lovers captivated to the very last page. Excellent blend of imaginative setting (far future tech world), intriguing characterization (a protag you'll both love and hate), compelling plotting (5 episodes that each have their own story arc and yet thread together into a complete whole), and powerful storytelling (Kewin's voice and narrative skill ar ...more
Jul 24, 2014 Suzy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this ebook as a free giveaway in exchange for an honest review and I just finished reading it last night. In a nutshell, I loved it!!! The premise was fascinating - a DNA detective who hunts down and acquires DNA samples of famous people (usually rock stars) for collectors, a Genehunter, or Genie for short.

The book is set in the future and cloning has become something of an illegal hobby for the rich and bored. They acquire the DNA of someone famous and clone them for their personal
May 31, 2013 Rhonda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The main character in this book is a genehunter (hence the title). A man who tracks down DNA and sells it to collectors. That seems benign enough, until you realise those collectors tend to use the DNA to make clones which they house in personal zoos. This isn't just a book about a genehunter struggling with his conscience (though really, there's probably enough material there to fill one all by itself), it is a thriller where the stakes are much higher than peace of mind or one man's values.

Thomas Norwood
It's been quite a while since I've read a cyberpunk novel this good. Being a science fiction author myself, I read quite a lot of science fiction, and this one stands out as one of the best I've read in a while. There are heaps of cool ideas in here (I especially love the brain plugins which give the users a high level of control over their bodies, including what they see), the characters are very well drawn and relatable (not perfect, not always likable, but real and often funny), the writing ...more
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Aug 06, 2014 Katarina Nolte rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In this futuristic thriller, Simms, a famous head hunter, seeks and finds the DNA of dead people.

It’s the 22nd century and people have brain plugins inside their heads, communicate with one another via pings (telepathic communication), and are literally interconnected via the wordwide web. They even get paid via their brain plugins. People travel city to city and country to country via jump nodes (teleportation). ... Book Review: The Genehunter By Simon Kewin » Katarina Nolte
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Jun 20, 2016 Frank Becker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting idea, exciting world, never boring (always something going on) but somehow the end is a little to weak for me...
The kindle book also contains an alternate (short) version of the books story - good idea; and an interesting exploration of the basic idea!
May 11, 2014 Anthony rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I had to just give up on this book. After about a dozen or so pages the writing style just grated on my nerves too much. The descriptions and dialogue were just too stiff.
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Excellent series, perfect for a sci-fi fans. If you like William Gibson, give this a try.
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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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