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The Moreau Factor

3.5  ·  Rating Details ·  115 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
A chilling novel of genetic engineering gone monstrously wrong in the 21st century, by the bestselling author of the "Well World" and "Wonderland Gambit" series. The story revolves around a reporter determined to chase down an explosive story that a renowned geneticist was going to tell, until he vanished.
Paperback, 352 pages
Published February 1st 2000 by Del Rey Books
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Efka
Dec 10, 2015 Efka rated it liked it
Recommends it for: All Chalker fans, soft sci-fi lovers, those who are into genetic manipulations
Shelves: sci-fi
I have read a lot of Chalker's books, definitely more than twenty, but the first words that comes in to my mind thinking of this book are "strange" and "un-Chalkerish". You may rightly wonder why, because well, this writer has his own and very distinctive style which is easy to identify. This book isn't an exception: transhumanism? Check. Duty versus free will? Check. Artificial intelligence? Check. Big breasts and huge penises? CHECK!

Now I hear you saying: "yeah, you just described most of his
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Johnny
Feb 28, 2014 Johnny rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
The idea behind this science-fiction novel should probably seem obvious from the title. One perceives some kind of genetic manipulation as in the famous classic, The Island of Dr. Moreau. Yet, H. G. Wells’ The Invisible Man (p. 75) and Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (p. 139) are both suggested before Verne’s classic (also on p. 139). The Moreau Factor plays off a vast conspiracy loosely based off the Human Genome Project that is uncovered by a throwback to the era of investigative journalism a ...more
astaliegurec
Mar 11, 2015 astaliegurec rated it really liked it
If you've read much of Jack L. Chalker's works, you'll understand how something related to H.G. Wells' "The Island of Dr. Moreau" might appeal to him. Thus, we've got Chalker's "The Moreau Factor." It's an interesting plot coupled with some of the very serious issues that our technology is presenting us with. I enjoyed it quite a bit. But, it does suffer from some problems. First, there are some editing issues. Oh, not things like misspelled words or grammar. Instead, there are discontinuities ...more
Alexandra
Feb 26, 2016 Alexandra rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
This book was very interesting and addresses several important bioethical issues. Unfortunately, the narrator is highly unlikable, and the story's setting is a strange, pseudo-futuristic society that reads too much like a speculative future predicted in the 80's. Overall, I hated the narrator. However, by the middle of the book, I was more than willing to put up with the narrator's POV in order to learn more of the interesting plot.
Chuk
Jul 17, 2012 Chuk rated it liked it


It's been a while since I read a new-to-me Chalker. This one was set closet to the present day than most of his stuff and starts out like a mystery/investigative journalism story, but it turns out more like his other books by the end. I still enjoyed it. Probably won't reread it.
Steve Joyce
May 28, 2014 Steve Joyce rated it liked it
The Moreau Factor has all of the makings of a Hollywood special effects sci fi picture... meaning it is just so-so at best.
Carmela Biscuit
Jan 10, 2016 Carmela Biscuit rated it it was ok
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Very boring and disappointing book. Started intriguing and drifted into average-quality jabber. Completed it just through the strength of my will not to leave the first book of 2016 unfinished.
Rick
Aug 24, 2009 Rick rated it really liked it
Read recently. Haven't read a Chalker in years. Still enjoyed it, but a lot of derivative stuff he's done before.
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loved the novel, would make an excellent movie or hbo drama series.
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Besides being a science fiction author, Jack Laurence Chalker was a Baltimore City Schools history teacher in Maryland for a time, a member of the Washington Science Fiction Association, and was involved in the founding of the Baltimore Science Fiction Society. Some of his books said that he was born in Norfolk, Virginia although he later claimed that was a mistake.

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