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The Babel Effect

3.37  ·  Rating Details  ·  151 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
The Genesis Project, headed by Ryan and Jess McCloud, is researching a fascinating thesis: that violence is a virus, that evil is genetically based, and that neurology can prove what psychology only suggests. A billionaire who heads the world's largest media and technology empire believes the McClouds are onto something with enormous potential value and agrees to underwrit ...more
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Aug 26, 2012 Manaudou rated it did not like it
This book is ridiculous. I really hate when an author creates characters that the subsequent writing fails to support. He claims something to the effect that the husband and wife team the book follows are essentially the smartest people on the planet. However, the couple does nothing at all over the course of the story to make this seem one bit believable. In situations like this, I believe it is the author's inflated sense of his own abilities that makes him feel confident enough to direct the ...more
Justin Sernal

The premise of the novel is very intriguing. What if violence was a disease for which there is a pathology? However, the execution itself is lacking.

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First, the theories of the scientists were presented to the reader heavy-handedly and redundantly. Especially to those with some background in sciences, the ideas in the novel were very redundant. There were only two main causes, presented early in the novel that were the cause of violence. Nothing more. Secondly, th
Kristin Lundgren
This is the second book by Hecht that I have read, and it was as good or better than Skull Session. The story is about a group of geniuses, a think tank nominally pursuing neurological areas, but also working on the larger pictures that emerge - emergence, pattern recognition, etc. At the beginning of the book they were finishing off modeling computer software that, taking all the epidemiological and medical information about a disease outbreak, and being able to correctly and accurately predict ...more
James Marinero
Mar 31, 2016 James Marinero rated it really liked it
It took time to get going with this. It's a huge piece of work underwritten by much research. Some might find it heavy going in parts, but it's well worth the effort - particularly if you are into the workings of the human mind, conspiracy theory, black ops and epidemiology. If you're not, don't be put off - give it a shot.

A few aspects didn't quite ring true for me - such as the incredibly happy family and facets of the Africa trips.

Well worth the effort.
Nov 25, 2008 Cheryl rated it liked it
I have mixed feelings about the book; while I was reading it, I thought it was so brilliant and well written, but now I feel let down. The ideas are very interesting, there is intrigue, mystery, philosophy, love, violence...but I never felt like I couldn't put it down. I would say it is better than any Crichton book I have read, but I also know a little about neuro and genetic research and even I had a little trouble following their technical good, but not great. I will read more ...more
May 31, 2008 Havala rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: pseudonerds
Appealed to my science geek side, a little.

The author seems to go on about psychology and the theory of affects of (probably) real concept that morphs into almost sci-fi. Sometimes it was boring and went too far in depth (it was a character doing his own soul searching and working out issues with a technology). But I'm sure that those more interested in cerebral things will enjoy this. I am still not a very comprehensive reader so I may have missed out on some finer points that others would pic
Mark Cheathem
Jul 25, 2015 Mark Cheathem rated it did not like it
I read 100 pp. and gave up.
Andria Hoy
Nov 17, 2014 Andria Hoy rated it it was ok
Slow plot. So slow.
Sep 29, 2009 Elizabeth rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009, fiction
While I really enjoyed the Cree Black books, I couldn't really get into this one as much. While the premise was intriguing, I found the main character's emotional struggles a bit distracting and could not get into the flow of the story.
Nov 05, 2008 Evelyn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A brilliant husband and wife research team is hired to discover if there is a link between societal breakdown and human genetic makeup by studying the brains of violent criminals. An original, intellectual thriller. Highly recommend.
Debi Dary
Great book...not an easy read for everyone. I loved it because it's about neurological & genetic research!
Hywel Cable
May 12, 2009 Hywel Cable rated it it was ok
I just started it, and it's a bit slow.
Lisa Greer
Jun 11, 2009 Lisa Greer rated it really liked it
Not as good as 'Skull Session,' but still good.
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