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484 pages, Hardcover
First published January 1, 2011
When John and Naomi lost their 3-year son to a genetic disorder, they turn to a geneticist who, for $400,000, promised to assist them in conceiving a genetically superior baby, one immune to the recessive genes.
Naomi becomes pregnant with not one but two babies and with the series of bizarre events leading to their birth, we, the readers, know something is amiss. When the babies start behaving abnormally, the couple reaches out to the good doctor only to find he'd disappeared.
Then an even more ominous threat gets interwoven: a religious cult on a crusade to take out said couple and their "designer" babies.
We then are taken on a trip far into a psychological sci-fi realm that the plot lost its appeal midway.
Here's where I think the story missed the mark.: the book would have been more suspenseful had the author excluded the lead-in to the conception of the babies and instead started with a pregnant Naomi then, perhaps, through flashbacks, provided the back story. By writing the plot in real time, the plot sequences and the ending were blazingly obvious, making it rather unsuspenseful.
To then have the doctor presumed dead only to come back to life, made it more contrived. That the Kids turned out to be abnormal in a wholly different manner, was too glaring. The doctor returns to claim the kids? The kids ageing abnormally? Throw in the doctor's covert team of genetically altered super spy group, and all I could say was: Come on.
This was a plot driven book and although the premise has been previously explored by the late Michael Crichton, Mr James' spin was different enough to have made this utterly gripping.
Instead, we got a riddled plot, protagonists that we couldn't empathise with, kids straight from "Psycho" and some rantings by a Cult. Altogether, I think Mr James overreached with this one.