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2020. The world watches as biogeneticist Brian Matterosi goes on trial for his life before the International Criminal Court. His crime? To engineer a virus which has swept the globe and sterilised entire populations. Is Matterosi a genius or a madman with a God complex? Only one thing is certain: he is a complicated man with a difficult past.

Nobody would acknowledge that
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Paperback, 346 pages
Published April 15th 2015 by Ribbit Books
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Christiane
Dec 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ingenious

The plot is very well written and the narrative managed to make the villain a sympathetic character even when you know he is guilty. The twist in the end actually surprised me. It is a thoroughly enjoyable read.
Babus Ahmed
Mar 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Stull labels his debut novel, The Hydra, a political thriller but it is much more. In 2020, Brian Matterosi, is on trial at the International Criminal Court in The Hague for crimes against humanity. He stands accused of developing a virus that has caused infertility in a significant number of the world's population, particularly in the developing nations, and colossal number of deaths attributed to the direct infection with the viral infertility syndrome virus.

His story is told from his own poi
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Allies Opinions
Nov 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was one hell of a political thriller. From beginning to end you are entrenched in this world. You are angry and contemplative. You are curious and shocked. Its a hell of a ride.

Brian Matterosi is a complex man. He’s a kid who had nothing and no one. He was neglected and abused. He was starving and homeless.

He’s also a genius.

As a reader I had so many emotions towards him. Anger, fear, sympathy….to name a few.

Here’s the kicker. As atrocious as his actions are…it’s something to really take y
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Clare O'Dea
Sep 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is not the genre I usually read but I was really intrigued by the idea behind the plot: a scientist is on trial for his life after engineering a virus to cause global infertility and 'save' the world. Part politial thriller, part courtroom drama, part Frank McCourt style memoir, the writing is consistently good, and the pace and suspense never flags.
The moral questions raised by the novel are thought-provoking and highly intelligent. The science stayed just on the right side of being overl
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Margaret Millmore
Jul 29, 2015 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars (July 2015)

Biogeneticist, Brian Matterosi is on trial for murder, but not the murder of just one person, the murder of billions, billions that will never be born. He’s engineered and dispersed a virus that will render the overpopulated nations of the world infertile; his version of population control that he feels will save the planet.

The story is told from two PoVs; the trial at the International Criminal Court in third person, and Brian’s first person account of his life via a “diary
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Theresa Needham fehse
Jun 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Graham Stull labels his book a political thriller. It is that with a touch of sci-fi added. It’s a remarkable achievement for a first novel.
The year is 2020. Hydra is a man-made virus that stops population growth by making its carriers incapable of making a baby. The story is told from three POV’s - Brian Matterosi the scientist who discovers and releases the virus, Art Blume the lawyer who defends him at the International Criminal Court
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Silvia Calbi
Sep 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Pennie Roberts
Sep 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book has a cast of well written characters and a strong story-line. It opens at the beginning of a trial taking place under the spotlight of the international media. Like all good trials both prosecution and defence present plausible arguments and my vote for guilty or not-guilty swung between the two. There is an interesting contrast between this courtroom drama being played out on the world stage and the intimately detailed back-story of the main character. The book is well paced and the ...more
Jen Thornton
Apr 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A real pager turner - enjoyable, well paced and with memorable characters.
I look forward to the author's next novel
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