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A Report from Group 17

3.51  ·  Rating details ·  65 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
A science fiction thriller that looks into the intricacies of the world of DNA manipulation, gene mechanics, biological warfare, espionage and more.
Hardcover, First Edition, 222 pages
Published March 28th 1972 by Macmillan Pub Co (first published March 1972)
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Alan
Sep 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Cold warriors
Recommended to Alan by: Paul Di Filippo, in F&SF
In 1972, in between the publications of Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH and the posthumous post-apocalypse novel Z for Zachariah, Robert C. O'Brien came out with A Report from Group 17, which was... a very different sort of book.

I was turned on to this one by Paul Di Filippo, from his "Curiosities" column in the back pages of the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction—yes, a print magazine that's still publishing, still vital, even in this day and age. I had to have my local library dig A Re
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Duncan
Sep 03, 2013 rated it liked it
YA science fiction, plausible and careful with the details but, how shall I say, lacking intrigue. The threats to the world never seem all that imminent, and it never seems likely that the kidnapped girl at the center of it will come to harm. (O'Brien's other books indicate that he's perfectly willing to harm adults, but not kids.) A couple of compelling characters, but languid plot.
MisterFweem
Sep 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
http://misterfweem.blogspot.com/2013/... Review is here. Excellent book for the story and for analysis of the craft. No spoilers.
Robin Kirk
Dec 12, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: speculative
I'm a big fan, but this book was a slow read, and the twists were quite predictable (and a long time coming). I think the author was brave to no have a totally happy ending (the girl survives but...) . And the ideas at the core are interesting... but Z for Zachariah is far, far superior, a real classic.
Chris
Aug 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Mr. O'Brien's third published work is a taut, subtle Cold War thriller centered on mind-control through a now-debunked theoretical substance called polywater. There is little action, so some readers may find this boring. This has the usual intrigue between USA and USSR, but the real evil is the ex-Nazi concentration camp scientist held prisoner by the USSR, and the nefarious experiments he carries out without their knowledge.
Jan Memmott
Apr 12, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned-books
I read this b/c the author wrote one of my all-time favorite books for children, The Silver Crown! This was interesting, especially considering that it was written so long ago. He was ahead of his time about gene manipulation, but in 2014, it was a bit blasé. It was a good read, not a great one.
Content note: anyone could read.
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Katherine
Aug 26, 2009 rated it it was ok
Thought I would love this. Didn't. Gave up. There's a reason Mrs. Frisby is a classic and this isn't.
Dave
Jul 20, 2012 rated it it was ok
Kind of a slow starter, and kind of a slow finisher, but somewhere in the middle there were some exciting and interesting bits.
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Robert Leslie Conly (better known by his pen name, Robert C. O'Brien) was an American author and journalist for National Geographic Magazine.

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