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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
Paperback, 448 pages
Published 2001 by Luitingh-Sijthoff (first published 2000)
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Manaudou
Aug 26, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Elizabeth
Sep 29, 2009 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. ...more
Beverly Fuqua
Jul 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating, I had to suspend disbelief to enjoy it, I mean it's just a novel right? It just SEEMED so real, like what could be happening today. I had to keep looking at the publish date-2001-thinking this could have just been written. I may reread this some day, the plot is really involved, and I feel that I might have missed some details due to reading way too late into the night. ...more
Amie G
Aug 11, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Probably the most boring book I've ever attempted to read. Got 100 pages in (of a very small print version) and couldn't do it anymore. Literally nothing had happened, not a thing. Not worth the paper it was printed on. Don't bother. ...more
Cayla
Jan 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well far out...I don't even know where to begin. The way of writing was absolute astonishing all throughout, and viewing the developing thesis was amazing. The development of the babel effect being weaved through the story continuously was done beautifully. An amazing read! ...more
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
Justin Sernal
SPOILERS AHEAD:

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
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Cheryl
Nov 17, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 paragraphs...so good, but not great. I will read more ...more
Havala
May 31, 2008 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
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James Marinero
Mar 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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Evelyn
Nov 05, 2008 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! ...more
Lisa Greer
May 13, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not as good as 'Skull Session,' but still good. ...more
Hywel Cable
I just started it, and it's a bit slow. ...more
Mark Cheathem
Jul 21, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I read 100 pp. and gave up.
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