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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,948 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Orson Scott Card, Aaron Johnston Narrator: Stefan Rudnicki Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2007 ISBN: 9781455189397
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George Galen is a brilliant scientist, a pioneer in gene therapy. But Galen is dangerously insane. He has created a method to alter human DNA, not just to heal diseases but also to “improve people”: make them stronger, make them able to heal more quickly…and make them compliant to his will.

Frank Hartman is also a brilliant virologist, working for the government’s ultra-secret biohazard agency. He has discovered how to neutralize Galen’s DNA-changing virus. Now he is the one man who stands in the way of Galen’s plan to “improve” the entire human race.

This taut thriller takes the listener a few years into the future and shows the promise and danger of new genetic medicine techniques.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[An] intriguing medical thriller…raises pertinent regulatory questions.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Wins the reader over on the basis of execution…with pace, characterization, and chilling suspense all polished to a high gloss.”

    Booklist

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 2/17/2014

    " I love Orson Scott Card! This was a medical mystery, a different genre than he usually attempts but really fun and fascinating. I couldn't put it down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Confettirainfall | 2/15/2014

    " I read for fun and usually not too critically so this review is simple. I enjoyed the subject matter. The story held my interest although I was aware that it was not written by Card but was an adaptation of his short story. So I went in with my eyes open and with few expectations which might be why I enjoyed it more than most. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karen | 2/12/2014

    " I wish I had noticed that this was only co-written by Orson Scott Card. The story was interesting, but the writing was choppy and uneven. I felt like I could tell when a novice writer took over. The characters just OK. I didn't love or hate them. Still it was a fun summer read, but I can't recommend it. I read the Kindle version and I'm not sure if this problem is a problem in print form, but the editing of this book was horrible. There's nothing that pulls you out of a story worse than incorrect spelling or misplaced punctuation. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carson | 2/10/2014

    " Ok read, I felt like the biology was a little too far fetched for me to get into the book as much as I would have liked. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robbie anderson | 2/9/2014

    " its agood book, but its not one of mr. cards best. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lynnda Ell | 1/30/2014

    " I stopped reading this book about a third of the way in. I just could not get connected to the story. I was hooked by the first three or four pages, but the authors didn't stay with the point of view long enough for me to get connected with the characters before they started on a different piece of the story. This book is definitely not one I will keep in my library. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adilee | 1/18/2014

    " I'm not usually a sci-fi fan, but this was more a medical thriller and surprisingly good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gerald Curtis | 12/30/2013

    " I liked this book because it was more about the characters and their challenges than the conspiracy itself. They were constantly faced with overwhelming challenges and it was fun to see them grow together in meeting the challenges. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle Hall | 12/14/2013

    " Classic Card style... but I was pleasantly surprised that it wasn't his standard plot. Good brain candy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Krista | 11/28/2013

    " I had a lot of trouble getting past the scientific inaccuracies of this story. I think that Card is a wonderful writer, but Invasive Procedures is no Ender's Game. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lindsey | 11/27/2013

    " A decent book and a quick read. The characters are a little shallow, but the plot moves quickly with no lingering over points the reader has already figured out. Overall, worth the time if you like Card's other work or need a quick and easy read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 11/26/2013

    " quick read with thought provoking ideas about genes, dna, and our future health "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruth | 8/28/2013

    " Gave me an ulcer, but in a good way, ya know? Edge of my seat kind of thing. Really Good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kaylee | 7/6/2013

    " Kinda reminded me of The Incredibles for some reason. It's definitely action oriented and was written from a screen play. The writing wasn't the best, but the plot was interesting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah | 6/10/2013

    " Interesting ideas in places, but it was clear to me that OSC did not do most of the writing and the characters were laughingly annoying. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ronald Vasicek | 3/18/2013

    " Typical thriller stuff "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eremite | 2/10/2013

    " Might make an OK action movie, but I don't think thrillers are really my genre. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jared | 12/21/2012

    " It seemed like this book was rushed to production. It was a good story. They could have developed the memory chip part of the story more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 12/21/2012

    " I was disappointed that this book was not really written by Orson Scott Card. I thought the ending was a bit silly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lydia | 10/14/2012

    " I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this one. It's not like most of his usual ones--it is a thriller--definitely Hollywoodish and yet fun to read. I honestly didn't expect some of the twists. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becky Dooley | 8/9/2012

    " I'm a nurse,and found the premise very interesting, and believable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deborah | 5/21/2012

    " This was okay. I liked some things about it. Reading it while nauseous pregnant was probably not a good idea. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Josh | 8/6/2011

    " Not my favorite Orson Scott Card book, but I guess I shouldn't have expected his typical fantasy/sci-fi fare. Instead, this book was more like an old Crichton novel, just not as well-written or interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Basil Sands | 7/14/2011

    " Pretty good, decent plot, and good flow "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul | 5/4/2011

    " If you've ever wondered, "What if I got an organ transplant against my will and then that organ began to take control of my body?" then this is the book for you. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Misty | 4/18/2011

    " Entertaining. Shallow characterization, but interesting plot. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Adam | 4/15/2011

    " Overall the plot was really well laid out and is the strength of the story. The characters were not always as consistent in character as an OSC narrative usually delivers. Something just wasn't quite right. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 4/13/2011

    " For a book, it was good. For an OSC novel, I was disappointed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Darlene | 4/6/2011

    " This was disappointing to me. There was something a little juvenile about the writing and storyline. I LOVE Orson Scott Card, but this book just didn't keep me interested. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mollie | 3/17/2011

    " meh. It was ok.

    Some bible swears...maybe?, no sex, some violence. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jeff | 1/31/2011

    " I abandoned this book after reading two thirds of it, and realizing I simply could not believe the plot nor the character motivations. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kali | 1/28/2011

    " It was fast-paced and entertaining, but kind of unbelievable. It wasn't very predictable, though! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ingrid | 1/17/2011

    " My first "Non Ender" OSC book, I couldn't put it down. It seems so real...like it is really happening as you read the words on the page. It's frightening the way that scientific advances have grown and how twisted some people could possibly be. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becky | 1/7/2011

    " I'm a nurse,and found the premise very interesting, and believable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liesl | 1/5/2011

    " Pretty interesting book. Nice one to read if you are bored. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Valerie | 12/23/2010

    " It was a fast read, however the science behind it was rather far fetched. Not one of Card's best stories, but some what entertaining. "

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About the Author
Author Orson Scott Card

Orson Scott Card, the author of the New York Times bestseller Ender’s Game, has won several Hugo and Nebula awards for his works of speculative fiction. His Ender novels are widely read by adults and younger readers and are increasingly used in schools. Besides these and other science fiction novels, Card writes contemporary fantasy, American-frontier fantasy, biblical novels, poetry, plays, and scripts.

About the Narrator

Stefan Rudnicki first became involved with audiobooks in 1994. Now a Grammy-winning audiobook producer, he has worked on more than three thousand audiobooks as a narrator, writer, producer, or director. He has narrated more than three hundred audiobooks. A recipient of multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards, he was presented the coveted Audie Award for solo narration in 2005, 2007, and 2014, and was named one of AudioFile’s Golden Voices in 2012.