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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephen J. Cannell, Stephen Cannell Narrator: Tony Plana Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2003 ISBN: 9781593973230
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The New York Times bestselling author combines medical sciences and action-packed suspense in this stunningly original thriller

What if the military's foot soldiers were not our sons and daughters, but genetically engineered animals programmed to kill, with superhuman strength and speed and just enough intelligence to follow orders blindly? This is exactly the weapon that a top-secret government agency is developing in the desert.

Attorney Herman Strockmire, a rumpled man with a very big but defective heart, is a champion of lost legal causes who becomes involved when his employee is literally torn limb from limb by one of the creatures. At great personal risk, Herman, his beautiful daughter and law partner, Susan, and ex-LAPD detective Jack Wirta, plunge headlong into harm's way, finding themselves in a nightmare beyond anyone's wildest imagination.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Cannell has a genius for creating memorable characters and quirky, gripping plots.... This is a fun read. Publishers Weekly

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Susan | 2/3/2011

    " Don't bother even if bored. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mardi | 11/29/2010

    " I can't resist a book full of down-in-their-luck, bleeding-heart characters. This is one. Plus it involves secret government testing and a cover-up! Cool! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mic | 3/16/2009

    " Cartoon-caption writing disguised as a novel. Maybe it got better after 20 pages - I wouldn't know, as I couldn't cope with any more than that. It was a struggle to knock over that many.

    Would have been impressive if it was a primary school essay, rather than a published book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Davehk | 2/7/2009

    " The author has tightened up his writing a lot in the 4 years since this book was published.

    Interesting take on the Evilness of DARPA. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Oiseaux831 | 7/29/2008

    " One of the funniest books I ever read. "

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About the Author
Author Stephen J. Cannell

Stephen J. Cannell (1941–2010) was the author of the New York Times bestselling Shane Scully books, including The Prostitute’s BallThe Pallbearers, and Three Shirt Deal. He was also an Emmy Award–winning television writer and producer, and in his thirty-five-year career, he created or cocreated more than forty television series. He was a third-generation Californian and resided in the Pasadena area with his wife, Marcia, and their children.

About the Narrator

Tony Plana is an actor and director. He studied at Loyola-Marymount University, where he earned a BA program in literature and theatre arts, graduating magna cum laude; he also received professional training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, England. Plana is the co-founder and executive artistic director of the East L.A. Classic Theatre, a group primarily made up of Hispanic American theatre professionals. He is the recipient of two Nosotros Golden Eagle awards for outstanding work in film and television, as well as five Los Angeles Dramalogue Awards for Theatre, and in 2005 was honored as an Educator of the Year by Loyola Marymount University’s Department of Education. Plana is perhaps most popularly known as Ignacio Suarez on the hit series Ugly Betty.