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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (609 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ted Kosmatka Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Set in an amoral future where genetically engineered monstrosities fight each other to the death in an Olympic event, The Games envisions a harrowing world that may arrive sooner than you think.
Silas Williams is the brilliant geneticist in charge of preparing the U.S. entry into the Olympic Gladiator competition, an internationally sanctioned bloodsport with only one rule: no human DNA is permitted in the design of the entrants. Silas lives and breathes genetics; his designs have led the United States to the gold in every previous event. But the other countries are catching up. Now, desperate for an edge in the upcoming Games, Silas’s boss engages an experimental supercomputer to design the genetic code for a gladiator that cannot be beaten.
The result is a highly specialized killing machine, its genome never before seen on earth. Not even Silas, with all his genius and experience, can understand the horror he had a hand in making. And no one, he fears, can anticipate the consequences of entrusting the act of creation to a computer’s cold logic. 
Now Silas races to understand what the computer has wrought, aided by a beautiful xenobiologist, Vidonia João. Yet as the fast-growing gladiator demonstrates preternatural strength, speed, and—most disquietingly—intelligence, Silas and Vidonia find their scientific curiosity giving way to a most unexpected emotion: sheer terror.

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Quotes & Awards

  • A 2013 Locus Award Nominee

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kathleen | 2/17/2014

    " Almost got a 4 star until the ending which I felt was weak "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Andrea Fife | 2/16/2014

    " Definitely interesting start to finish (and with an unexpected but fitting ending), this book filled the space of two NFL playoff games perfectly. The writing style was academic, including many plausible and interesting discussions of genetics. Left open for a sequel, it is a story to which I will likely return, although I don't feel immersed enough to be compelled. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Nick | 2/16/2014

    " In the not to distant future, the Olympics has expanded to include an event that showcases the genetic engineering prowess of the major global powers. Each country spends an exorbitant amount of money to genetically engineer a gladiator that cannot be comprised of any human DNA. The United States, in order to maintain home field advantage, will go to any lengths to win this event. A super computer with an embedded Virtual Intelligence is created to generate the ultimate fighting machine. The parameters are fed to the machine and the Olympic committee, eager to win, blindly follows the blueprint with no understanding of the end result. The VI may have an agenda beyond creating a winning gladiator.[return][return]The Games is an enjoyable thriller reminiscent of Michael Crichton. The book was a bit bleak and depressing at times, but overall an enjoyable read. I look forward to reading more books by Ted Kosmatka. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Allan Emery | 2/11/2014

    " Fun book, would make a really cool movie! "

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