Ancestor

Ancestor

A Novel

Book - 2010
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"The ancestors are out there...you have to believe me."

From acclaimed author Scott Sigler-- New York Times bestselling creator of Infected and Contagious --comes a tale of genetic experimentation's worst nightmare come true.
 
Every five minutes, a transplant candidate dies while waiting for a heart, a liver, a kidney.  Imagine a technology that could provide those life-saving transplant organs for a nominal fee ... and imagine what a company would do to get a monopoly on that technology.
 
On a remote island in the Canadian Arctic, PJ Colding leads a group of geneticists who have discovered this holy grail of medicine. By reverse-engineering the genomes of thousands of mammals, Colding's team has dialed back the evolutionary clock to re-create humankind's common ancestor. The method? Illegal. The result? A computer-engineered living creature, an animal whose organs can be implanted in any person, and with no chance of transplant rejection.
 
There's just one problem: these  ancestors  are not the docile herd animals that Colding's team envisioned. Instead, Colding's work has given birth to something big, something  evil .
 
With these killer creatures on the prowl, Colding and the woman he loves must fight to survive -- even as government agents close in to shut the project down, and the deep-pocketed company backing this research proves to have its own cold-blooded agenda.  
 
As the creators become the prey in the ultimate battle for survival, Scott Sigler takes readers on the ultimate thrill-ride--and offers a chilling cautionary account of what can happen when hubris, greed, and madness drive scientific experimentation past the brink of reason.
Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, c2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780307406330
Characteristics: 425 p. ; 25 cm.

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BWilsoned
Oct 31, 2016

Well, a biotech company trying to create a human ancestor from which to harvest organs for transplant--what could go wrong? Yep, you guessed it, just about everything because we all know by now that you should NOT mess with synthetic proto-mammal production.

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VRMurphy
Mar 11, 2013

Not my usual type of read, but I was interested (as always) by the high ratings given by other readers on this site. It's not great literature, but the writing doesn't offend and the plot is outstandingly page-turning. Recommended for fans of Michael Crichton and early Tom Clancy.

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WomanOfMystery
Sep 22, 2011

A bit predictable and the violence is way over the top.

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tedm116
Feb 11, 2011

kept me on my seat from beginning to end coz i couldn't put the book down....

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triCH3xanthine
Oct 11, 2010

A book you will not be able to put down, a terrifying science-fiction thriller that will be inevitably compared to Jurassic Park. Except that Ancestor is more current (jokes about porn-y vampire novels abound), faster (short chapters, and no super-long soliloquies), crazier (1.schizophrenia and 2.sociopathy), and overall, even better.

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