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Hardcover Super Virus: Immortal Sins Book

ISBN: 0982102003

ISBN13: 9780982102008

Super Virus: Immortal Sins

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to never age? Geneticist Adam Boatwright finds out--and he becomes terrified at what he sees. This description may be from another edition of this product.


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The search for immortality

This novel is about immortality--whether it's a good thing and what you do when you get it. This is heavy stuff. Immortality's opposite, mortality, is a topic most people prefer to avoid. Like many teenagers I felt mortality was an abstract concept that had little application in my personal life. As I've aged the concept has become less abstract and I ponder some of the questions Lapin's hero ponders. Lapin's protagonist is a researcher in genetics by the name of Adam Boatwright. If you're wondering whether there is a Little Joe or Hoss around, you're also probably old enough to be thinking more about your own mortality, or should be. Adam's immortality is the kind achieved by not aging using a technique he discovers. This kind of immortality is more common in sci-fi than that of vampires or werewolves where the fantasy creature can't be killed. In particular, there is the old sci-fi conundrum that if you can't die from old age will you become so careful that you're frozen into inaction, afraid that even one false step will place you in a fatal accident? In other words, the longer you live, the more you value your life. This is Book One of the Boatwright Chronicles. That should give you the hint that we won't discover by the end of the novel whether Adam can really handle not aging. These deep philosophical questions aside, once you start reading you find a book full of science, mostly genetics. Being a sucker for science, and particularly genetics, I loved it. There are interesting omissions, though. There is no mention of telomeres and their role in the aging process nor of the fact that our DNA contains residues of ancient viruses that we have co-opted, fact which gives credence to Dr. Boatwright's supervirus idea. In case you are thinking that this is just a treatise on the philosophy of immortality and the science of genetics, be forewarned that there is also suspenseful action. Our hero is unjustly framed not once but twice, in somewhat similar circumstances. The adage that a fiction writer must put his hero in dire straits is followed, but repeating things is a little too much. Oh yes, there is an evil cartel and terrorists lurking in the background that Adam must defeat with the help of his wife, Vera. Too often she provides the ideas, giving fictional proof to the other adage that behind every successful man is a smart woman. She's an accomplished concert violinist and blond (otherwise Adam has a thing for redheads). She's also a pedantic wench and I can't really understand why she loves Adam, who seems to be an egotistical snob most of the time. She gets on my nerves almost from the start. Why do I say that? Adam's supposed motivation for his research is to protect his wife from breast cancer. Not breast cancer victims in general--just his wife. In fact, Adam spends the whole novel following his personal agenda. He ends up killing a woman that reluctantly worked with the terrorists and feels little remor

An entertaining read that leaves some thoughts about potential immortality

Immortality would be nice. On paper, anyway. "Super Virus: Immortal Sins" is a science fiction novel following Adam Boatwright, who through science just may have found the secret to immortality. Pursuing it through blind love for his wife who is in danger of breast cancer, he fails to realize that immortality may not be all it's cracked up to be until it's far too late. "Super Virus" is an entertaining read that leaves some thoughts about potential immortality.
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