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The Genesis Code by John Case

The Genesis Code (1997)

by John Case

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I almost abandoned this one early on when the 'bad guys' were revealed to be a traditional Catholic order. This is not the first time I've come across this in fiction. Dan Brown is the worst and most famous offender on this front having heaped nothing less than calumny on the pious society of Opus Dei, but there have been others. The authors names escape me because I tossed the books as soon as the writer's bigotry against traditional Catholics became apparent. It puzzles me to no end why so many writers go out of their way to dream up evil acts for traditional Catholic priests, monks and nuns in their stories to commit when the news is chock full of real evils committed by modernist and liberal Catholics. (For instance, with two notable exceptions, every priest known to have abused an altar boy has been a celebrant of the Novus Ordo Mass and not the ancient Tridentine Rite.) This book's author shares the irrational need to associate all things pre Vatican 2 with silly superstition, banal bigotries and of course, anti-science hysterics. He at least had the decency to invent his own 'traditional order,' The Umbra Domini, rather than heap abuse on a real life traditional Catholic society.

Despite this grave flaw, I pressed forward with this tale because 1) It was both a well-written and well-paced thriller and 2) I was curious to learn what the story's sci-fi hook would be (this too did not disappoint.) ( )
  Carlos-Carrasco | Apr 25, 2016 |
Having determined the main reason behind the multiple murders I was impatient for Joe Lassiter to catch up. The twist of the FULL reason behind the murders was well conceived and laid out quite well. Being that the book was written nearly twenty years ago, the 'tech' explanations are very quaint. Much has also changed regarding the ability to obtain credit reports from 'bucket companies'. (Spolier alert) A pleasing ending but wouldn't have minded a few more pages that let the setup of their new identities and their relationship unfold some more. Have purchased several other books from this author based on this book. ( )
  skraft001 | Dec 25, 2015 |
This did not live up to the book cover's promise of "a spellbinding biomedical thriller...terrifying." Its few moments of suspense were within the time period when the main character (Joe Lassiter) avoided the antagonists in Europe. There's nothing particularly wrong or interesting about it. If an easy, fast, and predictable reading experience is needed and this is what is available, it would meet that need. ( )
  karmiel | Jul 28, 2015 |
Takes a very similar route to other books in this genre in that the lead character, sets out to solve clues and get to the bottom of the mystery. Despite this it is an interesting and intriguing book, with good use of the religious aspects. ( )
1 vote Elliots89 | May 31, 2012 |
The premise behind this thriller is intriguing for folks interested in religous history or religion in general. A priest in Italy stumbles across a doctor with a horrible confession. Meanwhile an investigator in the U.S. is determined to find out why and who killed his sister and her son. As the threads of these situations come together a secret plot is gradually uncovered that involved ancient church relics, genetic engineering, and the murder of innocent children. Good for an escape read. ( )
2 vote debs4jc | Nov 16, 2009 |
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You'll probably guess what's behind the murders of mothers and their very young sons long before investigator Joe Lassiter does, but that shouldn't spoil your enjoyment of this exciting and thoughtful new thriller that mixes science and faith in with its action. Lassiter's own sister and beloved nephew are among the victims, who were all patients at an Italian fertility clinic run by a doctor with some unusual ideas about DNA. Why this catches the attention of a dangerous religious order, and whether Lassiter can save one surviving woman and child from their wrath, should take up a good part of your night.

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Joe Lassiter is an ex-FBI investigator bent on revenge. His sister and nephew have been murdered and he needs to know why. His search leads him to the Vatican and their attempts to wipe out all traces of a discovery no-one must know about.

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