The Games

The Games

Audiobook CD - 2012
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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 Joao. 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"--Publisher.
Publisher: New York. : Books On Tape/Random House, p2012
ISBN: 9780449008591
Branch Call Number: COM Unabridged SF
Characteristics: 9 sound discs (11 hr., 29 min) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Brick, Scott


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ChristchurchLib Feb 04, 2016

Monsters don't care about gold medals. Neither do fans of the Olympic Games, where the main event is watching genetically engineered gladiators fight to the death. Designed by a supercomputer, America's most promising combatant proves to be so lethal that U.S. Games Committee chairman Dr. Silas Williams calls in xenobiologist Vidonia João to determine exactly what kind of creature they're dealing with -- and how much destruction it might cause if it were to escape the ring. If you've ever wished that the Olympics were more like the Hunger Games, this fast-paced, action-packed debut should slake your bloodlust. The novel's themes of technology gone awry should also please fans of the late Michael Crichton.
Science fiction newsletter January 2016.


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