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The Gene of Life
The Gene of Life

The Gene of Life


360 Pages, 5.5 x 8.5

Formats: Trade Paper, EPUB

Trade Paper, $16.95 (CA $22.95) (US $16.95)

Publication Date: June 2021

ISBN 9781940842516

Rights: US & CA

Museyon (Jun 2021)


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Is eternal life immoral or our salvation?

"When science unravels the mystery of eternal life, a grand conspiracy emerges from the darkness of history." Berlin, July 2008. After giving a lecture, Max Knight, a Nobel Prize candidate and professor of genetic research, is kidnapped. His captors show him part of a corpse, a left hand, discovered when a bomb exploded at a neo-Nazi rally. Although the hand appears to be that of a male in his forties, it actually belongs to a Nazi lieutenant, who must be 111 years old. To solve the mystery, Max and his assistant Katya head for Domba, deep in the Amazon rainforest, where they meet the enigmatic village-leader's daughter, Tania, and soon find themselves involved in a far-reaching Nazi plot. As they race against time from Berlin to the Amazon, California and Rome, will their romance grow? Even if Max has a fatal secret?Is eternal life immoral or our salvation? This science thriller was published in Japan (2002, 2011) and China (2013) and became an international best seller. The fast-paced, action-packed story includes adventure, intrigue, romance, history and more.


"Elements of real science wend into the narrative, while a love affair between Max and Katya also gives the story extra steam." —Foreword Reviews 

"The book's fun rests in its action, and in the interactions between the main characters." —Foreword Reviews

"The most interesting part of this thriller . . . is the ethical question behind its genetic science. Should immortality be a scientific achievement?" —Library Journal

Author Biography

After working as a scientist for the Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute, Ted Takashima moved to California, where he studied at the University of California. He has published more than twenty novels in the action/thriller/suspense/mystery genres in Japan. His novels include Intruder, which won the 1999 Suntory Mystery Award; Pandemic (2010), which foretold the global spread of COVID-19 in 2020; and The Wall (2020), a redemption story set against the backdrop of a refugee crisis at the Trump border wall with Mexico.