Armed Memory

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TOR, 1995 - Fiction - 256 pages
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In the strange days of the next century, America is caught on a cusp between social breakthrough and total breakdown. Sanity cops try to stem the chaos as a revolution in genetic engineering offers anyone the chance to change shape at will.
Tim Wandel arrives in New York City at the dawn of this weird millennium, hoping to make it as a journalist, and ends up at the center of the storm as a flack for his cousin Johnny Stevens, a biotech wizard who specializes in designer genes and who dreams of reshaping society to the beat of the long-dead rock music of Jim Morrison and the Doors.
But Johnny has made some powerful enemies. The Hammerheads are the most dangerous creatures who have ever lived, with the brilliant cunning of human criminals and the brutal savagery and insatiable hunger of killer sharks. They know that Johnny's Microde City workshop is the only force that can stop the new ecology of terror they plan to spread across the planet. As a violent wave of disorder spreads across the globe, Tim finds he holds in his hands the key to humanity's salvation or the seeds of its destruction.

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Young's second outing (his first appeared, obscurely, 15 years ago) is set in the 21st century and concerns ``microding''—i.e, altering the human body through genetic manipulation mediated by viruses ... Read full review

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