Invasive Procedures: A Novel

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Tom Doherty Associates, Nov 30, 2009 - Fiction - 352 pages

Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston's taut thriller Invasive Procedures takes readers a few years into the future, and shows the promise and danger of new genetic medicine techniques.

George Galen is a brilliant scientist, a pioneer in gene therapy. But Galen is dangerously insane – he has created a method to alter human DNA, not just to heal diseases, but to "improve" people – make them stronger, make them able to heal more quickly, and make them compliant to his will.

Frank Hartman is also a brilliant virologist, working for the government's ultra-secret bio-hazard agency. He has discovered how to neutralize Galen's DNA-changing virus, making him the one man who stands in the way of Galen's plan to "improve" the entire human race.

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User Review  - Hexum2600 - LibraryThing

This was interesting and I don't regret reading it... but I do regret that they sold it as an OSC book when it really isn't. The writing style really shows it. This only bothers me because I am so ... Read full review

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Not my favorite Orson Scott Card book, but I guess I shouldn't have expected his typical fantasy/sci-fi fare. Instead, this book was more like an old Crichton novel, just not as well-written or interesting. Read full review

Contents

Healers
1
Recruit
13
Transplant
26
Countervirus
38
Wyatt
46
Scripture
55
Core
65
Patients
72
Blood
175
Darkness
185
Interrogation
197
Heart
203
Prophecy
213
Supplies
224
Rescue
236
Trail
246

BHA
85
Yoshida
95
Level 4
99
Control
112
Irving
117
Arena
124
Escape
130
Healer
143
Site
163
Contact
258
Fever
274
Prophet
285
Fire
297
Vessels
317
Infiltration
337
Dispersion
354
Agent
381
Afterword 395
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About the author (2009)

Orson Scott Card is the author of the novels Ender's Game, Ender's Shadow, and Speaker for the Dead. Ender's Game and Speaker for the Dead both won Hugo and Nebula Awards, making Card the only author to win these two top prizes in consecutive years. There are seven other novels to date in The Ender Universe series. Card has also written fantasy: The Tales of Alvin Maker is a series of fantasy novels set in frontier America; The Lost Gate, is a contemporary magical fantasy. Card has written many other stand-alone sf and fantasy novels, as well as movie tie-ins and games, and publishes an internet-based science fiction and fantasy magazine, Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show. Card was born in Washington and grew up in California, Arizona, and Utah. He served a mission for the LDS Church in Brazil in the early 1970s. Besides his writing, Card directs plays and teaches writing and literature at Southern Virginia University. He lives in Greensboro, North Carolina, with his wife, Kristine Allen Card, and youngest daughter, Zina Margaret.

Aaron Johnston is a successful Hollywood screenwriter.

Invasive Procedures is loosely based on an old short story of Card's, "Malpractice".

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