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November 11, 2014 / Leslie

Genesis Code by Jamie Metzl

Today I have a special feature plus the opportunity to win a copy of the newly published Genesis Code, a futuristic thriller that explores the national security implications of the human genetics revolution set in the context of a future US-China rivalry.

First Chapter – First Paragraph Intro

From the moment we’re born we begin learning, creating ourselves in a process that lasts a lifetime, a process that is our life. It’s an uplifting thought. But, depressingly, from the same moment the clock starts ticking down on our finite lives. We’ve already begun to die.

And when you’re dead, you’re just dead.

I’ve always hoped that were it my corpse lying on the floor people would hover around drawing lessons from my life, pondering the infinite.

But in this finite world bodies start to stink after a while and MaryLee Stock sadly is not going to be an exception.

About the Book and the Author

GenesisCodeThe Book

Genre: Thriller
Publish Date: November 2014
Format: Hardcover | 336 pages

The time: The not so distant future. The US government has learned that China has a secret genetic enhancement program where they are breeding super babies and placing them in the equivalent of their Olympic sports schools-but for science, math, engineering, business, and government. The Americans believe if they don’t match the Chinese, the US won’t be able to compete a few decades on.

The catch: The US has restrictions on this very process. So they devise a clandestine workaround by creating a front company that purchases a small chain of American fertility clinics and begins impregnating young women coming for fertility treatment with genetically enhanced embryos–without ever telling these women.

The Author

Originally from Kansas City, MO, Jamie Metzl is a Partner in a global investment firm and a Senior Fellow of the Asia Society. He previously served as Executive Vice President of the Asia Society, Deputy Staff Director of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senior Coordinator for International Public Information at the U.S. State Department, Director for Multilateral Affairs on the National Security Council, and with the United Nations in Cambodia. He appears regularly on national and international media discussing Asian economic and political issues and his syndicated columns and other writing on Asian affairs, genetics, virtual reality, and other topics is featured in publications around the world. Jamie MetzlHe is the author of a history of the Cambodian genocide and the novel The Depths of the Sea (both published by St. Martin’s Press).

Jamie is a founder and Co-Chairman of Partnership for a Secure America, a board member of the International Center for Transitional Justice and the Jewish refugee agency HIAS, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a former White House Fellow and Aspen Institute Crown Fellow. An avid ultramarathoner and Ironman triathlete, he holds a Ph.D. in Asian history from Oxford, a JD from Harvard Law School, and is a magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Brown University. He lives in New York City.

Recent Op-Eds by Jamie Metzl
In Foreign Affairs: The Genetics Epidemic
In US News: Building a Better Baby

Connect with Jamie: Twitter | LinkedIn | Goodreads | Webpage

Giveaway – Win a copy of the Book

Courtesy of the publicist, I have one copy of Genesis Code to give away to a reader with a continental US mailing address. To enter, fill out the form below on or before midnight, Saturday, November 22nd. For an extra entry, tweet or blog about the giveaway. The winner will be contacted by email and have 48 hours to respond.

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Leave a Comment
  1. laurelrainsnow / Nov 11 2014 11:34 am

    Sounds fascinating! Thanks for sharing this unique book….and here’s mine: “INTO THE DARKEST CORNER”


  2. Suko / Nov 11 2014 12:31 pm

    Thanks for hosting this giveaway, Leslie! I will add it to my blog’s sidebar. This thriller sounds intriguing.


  3. Sandra Nachlinger / Nov 11 2014 12:55 pm

    Although the topic is fascinating, this sounds more like a book my husband would enjoy than one I would like. I’ll share the title with him.
    My Tuesday post features THE LEGACY LETTERS.


  4. Chippy / Nov 11 2014 2:02 pm

    Sounds interesting – I may have to add it to my TBR list


  5. Sarah @ Sarah's Book Shelves / Nov 11 2014 3:55 pm

    The premise of this book sounds fascinating – especially since I love sports! But, the intro paragraph did not pull me in…however I’d probably keep reading a bit longer just because of the premise. Will be interested to hear what you think.

    Here’s Mine:


  6. Monica's Bookish Life / Nov 11 2014 4:42 pm

    This looks really interesting. Will look forward to your review.


  7. fredamans / Nov 11 2014 5:56 pm

    Sad but true… we live to die.


  8. diane / Nov 11 2014 6:49 pm

    I loved that intro, but yet looking at the book and synopsis, not sure it is for me. enjoy and thanks for joining in Leslie


  9. Sheila (Book Journey) / Nov 11 2014 7:21 pm

    This sounds good!


  10. kelley / Nov 12 2014 1:58 pm

    I don’t know, I think I’d pass. I hope you enjoy the book. Have a nice week. kelley—the road goes ever ever on


  11. Literary Feline / Nov 12 2014 7:26 pm

    That’s quite an opening! I really like the opening, the writing style and the image it’s created in my mind. The premise sounds interesting. Not completely new in some respects, but I’d be curious to see where the author takes his story.


  12. stacybuckeye / Nov 21 2014 10:29 pm

    Interesting. Jason and I watched The Island this week which was about cloning so lots of these issues came up in discussion.



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