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The Games by Ted Kosmatka
Cover Artist: Design and Illustration by David Steveson, based on a photography
by Reichelt R. / plainpicture / Corbis
Review by Joseph B. Hoyos
Del Rey Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780345526618
Date: 13 March 2012 List Price $25.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK

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An insane genius, Evan Chandler, is seeking revenge on society. Using a virtual reality computer known as the Brannin Supercomputer, he creates a genetic mutant that will be used in the biosynthetic portion of the Olympic Games in Phoenix, Arizona. Unfortunately, this mutant is extremely strong, quick, and intelligent; it escapes the Olympics (ala King Kong). Silas Williams, head of U.S. biodevelopment, and his girlfriend, Vidonia Joćo, a xenobiologist, must race against time to prevent it from destroying all of mankind.

From official release/information:

Product Description: This stunning first novel from Nebula Award and Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award finalist Ted Kosmatka is a riveting tale of science cut loose from ethics. 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 Joćo. 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.

(Source: Del Rey)

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