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The Genius Plague Audiobook

The Genius Plague

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Publisher's Summary

The contagion is in your mind

In this science fiction thriller, brothers are pitted against each other as a pandemic threatens to destabilize world governments by exerting a subtle mind control over survivors.

Neil Johns has just started his dream job as a code breaker for the NSA when his brother Paul, a mycologist, goes missing on a trip to collect samples in the Amazon jungle. Paul returns with a gap in his memory and a fungal infection that almost kills him. But once he recuperates, he has enhanced communication, memory, and pattern recognition. Meanwhile, something is happening in South America; others, like Paul, have also fallen ill and recovered with abilities they didn't have before.

But that's not the only pattern - the survivors, from entire remote Brazilian tribes to American tourists, all seem to be working toward a common, deadly goal. Neil soon uncovers a secret, unexplained alliances form between governments that have traditionally been enemies, and Paul becomes increasingly secretive and erratic. Paul sees the fungus as the next stage of human evolution, while Neil is convinced that it is driving its human hosts to destruction.

Brother must oppose brother on an increasingly fraught international stage, with the free will of every human on earth at stake. Can humanity use this force for good, or are we becoming the pawns of an utterly alien intelligence?

©2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc. (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • jazmaan
    Santa Monica, CA United States
    27/10/17
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    "There's a fungus among us!"

    Excellent hard sci-fi. I'm not going to post too much information here, because it will be more fun for you if you don't have any preconception of what's going on before you start enjoying this book. Suffice it to say that this book is well written around an intriguing and original concept. The Audiobook performance is not the best I've heard, but the narrator grows on you and is appropriately nerdy for the main character. His female voices aren't bad either. The hard sci-fi aspects are built around an emotional core of losing a family member to Alzheimer's, but the book is not overly sappy either. It's also got some good spy tech going on. And like all good hard sci-fi, you may actually learn something - in this case, about mycology! Highly recommended! I look forward to the author's next book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • RJPF
    14/10/17
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    "Intriguing idea poorly executed"

    I really wanted to like this book - I had to make myself listen to the entire thing. This book has received 4-5 stars on multiple sites.

    The reader appears to be chosen for his ability to pronounce Portuguese words correctly but doesn't catch things like "neuron star".

    The main character is totally ridiculous - the brilliant 21 year white male old college drop out who solves the problems that no one else can. He loves the NSA! He can't wait to be part of the team! Yay! He doesn't freak out when the head of the NSA - he is travelling with him - is murdered in an explosion in Brasilia! The head of his group - a 70 something lifetime employee of the NSA - just loves her new hire and defers to the snotty know it all! This is a matter of national security! Just yuck

    The premise is interesting but vague - it has big holes in some areas. I am usually willing to suspend belief for a good sci-fi story - after all, it is fiction - but this story pushed it past my limits.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Steve S.
    12/10/17
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    "Evolution, Co-Opted"

    Like author David Walton's previous books, Superposition and Supersymmetry, The Genius Plague is high-energy, high-velocity intrigue. With ingredients like Amazon adventure, brain-boosting mushrooms, shadowy NSA activities, fluid global alliances and even some good-old brother-against-brother challenges thrown in, The Genius Plague is a potent brew and will draw in and transfix even the most casual listener. Highly recommended!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shaun P.
    31/10/17
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    "Unique, wonderful when combining fact and fiction"

    Well developed story. Eases you into the leaps from realities of known biology onto a constantly changing edgenof your seat story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Scott Ritchie
    25/10/17
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    "Great book"

    Book was great. Good pacing, characters, and plot. Can't wait to pick up another one by Walton. Narration was ok

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • wheezy
    23/10/17
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    "The Genius Plague was an all-around very fun book "

    The Genius Plague was an all-around very fun book to read. Walton presents a lot of complicated science in a very ingest-able format. The book is well-paced and keeps you on the edge of your seat. I wasn't 100% satisfied with how the book ended (maybe only 80% satisfied!), but I absolutely loved the journey to get there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Andrew
    17/10/17
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    "Predictable and Tedious"

    This felt fairly uninspired, I would not waste your time, money or energy on this book. I say that as a lover of science fiction, fantasy and even non fiction. A protagonist NSA agent, an antagonist mycologist and an Alzheimer’s patient all within one family group. If any other character was important in the story I’m sure they would have ended up being a close relative as well. Groan.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Michael Weber
    12/10/17
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    "I Caught The Plague Will You"

    You may have have read books with brain fungi before but not like this. This novel is equal parts science fiction, mystery, and thriller. It has a bit of a slow start but a strong finish, it will keep you guessing until the end. The story is refreshingly realistic with a lot of introspection into the interaction humans have with each other and the world around us.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Clark R. VanBuskirk
    11/10/17
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    "Great Storyline"

    Great story and characters. Descriptive plot that continues to evolve. First person style and approach. A really interesting listen!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Z. Voigtman
    05/10/17
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    "I made it 6hrs..."

    Only because I forgot to set a sleep timer.

    Grabbed it on a whim, I can't seem to get into it at all. Neither the story or the narrator grab my attention enough.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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