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Fact: our chromosomes contain billions of so-called "junk-DNA" sequences. Some are the intact genetic blueprints of ancient gene-alternating pathogens. Fact: Bioweapons designers are developing genetically engineered killer life-forms that are triggered by race - and ethnicity-related genes. Fact: DNA analysis shows that the human race has come extremely close to extinction in the past. One cause could have been a "slatewiper" - a lethal pestilence which nearly wiped the human slate clean. Fact: By the end of WWII, Japan's bio warfare arsenal was the most advanced in the world thanks to its inhumane medical experiments, which equalled those of the Third Reich. Lara Blackwood, genetic engineering entrepreneur and presidential advisor, receives a call from an old college friend who asks her help in solving a ghastly epidemic in Tokyo. That phone call sets in motion a chain of death and mayhem stretching from San Francisco to Washington, DC; from Amsterdam to Japan. To her horror, Lara discovers that her life's work has been perverted to produce a revolutionary new genetic weapon that kills by turning people's own chromosomes against them.
Lara risks assassination to expose the conspiracy behind "Slatewiper" - before a nightmarish terrorist scheme threatens the entire human race with extinction.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 106.7 x 171.7 x 23.9mm | 45.36g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0765340666
  • 9780765340665
  • 2,277,944

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"Perdue has crafted a story that grips the reader's imagination: Can this be real? Is it possible for such a weapon to exist? Remarkably, Perdue unflinchingly treads on Crichton's turf but emerges with a novel that feels fresh and original. A must for medical-thriller devotees."--"Booklist" on "Slatewiper" "In light of current medical epidemics, this is a timely offering. . . . Humanity's very existence is at stake in this latest hair-raiser by Perdue ("Daughter of God"), a no-holds-barred biogenetic thriller."--"Publishers Weekly" on "Slatewiper" "Rich research for science/action thrills."--"Kirkus Reviews" on "Slatewiper" ""Slatewiper" goes beyond the mundane of the medical thriller to weave a cunning blend of historical and ultra-modern fact fashioned into a stunningly unique plot to turn your own chromosomes into lethal weapons . . . Combining the best of a page-turning thriller with classic human stories is a hard road to follow; Lewis Perdue is running down that path full speed. If you want to check out a new, fresh thriller writer, run with him!"--James Grady, author of "Six Days of the Condor"
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About Lewis Perdue

Lewis Perdue studied biology and biophysics at Cornell University. He is also the bestselling author of numerous fiction and nonfiction works, including "Daughter of God" and T"he Delphi Betrayal." Perdue lives in Sonoma, California.
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