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Emmy award winner Todd Easterling's latest novel is a sweeping epic at over 440,000 words, three to four times the length of the average novel—placing it in Stephen King's The Stand territory. Easterling, who has worked with HBO and was discovered by the Garon-Brooke Literary Agency of John Grisham fame, takes a big swing with Genetic World—clearly aiming at the religious intrigue reminiscent of the brilliant Dan Brown Robert Langdon series (The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons, Inferno, Origin) while looping in the suspenseful science-driven storytelling that was the hallmark of the late great Michael Crichton's work in 1990's Jurassic Park, Jurassic World, and his 1973 film Westworld and recent HBO series. There's also a touch of Indiana Jones, complete with spectacular pursuits, tomb raiding, prophecies, and incredible real-world ancient relics, art, and historic sites.
When Oxford professor Francesca Ferrari is invited to a press conference and VIP presentation by the world's two richest individuals—billionaire brothers Winston McCarthy and Ethan McCarthy—she is soon swept into the bizarre world surrounding their creation of Genetic World, the most innovative theme park and science R&D center in the world. Francesca is a renowned expert in ancient religions, iconography, soteriology—the study of salvation—and eschatology, the study of the "end of times." She and her longtime friend and acclaimed New York Times reporter, Sawyer Clemens, are asked by one of the brothers to investigate a highly sensitive recent archeological discovery--a controversial discovery which acclaimed real-life Oscar-winning film director James Cameron executive produced a documentary on.
Francesca and Sawyer sort through a series of clues that lead them to Jerusalem, Rome, Vatican City, Florence, Paris, and other locations. Eventually, they uncover a discovery that will change history.
They soon determine that Genetic World's billionaire founders have conflicting objectives for the theme park and R&D center, all of which is located on four real-world islands off the coast of San Diego and northern Mexico . . . essentially sovereign territory not under the control or laws of any country. One brother is intent on creating an educational and entertainment park that rivals Disney World and all other amusement parks—including fictional theme parks such as Jurassic Park and Westworld. The other brother has been up to activities that push the boundaries of ethics and science.
As with stories by Dan Brown and Michael Crichton, Genetic World was made for the reader who likes learning about real-life history, events, and technological advances while being entertained—a balance of thorough research and 'made for the big screen' spectacular scenes all combined in an intricately created and sophisticated narrative arc that connects to real-world history, ancient prophecies, and very recent technological advances that were not even possible just a few years ago. From robotics to artificial intelligence, to biotechnologies, Genetic World will expose you to amazing real-life advances which weave in and out of historical events surrounding the lives and legends of the world's greatest people to have ever lived—scientists, discoverers, artists, writers, entertainers, athletes, leaders, and other influential people.
The history is real. The locations are real. The science is real.
Welcome to Genetic World . . . where nothing can go wrong. Enjoy your visit.
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