The Genesis Protocol
by Dayton Ward
Review by Paul Haggerty
Phobos Impact Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 0977070808
Date: 25 January, 2006 List Price $14.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /
The Genesis Protocol is a fairly standard military/monster/adventure tale with good guys, bad guys, and the gray people in the middle who have to decide which side of the fence they wish to commit to. Part Aliens and part Jurassic Park the novel keeps you interested as the military unit slowly loses its technological edge as well as its personnel when they are unexpectedly stranded within the reserve and have to make their way on foot across the lethal environment to safety. And as if keeping from being eaten by critters, or poisoned by the very air isn't enough, the real monsters may not be the ones with obvious teeth and claws, but business suits and flexible moralities; which can be every bit as lethal.
While not a deep book, The Genesis Protocol does cover a fair bit of philosophical ground along with the action. Are there things science shouldn't do, or is everything fair game when done in the name of the greater good? Can the intentions of the participants determine whether something is right or wrong, or are there absolutes? And at what point does a ravening monster become a cunning adversary?
A good page turner with some interesting people to care about and some interesting concepts to think about.