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The Gene of Life

TED TAKASHIMA

Berlin, July 2008. After giving a lecture, Max Knight, a Nobel Prize candidate and professor of genetic research, is kidnapped. His captors show him part of a corpse, a left hand, discovered when a bomb exploded at a neo-Nazi rally. Although the hand appears to be that of a male in his forties, it actually belongs to a Nazi lieutenant, who must be 111 years old. To solve the mystery, Max and his assistant Katya head for Domba, deep in the Amazon rainforest, where they meet the enigmatic village-leader’s daughter, Tania, and soon find themselves involved in a far-reaching Nazi plot. As they race against time from Berlin to the Amazon, California, and Rome, will their romance grow? Even if Max has a fatal secret?

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This science thriller was published in Japan (2002, 2011) and China (2013) and became an international bestseller. The fast-paced, action-packed story includes adventure, intrigue, romance, history, and more.

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About the Author
After working as a scientist for the Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute, Ted Takashima moved to California, where he studied at the University of California. He has published more than twenty novels in the action/thriller/suspense/mystery genres in Japan. His novels include Intruder, which won the 1999 Suntory Mystery Award; Pandemic (2010), which foretold the global spread of COVID-19 in 2020; and The Wall (2020), a redemption story set against the backdrop of a refugee crisis at the Trump border wall with Mexico.

THE GENE OF LIFE
By Tetsuo Ted Takashima
Translated by Giuseppe di Martino
ISBN 978-1-940842-51-6 (paperback)

978-1-940842-52-3 (ebook)
Trade Paperback, 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, 360 pages
FICTION / Thrillers / Political / Science

US $16.95 / CAN $22.95 / $12.99 (ebook)

June 15, 2021

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