Title Profile & Character Information

Darwin's Radio

Annotation
"A mass grave in Russia that conceals the mummified remains of two women, both with child - and the conspiracy to keep it secret ... a major discovery high in the Alps: the preserved bodies of a prehistoric family - the newborn infant possessing disturbing characteristics ... a mysterious disease that strikes only pregnant women, resulting in miscarriage. Three disparate facts that will converge into one science-shattering truth." "Molecular biologist Kaye Lang, a specialist in retroviruses, believes that ancient diseases encoded in the DNA of humans can again come to life. But her theory soon becomes chilling reality. For Christopher Dicken - a "virus hunter" at the Epidemic Intelligence Service - has pursued an elusive flu-like disease that strikes down expectant mothers and their offspring. The shocking link: something that has slept in our genes for millions of years is waking up." "Now, as the outbreak of this terrifying disease threatens to become a deadly epidemic, Dicken and Lan, along with anthropologist Mitch Rafelson, must race against time to assemble the pieces of a puzzle only they are equipped to solve. An evolutionary puzzle that will determine the future of the human race ... if a future exists at all."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Awards
1999  Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year
2000  Nebula Awards
2000  Endeavour Award

Characters
NameRafelson, Mitch
GenderMale
OccupationAnthropologist

NameLang, Kaye
GenderFemale
OccupationMicrobiologist

NameDicken, Christopher
GenderMale
OccupationVirologist

GenreThriller
    --Bio-thriller
Science fiction
Fiction
TopicsEpidemics
Government cover-ups
Mass murder
Evolution
Viruses
SettingInternational
Centers for Disease Control