Troubador GeneThrall

Released: 28/02/2019

ISBN: 9781789017397

eISBN: 9781789019766

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Divine Inheritance


The year is 2054 and humanity's genetic health is in the hands of the giant de Margham Corporation. Established by Maelgwen de Margham and her late husband, Saul, the Corporation supplies a universal gene therapy that avoids violation of the Marshall Dictat: the absolute prohibition on making inheritable changes in a person's genetic structure. 

The therapy on which the de Margham’s founded their Corporation was the culmination of a desperate race to save the life of their unborn child. But the de Margham’s heroic technical achievement was driven by a deeper purpose: realisation of the aims of a breeding experiment begun over 1500 years previously. The pinnacle of this experiment, a child of radically increased human potential, is now the focus for global forces directed towards much more than control of this new being – take-over of the de Margham Corporation, violent restructuring of urban America and overthrow of the Marshall Dictat itself all constellate around the family's efforts to achieve their genetic supremacy. 

But the pinnacle of de Margham achievement is dying. With only two weeks to put together a cure, and unknowing as to her true identity, Calman Marker in Manhattan takes on the task of saving this new being. Simultaneously, a mysterious sponsor commissions South Wales genealogist, Gail Wayland to track the history of the de Margham family back into the Dark Ages. Pitched into a world of designer viruses, molecular incest, time-slips and overwhelming encounters with ancient powers, both struggle to sustain their integrity. Yet through their parallel investigations the story of the de Margham family and the conspiracies and ambitions that surround it move relentlessly towards a shattering climax.

'Boot - the Three-Point Plan' 5-star review on Goodreads 18th April 2017

Jessica Mcbee - This was fantastic. The story drew me in and kept me in the world of these three main characters. I enjoyed the cleverness and the humor in the book immensely. Great read, I could not put it down!

Absolutely amazing and a very unique story. Really enjoyed this and I'm looking forward to reading more by the same author in the future.

by Kayleigh

I found the story riveting. Godsland has created an alternative world that I wholeheartedly entered. I was captivated as I followed the experiments. The prose and imagery is outstanding, and I would strongly recommend Gene Thrall as a shocking and vivifly stunning read.

by Kelly

So much happens in this book that I hardly know how to review it. It takes place thirty-five years in the future, where gene therapy is making great inroads into better health. Genetic companies are supposed to abide by the Marshall Dictat: make no changes in genes that could be inherited by the next generation. The genetic miracles were the result of a desperate attempt to help a powerful family’s unborn child.

This is a very long book, and it takes a while to get the bigger picture of it. First, we see it just from the perspective of a genealogist who is been commissioned by a secret sponsor to look into the history of the family I mentioned above. At the same time, a man has been brought in to try to help a dying child. But other forces are at work, and this book takes you on quite a ride that certainly makes you question where we are going with all of our current research into genetics. Knowledge is good, but what we do with that knowledge can be wrong.

If you don't mind long books that take a bit to pull it all together, you might enjoy this immersive read about the possible future misuse of genetics.

by Jamie

I. F. Godsland

Currently living on the edge of Buckinghamshire, married with three grown-up children, I started writing years ago as a compulsive teenage diarist. I studied biochemistry at university and gained post-graduate experience as a warehouseman and taxi-driver. For the past thirty-years I have worked in heart disease and diabetes research. I have several novels underway plus three completed, of which In World City was the first to be published and Boot the second.

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