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Vitals (Hardcover, 1st ed)
Vitals (Hardcover, 1st ed)
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Blending fierce, fast plots with vivid characters and mind-bending
ideas, Greg Bear has mastered a powerful alchemy of suspense,
science, and action in his gripping thrillers. "Darwin's Radio" was
hailed across the country as one of the best books of the year. His
newest novel, "Vitals," ""begins with a harrowing descent to a
netherworld at the very bottom of the sea-and then explodes to the
surface in sheer terror.
Hal Cousins is one of a handful of scientists nearing the most
sought after discovery in human history: the key to
short-circuiting the aging process. Fueled by a wealth of research,
an overdose of self-confidence, and the money of influential
patrons to whom he makes outrageous promises, Hal experiments with
organisms living in the hot thermal plumes in the ocean depths. But
as he journeys beneath the sea, his other world is falling apart.
Across the country, scientists are being inexplicably
murdered-including Hal's identical twin brother, who is also
working to unlock the key to immortality. Hal himself barely eludes
a cold-blooded attack at sea, and when he returns home to Seattle,
he finds himself walking into an eerie realm where voices speak to
him from the dead . . . where a once-brilliant historian turned
crackpot is leading him on a deadly game of hide-and-seek . . . and
where the beautiful, rich widow of his twin is more than willing to
pick up the pieces of Hal's life-and take him places he's never
Suddenly Hal is trapped inside an ever-twisting maze of shocking
revelations. For he is not the first person to come close to ending
aging forever-and those who came before him will stop at nothing to
keep the secret to themselves. Now every person on earth is at risk
of being made an unsuspecting player in one man's spectacular and
horrifying master plan.
From the bottom of Russia's Lake Baikal to a billionaire's bionic
house built into the cliffs of the Washington seashore, from the
darkest days of World War II and the reign of Josef Stalin to the
capitalist free-for-all that is the United States, "Vitals" tells
an astounding tale of the most unimaginable scientific secret of
all-exposed by the quest for immortality itself . . .
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