The pay’s meagre and job security’s a joke, not good in the comatose economy of 2033.
Ayden Walker turned his back on a fast tracked academic career to follow in his parents’ footsteps. As a field researcher, he does what he can to protect wilderness areas from the pressures of climate change and eight and a half billion people, and he keeps an eye on the big Pharmas gaming the system to squeeze ever more profits from their latest GM cure-alls.
Then he meets the enigmatic and strangely familiar William Hanford.
William tells Ayden the truth about his parents’ genetic research all those years ago, about what they did to William… and to Ayden.
And all his life, his parents kept it from him, lied to him.
Struggling to understand and forgive, Ayden digs into the past, but the trail points firmly back to the present, to William and to his biotech company, Genenco.
Could Genenco be attempting a breathtakingly bold solution to problems the world has failed to address for decades? Or is it a wildly dangerous experiment, a threat to all of humanity?
Should Ayden even try to stop them? Or is the risk justified?
As he peels back the layers of deception, Ayden realises that he’s under surveillance and putting his family at risk.
He’s forced into an uneasy alliance with Major Henri Soulandt of Army Military Intelligence, and together they try to find out just how far the forces behind Genenco are prepared to go.
Then things get complicated. And deadly.
INTERVENTION – The Pandora Virus asks ‘what if…’
The technology is nearly here already… so what will it be like when the tech behind Google Glasses, and Oculus Rift VR, and Wii Remotes, and Leap Motion gesture sensors, and Ambient subvocal mics… when all this tech matures and integrates and blurs the boundary between reality and virtual reality?
And, long before any big sea level rises, when heat-waves and drought and failed crops and food shortages and water shortages, all start to bite into the economy and food supplies… what will that be like?
And given we’ve been engineering human DNA for decades, what if – right now – behind a veil of commercial secrecy… a group of scientists are taking it further than anyone realizes?
And what if the UN has to keep revising its world population projections upwards?
And what if someone decides to do something about it?