The Secret of Life

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Macmillan, 2001 - Fiction - 413 pages
"Where has the slick come from? A Chinese-manned mission to Mars is rumored to have discovered life deep beneath the Martian icecap, but the Chinese aren't talking. Could this mysterious discovery have something to do with the possibly extraterrestrial organism spreading throughout the Pacific? Dr. Mariella Anders is recruited by NASA to join an urgent mission to the Red Planet to find out just what the Chinese might be hiding. A brilliant and committed scientist, Mariella only wants to uncover the truth, but others have less noble motives. Corporate powers want to monopolize the genetic secrets of the slick. Radical eco terrorists strike out at those they blame for rampant genetic engineering. And a second Chinese Mars mission has its own unguessable agenda.".
 

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User Review  - RandyStafford - LibraryThing

My reactions to reading this novel in 2004. In some ways, the ending of this book reminded me of the end of Alfred Bester's The Stars My Destination in that both novels feature a rather unrealistic ... Read full review

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Near-future biological thriller from the author of the dazzling far-future Confluence trilogy (completed with Shrine of Stars, 2000), etc. In 2026, a huge invasive biological growth, the Slick, floats ... Read full review

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Contents

PART ONE LIFE ON EARTH
11
PART TWO LIFE ON MARS
137
PART THREE FUGITIVE LIFE
271
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