Sigmund Brouwer Double Helix: A Novel

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Double Helix: A Novel

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Slater Ellis and Paige Stephens try to stop rogue scientist Dr. Josef Van Klees from continuing his dangerous experiments in genetic engineering

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Sigmund Brouwer is a former journalist and accomplished best-selling author of 16 novels. He is also a popular writer for children, and devotes his non-writing time to public speaking engagements to promote literacy at schools from inner city Los Angeles to the Arctic circle. Sigmund is married to Christian recording artist Cindy Morgan. The couple and their two young daughters divide their time between homes in Red Deer, Alberta, and Nashville, Tennessee.

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Slater Ellis is driving up a remote New Mexico canyon when he stumbles upon a naked teenage boy with a number tattooed on his forehead. Meanwhile, on Florida's Gulf Coast, thirtysomething Paige Stephens picks up her phone and overhears her husband, a genetics researcher, committing suicide. Slater and Paige eventually connect as they penetrate the mystery of the "Institute," a shadowy, quasi-military operation hidden in the New Mexico mountains. The Institute is headed by one Peter Van Klees, a genetics professor who hides behind the good works of a world relief organization to divert fetal tissue from abortion clinics to his DNA research. The feral boy, who turns out to be three identical boys, is a product of that research. When Slater learns of Paige's abduction--into the Institute's macabre maternity ward, where she is impregnated with an experimental fetus--he rescues her and destroys the Institute, but only after he's captured and tortured in a series of visceral scenes. The versatile Brouwer, author of two atypical westerns, has turned in a white-hot performance. On one level, Double Helix is much like a James Bond adventure, complete with Fleming's dour humor; readers may also be reminded of Wells' Island of Dr. Moreau. But additionally, Brouwer vivifies the moral problems DNA research poses and connects them with another red-flag issue, abortion. Word's huge print run suggests confidence in Brouwer's potential to cross over from the Christian market to the mainstream, and they may be right: with impressive control and no preachiness, he has written a scary, maniacal novel. John Mort

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