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Living with death had never been his thing, but it was hers.
Hendrix Harrison is an old-school journalist for a popular conspiracy rag and must get into the digital world or face extinction. Researching a ridiculous apparition in rural Northumberland he encounters an ambitious young scientist
Sarah Wallace studies insects on cadavers for a prestigious institution with connections to a powerful pharmaceutical company. She hopes to find a better way of pinpointing time of death in crime victims but is struggling with inconsistent and impossible results.
They are drawn into a terrifying alliance that fights to connect her failing research with the disappearance of a rotten corpse and the bedridden guest of a confused old widow.
Death is only the start.
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In 2001 scientists isolated the gene for regenerating damaged organs from the DNA of a South American flatworm. Within five years it had been spliced into the chromosomes of a rhesus monkey, transported through the cell walls by a retro-virus denuded of its own genetic material.
Attempting to regrow impaired or elderly tissues, a scientist will one day modify the DNA of human beings by injecting the gene-carrying virus. It is just a matter of time.
Before consenting to treatment, you may want to ask a simple question: could there be a situation in which you would want to die but were unable to do so?
William Knight is a journalist and technologist currently living and working in Wellington, New Zealand. A graduate engineer, he's chased a varying career starting in acting, progressing to music, enjoyed a brief flirtation with handbag design, and was eventually wired into technology in 1989.
He has since written about the many successes and failings of high-technology for the Guardian, Financial Times and the BBC, among many others publications.
The Donated, (formerly called Generation) is his first novel, and was conceived from a New Scientist article. Other novels, Foretold, and then, The Fractured, will be available "shortly," he says.
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