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Dr. Gallagher has established a bio-research facility on Bloodsworth Island, a remote island in the Chesapeake Bay, using money diverted funding from government medical research contracts. He has developed a technologically advanced approach to mass murder. His target is everyone he considers to be genetically inferior, and he is ready to exterminate the 300 million people who are carriers of a particular genetic disease.
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Terrorism isn't limited to war. It can also be used to promote a social philosophy or a dictatorial pseudosavior like Dr. Marcus Gallagher, director of the Davenport Center on Bloodsworth Island in Chesapeake Bay. He believes that those who have hereditary diseases are the scum of the earth, if not downright evil--they are menaces to "pure people," you see--and his center's mission is to wipe them out. Gallagher has something sinful or illegal on each of the center's physicians, scientists, and assistants, whom he blackmails into absolute obedience. He plans to infect birds with a specially designed virus, release them worldwide, and thereby purify the earth. Dr. Gene Nolan, our hero, slowly realizes what is going on but endures psychological and physical torture before he destroys the plan. Those who remember Jack London and such promoters of eugenics as Hitler know that the narrow-minded and almost religious fervor Nolan is up against is all too real. Slate and Rearden's thought-provoking novel alerts those who don't remember that reality. William Beatty
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Book Description America House Book Publishers, 2001. Trade Paperback. Condition: Very Good+. First Edition. top spine lightly bumped, slight edgewear; Uncorrected Galley. Seller Inventory # Q830