About the Book
Book: The Gene
Author: Timothy Browne
Genre: Medical Thriller
Release Date: July 12, 2020
We are the dwelling place of God—it is woven into our very DNA. Do we change the core of who we are by manipulating our genes? Is gene-therapy a miraculous cure or a slippery slope into eugenics?
Following their marriage, Dr. Nicklaus Hart and Maggie Russell enjoy the splendor and passion of a honeymoon in Hawaii. They learn that their union has brought new life, but the overflowing joy of Maggie’s pregnancy and their romantic getaway is interrupted by the shocking news of a genetic disorder discovered in Maggie’s family lineage. The devastating possibility that both Maggie and the baby carry the mutated gene for the horrific Huntington’s disease, shakes their faith.
Faced with this dreadful diagnosis, Nick and Maggie seek peace as they wrestle with the heartbreaking discovery of a genetic disease versus the knowledge that God is good—He has made their baby in His image and knit him together in Maggie’s womb. Like the millions of people around the world affected with genetic disorders, Nick and Maggie look for answers. With the belief that people are the dwelling place of God, and He is woven into the DNA, what should they do when that DNA has been corrupted?
Nick and Maggie travel to Poland, where the top geneticist, Emmanuelle Christianson, has founded and operates BioGenics whose mission statement is: Advancing the Human Genome. They understand that medical advances always cost something, but they face impossible decisions. They are unaware that the sinister side of genetic research has slithered in from the horrors of Nazi death camps into this modern-day technology. Their journey reveals more than the fight for knowledge, it uncovers a simmering evil left over from World War II. One that puts their lives in danger.
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About the Author
Timothy Browne, MD draws from life and work experience when writing. For many years, he has worked as an orthopaedic surgeon and medical missionary for Operation Blessing, Mercy Ships, and Hope Force International. His work has taken him to Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Brazil, Ukraine, Borneo, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, North Korea, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Haiti and Sierra Leone. He now resides in Western Montana with his wife, Julie, who along with their three sons, served with him.
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After finishing, The Gene, the fourth book in the Dr. Nicklaus Hart Series, I have been able to look back at this body of work. The heart of my prose remains the same: to entertain and educate—fueled with imagination, inspired by history, and grounded in truth. I explored the mystery of North Korea and the threat of bioterrorism in Maya Hope, the complexities of the middle East and the history of Mesopotamia in The Tree of Life, the controversies of Big Pharma and our health in The Rusted Scalpel, and now examine the history of eugenics and the pitfalls of gene-therapy in The Gene.
Writing The Gene has taken significant research: exploration of Poland, investigation of the Nazi doctors and their horrendous medical experiments, the history of eugenics around the world, and of course, the science of genetics. The work has been satisfying, edifying, and many times, heartbreaking.
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This book was so interesting. It dealt with so much; the horrible things done to twins in WWII, abortion, modern eugenics.
I will give a word of caution, this book really pushes it in the Christian reading comfort zone. There is sex and it is blunt. Not graphic. I didn’t feel uncomfortable but it definitely isn’t like most Christian books that closes the door before anything happens. There is also cursing and a homosexual character. For me this made this book more real, like what real people deal with. We work with people who believe and act differently then us. The book was in no way saying from a Christian perspective that these things are okay.
If none of that bothers you I think you will really enjoy this book. It gives the reader so much to think about. It’s also scary to think this can be happening (and in a away it is, as it is addressed in the book).
If this book sounds interesting I recommend picking it up, it was very good.
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A copy of this book was given to me though the Celebrate Lit Team. All opinions are my own.
Sounds like a great book.
Hi Melissa, thank you so much for reading and reviewing The Gene. I appreciate your thoughts so much. In my writing, I try to bring real-life circumstances and struggles to my characters combined with a wrestling of their faith. Thank you for the kind review!
Blessings to you…Timothy
If anyone is interested in starting with the first in the Series, Maya Hope, here is a link to get it for free: https://dl.bookfunnel.com/660zjltvqg
Thank you, I am definitely interested in reading the first book. Thanks for sharing the link!
I also meant to mention that in honor of Celebrate Lit and my first blog tour, I have lowered The Gene ebook price to $2.99 for a limited time!
This sounds very intriguing.
Melissa, Thank you for the content warning.
I appreciate getting to hear about another book I didn’t know about until now. Thank you for sharing and for this giveaway also.
Thanks for sharing about this book and author. Thanks for sharing about the issues in the story. I appreciate know this before deciding to read.