When the seeds of death are sown into the very blueprints of life, no one is safe.... Someone is trying to resurrect ancient viruses hidden deep within the human genetic code to create a biological weapon so specific that it can target an individual . . . or an entire race. When two young prodigies discover their “medical research” is being used to build this weapon, theyWhen the seeds of death are sown into the very blueprints of life, no one is safe.... Someone is trying to resurrect ancient viruses hidden deep within the human genetic code to create a biological weapon so specific that it can target an individual . . . or an entire race. When two young prodigies discover their “medical research” is being used to build this weapon, they seek outside help to destroy it and to flee China. Help comes in the unlikely guise of Jon Gunderson—doctor, bio-weapons expert, and devoted family man whose unsuspecting wife and nine children have unwittingly accompanied him on yet another assignment. Once the truth comes to light, the Gundersons will have to set aside their differences if they hope to rescue the prodigies and escape with their lives. The fate of the world hangs in the balance as the bittersweet dynamics of a large but loving family take center stage against the backdrop of China’s breathtaking landscapes....
|Title||:||The Prodigy Project|
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The Prodigy Project Reviews
I liked it. Look, I have this problem when writing book reviews. I tend to see only the parts of the book I don’t like, I want to be better, etc etc yada yada and write my reviews on that. And I loved this book (as did my daughter). So if you’re reading this review to see whether this random person on the Internet, whom you don’t know from Adam, liked the book and recommends it, the answer is *Yes* and *Definitely* and you can stop reading now. Thanks.For those of you who are still reading, and those of you who know me, I’m now going to give my real review. I’m going to separate into two parts, because the second part will include some dramatic spoilers. I’ve decided to model my review, just for fun, after the old plucking petals off a daisy thing. Except instead of ‘she loves me’ etc., I am going to go for, “I liked it… I liked it less…” So, here we go:HomeschoolingI loved it that the main character was a homeschooling dad. I liked it less that no one seemed to object at all, so we never really got into his motivation. Given that we were rescuing two children from China, and dealing with Chinese officials, there would seem to have been all sorts of possibilities for objections, arguments, etc. I mean, one of the most statist countries in the world? You can imagine what they think of homeschooling!!Full QuiverI loved it that the main character was a full-quiver dad. I liked it less that this came out as sort of a backdrop instead of, again, being source of tension. Again… China. When we traveled in Germany there were times when we literally couldn’t rent hotel rooms. We had too many people, legally, for one room, and yet did not have enough adults for the rooms we legally needed. Much could have been done with that, with no one being prepared for so many children, being stared at all the time.The Path to MarriageI absolutely loved it that the author raised all of these tensions about the nature of the path to marriage. Of course, that is my issue! Arguments about arranged marriage, big tensions about the dating relationship the older son was having (and authority therein). Oh, dear. I can’t really talk about this much more without giving some spoilers so…Here be Spoilers.You were Warned!Still reading? Ok…The Son and his Girl… Here the son, on his own authority, has his ‘girlfriend’ of two long years fly all the way to China just so they can be together and get out of the boring family stuff… and we never end up fighting this out. The Dad yells at the son, the son yells at the dad (more on that later) and then they both kind of apologize and on without ever dealing with the underlying issue. Who had authority? Was the son his own (’adult’) man to be making these decisions? Was she under his authority? Or was he just a run of the mill, out of control, rebellious teen??Shotgun Marriage… Here the daughter gets ‘married’ to a man she just met and seems to despise, but we see almost *nothing* of all of the interesting bits!! We don’t see her told that she is going to marry him, we don’t see the ceremony (do they kiss? Hold hands?) and then, adding injury to insult in a big way, we don’t get to see anything at all after that. Marriage two months later? Glorious consummation but horribly deflating. Had this married couple been sleeping together? Calling other daily? Something must have happened to turn their plan for a quicky divorce into a… hey… how about if we… do you want to… etc. Etc.What is ‘marriage’ anyway?… and here both of these things happen and the father never, ever, gets at the theological underpinnings of any of it!! When he agreed that his daughter should ‘marry’ this man, did he then consider them married? Did he consider her new husband her authority? Or did he consider that nothing had happened, that a ‘legal’ marriage was nonsense? (And we never get to see his wife’s reaction to any of this, either!!)Vows of SilenceI loved it that the book dealt with the issue of vows of silence between government workers and their wives/families. I happen to believe that these vows are dramatically unScriptural. But while these vows dealt a body blow (quickly shrugged off, another complaint) to our hero, his marriage, and his relationship with his family… we never see the conclusion. We never here the, “Ok, now that we’re back home, we need to thrash this out. Why did you hide this from us for all this time?” And his answer. And their answer. And the Scriptures concerned.Thus Says the LordWhich brings me to another issue. Not a spoiler, but it’s too late now. Scripture. This man really seemed to be trying to live his life by Scriptural principles, but he was rather short on saying ‘Thus says the Lord’. And where was the awkward scene where Hank shows up in middle of family worship? Where were Hank and Grace working out if they would follow in her father’s footsteps as far as full quiver, homeschooling, etc?OrganizationI loved it that the author had a large, well organized family. But the proverbial authors failure of ‘show don’t tell’ bit him there. I think the organization would have been much better shown by having it work during some crisis rather than being so much explained. Have the children get up from their seats in the plane, get each other’s backpacks etc etc., and file out, and have the stewardess say, “I’ve never seen the like! I was expecting it to take ten minutes to get all of these kids out!” Indeed, the scene with the stewardess could have been better from that angle. She lost the die roll, have her show it. Have her come up with a ‘forced smile’ etc. And then gradually thaw out as she sees how things go.Doctor, DoctorsI loved it that this book included so much medicine. But I was going to object to how some of it was shown when my daughter, who is also medical, raved about it. So I’ll just repeat that I loved that bit and skip the next petal in my daisy :)A ThrillerI loved it that it was a thriller, and there really isn’t another petal on that except…I loved the idea of writing about kids kidnapped by the state for nefarious ends. And I loved the idea of a bio thriller. But why both? I think it weakened the overall plot that we were supposed to care about some kind of historically hidden viruses and then, in mid book, have to change to care about kids stolen by the state, their parents killed, and then suddenly jump into human trafficking overall.Indeed, if you were going to do that, I think it was backwards. Kidnapped children, however important, are kind of a let down from ‘the whole world is going to die’ thing. But we could follow kidnapped children to the “end of the world tension”, certainly. And I must say I am disappointed that all of my study about these various kinds of genetic viruses came to nothing in the end.Grace vs HankGrace and Hank. My favorite tension. But something was missing. Grace and Hank have this mini-fight in which he accuses her of having been burned in some past relationship. She denies it, but we never get at the truth.A Traitor in our Midst!Jung. Loved the idea of a ‘traitor in their midst’. Love the idea that we can’t figure out who it is until late. But… her motivation doesn’t work. Do something so Chen won’t be killed? Great. (Was there supposed to be a love interest there?) But that motivation dies as soon as they are in the States! Far from helping Chen at that point, sabotage of their new home can only hurt. What hold did the evil genius have over her there? Had he threatened to have Chen killed there? If so, why wasn’t she worried about that when she was found out?Grace againGrace. Love Grace. Hank, whole relationship. Grace with Dad, sure. But… what’s with the ‘adult’ thing? Raised and dropped. A ‘mere child’ too young to ‘marry’? Or an ‘adult’? A quick fight, a few words, but no resolution.Internal PressureThe intern on the plane. Loved it. But the poor guy should at least have been invited to the wedding! Raised and dropped.ConclusionA great book with tons of stuff I liked and was interested in. But having raised so many interesting issues, the book did not succeed, for me, in dealing with them, at arriving at their conclusion. I want more… or I want less more dealt with. I want more description, more tension, but, most of all, more issues dealt with thoroughly.
What a fantastic book! It is kind of like the Duggars meet the Spy Kids, except that the dad is the spy and only the older kids really get involved in the spy stuff although the younger ones have their own little adventure too. Jon Gunderson is a doctor, a father of nine children who his wife homeschools, and a spy. His masters degree in microbiology makes him a good candidate to fight biological warfare and, with his unsuspecting large family in tow, he fights crime surreptuously on their family "vacations". When two young Chinese prodigies discover that their medical research that they think is to find a cure for cancer, is really being used by the Chinese military to create a new, nefarious biological weapon, they decide to defect to the USA with Jon's help. Thinking that they were dealing with an adult researcher, Jon and his cohorts are suprised to find that they are instead taking two orphaned teenage child prodigies out of the country. Jon's family becomes involved, there is a kidnapping, fighting, shooting, tranquilzer darts, stuff that gets blown up, high speed chase scenes and all sorts of espionage, plot twists, and action. This is a fantastic book and I think it could also make an awesome movie. I received this book free to review from Book Crash and this is my honest opinion.
“The Prodigy Project” by Doug Flanders, MD is a wonderful science fiction read! Lt. Col Gunderson has a secret that he keeps from his family - he is an American spy! Though he often takes them with him on his missions, until this very important mission, they don’t know a thing. With a wife and 8 kids along, you just know there is going to be both conflict and excitement.Suddenly the American government wants Gunderson to help with an extremely important assignment in Hong Kong, and this time they want to involve the family. While trying to stop the Chinese from developing an extremely deadly bioweapon, that cannot be traced, Lt Col. Gunderson is forced to get his family involved. That’s when things get incredibly difficult!I quite enjoyed reading “The Prodigy Project” by Doug Flanders, MD. The novel is well thought out, with a great storyline and tons of adventure! Flanders does a fantastic job of explaining scientific detail so that even people like me that are science-challenged can grasp what is being discussed. I learned a lot about bioweapons, and the book certainly leaves one wondering just how far such weapons have already been developed.I received this book for free to review from Librarything. I am a member of Librarything, Goodreads, Bookdivas and the Penguin Book club. DBettenson
I can't say The Prodigy Project is another Clive Cussler, but it was an overall good read. A spy novel for the family, written by a family, should be classified in a category with Spy Kids. This book was mediocre suspenseful and contained some good action. It does have some humorous parts to break up some of the suspense. Imagine taking a family of 9 children on a spy mission without them knowing. I am not sure if this is the author's debut novel, but if it is, I think he will be able to turn out some really good stories. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a good family spy novel. I received this book in a LibrayThing.com Giveaway
I found the first couple of chapters of this book hard to read as it was to a slow a pace for me however I am glad I stuck with it as this turned out to be a great read.The characters are brilliantly thought out and all of them have a purpose within the book. The plot is well thought out and is consistent throughout the novel.This book has a unique plot which won't be found in any other books at the moment. I recommened this book to everyone it is a great read that I think everyone will enjoy.A copy of this book was recieved for review, all opioion expressed are my own through reading this book.This review was first published on http://everybookhasasoul.wordpress.com
I received an Advance Reader's Copy (ARC) from LibraryThing members and I will post a review after reading it.I really liked this book because it grabbed me by the throat at the Prologue, and didn't release its grip until the Epilogue; it's THAT kind of a book.The author uses the KISS method (it means Keep It Simple, Stupid) in his writing: the story is told simply and to the point.I highly recommend this book to whomever loves a well written story.
As many others have mentioned, this book was very slow to start out. While I enjoyed the plot of this book, I found the execution of the story suffered a bit from too much "telling" and not enough "showing" of key plot points. I liked it enough to give a second try to this author when he writes his next book.
The book started out slowly but once you get a few chapter into the book the story picks up . I'd recommend this book .
Unfortunately this book moved to slowly for my liking although that may be due to the amount of scientific detail that was given throughout. Perhaps a bit too much info dumping.