Mark of the Beast: A searing medical thriller by Adolphus A. Anekwe, a renowned doctor, about the ramifications of isolating a gene that causes violent behavior
Dr. Regina Dickerson is a Catholic physician in San Diego who has discovered that there is a certain genetic marker that indicates the carrier is prone to psychotic violence. Working on blood from prison inmates, her theory begins to prove itself time and again with violent offenders. The variety of crimes is diverse: one couple murders their children for organ money, another man kidnaps young girls to seduce and kill them, yet another has a penchant for cyanide.
As Dickerson's work begins to show results and catches the attention of the media, people begin to fear that witch hunts and Spanish Inquisition–style mayhem will result if forcible testing is carried out. Meanwhile, a race begins to find a cure. With science and religion at odds, Dickerson must find her own answers while trying to escape those who want to put an end to her inflammatory research.
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Anekwe's Mark of the Beast is part medical thriller, part horror, and part sci fi. Imagine, for a moment, if the number 666 is hidden in our genes. Then, imagine if it is contained in the most violent and insidious criminals.
I enjoyed the book quite a bit. While taking biblical references and mashing them up with science isn't a new idea, Anekwe handles it in an intriguing way.
My one issue with the book is that there is a section that features a doctor from West Virginia University. Ironically, that happens to be my alma mater, and I still live in Morgantown, the town where WVU is located. At any rate, the author chose to make the doctor from WVU have a very southern accent. Including using "y'all" quite a bit. We do not say "y'all" here. In fact, we have more of a midland accent like is found in southwestern Pennsylvania.
So, for that fact, I must give the author 4 stars. It is still an interesting book, but the accent issue brought it down fa star for me.
ADOLPHUS A. ANEKWE, MD, is a Clinical Assistant Professor at Indiana University Northwest Medical Center, and is also an active staff member at five area hospitals, a Board Certified Diplomat and Fellow in two medical specialties, and an active community leader. He resides in Schererville, Indiana, and is the author of Mark of the Beast.
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