Recently, law enforcement agencies around the world have started using GPS tracking to locate criminals without their knowledge. Without a warrant, an officer could plant a device on a criminal’s vehicle and tail them remotely to their hideouts. This technique has been used to track and arrest drug dealers across the country. Obviously, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is alarmed at this trend, citing it as an invasion of privacy.
If GPS tracking of criminals is already seen as a threat to our personal liberties, what do you think would happen if you could track a person by their genetic fingerprint? DNA is the building block of every living thing on earth and more unique than a fingerprint for human beings. What if we could hook an individual’s DNA to a GPS system?
This issue lies at the heart of The Dyodyne Experiment by James Doulgeris and V. Michael Santoro. And as compelling as it is, I think that their book presents a situation that was far more disturbing than having my privacy invaded. Doulgeris and Santoro, veterans in the field of biotechnology, have written a compelling and exciting narrative in the style of Tom Clancy and Michael Crichton.
The Dyodyne Experiment has it all… science, politics both domestic and foreign, strong characters, and a killer plot. Literally.
Dyodyne Labs has been working on a government-supported project to use DNA to secretly track criminals and terrorists. When terrorists attack New York City, every resource at the disposal of Homeland Security, including the new Dyodyne DNA system, is used to find and eliminate the threats around the country.
Though I felt the first act of the book took a while to develop, I became fond of the main characters. And I wasn’t prepared at all for the second or third acts. Doulgeris and Santoro manged to create a post-9/11 scenario that’s downright scary. Scary because it’s possible… maybe even probable. And I couldn’t put it down.
After 9/11, America became much more vigilant in the fight against terrorism. But I think we’ve become lax again. The Dyodyne Experiment makes you start to wonder again about those “what if” scenarios.
The science also worked for me. Much like in Crichton’s novels, I found myself intrigued by not only the notion of what the researchers were working on, but the application of the science. And as always, when you mess with nature — especially these small DNA building blocks and their viral delivery systems — nature has a way of adapting when, how, and where you least expect it.
I hope that there’s a sequel to the novel. Doulgeris and Santoro leave us hanging a bit, which would lead beautifully into another book showing what happens next when the DNA tracking system goes a bit awry with nature’s help.
If you like thrillers, definitely pick up a copy of The Dyodyne Experiment at your favorite local or online bookstore. Doulgeris and Santoro have written a tight, engaging story with characters you can really root for and against. Be sure to support these authors so we can see more from them in the future!
And if you’re looking for more information about the novel or the authors, check out DyodyneExperiment.com.