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|The Delta Factor|
by Thomas Locke
Published by Bethany House Publishers, 1994
Amazon.com: hardcover, paperback
Recommended by: Greg Slade
This work is actually marketed as a mystery, although truth be told, there's not much of a mystery about who's behind the nastiness. (At least, not to the reader.) I'm including it here under science fiction because it does involve near-future technology. To be specific, genetic engineering. Cliff Devon is a Consumer Safety Officer for the FDA. His former tutor, Deborah Givens, has discovered a drug which seems to have a striking impact on people suffering from many kinds of viral diseases. Their efforts to bring the drug through the FDA's safety review to make sure that it does what they think it does (and nothing else) are threatened by several factors which are mysterious to them. From Washington lobbyists to gun-toting strangers, hazards pop up everywhere.
Since they knew each other before, Givens has become a Christian. Unlike the stereotypical "Christian fiction", Devon does not go through the "sinner's prayer" in the second-last chapter. Givens does talk about her faith, but naturally and not in a way that violates the plot or the characters. The description of genetic engineering is not quite right on, but good enough for fiction. (And, truth be told, if it were more accurate in one specific way, there would be a huge nightmare for the characters to deal with.) This is not a big book, and in fact it only took me one day to get through it. (Although I did stay up too late to finish it.) It's an easy read, and enjoyable, and I'm looking forward to more from Locke.
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