Monday, June 5, 2017

Pre Pub Book Buzz: The Genius Plague by David Walton

Sorry, folks! I was out at BEA last week mingling with editors and other industry folks and was pretty well exhausted when I got back. So today you're getting my usual weekend posts!

Anywho, this particular pre pub titles is one that I had a chance to talk to the editor and publicist about. The Genius Plague is getting pretty rave reviews in house and is definitely one I'm looking forward to as a result. Here's a bit about the book from Goodreads:

What if the pandemic you thought would kill you made you more intelligent instead? In the Amazon jungle, a disease is spreading. To those who survive, it grants enhanced communication, memory, and pattern recognition. But the miracle may be the sinister survival mechanism of a fungal organism, manipulating the infected into serving it. 

Paul Johns, a mycologist, is convinced the fungal host is the next stage of human evolution, while his brother Neil, an analyst at the NSA, is committed to its destruction. Is the human race the master in this symbiotic relationship, or are we becoming the pawns of a subtly dominating and utterly alien intelligence?

The publicist sort of compared this one to Michael Crichton! It's not due out until October, but Walton has a pretty big backlist you can dive into while you're waiting (including the duology Superposition and Supersymmetry). 

The Genius Plague is out October 17 from Pyr. 

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