This is the first book in the Boatwright Chronicles. Each book is self-contained and may be read in any sequence. The stories are thrillers about scientists who deal with life forces and mystery. They are also tales of love.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to never age? Geneticist Adam Boatwright finds out — and he becomes terrified at what he sees.
It all starts when he encounters mysterious cancer researcher Itzak Friedman and his pet rat, secretly kept alive for the human equivalent of 200 years. Adam is inspired by Itzak’s plans to engineer a mouse super virus that fights off all cancers, prevents other viral infections, and stops the aging process. Any person infected with a super virus will become virtually immortal, and Adam is strongly attracted to its anti-aging properties.
Itzak believes eternal life would stop evolution in its tracks because death would no longer be one of nature’s driving forces for change. Until it’s too late, Adam is deaf toItzak’s warning that immortality would be very destructive to future life.
Desperate to prevent his wife Vera’s hereditary breast cancer, Adam rushes to find a human version of the super virus. He leads a frantic, clandestine genetic-engineering project, resulting in a likely candidate. Bypassing time-consuming protocols, Adam secretly becomes the Guinea pig for testing the virus. That not only risks his life and career, but it might expose mankind to a destructive monster virus. Adam’s deep love for Vera blinds him to all dangers in the hope of saving her. Ignoring also the bug’s anti-aging potential, Adam infects himself with the unproven, untested super virus.
Adam belatedly acknowledges that Itzak was right and discovers the evil forces unleashed by the pursuit of immortality. Adam quickly becomes entangled in a growing web of fraud, deception, and manipulation.
Adam’s involvement with the super virus brings him wild adventure. He finds himself twice accused of murder and combating evil forces that would exploit the super virus to reap unimaginable wealth. He knows that in the wrong hands the super virus will only accelerate the ruination of the world and degenerate the human race.
Adam doesn’t know how long the super virus will live inside him. He resents deceptions needed to cover his tracks and having to protect mankind from immortality’s dark side. Nevertheless, he vows complete secrecy. Vera will use her extraordinary powers of logical deduction to assuage Adam’s tremendous guilt and keep him out of harm’s way. Uncertain whether Adam actually is virtually immortal, Vera pushes him to plan for that unwanted eventuality. Adam and Vera enjoy a powerful love.
As a geneticist who may have unlimited life, Adam will try improving the world through species preservation. That will lead him into experiments for controlling evolution and possibly restoring extinct species.