When an archaeologist goes missing in the Congo basin, Professor Randolph Harkness and young tearaway Ross McCartney go in search of her – only to stumble upon a conspiracy to conceal ancient horrors lost to the passage of time. Evading spies and trained killers, can they expose this cover-up? Or will they be buried with it?
An unputdownable thriller, The Killing Gene reveals the story of our species, the paradox of the modern mind and our innate predilection for murder…
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‘A real page-turner.’ Rob Sinclair, author of the bestselling Enemy series
‘In an epic adventure stretching from the jungles of the Congo to the valleys of Tajikistan and beyond, The Killing Geneblends exceptional research and a keen observation of human nature to create a captivating and intelligent adventure novel. Featuring a tenacious hero who must unravel a menacing conspiracy if he is to reveal the truth to the world, this is another stunning thriller from E. M. Davey.’ Rob Jones, author of the international bestselling Joe Hawke series
‘Davey’s writing is punchy, yet lyrical, delving deep into the distant past of humankind, questioning what makes Homo sapiens unique and what the future might hold for the one race on earth that has inherited The Killing Gene.’ Matthew Harffy, author of The Bernicia Chroniclesseries
‘Gripping, shocking… a dispatch from the front line where ancient history meets modern nightmares. E.M. Davey has been to some of the wildest places on Earth, and it shows. This will keep its hooks in you long past the final page.’ Tom Harper, author of The Lost Temple
E.M. DAVEY is a journalist at Global Witness specialising in undercover investigative journalism into international corruption and environmental crime, which gives him the opportunity to travel to far-flung and unusual places. His novels incorporate real-world experiences and meticulous research, blurring the lines between reality and fiction. He has taught creative writing with the Wilbur & Niso Smith foundation and is the author of three novels: Foretold by Thunder (Duckworth 2015), The Napoleon Complex (Duckworth 2016) and The Killing Gene (Duckworth 2019). He grew up in Bristol and now lives in Kent.
This is the first book I have read by E. M. Davey. The cover and blurb grabbed me right away, what I wasn’t expecting was a throughly thought out and researched book (what I wouldn’t give to just take a peek into his mind!) the characters, locations and attention to detail blew my little mind!
I love how passionate Professor Randolph Harkness is about his work, how he falls into his story telling to anyone and everyone who will listen. His dry humor was an added bonus 😂 his unexpected team up with Ross was a brilliant mix….. Like Chalk and chess but worked perfectly together!
This book grabbed be from the get go…. I did get a little lost on some of the political parts but it never put me off or had me lost within this book.
Gritty, action packed and gripping. I will definitely be picking Daveys other books up and I’m hoping for a lot more from Professor Randolph Harkness in the future.
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Many thanks to Duck Books for my copy of The Killing Gene, and to E. M. Davey for writing such a gripping book!