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Fans of James Rollins, Dan Brown, Michael Crichton, Steve Berry, David Baldacci, and Raymond Khoury, listen up: James Barney is among us! A remarkable new master bursts upon the scene with The Genesis Key—a gripping debut thriller that combines a breathtaking Da Vinci Code-like historical/religious conspiracy with the science-gone-mad terror of Jurassic Park. A brilliant bFans of James Rollins, Dan Brown, Michael Crichton, Steve Berry, David Baldacci, and Raymond Khoury, listen up: James Barney is among us! A remarkable new master bursts upon the scene with The Genesis Key—a gripping debut thriller that combines a breathtaking Da Vinci Code-like historical/religious conspiracy with the science-gone-mad terror of Jurassic Park. A brilliant biologist finds herself at the center of a heart-racing international race to unlock the secret to life itself in James Barney’s electrifying, page-turning hunt for The Genesis Key. ...

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The Genesis Key Reviews

  • Jackleen
    2019-02-03 12:50

    The Genesis Key is an action packed thriller with a very thoughtful insight into the advances of modern science. A mysterious archaeologist dig in Iraq, biblical passages regarding the Nephilim, the hidden secrets of our own human DNA, ancient history of the Mesopotamian region including a great flood as portrayed by Noah in the bible, the covert Washington DARPA agency, a secret conglomerate of billionaires and cutting edge science that may extend human life to two or three hundred years, all intersect with a bang in James Barney’s debut novel. Barney’s novel is both entertaining and thought provoking; the pages nearly turn themselves.Dr. Kathleen Sainsbury has been raised by her grandparents since the age of 7. In 1979, her parents, while on an archaeological dig in Tell-Fara, Iraq, are killed during Saddam Hussein’s take over of the country. Now at the age of 39, Dr. Kathleen Sainsbury is a brilliant biologist working to discover the hidden secrets of human DNA to offset the damaging effects of aging by Alzheimer’s and dementia in her small start up company, Quantum life Sciences, in Washington. Her own grandfather is suffering from Alzheimer’s and no longer recognizes his own grandchild. The stress of finding a cure for her beloved grandfather is compounded by the pressure of her investors who impatiently demand results from their investment. However, science takes time. Burning fast through the initial funding, Kathleen agrees to a newspaper interview highlighting new bio-companies in Washington. The resulting interview shakes the crazies out of the trees, as attention is drawn to both Kathleen and her research. And, unfortunately, Kathleen attracts the attention of unscrupulous persons with hidden agendas willing to do violence to achieve their ends. Kathleen has few memories of her parents and no knowledge of their research. This changes when she is called out in the night to meet with an old Iraqi friend of her parents who has read about her research in the newspaper. He urgently needs to explain the deaths of her parents, which she had been led to believe was accidental, as well as, to discuss the amazing discovery that they made at Tell-Fara. Kathleen, a scientist to the core, is put off by the elderly gentleman’s repeated reference to God’s will and unwilling accepts an ancient artifact that was discovered at her parents dig. When this artifact is found to contain very special ancient DNA, it becomes apparent to Kathleen that what her parents discovered in Iraq will advance her own research by years. Kathleen soon finds herself involved in a life or death hunt for truth and an amazing scientific discovery that predates the biblical flood of Noah. Old friends and new acquaintances come along to Kathleen’s aid, but when you have the medical cure for aging, and all that this entails, it is difficult to know friend from foe. And, Kathleen soon finds out that there are many who would wish her harm, and will stop at nothing to steal her research. The Genesis Key is an excellent thriller that combines action, new science and ancient history in a well written story. A good fun read that also examines the ethics of scientific research in a world where money and wealth can determine quality of life, as well as, life itself. If you like James Rollins novels, this is a book for you.

  • Denise
    2019-01-27 07:55

    3.0 out of 5 stars -- If science can do it -- should we use it? This novel has elements of science, anthropology, religion, archeology, history, mythology, mystery, conspiracy, covert governmental machinations -- and more...whew! And that's part of the problem with this book about the longevity gene (INDY = I'm not dead yet -- a Monty Python reference) and a scientist's experience finding and sequencing it.Of COURSE everyone wants this new information that sets someone up to make billions of dollars, and the ensuing action in subsequent chapters is filled with scenes of car chases, spying, shootouts, double crosses, murders and the like. Naturally the US government also has an eye out and an interest in this technology. Dr. Kathleen Sainsbury receives a single tooth that was rescued from a sarcophagus deep in a 5000 year old tomb from an old friend of her parents and begins to examine its DNA. When she begins the experiments on that tooth and her lab discovers the gene sequence that allows a human to live well beyond the current life span, chaos ensues.At this point, when this INDY gene is discovered and sequenced making it potentially useful, is when the narrative turns reflective and ridiculous with its sudden moral and ethical lecturing -- surely any scientist that is delving into the human genome would have thought about the implications of increased life span?? But no, all of a sudden there is conscience and questioning of whether or not science can be stopped or when it goes too far. Indeed, what would happen to the planet if its population suddenly mushroomed and everyone lived for hundreds of years reproducing and consuming resources for much longer periods of time??Moral and ethical debate aside, the novel was an OK tale perfect for reading without too much analysis of the veracity of the science or the religious references. Enjoy for what it is -- an action-packed read that might give the reader a thing or two to contemplate. Amazon vine ARC

  • Yolanda
    2019-02-05 09:59

    I received a signed copy through Goodreads giveaways.Dr. Kathleen Sainsbury is a respected biologist. At her company QLS and her small team are working with fruit flies. They are making progress on the INDY gene when the Dr.'s past comes into play, dangerous play. She learns some nice things about her murdered parents and their important work in Iraq. Involved are the FBI, CIA, local and international ties which make for an action packed adventure. An enjoyable read, I hope to see more from this author.

  • Luanne
    2019-02-09 06:44

    This is a debut novel that blew me away. It is definitely a page turner.The prologue starts off more than 30 years ago with the parents of Dr. Kathleen Sainsbury on a archaeology expedition. That day 30 years ago will be brought into Kathleen's current life and her biology work with fruit flies. The doctor will find out what really happened with her parents and cause her to look at her own work in biology.This is a must read.

  • DJ
    2019-02-11 08:10

    I LOVE this book! The author's writing style is superb, and he keeps the story interesting by shifting perspectives almost every chapter. Kathleen is a relatable and likable character, so that kept me reading. The author clearly spent a lot of time researching, so the book has quite a bit of information that readers who are well versed in biology/genetics and ones who are not can both enjoy this book. I'd recommend to any reader who is looking for a believable science-fiction book! Now I am off to read the next James Barney book (:

  • Meagan Myhren-bennett
    2019-01-29 11:54

    THE GENESIS KEYBy James BarneyIn September of 1979 Daniel and Becky Talbot are on the cusp of discovery. They have given the last 5 years of their life to an archaeological dig at Tell-Fara, Iraq to prove that Tell-Fara is more than a Ziggurat. But on the eve of Saddam Hussein’s rise to power their dreams may be short lived. Dr Kathleen Sainsbury, a world class biologist, works at Quantum Life Sciences(QLS) trying to find a cure for Alzheimer’s and other age related dementias. When Washington Post reporter Bryce Whittaker does a story on new biology start-ups in the D.C. area, QLS is on the list, but when the interview is over he asks Kathleen out. Kathleen has never had good luck in the dating game so she reluctantly agrees to go out with him. Later that night, while Kathleen and her QLS co-workers are celebrating the Post interview, Kathleen is secretly photographed by Semion Zafer. After Kathleen’s date with Bryce there is a message on her phone from Tariq Al-Fulani who claims to have known her parents and that it is urgent that they meet tonight! With misgivings Kathleen goes to the location he mentioned and finds out that he is not who he claims to be. Rather he is Hakeem Abdul Sargon the former Director of Antiquites in Iraq until 1979. Sargon's family was murdered the day Saddam Hussein came to power the day before Kathleen's parents were murdered! Sargon witnessed the attack on the Talbots and then killed their murderers. When he searched the rubble for his friends he discovered the hidden chamber that Becky and Daniel believed was there. The ziggurat was no ziggurat but instead a massive tomb with a massive sarcophagus. Within the sarcophagus Sargon found an object that he has kept hidden all these years, an object that he feels he must give to Kathleen. He asks Kathleen to come in the morning that there is more to tell but overnight Sargon dies under suspicious circumstances and Kathlenn is questioned by the FBI.Kathleen then searches for a Dr Charles Eskridge whom Sargon mentioned. When Kathleen finds him she shows him the symbol Sargon found on the sarcophagus. A symbol that Dr Eskridge translates as THE LAST NEPHILIM. Dr. Eskridge then reads Genesis 6:1-4 to Kathleen which speaks of the Nephilim as human hybrid which would have explained the longevity of humanity before the Great Flood. Does the tooth that Sargon found in an ancient tomb hold the key that Kathleen has been searching for?When Kathleen returns to QLS she tasks Julie and Jeremy with testing the tooth searching for its DNA! While Kathleen spends Easter Sunday with Bryce and her Grandfather who suffers from Alzheimer’s Jeremy is hard at work. While Bryce and Kathleen are still in Annapolis, Jeremy calls. He’s found a complete intact DNA strand. But after hanging up Jeremy is attacked by Zafer, who demands the DNA sample! As Jeremy tries to escape Zafer shoots him in the back. As he comes in to finish Jeremy off Kathleen arrives to check out Jeremy’s progress and Zafer leaves.While FBI assists with Jeremy’s shooting because Kathleen is a common factor in two crimes, Julie and Kathleen work on sequencing the DNA strand Jeremy found. Hours later they find the longevity gene an ancient deactivated retrovirus hidden away by time. But when Bryce Whittaker breaks a story that QLS has found the gene for long life everything comes apart. Kathleen’s life is on the line and her trust in many people is shattered. There are secret organizations and governments out to control what she has found. What could be a miracle to some is seen as financial collapse by major world governments and a perversion of the human race many people. Will her discovery see the light of day or will it be stolen away in the night?While Kathleen struggles to decide what she should do, she is in a fight for her life as some of the very people she thought were trying to protect her seem to have turned against her. Who can she turn to as the sample that could give her Grandfather his life back is destroying so many that get in its path? Does Genesis hold the key that will lead her to the truth?This exciting fast paced debut novel is sure to capture even the most reluctant reader’s attention. This is excitement at its best and hopeful the start of many equally thrilling works from a talented new author.I, for one, look forward to James Barney’s next work.

  • Glen Stott
    2019-01-28 08:45

    This is one of the best mysteries I have read. It deals with the INDY (I’m Not Dead Yet) gene. A brilliant microbiologist, Kathleen Sainsbury is trying to find the INDY gene, which she hopes will cure her beloved grandfather of Alzheimer’s. The gene not only would cure diseases that are associated with old age, but it would extend human life span to 200 to 400 years. Others who are also searching for the gene are the US Government to control it and a mega rich entrepreneur in Israel to save his live and make a ginormous profit. The mystery stretches from Mesopotamia thousands of years ago, to the overthrow of the Shaw of Iraq, to present day intrigue among microbiological researchers. The premise was ingenious and the road to the conclusion was very well handled. I felt the macro ending was very predictable, but the interest is in the details which were well done.Unfortunately, really smart characters made really stupid mistakes, which were not addressed in the plot. As soon as I read that the book was about extending live to over 200 hundred years, I immediately began to wonder about social/economic, environmental, and religious impacts that it would have on a world that already has a population of over 6 billion. Kathleen, brilliant as she is, doesn’t even consider this, and even when it is pointed out to her, she doesn’t really get it. Then, as the plot races to its conclusion other brilliant characters get unexplained cases of stupid. An expert assassin double parks a hot car, not for just a minute or two, but potentially for hours. That causes him a minor problem which he easily fixes. It doesn’t change what he does next, nor does it impact the outcome of his actions. All it does is add to the word count and make one wonder how such a smart man could make that kind of goof. Then there is a chase involving other really intelligent characters. The chaser makes a stupid, sophomore mistake and loses the person he is chasing. In an unexplained way, the chaser finds the person and begins the chase anew. But in only moments, the chaser makes the exact same stupid mistake with the exact, totally predictable, same result. If the chaser was going to lose the object of the chase, some more plausible thing should have happened, and for sure, the mistake should not have been repeated. That only added to the word count at the expense of my believing the chaser was even of average intelligence.However, because everything else was so good, I still give it five stars – nobody is perfect.

  • Chibineko
    2019-01-29 11:09

    I started this book with only medium sized hopes. With stories of this nature I know that they usually end up being very good or very bad. This book started out strong but ended up getting a little disappointing towards the end. One thing I want to address about this book is that the focus of the book is more genetic than archaeological. On a scale of similar authors, this falls solidly between Michael Crichton & Steve Berry, having elements similar to both but being nowhere near as focused in either genetics or archaeology. I didn't take off any stars for this. I'm really only mentioning it so you the reader can get a better feel for the type of novel this is. The description made it seem like it'd be something like a Berry book, so I figure others might get the same impression. That being said, this book started off rather well. There's a nice mix of science & history, although at times the book was a little slow at times. Barney has a good way with descriptions & employs an nice readable style here. I did like that the lead heroine wasn't the passive sort & I enjoyed how the first 2/3rds of the novel unfolded. **The following could be considered a minuscule spoiler.**Then came the final part of the book & I have to admit that this is where I felt the book was at its weakest. The idea of a gene that would enable people to live longer & healthier lives (as in 200-300 years age span) would bring many problems, some of which would involve the fact that our ecosystem would be unable to feed & sustain so many lives, especially since they'd be able to reproduce for a longer period of time. At one point something along these lines was discussed (it was more financially driven, but the idea is still the same) & Kathleen refuses to believe that it could happen. I felt really disappointed that Barney wouldn't have had his character think about this and/or shown that she was so caught up in her ideas that she was being just as bad as the bad guys in her own way. This just made parts of the book fall flat since it was a sorely, sorely under-explored part of the book & I felt that it might have been because the author was afraid to have his heroine be anything other than that: a heroine that's in the right. This is still a good first book & while it's not going to be something I'll keep forever & ever, I'm still curious to read Barney's future works. He's got a lot of potential. Even so, this is solidly a beach read fare for when you want something fun but not all that serious.(ARC provided by Amazon Vine)

  • Hira
    2019-01-28 11:56

    I won this book via BookTrib - and in my general opinion, books that are promoted by BookTrib are genuinely of a superior quality. "The Genesis Key" by James Barney is no different. As a riveting thriller, this book is definitely worth a read. However, as riveting, fast-paced and sensational as it may be, it is really nothing special. The beauty of this book, however, lay in the eclectic mix of subjects that the narrative includes - from mystery, to conspiracy, to government cover-ups, anthropology, history and mythology combined, this book sends the reader into a dizzying array of subjects to understand and explore. The plot is tied together well, and in a manner that is satisfying - but it does leave something to desire. Perhaps, the problem lies in the fact that it is far too much like other novels such as "Angels & Demons", "The Alexandria Link", etc. Kathleen Sainsbury is the daughter of an anthropologist and an archeologist Daniel and Rebecca Talbot, who died while excavating Tell-Fara, a ziggurat that they believe is more than just a historical mound. Year later, Kathleen is now a scientist working on research relating to gene therapy for human aging. Working on the INDY (I'm Not Dead Yet - a Monty Python reference, which for me, was the best reference in the entire novel) gene, Kathleen Sainsbury's research intertwines with that of her parents when a man from her past, someone who knew her parents, entrusts her with a mysterious relic that her parents found at Tell-Fara.The characterization is spot-on, and I love that almost none of the characters are what they seem, making them truly multi-dimensional and intriguing. Also, I loved that the pace of the narrative, is really fast, and keeps the reader engaged. The problem I have is with some of the scientific inaccuracies, and the ending. The ending was deeply unsatisfying to me - as is with a lot of these novels. There's a big hoopla in the narrative, and in the end, everything is neatly packaged and boxed away. But I would definitely recommend it to readers who are into mysteries, thrillers, anthropology and technological thrillers! :)

  • Susan
    2019-02-08 05:43

    James Barney's debut thriller leads him deep into some controversial but very contemporary issues. Dr. Kathleen Sainsberry's research into the INDY (I'm not dead yet) gene in fruit flies has caught the eye of several agencies that have concerns about human genetic engineering. Just as she is on the verge of loosing her financial backing or major discovery, an interview about her research is published in the newspaper. Kathleen's life takes an interesting turn as the various groups who are watching her move into action implementing elaborate plans to protect her or try to thwart her research. Her first shock is a phone call from a Dr. Sargon, who was a friend of her parents. Kathleen had known only that her parents were killed under mysterious circumstances as they were studying a ziggurat in Tell-Fara, Iraq. Suddenly Kathleen doesn't know who is her friend and who is out to harm her. The basic science of the INDY gene and Drosophila fruit fly is documented in publications. The possibility of moving that science into human genetics is far more troubling. Yet it makes for interesting fiction. I, personally, wanted more archaeology and history in the story. I read Mr. Barney's website before I read the book and I had gotten the idea he was going to take us on an interesting story into the past. Instead this aspect is done with in the early pages of the book. I found the story to be somewhat confusing due to the introduction to a number of agencies and characters who were after Kathleen. Too many characters were introduced without much development and along with this too many acronyms and agencies. Really, character development in the entire novel was lacking. Overall, I enjoyed this book with a few disappointments. This is basically a typical thriller with a very interesting thesis to make the story go. I think Barney has great potential and I look forward to future thrillers from his pen. He is not yet Michael Crichton, but maybe someday he can get there.

  • Eve
    2019-01-22 13:07

    You know when you want something but you don't quite know what it is that you're wanting? That was how I felt before reading The Genesis Key by James Barney. Only afterwards, when I felt pleasant satisfaction, did I figured out what it was I wanted - Everything. And The Genesis Key delivered. The Genesis Key has a little bit of everything to keep the reader riveted and actively engaged: cutting edge science and its ethical dilemmas, mythology, archeology, history, Biblical legends, and action, action, action. Not only do I want to be entertained, but I especially love it when a book inspires me to explore subjects further and ask questions of my own. Some of the exciting theories mentioned in The Genesis Key, I've come across in science reading material, such as evolution and aging as a mutation. But what fascinates me most are the very pertinent ramifications of longer life spans. I recently read a science article on how humans will soon be having average life spans of 100 - 150 years. That's well and good but what does that mean for the sustainability of our species and the earth? "'Kathleen, you and I both know there's a genetic key to longevity and that, given the pace of research into the human genome, it's just a matter of time before someone else discovers it.... I'm going to put it bluntly. A rapid and widespread change in human life expectancy would create catastrophic problems around the world. It will destroy this country and maybe even humanity itself.'"The perfect balance of thought-provoking and fast-paced action aside, I have two quibbles with the The Genesis Key. One pertains to this frankly ridiculous scene where a scientist maps a DNA sequence overnight. I don't know much about biology but that seems a tad fast. Another thing that didn't quite take with me was the ending. Throughout the book, the author presented these thorny issues regarding Kathleen's research and then in the last chapter seemed to sidestep them completely with an outcome that felt a bit too neat and naive.

  • Suspense Magazine
    2019-01-30 11:09

    What if you could live for an extra forty, fifty, maybe even one hundred years? What if science could manipulate your DNA to allow you an extended life? That’s the premise of “The Genesis Key.” Chock full of science, conspiracy, and ethical dilemma, Barney’s novel takes you back to the beginning of history and explores man’s desire for immortality. Back in 1979, two archaeologists in Iraq are killed during the government takeover by Saddam Hussein. However, Hakeem Sargon, a museum curator fleeing his own murder, comes upon the scene and discovers what the couple’s death has uncovered. Jump to the present where the couple’s daughter, Dr. Kathleen Sainsbury, is conducting experiments to find an elusive ‘longevity gene.’ When Sargon contacts her and tells her the story behind her parent’s murder, he also presents her with a gift, an artifact he took from the site back in 1979. This sets Sainsbury off on a trail to discover the truth about her parents. A friend of Sargon’s opens up a new world of thought for Kathleen, one involving the ancient Sumerians, Biblical history, and possible explanations for why man once lived for hundreds of years until after the Great Flood. When a reporter breaks the story Kathleen may have discovered the longevity gene in Sargon’s artifact, Kathleen finds herself running from those who would destroy her to keep the treasure for themselves. This novel brings in a touch of philosophy, ethics, history, and a plethora of science. Although there are some scenes set in Iraq, most of the action is centered on the Washington, D.C. and Maryland area. Interesting characters, the obligatory/secret organization, and government black ops keep this novel moving. It raises some very legitimate questions about how science affects human life and debates how, as one scientist declares, “Sometimes science can be its own worst enemy.”Reviewed by Stephen L. Brayton, author of “Beta” for Suspense Magazine

  • Victoria
    2019-02-07 11:53

    Unfortunately, I found this book to be rather disappointing. It started off simply, but with a rather intriguing premise revolving around our main character, a geneticist studying he longevity gene discovers that her parents were murdered in an archaeological dig in Iraq. A friend of the family passed down not the only the important information, but also an artifact that she uses in her own research to make a startling discovery. This early half of the novel, with its flashbacks and more genuine excitement, was a lot stronger. But soon, the repetitive nature of the book and the constant (and often redundant) discussion on the effects of longevity bogged the latter half of the book down into a dull, slow-moving wreck. Rather than develop with the story, the characters actually became more two-dimensional and flat as the novel progressed toward the end. By the end, the fate of the characters, as well as that of science, really did not matter at all to me.For a more interesting read on a similar topic, I would check out Tom Knox’s The Genesis Secret. It is a lot more exciting and the writing is more consistent and entertaining.

  • Sharon
    2019-02-03 12:11

    James Barney's debut novel was of particular interest to me. As an anthropology student who has also worked in the life sciences industry, I was interested to see how these two disciplines crossed over in his tale. The book starts in 1970s Iraq, before Saddam Hussein's rise to power, with Daniel and Rebecca Talbot excavating a ziggurat. The two archaeologists are convinced that there is more to this particular mound than has previously been believed -- a suspicion confirmed for the reader when they are killed.Cut forward to modern times when their daughter, Kathleen Sainsbury (a child of seven at the time her parents passed) is a scientist working on gene therapy issues related to human aging. When a man from her parents' past gives her a mysterious relic from the Iraqi ziggurat where her parents died, the multi-national intrigue begins.Barney creates multi-dimensional characters, none of whom are quite what they seem. His pacing is outstanding, and I didn't want to put the book down once I'd started it. If you like technothrillers that also tackle questions of ethics (such as gene therapy), you'll enjoy this work.

  • L. Silvey
    2019-01-30 13:59

    A decent summer read and fairly well written for this first time novelist. There were a few things that irked me, first, with Dr. Sainsbury who came off as very naive when it came to men (it felt targeted and typecast) and why would you allow someone you barely know to join you on a day trip out of town? Just odd. I would have liked it if Dr. Sainsbury's rejection of religion as explored more rather than the science vs. religion aspect. I was most bothered by the last 50 pages or so. What happened to Julie? Anyone miss her in the last scene? And Agent Wills? He spent years trying to capture Gomez then jumps in bed with him? How'd that leap happen? What happened to the Olam Foundation? To Elias Rubin who was dying? The gov't didn't pay out the QLS investors and Dr. Sainsbury didn't secure money for her employees after everything? She just took a sailboat and took them on a trip? Don't get me wrong, I liked the book, in fact, I finished it in just over a day. The action was great and paced well, there were just a few loose ends that left me scratching my head, but hey, it's the guy's first book, I'll give him some leeway. I'm eager to see what he comes up with next.

  • Emily
    2019-02-12 10:47

    I got this book through a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway.It wasn't a terrible book, but I did struggle a bit reading it, not because of the complexity of the language or anything, but how tedious the story was. If I had to describe it, it would be like the Da Vinci Code crossed with Bones. The story rolls from disaster to disaster in rapid succession with the main character being naive and very set in her beliefs and derisive of anyone that believes anything other than her point of view, which is somewhat grating. Every part of the story is repeated so much, whether literally or in style of situation it just gets boring. The stereotypical "everyone lived happily ever after" ending didn't help matters.I expected a more gripping, original tale from reading the blurb and, while you could argue that a major genetic discovery is an original theme, the whole plot was so absolutely predictable (you could almost predict the exact paragraph when the next "disaster" would happen) that it just spoiled the enjoyment of it somewhat.

  • Joseph
    2019-02-17 12:49

    The idea for this book is a very interesting one and when I saw this book in the store, I immediately knew I had to read it. After having done so, however, I find that this book did not meet my expectations. The plot was decent, but in the end, nothing special. It was pretty straightforward and extremely predictable. There was absolutely no character development. They go through the whole story never changing, never uncovering more about themselves or their adversaries. And the repetition. Every time I read a bit of story, the author felt the need to reiterate what I just read with boring, unnecessary details and needless repetition. And it happened every time something interesting occurred in the plot. It frustrated me to the point of insanity!All in all, this book was O.K., but better stories have been told in this genre. Rent this one from the library if you can. I wouldn't spend the $10 on it.

  • Ben
    2019-01-19 08:57

    I really liked the premise, biblical history, and explanation of the science! However, I made the mistake of researching the Tell-Fara temple on Wikipedia early on and basically figured out the whole plot in 10 minutes. Then, I had to wade through a couple hundred pages while the characters caught up with me. The main character went out of her way to do her research the hard way and to ignore any and all references to religion (that were obviously the backstory to what was going on).When the story got into full swing, it repeated the dangers of the science several times and devolved into several chase sequences. It felt like the author didn't know where he wanted to go with the story about half way through. There were a lot of ideas brought up that were never really fleshed out. The ending was also a bit anti-climatic.That being said, the author has a lot of talent ("Joshua Stone" is proof of that!) and I'd definitely read more of his books.

  • Paula Howard
    2019-01-27 10:10

    I almost.. almost... gave up on the Genesis Key. So glad that I persisted and continued to read the book. It started rather slowly at first but then the action began. Dr. Kathleen Sainsbury is a genetic researcher specializing in finding the INDY (I'm Not Dead Yet) gene sequence. Her interest in this gene is specifically to aid in the cure for Alzheimer, which her grandfather has. She was adopted and raised by her maternal grandparent's following the death of her parents.Kathleen's parents were in Iraq excavation a tomb when Saddam Hussein took over. They were murdered. Kathleen has many of the same traits as her barely remembered parents. The story has religion, myth, murder, double crosses, multiple bad guys, genetics, conspiracies and government conspiracies.Well worth the read once you get past the first 100 pages.

  • Melissa
    2019-01-26 09:43

    I received a signed copy via a Good Reads giveaway.This was more like 3.5 stars and honestly I would have given it four if not for the part of the story where the main character, a successful scientist, decides she is book smart/ man dumb and spills her guts regarding her breakthrough research to a newspaper reporter. I read a lot of fantasy, I read a lot of stories where smart women do stupid things because of a hot guy, but no way can I be convinced that this woman scientist filled this reporter in on her DNA research. That being said I enjoyed the story a lot. The mix of biblical folklore and modern science, the questions regarding the moral responsibility of people possibly living to 200-300 years. All in all a very good beach read.

  • Emily
    2019-02-04 10:57

    I won this book as an ARC.I was very, very impressed with James Barney's first novel. It was fast-paced, exciting, an original storyline, with many good twists and turns. Kathleen Sainsbury, a scientist, has discovered the gene in fruit flies, which when activated extends life up to twice or three times as long. So, the search for the equivalent gene in humans begins. There are many players, from the scientist who simply wish to investigate, to corrupt and wealthy businessmen, to government conspiracies, all of which interact and entangle in each others plans.This book is definitely worth a read for anyone interested in action-packed, science dramas. I will definitely look for more books to come from James Barney in the future.

  • Kim
    2019-02-07 09:51

    Thanks Firstreads! Very interesting idea! I really liked the combination of the science, the archeology and the religious concepts. I've always been fascinated by genetics and think that since we have just scratched the surface anything is possible. The book really picked up after the first few chapters of set-up. Her parents sounded like they would have made for a great story all by themselves. The only issue I had with the story was the ending. It was a good ending, it just felt a little rushed. I also felt like it was a cop-out for the character. From statements earlier in the book I didn't see this ending as an option. Will be looking for Mr. Barney's next book!

  • Lee
    2019-02-18 08:48

    What if you found DNA in something that was hundred's of years old, that could extend human life for many years? This freshman effort raised a lot of questions, from are you messing with or playing God, to try to give people a longer life span. What started out as research from Dr. Sainsbury and her small crew, to help her grandfather with alzheimer's, to a group of ruthless multi-millionaire's, that will stop at nothing to have that sample, for their own greed. Some good action takes place as the doc and her crew try to figure out who they can trust...and who they can't. I would give Mr. Barney's neat effort a try, when it comes out.

  • Chandler
    2019-01-28 08:12

    Did you ever wonder how people lived for long when you read the Bible? Does extending human life work against organized religion and contradict the Bible?Dr. Kathleen Sainsbury's parents were murdered decades ago in ancient Iran. She is now researching INDY (I'm Not Dead Yet) genes in fruit flies. Is there a relationship? If there is a relationship then what is it and why is Kathleen now being targeted?Yes this is a bit of what I call pulp fiction, but I like this book. Why? I loved genetic classes in college, I love exploring the Bible and I love archeological pursuits and I love a fast paced brainy book.Movie recommendations:Dr. Kathleen Sainsbury: Marge Hellenberger

  • Kristi
    2019-02-12 08:46

    I received this book as a Goodreads giveaway.This is not usually my genre, but my background in archeology sparked my attention. It did not disappoint. This story was not black and white, but showed realistic shades of gray as it dealt with difficult ethical dilemmas relating to scientific and technological advances. The romance of archeology was well blended with modern science and research, with a bit of religion stirred in. The ending was satisfying without ultimately choosing a right or wrong side of the debate. Well done.

  • Debbie
    2019-02-15 05:45

    I received this book thru the Goodreads giveaway program and want to say thank you for introducing me to this new author. I was hooked from the very first page and the story held my interest for the most part. There were a few slow points where the story seemed to drag but with a great blend of science, political conspiracy, religion and mythology my interest wasn't lost for long. As a debut novel this was a good read and I can't wait to see the progress made in his next novel.

  • Kathy
    2019-02-09 09:48

    The Genesis Key - James BarneyDr. Kathleen Sansbury hit upon a new discovery, the longevity gene. Her discovery could help improve peoples lives and reverse deadly diseases. However her discovery could very well get her killed just like her parents were murdered thirty years ago. Who or what wants to do her harm? This novel was fantastic! Kept me engaged and not wanting to put this book down. The author had a way of keeping the reader's interest after every chapter.

  • Stephen
    2019-02-05 07:45

    A young doctor searching for a cure to Alzheimers and possibly a way to extend human life is drawn into the repercussions of her parents murder. This book is a medical mystery as opposed to an Indiana Jones/Tomb Raider genre. The backstory is very cool and I enjoyed it as much as the rest of the book or more.

  • MB
    2019-01-27 14:01

    I won this awesome book on first reads giveaway!! James Barney produced an amazing book that keeps the reader on edge throughout the entire 470 pages! I thoroughly enjoyed the many twists and turns that we're worked into the storyline. I enjoy a read that I am not able to figure out...it really held my attention from start to finish!

  • Aubrie Mabe
    2019-02-12 07:53

    I picked this book up on the cruiseship I was on recently because I had failed to pack adequate reading material (gasp!). I picked the best looking book among all the cheesy mystery thrillers and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this book. It had a very interesting concept and made me think about how far we should take our scientific discoveries.