Book: Contingency by Brian J. Wagner
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Brian J. Wagnerabout this book: The year is 2040 and America is in turmoil—economic, political and social turmoil. The economy is unraveling, there are no jobs, many citizens are suffering from the effects of substance abuse since most narcotics have now been made legal. The political establishment is corrupt and broken, so devoid of leadership that there is no one to guide the country out of the crisis. Such is the view of the future provided by Legacy in the year 2007.
Legacy, a high tech fortune teller of sorts, is a product of the National Security Agency and consists of highly sophisticated and very powerful computer modeling software developed at MIT in cooperation with NSA, software that runs on a modern version of the supercomputer. Designed solely for the purpose of predicting the future of the United States of America, indeed, Legacy is a high tech, twenty-first century version of the crystal ball.
Alarmed at Legacy's depiction of the future, President Michael Hart tasks his National Security Team to find solutions to the coming crisis that he can implement today. One of those solutions asks the question—What if one of America's greatest leaders from her past could be reproduced through the process of human reproductive cloning and could be set upon a path that would make him available to guide the country out of the crisis? Imagine, the greatest leadership in the history of the nation available just at the moment it is needed most.
Enter Doctor Tom Davis a world renowned geneticist and physician practicing in Phoenix Arizona and the country's foremost authority on the subject of human reproductive cloning. Tom's practice, eXgen Incorporated, is focused on reproductive medicine—primarily infertility treatment— because that's what pays the bills and is what makes possible the research that is his real passion.
All is well at eXgen until Tom receives a mysterious email from a former grad school roommate who is now employed by the National Institutes of Health. The government has something up its sleeve and Tom is fearful of what that might be and what he may be asked to do.
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