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The Gene of Life
by Ted Takashima
“When science unravels the mystery of eternal life, a grand conspiracy emerges from the darkness of history.”

Berlin, July 2008. After giving a lecture, Max Knight, a Nobel Prize candidate and professor of genetic research, is kidnapped. His captors show him part of a corpse, a left hand, discovered when a bomb exploded at a neo-Nazi rally. Although the hand appears to be that of a male in his forties, it actually belongs to a Nazi lieutenant, who must be 111 years old. To solve the mystery, Max and his assistant Katya head for Domba, deep in the Amazon rainforest, where they meet the enigmatic village-leader’s daughter, Tania, and soon find themselves involved in a far-reaching Nazi plot. As they race against time from Berlin to the Amazon, California and Rome, will their romance grow? Even if Max has a fatal secret?

Is eternal life immoral or our salvation?

This science thriller was published in Japan (2002, 2011) and China (2013) and became an international best seller. The fast-paced, action- packed story includes adventure, intrigue, romance, history and more.