With The Truth Teller, Angela Elwell Hunt creates a kinder, gentler techno-thriller in the mold of the works of Michael Crichton. Although some murders do take place, the level of violence is not ratcheted up to the point of gruesomeness, and all the violence is driven by the demands of the plot as well as the necessity of making the villain look suitably callous. Also, the plot presupposes the existence of God, not merely in the minds of the main characters, but as a verifiable event, which rarely if ever happens in a genre that exalts the efficacy of modern science while at the same time warning of its Faustian dangers.
In The Truth Teller, Lara Godfrey, a health-care worker in the women’s clinic in Charlottesville, Virginia, has just lost her husband from bone cancer and plans to bear his child, using the sperm he had frozen before his death. The villain, Devin Sloane, is an eccentric billionaire whose handsome face makes him attractive to the media. According to Sloane, modern society along with humanity is not evolving but devolving, and the main cause of this general debasement is the variety of pollutions throughout the modern environment, ranging from the physical to the cultural. Thus, when the frozen body of a Copper Age man, Homo Tyrolensis, is discovered in the Alps, Sloane obtains a tissue sample in the hopes of siring a new type of human being with it—a purer, less debased human being, whose genetic material...
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