Denise Berg, a professor of psychology, and her molecular biologist husband, Gabe, expected an intelligent child. When Denise gave birth to Zack, they were thrilled. They were not surprised to find that Zack had physical and mental gifts but were astounded by their magnitude. By every parameter Zack was extraordinarily gifted, and they took pride in their genes and their good fortune. What they didn't know was that Zack's gifts were the result of more than good luck and Berg family genes but depended on genetic material from an unusual source.
Zack's abilities would ultimately attract others with less than benign interests. Professor Jorge Moneo had grown up in Basque Country, a place of violent confrontation between Spain and the Basque people's struggle for independence. When the Spanish security forces murder his parents, grandmother, wife, and child, Jorge swears revenge. He attacks the leader of the group responsible for the murders but fails to kill him. Subsequently Spain deports him to the United States, where his plans for retribution continue unabated. Jorge's obsession with revenge eventually involves Zack and his family.
The novel interweaves the development of a gifted child and his family and the political intrigue of Basque, Spain.
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What we may become.
- Teresa Cooper
Painful fable of treachery and massacre
Throughout its tortured twists and turns, the story kept me on the edge of my seat, wondering how it was going to end.
Characters spent too much effort trying to get into each others' minds. I'd have made each character adhere to a fixed perspective consistent with his or her personality. Occasionally I got the impression the author's internal discourse was being parceled up between the interlocutors.
Joe has an attractive voice and delivered his lines clearly. I could listen to him all day (…and did).
The parents' first encounter with the twisted Jorge Moneo at the babies' ward elicited an authentic thrill of horror when Denise is moved to remark "What a lovely man!"
(Reviewer was in receipt of a complimentary copy.)
- I. A. Clark