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Book details
  • Genre:FICTION
  • SubGenre:Suspense
  • Language:English
  • Pages:550

Prevention

by J. C. Dashwood

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Overview

Oliver Dalton's job is to see patterns in DNA. His government has hired him, on a temporary contract, and his task is to analyse data from the National DNA database. The purpose, his government says, is to find persons who are genetically fit for jobs in science and technology. Such persons are very much wanted, and we do not consider it morally wrong to use DNA profiling to find them.

Oliver discovers that there are others who seem to have the same idea. He sees traces of searches, and pattern matches, done by someone other than himself, and he considers reporting his findings to his manager. What if this is an intrusion, he wonders, into our national storage of our complete population's DNA?

Unknowing to Oliver, he is correct in his assumption. An external, in fact international, organisation has adopted the government's way of classifying humans. But in contrast to Oliver, they have decided to instead search for persons who are not fit for science and technology. And in contrast to the government, they want to take the whole scheme a step further.

The organisation refines its plans while Oliver spends time in Munich, visiting his daughter and celebrating his own birthday. His wife is with him, and they look forward to a week with museums and visits to their daughter's school. She is a student of Drama, and like her brother Michael, who is an opera student, she has chosen the artistic way.

When the organisation finally decides how to carry out their mission, by shifting their focus from elimination to prevention, Oliver is busy with his work. When Oliver is informed that his daughter is in danger, and the police steps in, this is not an end, but rather a beginning, of an even more complex situation.

As the final plans are set into motion, the police and the Dalton family do what they can to track down the organisation, and charge them for a crime that will "eliminate whole generations, without harming, or killing, a single person."

Description

What if we could single out the unproductive?

Some people may want to ponder this question, and some people may also want to do something about it.

An organisation, headed by its Leader in collaboration with the man known to them as the Treasurer, has been formed, and their goal is to create a better society.

They will do it using DNA, and they will use DNA patterns for selecting the ones who are fit, and suitable, and have the talent for science and rational reasoning. 

They will do it while our protagonist, Oliver Dalton, continues his ordinary life, with a permanent job at the University and with a temporary assignment at the Department of Education and Societal Health.

He has been hired, by the Department, and his task is to see patterns in DNA, using the national DNA database as his data set.

His world interleaves with the world of the organisation and their Treasurer, and it affects Oliver and his family, in ways that they had not anticipated. 

There will be drama, and a bit of love and some humor, and there will be police officers doing their best. And there will be foods for thought, I hope, concerning what we do with our science and our knowledge, and how it all fits with that topic we tend to call art - some may say that we do not need it, and others may say that it is as necessary as the air we breathe. 

In any case, I wish you a good journey through the book! 

Sincerely, 

J.C. 

About the author

J. C. Dashwood lives in the North. He is an author since several years, mostly in non-fiction. He likes music and books, and he has spent many hours in front of his computer, making software and in recent times also books. He lives with his wife, and he has no dog.

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