Darwin’s Cipher

Current Status

The draft of this manuscript is currently On Submission.

First Draft

I’m writing the first words of the book. Shh – I’m thinking good thoughts.

Second Draft

This is what I’d call my Alpha phase. I’ve written what I meant to write, testing it with a few key people and making updates based on their responses.

Third Draft –

This is what I’d call my Beta phase. I’m usually pretty happy with what I’ve got so far, but testing it with a wider audience to see if there’s anything I missed.

On Submission – 

The manuscript is in the editor’s hands at a publisher.  This is the last stage that I track. Sometime after it goes into the publisher’s hands, some editing back and forth between me and the publisher – and once the dust settles, the book goes into a pre-orderable phase. This is usually when I breathe a sigh of relief and the machine takes over. You’ll typically see the book go from “On Submission” to appearing under my released book area on the site.

On Hold – 

I’ve temporarily stopped work on the manuscript because other manuscripts have taken priority. Suffice it to say, if I still have the page up for this title, I plan on eventually completing it, but likely have no fixed schedule for it at the moment.

Brief Description

Juan Gutierrez, a cancer researcher, has spent years studying the genome of animals that exhibit immunity to some types of cancer. Over the course of his study, Juan discovers a pattern. A pattern that allows him to predict the course of a species’ evolution across thousands of generations.

Using an algorithm he’s developed from the pattern, Juan uncovers what he believes to be the key to conquering humanity’s susceptibility to cancer.

However, others too are interested in what Juan has dubbed “Darwin’s Cipher.” Instead of cancer research, others see different applications for the new genetic algorithm.

Nate Carrington, an FBI forensic analyst has been struggling with several cold cases when he is alerted to an incident at a nearby ranch. A case of a newborn calf who is found in the middle of a herd of dead cattle. The case has one link to Nate’s other cold cases: the DNA analysis of the calf doesn’t match anything in the FBI’s database.

Somewhere in a rural hospital in West Virginia, four hospital workers are dead and a newborn child has been transported to the NIH’s level-4 bio-containment unit.

It’s only when the NIH sends out an alert to all hospitals and law enforcement agencies that the world realizes the danger that faces them.

DARWIN’S CIPHER is a tale of industrial espionage, governmental overreach, and the dire consequences of uncontrolled genetic research.

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