Genocide of One

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Genocide of One
Author: Kazuaki Takano
Specifications: ISBN  978-4048741835
590 pages
13.6 x 19.0 cm / 5.4 x 7.6 in (WxH)
Category: Fiction
Publisher: Kadokawa Corporation
Tokyo, 2011
www.kadokawa.co.jp
Awards: Mystery Writers of Japan Award, 2012
Konomys No. 1 Ranking, 2012
Yamada Futaro Award, 2011
Translations: Simplified Chinese, German, Korean, Chinese (Traditional), English
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Country Languages Publisher Title ISBN Translator Affiliate Link
China Simplified Chinese 江?文?出版社 人??? 978-7539977652
Germany German C. Bertelsmann Verlag Extinction 978-3570101858 Rainer Schmidt
South Korea Korean 978-8960174191
Taiwan Chinese (Traditional) 獨?文化 種族滅? 978-9866043635
United States English Mulholland Books Genocide of One 978-0316226226 Philip Gabriel
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Synopsis

In January 2005 Jonathan Yeager, a former U.S. Army Special Forces sergeant now working for a private military contractor, is offered $45,000 to undertake a special mission. His assignment is to infiltrate the war-torn Democratic Republic of the Congo to find and liquidate some 40 members of a pygmy tribe believed to have contracted a fatal virus resembling Ebola. He is also directed to kill the American anthropologist Nigel Pierce, who has been studying them, and "any other creature you encounter that you don’t recognize." Looking for a way to pay the medical bills stacking up for his son, who has an incurable lung disease called alveolar epithelial cell sclerosis and is given only a month to live, Yeager accepts the job and sets out for the equatorial jungles with three other mercenaries, all former military personnel. Meanwhile a 24-year-old Japanese pharmacy-school graduate student specializing in the development of new drugs, Kento Koga, receives an email from his father Seiji, who died five days earlier. It is a message Seiji had prepared in case he should meet an untimely death, giving Kento access to his laptop and an apartment furnished with scientific equipment so he can carry on the work Seiji had been unable to complete: perfecting a drug to cure alveolar epithelial cell sclerosis by the end of February. Yeager is in fact working under top-secret orders directly from the White House, whose true purpose is to kill a mutant child born among the pygmies; the boy, now three years old, shows an extremely high level of intelligence and represents the beginning of a new race. When he becomes aware of the secret plot behind his mission, Yeager seeks instead to protect the child and escape the Congo with Dr. Pierce. This international suspense thriller shines a harsh light on a species that has repeatedly engaged in genocide against its own kind.