Synopses & Reviews
For centuries, the Furies have lived among us. Long ago they were called witches and massacred by the thousands. But theyre human just like us, except for a rare genetic mutation that theyve hidden from the rest of the world for hundreds of years.
Now, a chance encounter with a beautiful woman named Ariel has led John Rogers into the middle of a secret war among the Furies. Ariel needs Johns help in the battle between a rebellious faction of the clan and their elders. The grand prize in this war is a chance to remake the human race.
Mark Alpert's The Furies weaves cutting-edge science into an ingenious thriller, showing how a simple genetic twist could have inspired tales of witchcraft and sorcery, and how the paranormal could indeed be possible.
"The intriguing premise of this scientific thriller from Alpert (Extinction) that there's a genetic basis for legends about witches doesn't live up to its potential. On a trip to New York City in search of employment as a social worker, John Rogers picks up a gorgeous woman, Ariel, in a bar. They end up at her Brooklyn hotel room, where she becomes the target of gunmen, whom they barely elude. John soon learns that Ariel belongs to a community that's isolated itself from society after its members were massacred in 16th- and 17th-century Europe for being 'different.' Because of a mutation, all the males in her clan are infertile, and she's sought out John to procreate. The violence he's been caught up in is the product of a civil war within Ariel's species. The formulaic perilous situations, last-minute escapes, and deaths of significant characters won't be to every taste. Agent: Dan Lazar, Writers House." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Praise for The Furies
"Mark Alpert knows his stuff and proves it yet again in The Furies. History, science, and witchcraft blend seamlessly into a taut, riveting new thriller that explores the secrets buried in our genetic code. From its frightening start to its explosive ending, this book had my fingers tightening ever harder on its pages. Here's a great story, expertly told." —James Rollins, New York Times bestselling author of The Eye of God
"Alpert has a knack for taking complex theories and making them relatable. This time, the science, while intriguing, takes a back seat to the story. John and Ariel are characters that readers will care about, and fans of Jim Butcher and other dark fantasy authors will enjoy The Furies." —Associated Press
"I found this book interesting in the beginning. … Alpert does a good job of creating the chaos that comes from being chased by the good guys, the bad guys, and the worse guys. This is a violent story, but it fits the plot and makes things edgier and frightening." —CriminalElement.com
"Mark Albert blends science with history to create a riveting story of how genetics could explain centuries of witchcraft. —DuJour.com
"Alpert has a knack for making unbelievable things seem not only plausible but also completely real. … Alperts carefully constructed alternate history of witchcraft—and sorcery, too—is very clever. Good stuff." —Booklist
Praise for Mark Alpert
“Alpert does a superb job of balancing the action and the science. Hes delivered his best book to date, and comparisons to Michael Crichton are warranted.” —Associated Press on Extinction
“Mark Alperts novel Extinction is an amazing ride through a very possible near future.” —Vernor Vinge on Extinction
“Mark Alperts novels just keep getting better and better. He is truly the heir to Michael Crichton, writing cutting-edge science-based thrillers that will keep you obsessively turning the pages.” —Douglas Preston on Extinction
“Final Theory has everything I love in a novel: heart-pounding tension, astonishing plot twists, and fascinating science. Mark Alpert manages to make physics more thrilling than I ever imagined!” —Tess Gerritsen on Final Theory
“One part 24, one part Six Million Dollar Man, and one part Terminator, Alperts AI thriller is executed with inventiveness and skill. … Extinction is a book which will have a wide appeal to many fans of different authors, whether they like Daniel Wilson, Tom Clancy, or Ray Kurzweil.” —Wired.com on Extinction
"What really makes this thriller outstanding is the fact that all the technologies described in Extinction are real on some level.” —Neurogadget.com on Extinction
About the Author
MARK ALPERT, author of the internationally bestselling thriller Final Theory, its sequel The Omega Theory, and most recently Extinction, is a contributing editor at Scientific American. His work has also appeared in Fortune, Popular Mechanics, and Playboy. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and two children.