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  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: It Books; Reprint edition (March 19 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061056243
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061056246
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 10.7 x 17.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,041,304 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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I remember buying this book back in the nineties and when I saw it again at my library, I wondered if I had finished it. I checked it out and discovered I'd only made it halfway through. This was probably because the first half of the book, with not a lot of Mulder and Scully, was lukewarm. And as I read, I was thinking that Anderson (Kevin, not Gillian) was going to pass on pursuing one of the earlier tentacles of the story, but at the climax of the book, he wrapped me up in it (I started the day reading in sunlight and finished in candlelight) and the book was redeemed. With the exception of the movie tie-ins, I think this was the last X-Files novel and that's too bad.
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I can't even remember where I acquired this ABRIDGED auidobook but I just re-discovered it hidden way down in the bowels of the storage compartment in my vehicle while I was searching for a missing glove (which is, alas, still missing). It rates about a four for me for keeping me entertained while on my long drive to work. My drifty mind wandered only a few times.
The story reminds me very much of something Dean Koontz could've cooked up (I love the way the Koontz writes even when he gets over-the-top silly and meanders off into pages and pages of mind numbing description). This book is fast paced (this author apparently doesn't share Koontz's proclivity for longwindyness) and tells a story of a boy and his dog infected with a cancer, gun-shot wound, burnt to a crisp curing, form of nano-technology. Don't ask. My pea brain can't comprehend it. Anyway, one of the scientists who worked on this technology is also infected with these nano-critters. But he went and infected himself with the bad kind (duh!) and instead of fixing whatever ails him they make him break out with big tumorous lesions and whomever he touches dies of plague-like symptoms. Why? Ya got me. Plague-man is desperately searching for the boy and his dog because he believes their blood will cure him (boy, dog and their mom are hiding). Along the way he touches a few people and grossness occurs. Scully, Mulder and The Smoking Man make a few appearances but this story doesn't bring them to life in any exceptional way and it lacked Mulder's morbid sense of humor (the book would've rated much higher if these characters came alive a bit more). Overall it was interesting, a little icky and very sad at times reminding me of a classic X-Files episode without the Mulderisms.
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By A Customer on Aug. 12 2002
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This book came over just like watching a great eposide. It has Scully and Mulder at their best.
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When DyMar Laboratories is destroyed by protestors, no one gives it much thought. But when the security guard at the wreck site dies from a sudden infestation of tumors it becomes an X-File.
Antibodies trots out a familiar sci-fi standard, the infected victim. In this case the man is infected with nanorobots that can kill a human in minutes, and completely dismantle the world in hours. That is if they get the chance to mutate. Apparently only an assassinated scientist's pet dog holds the key to a cure. Kevin J. Anderson's third (and looking to be final) X-File novel recycles concepts used in Dean Koontz's novel Midnight as well as Greg Bear's classic Blood Music (of which Anderson injects a sly reference to). End result? An entertaing weekend diversion that won't strain your brain. Recommended.
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I have read most of Mr. Anderson's X-files work. He does and excellent job of capturing the mood and spirit of the television series, while also providing a promising and thrilling story. Hats off to him, may he continue to bring us fine additions in the fields of science fiction, Bravo!
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By Xiao Zhu on Aug. 10 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Holding true to the X-Files tradition, this addition to the series presents another creepy mystery that entail the services of Agents Mulder and Scully. A mysterious and ghoulishly disfigured corpse amid the charred husks of a federal genetics laboratory sends the two headlong into the Oregonian hills looking for information. Eventually the two realizes that the 'miracle cure' engineered within the sterile facade of the laboratory is far different than any simple pharmaceutical concoction, but a new kind of nanorobotic creation that holds the promise to heal and cure any illness. The race is then on, against both time and others who would stop at nothing to procure this new technology for themselves.
The pace of the book is reasonably fast, combining the slow intrigue of the unfolding mystery with the action that precipitates from the multiple, simultaneously occuring events. The settings are described well. The various locations are given believable surroundings and support the plot movement. Dialogs are well done and reflect upon the TV characters. It is not a difficult task to imagine the agents speaking the lines in the book, making the story flowing smoother.
The only drawback is the lack of description for the 'hostile party'. The people that Mulder and Scully race against only come into play late in the book, and are only sporadically described with haste. Perhaps this is to add a layer of mystery to the book but it fails to achieve much. Instead the agents are pitted against this well-equipped, yet characteristically impotent party. Not a particularly interesting match-up.
This book is worth reading, at least the first half. It's especially interesting to visualize the developments. Overall, it's an energetic addition to the X-Files family, even if its villains do not live up to their typical cunning and resourcefulness.
-Xiao Zhu
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