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X-files: Antibodies [Paperback]

Kevin J. Anderson
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June 27 2008
This is 1 of 6 original X-Files novels re-issued to tie-in with the brand new X-Files movie, "X-Files: Antibodies", which is a thrilling never-seen-on-TV X-Files story, now with a sleek new cover and bonus behind the scenes material on the TV series and film.A disease-ravaged body is found in the smoldering ruins of the federally funded DyMar genetic research lab...Is a deadly man-made plague on the loose?FBI agents Mulder and Scully, investigators of strange and inexplicable cases known as the X-Files, examine the dead man's research. Did he find a miracle cure only for it to turn out to be a lethal killer? Who are the faceless government enemies who will stop at nothing to ensure that the secret of immortality falls into no-one's hands but theirs?

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'Leaving the horror to the imagination rather than the TV studio's special effects department has its benefits...' Herald 29/1/98

About the Author

Kevin J. Anderson is the author of more than 90 novels, 43 of which have appeared on national or international bestseller lists. He has over 20 million books in print in thirty languages! As well as many Star Wars titles, the ten Dune books written with Brian Herbert and his Superman novel The Last Son of Krypton, Anderson is the author of three classic X-Files novels: Ground Zero (a number 1 international bestseller), Antibodies and Ruins.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Maybe right before "Gethsemane"? Jan. 14 2012
By Chris TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Boy, I miss Mulder *sniff* April 1 2004
Format:Audio Cassette
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Better than an eposide! Aug. 12 2002
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book came over just like watching a great eposide. It has Scully and Mulder at their best.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Antibodies is familiar fun for fans. Dec 19 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Entry in the Tradition of The X-files Oct. 20 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Plot 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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1.0 out of 5 stars Can this be called a book?
Here is short synopsis of book (it'll be sarcastic): Some guy finds a miracolous cure for cancer, and other guy kill him and wants to get that cure for themselves. Read more
Published on March 15 2001 by Shrike
4.0 out of 5 stars Antibodies- The X-Files
Kevin J. Anderson is the author of the book that I read called "Antibodies." This book is about a diseased-ravaged body found in a federally funded lab called Dy Mar... Read more
Published on Jan. 17 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of a good series so far
"Antibodies" is the best so far of a decent series of X-Files novelizations, the last three authored by Kevin J. Anderson. Read more
Published on Sept. 7 2000 by Richard Harrold
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story, but I've seen it before...
Nothing new here, as Mulder and Scully investigate a strange case (but then again, isn't that always the way on The X-Files? Read more
Published on July 19 2000 by P. Bozek
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story, but I've seen it before...
Nothing new here, as Mulder and Scully investigate a strange case (but then again, isn't that always the way on The X-Files? Read more
Published on July 19 2000 by P. Bozek
4.0 out of 5 stars It feels like I'm watching the show
In this and other X files novels, I find the Mulder and Scully characterizations excellent. Of course they don't have the actors quirky delivery but they are the next best thing. Read more
Published on June 15 2000 by atmj
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best
As a fan of The X-Files and Kevin J. Anderson, this novel is all I could have hoped for. It has an interesting plot, a wonderful storyline, and everything that made the show great... Read more
Published on April 27 2000 by Carla Simonson
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