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.