The Genius Plague by David Walton

The Genius Plague

What if the pandemic you thought would kill you made you more intelligent instead? In the Amazon jungle, a disease is spreading. To those who survive, it grants enhanced communication, memory, and pattern recognition. But the miracle may be the sinister survival mechanism of a fungal organism, manipulating the infected into serving it. Paul Johns, a mycologist, is convinced the fungal host is the next stage of human evolution, while his brother N...

Details The Genius Plague

TitleThe Genius Plague
Release DateOct 3rd, 2017
GenreScience Fiction, Fiction

Reviews The Genius Plague

  • David
    Yes, I am giving my own book five stars! If I don't think the book is awesome, why would anyone else want to give it a try?
  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum Nature can be a scary bitch. Forget horror movies; if you ever want to see some truly messed up, freaky bone-chilling stuff, look no further than your BBC nature documentary. Case in point: the “Jungles” episode of Planet Earth. After so many years, that infamous scene of the killer parasitic fungus bursting forth from the back of a dead ant’s head like some ki...
  • Tammy
    The nitty-gritty: Hugely entertaining, this terrifying vision of what our future could be like will keep you turning pages long after bedtime.I loved David Walton’s Supersymmetry , a fast-paced scientific thriller about time travel and alternate realities, so I knew that The Genius Plague was going to be a must-read. And wow, did I have fun with this book! When I started reading, I thought the entire story was going to revolve around the gen...
  • Lilyn G. (Scifi and Scary)
    I read a lot of horror because I like to be scared. Generally, I prefer that fear to be on a ‘not possibly real’ level, hence my love of paranormal horror. When I read science fiction, it’s the opposite. I’m generally hoping for hope and for awesome visions of the future. I’m not expecting to have the, erm, spore scared out of me.But David Walton’s The Genius Plague managed to do exactly that.The fungi that threatens to the end the wo...
  • Katie/Doing Dewey
    Summary: This was an incredibly fun, fast-paced read. Very cinematic, would make a great movie."What if the pandemic you thought would kill you made you more intelligent instead? In the Amazon jungle, a disease is spreading. To those who survive, it grants enhanced communication, memory, and pattern recognition. But the miracle may be the sinister survival mechanism of a fungal organism, manipulating the infected into serving it.  Paul Johns, a ...
  • Lori L (She Treads Softly)
    The Genius Plague by David Walton is a highly recommended science fiction/plague novel featuring brothers set against each other and a wide-ranging fungus.Paul Johns, a mycologist, is returning from his trip through the Amazon with a backpack full of fungi samples when terrorists attack the tourist riverboat he is taking back to Manaus, Brazil. When he makes it home to Maryland, he is immediately hospitalized with a life-threatening fungal pneumo...
  • Dayna
    Riveting & intelligent, The Genius Plague is the best novel I've read so far this year. The narrative is compelling & convincing in connecting mycology, paramilitaries, politics, & environmentalism. (I can't go into detail without spoilers.) This is definitely worth reading (& filming if you're a producer). I was very lucky to have received an ARC from a Goodreads giveaway, since it won't be released until October.
  • Aimee
    Review originally appeared @ Reading Lark: What do you do when the enemy is in your head? Not metaphorically — actually, physically in your head and manipulating your reactions to the world around you? When your free will is compromised, how far should others go to stop you? These are a few of the questions David Walton explores in his latest novel, The Genius Plague.Paul, a mycologist, arrives home from...
  • Marzie
    I received an Advance Reader Copy of this book from Edelweiss Plus in exchange for an honest review.Veteran writer David Walton, winner of the Philip K. Dick Award for his first novel Terminal Mind, gives us a hybrid genre book that is part sci-fi and part spy thriller in this outing. I'm not sure that I find the spy angle satisfactory because it often requires the complete suspension of my belief in NSA policy. The sci-fi part is much more inter...
  • Cheryl
    "Inefficiency is the best part of who we are.”This was a much different book than I expected it to be and different from other TEOTWAWKI books. I expected the pandemic. That was apparent in the synopsis of the book. But the way the pandemic came to be, coming from fungal growths, made this a too real feeling scenario.The storyline starts in the deep jungles of the Amazon with Paul Johns, a mycologist (he studies fungi for a living), travels all...
  • Marci
    Disclaimer: I received an arc of this book from a Goodreads First reads giveaway.Secondary disclaimer: I'm not usually into sci-fi, but the cover/premise combo wasn't something I could walk away from.With that in mind, I have to say that this is a great book for people who aren't super into a genre that sometimes feels like it has a high barrier of entry. The science is straightforward, and the rules of this universe are clear.With the release da...
  • Jo
    David Walton’s earlier novels Superposition and Supersymmetry were bonafide page turners — a potent mix of science, action, thriller and heart — so I was excited to dive into The Genius Plague . I am continually impressed by this author’s ability to conjure up credible ‘disaster on a global scale’ scenarios and then offer readers such human and relatable character viewpoints. Read full review >>
  • George
    Who would think that mycology, the study of fungi, could be a viable subject for a suspense novel? Penicillin is a good thing; black mold under the house is a bad thing. OK. They are only fungi; BUT, in actuality, they are alive, a colony of identical cells and able to influence their own well-being: bad – don’t do that or go there; good – keep doing that to make it happen to continue to grow and thrive. On a forest or jungle floor, again, ...
  • Taylor
    The Genius Plague is easily one of the most enjoyable books I've read this year. The book is a mash-up of spy / pandemic / zombie fiction, and I know that sounds really weird, but somehow it works. The narrative is compelling and the main character was humorous and relatable. I really appreciated the amount of "science" in the book - it was very straightforward with just enough background information to be interesting and relevant to the story, b...
  • Viviane Crystal
    Neil Johns is about to grasp the fulfillment of his dreams, to be a code breaker for NASA. His brother is a mycologist who works with and is obsessed with the life of fungus, yes that’s right – fungus! It turns out that biologically fungus is everywhere and duplicates faster than the mind can conceive. The brother, Paul, and his friend Melanie escape from a brutal attack in the waters of the Amazon jungle. He survives an infection that almost...
  • Suz
    Got an advance copy through work (one of the only perks working for a news organization these days...) and found the cover interesting, so took home to read.I'm not huge into sci-fi (generally more of a fantasy fan myself) but this one hooked me. Strong plot, generally easy to follow (if somewhat rushed) and strong characters that weren't all just scientists spouting jargon at one another.Basic premise: Genius guy wants to work for the government...
  • Tasha
    I don't think I can review this book properly without giving away most of the plot but this book is quality. The science (mycology and cryptology) in the book wasn't confusing at all. It was easily explained, easy to follow. The plot was fast paced. I was thrown into the core of the story early and it didn't let up until the end. It's sci-fi but I'm left wondering if something like what happens in the book could happen. Maybe not in my lifetime b...
  • Sean Randall
    I'd been looking forward to reading this for ages, and it took a sheer, physical effort to put it down at 1 in the morning to have enough sleep for work the following day. A fantastically-written adventure, with a terrifying - what is that, it's not an epigraph as such but it's pre-prologue - and a host of characters that just click and work. One of the best reads of the year so far, without a doubt.
  • Brandon
    A fascinating take on intelligence altering methods with some interesting consequences. I hope there will be more in the series.
  • Liz Laurin
    All my spec fiction friends... go read this. it's so good. I loved every bit of it. Even if the alzheimers bits were a bit too close to home for me. <3
  • Tracy
    Dude has some seriously wicked ideas! And I think the fungus IS smarter than we are :( very thought provoking in terms of human society, and that as a whole, we may never learn
  • Robin Murray
    Interesting conceptCharacters lacked depth but an interesting read-got a little too clever at the end thus lost the emotional connection with story