The entire Evolve trilogy is now available in a single volume. Download it here.

The description:

Evolve opens with the FDA rejecting a genetic therapy that cures breast cancer and unfolds into a political, philosophical, and scientific drama that will have readers asking questions about a fictional world that are more appropriately asked of the real one.

The FDA rejects a new breast cancer therapy and scheming politicians stoke public outrage against the drug’s creators, claiming the drug would only be available to the wealthy and would be used as a weapon of genetic warfare against minorities and the poor. The scientists who created the drug are baffled and deeply depressed by the furor over their life-saving creation and are eventually driven to leave their entire lives’ work, going into hiding from a world hostile to everything in which they believe. Politicians manipulate each other and the public for power, the company which created the drug struggles to maintain its independence from an impending government take-over, and investors and rival companies must choose sides in a political war. Billion dollar budgets, entire industries, individuals who might be saved by drugs that will never exist, and the Presidency are the casualties of the deception, manipulation, power struggles, and fighting of Evolve. In Evolve, actions are shown to have their logical if unintended consequences; people are driven by unrecognized but ever-present incentives; and the way the world works is made apparent in the order that ultimately emerges.

Evolve presents the reader with a grandiose vision of the world. Politicians meddle with the economy; regulation is used to protect people from themselves and destroy enemies; scientists scheme to better their own careers while feigning to seek the truth in nature; and business leaders are shown to be geniuses, corrupt, humanitarians, and sleazy opportunists. Readers will come to see slivers of each of the novel’s characters in the people in their own lives. Human evolution, achievement, and the value of freedom are the novel’s core themes. Evolve is Jurassic Park meets Atlas Shrugged with a timely and timeless narrative.

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Please see this post regarding changes in publishing/distribution.

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Though I have been moving the Evolve books exclusively to the Amazon.com distribution network – in order to take advantage of the Kindle Lending Library, which requires that Amazon.com have exclusivity of distribution – the Evolve books are still available on any device with the Kindle Reader app.

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Evolve, Part 3: Emergent Order NEWS, 2011-12-23

Published at Amazon.com and available in the Kindle Lending Library for Kindle owners. Please note that by making this available to the Kindle Lending Library, Evolve, Part 3: Emergent Order will not be available through other distributors. Evolve, Part 3: Emergent Order and the other books in the Evolve series are available to anybody through Amazon.com via the downloadable Kindle Reader app.

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Evolve, Part 1: Unintended Consequences

Short Summary

The FDA rejects a genetic therapy for cancer because of perceived social and ethical reasons, and the result is Evolve, an expansive novel in which heroes and villains reshape the country. In Evolve, Part 1: Unintended Consequences, politicians, motivated by their lust for votes, break laws, while scientists must choose between a world of stifling regulation or lives outside the law as fugitives.

Extended Description

Evolve, Part 1: Unintended Consequences opens with the FDA rejecting a genetic therapy that cures breast cancer. There is public outrage against the drug because the drug is seen as being available only to the wealthy and as being capable of genetic warfare against minorities and the poor. The public outcry is stoked by politicians that see the approval or rejection of the drug by the FDA as a mechanism through which to reshape the nation’s health care laws and increase their own political power. The company is compelled to strike a deal with ambitious political figures – Senator Sheila Beal and FDA Commissioner Harriett McGrady – in an attempt to keep the drug moving through the approval process. Commissioner McGrady, guided by Senator Beal, takes an increasingly activist role in the daily operations of the company. The drug’s creators, Ethan and Myrada Fisher, are marginalized by McGrady’s takeover of the drug development laboratory. First, Ethan Fisher cracks under the pressure of having to bow to McGrady’s authority. He leaves his wife, leaves the company, and leaves everything that he has ever known to be free of the oppression. Myrada Fisher struggles under the iron fist of McGrady to get the breast cancer drug approved for use. Finally, under threat of arrest if she should leave, Myrada flees the company. Does she reunite with her husband? Where is her husband, and what strange, advanced new research is he working on? Do the politicians succeed in forcing the drug through the regulatory process, appeasing the public, and getting reelected? Evolve, Part 1: Unintended Consequences pulls readers deep into the lives of scientists, CEOs, and politicians and answers these questions.

Evolve presents the reader with reality writ larger-than-life. The present day struggle between breast cancer victims and the FDA over the fate of the drug Avastin; the ubiquitous issue of doping in professional sports; the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare); and the popular economic issue of the “bailout” (TARP plus the ARRA), are all mirrored in Evolve as fictionalized, dramatized issues of debate and conflict. In Evolve, politicians meddle with the economy; regulation is used to “protect” people from themselves; and politics is shown to be a corrupt business, not a noble endeavor. Readers will come to see slivers of each of the novel’s characters in the people in their own lives. Human evolution, achievement, and the value of freedom are the novel’s core themes. Evolve is Jurassic Park meets Atlas Shrugged with a timely and timeless narrative.

To get Evolve, Part 1: Unintended Consequences:

Kindle: here

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EvolvePart 2: Incentives

Short Summary

Evolve, Part 2: Incentives picks up directly where Part 1 left off: families are brought together and torn apart, scientists develop advanced genome altering drugs, and politicians become steeped in an ideological war of more-versus-less government. Evolve is a novel of politics, science, and philosophy in which heroes and villains experience tragedy, loss, and hope.

Extended Description

In Evolve, Part 2: Incentives, the Fisher scientists have left the company at which they developed a genetic therapy that cures beast cancer. They abandoned their life-saving efforts because of the restrictions imposed on them by FDA Commissioner Harriett McGrady, leaving the laboratory fractured and in the de facto control of the government. The politically ambitious Senator Sheila Beal and Commissioner McGrady seize on the opportunity of the departure of the company’s star scientists to appropriate the company and its genetic therapies to be the cornerstone of a new national health care initiative. Senator Beal believes that she can set herself up to win the upcoming Presidential election by introducing a national health insurance plan that covers everybody, balances budgets, and rectifies the social injustices of the past by delivering to the poor and underserved those medical advances of which they have long been deprived. Meanwhile, Senator Beal is confronted with a formidable political opponent: the former hedge fund manager and billionaire Joseph Ivy. Ivy wins an open Senate election and presents a strong message of opposition to Senator Beal’s plans: less government, less regulation, and less top-down control of people’s lives. While the war for the political future of the country wages, the Fishers reunite at a secret facility. They recruit other scientists to work with them on gene-altering drugs that cure disease, develop advanced musculoskeletal functions, and act as artificial organs. What are the scientists working towards and why? Will Senator Beal or Ivy capture the hearts and minds of the American people? Will the company that developed the first cure for cancer survive its own struggle to sell its products to customers and simultaneously function as a test bed for new FDA regulations? In Evolve, Part 2: Incentives, readers are introduced to new characters, are exposed to more facets of those characters that they came to love and hate in Part 1, and are placed squarely in the middle of a web of economic and political drama.

Evolve presents the reader with reality writ larger-than-life. Mirrored in Evolve are the present day exhortations for the government to create an environment of “fairness”; the belief that fat cat businessmen get rich while the average man becomes poor; the notion that rules, regulation, and top-down control are the answers to what ails the nation and the world; and both the Occupy Wall Street and Tea Party movements, with their conflicted, confused, and opportunistic messages. In Evolve, politicians attempt to control and direct the economy, regulation is used to “protect” people from themselves, and politics is shown to be a corrupt business, not a noble endeavor. Readers will come to see slivers of each of the novel’s characters in the people in their own lives. In this nascent, fired-up election season, the art of Evolve imitates and is imitated by reality. Human evolution, achievement, and the value of freedom are the novel’s core themes. Evolve is Jurassic Park meets Atlas Shrugged with a timely and timeless narrative.

To get Evolve, Part 2: Incentives

Amazon: here

Smashwords: (temporarily unpublished)

Apple: (temporarily unpublished)

Barnes & Noble: (temporarily unpublished)

Please see this post regarding changes in publishing/distribution.

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EvolvePart 3: Emergent Order

Description

The conclusion of the Evolve saga has arrived. In Evolve, Part 3: Emergent Order, Senator Sheila Beal and FDA Commissioner Harriett McGrady craft yet another plan to completely reshape the health care system of the nation with a new Manhattan Project-style endeavor. Private companies and public stewardship are brought together in a partnership that Beal believes will catapult her into the Presidency and McGrady believes will solidify her place in history as a scientific savior. Meanwhile, Joseph Ivy’s political career and future are increasingly in doubt as Beal digs into his past and portrays him to the public as a fat cat hedge fund manager with ties to the fugitive Fisher scientists. The Gene Camp scientists feel that the world is against everything that they are trying to accomplish and that Nicholas Beal’s investigation into their whereabouts will inevitably expose them. Their morale sinks, and the group is fragmented as one of their most important members leaves.

In the final pages of Evolve, Part 3: Emergent Order, the lives of all of the Evolve characters are brought together in unexpected ways. Tim Havermeyer and Neil Cohen find themselves in unlikely and dangerous of situations; Michael Branningan becomes a subversive force not to be ignored; Nicholas Beal comes to question everything his life represents; Eric Beal becomes a crucial piece of his mother’s political strategy; and a black market for Gene Module drugs forces every American to rethink what is morally right and wrong. Shrouded motives and clandestine activity drive through a climax of unexpected choices that will leave the reader thinking: of course.

As with previous installments, Evolve, Part 3: Emergent Order presents the reader with a grandiose vision of the world. In Evolve are the present day exhortations for the government to create an environment of “fairness”; the belief that elitist businessmen get rich while the average man descends into poverty; a political environment that makes no sense and yet is tolerated by the populace; and the exultation of the miserable for being miserable and the demonizing of the good for being good. The Evolve trilogy concludes by showing the reader the logical consequences of each of the characters’ actions, and ultimately delivers a vision for the world that ought to be.

To get Evolve, Part 3: Emergent Order

Amazon: here

Please see this post regarding changes in publishing/distribution.

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JD Cross