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 The Book of Adam: Autobiography of the First Human Clone 

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
5.0 out of 5 stars 
Compelling, December 11, 2010

A book you don't want to end, a story you can't let go of - this novel has everything. It's a wonderful mixture of mystery, drama, and romance with a science fiction story line that is so compelling that you can't put it down. This thought provoking book raises many moral and scientific issues, but regardless of your opinions on human cloning you'll be drawn into the life of Adam, the first human clone, and the epic that Mr. Hopper superbly weaves. Ultimately, you'll be touched and will join those of us who are eager for the sequel. To quote the character Evelyn "We've all done things we regret, and I'll do more before I die. We can be discouraged, or we can be inspired to be better the next time we have a chance."

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful:5.0 out of 5 stars Marvelous Futuristic Story of Life to Come!April 15, 2010
By  Deborah A. Miller (Hollidaysburg, PA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Book of Adam: Autobiography of the First Human Clone (Paperback)
I so enjoyed this book from start to finish. The Book of Adam by Rob Hopper is a fascinating read following the life of the first human clone. It is a futuristic story of life to come when we can control our own health and the possibility of living on forever as a clone. It raises lots of ethical, religious, and moral questions making it a worthy discussion book for all those book clubs out there. The characters are endearing from charming Aunt Louise with her glass flowers, to all the troubled Lilies (you have to read the book to understand), and to the sinister grandfather, Lyle. Well, he is not so endearing. In fact, he is very scary but unforgettable. The mystery holds your attention right up until the end. I personally adored the touching love story between Adam and his childhood sweetheart, Evelyn. This book has everything including laughter, science, mystery, love, and murder. I am re-reading it right away as I cannot wait for Book II to be written. My only suggestion would be to have a family tree listed so I can keep all those clones straight! By the way, when is the MOVIE coming out? 

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Amazing First Novel, May 4, 2010
By  Tami Fitch (Reno, NV) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Book of Adam: Autobiography of the First Human Clone (Kindle Edition)
This is an absolutely amazing first novel -- one of the best I've read in some time! 

I'm an avid reader and have read many new authors since getting my Kindle over a year ago. This author has a remarkable voice and flair for storytelling, while also raising important societal issues. He deals with them in such a compassionate way, posing many thought-provoking questions on moral issues regarding cloning, humanity's search for longevity, and fear of death. All of which makes for great discussion topics!

I was caught up in Adam's story and felt sad for him or cheered for him. One of those stories that I honestly didn't want to end. Looking forward to continuing the journey into the world of Adam and his family. Actually, halfway through it, I checked to see if Robert Hopper's next one was out, not ready to leave the life of Adam just yet (you can email or FB him from [...]). Unfortunately, he's still working on the second book. In the meantime, I've started reading this one again! Enjoy! 

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous read!May 15, 2010
By  Diane D. Zink - See all my reviews
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This is a great choice for a book club - the intricate details of the first human clone are set in a backdrop of political and cultural references that are real possibilities! How different religious factions responded . . . how cut-throat business practices could tear a family apart . . . science "not-so-fiction" with celebrations of "Dolly" the sheep . . . The questions the author lists on his web-site create the perfect book club conversation starters -[...].

5.0 out of 5 stars 
Fascinating novel!, June 5, 2010
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This review is from: The Book of Adam: Autobiography of the First Human Clone (Paperback)
This book is a very thought provoking examination of the life of Adam, the first human clone, and the impact his life has on the lives of those closest to him, as well as his community. The author's discussion of the personal and societal complexities of cloning will provide lots of interesting discussion material for book clubs. The characters are full of surprises and the twists and turns in the plot just keep coming! I especially like the fact that the book was available on Kindle.
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Hard to put down!
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Posted May 12, 2010, 5:45 PM EST: This book was very good, but heartbreaking. It reminded me a lot of some of Stephen King's best work. The characters are well developed and you find yourself caring what happens to them. It also does a good job of building and sustaining suspense. It is hard to put down!

A Must Read
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July 03, 2010: I could hardly put this book down. It was a great example of technology and morality clashing. It had romantic parts as well as deep family dark sides. Many parts had humour, intensity, tear jerking, and the reality of our human nature.

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Posted July 9, 2010, 10:40 PM EST: The Book of Adam was my first "free" book. I was just seeing how buying a free book worked and then read some of it to test out how I would like my new Nook. I got "sucked" in to this fictional autobiography by the first human clone -- interesting and kind of weird. It was a believable story.


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July 28, 2010: I would have absolutely paid for this book had it not been free. It was excellent with a very surprising ending. And I'm not easily surprised anymore it seems because I'm such a heavy reader. I absolutely recommend it!


David Parker's review of The Book of Adam: Autobiography of the First Human Clone


rating: 5 of 5 stars
status: Read from March 27 to April 01, 2010
I thought this was an excellent book written very well. I sat up until 0600 reading it on the night that I finished it because the last half of the book was fascinating!
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This book has everything!
5-Star Review by bwm5031 on June 10, 2010

This was the first book I've read in a long time that not only had all of my emotions involved, but also made me think about the characters, the plot, and the consequences dealing with such a neat concept. There were times when I was unsure about where the book was going, but each time the author pulled through and came out way beyond my expectations! This book is a great read for anyone whether you enjoy science fiction, romance, or adventure! Here's hoping that there is some sort of sequel in the works!
The Book of Adam
5-Star Review by Gingerlee1022 on August 10, 2010

Excellent story! Having a background in genetics and psychology, I can confidently say this book hit all the ethical and psychological aspects of human cloning that are currently debated while still telling a good story.

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I'm about 1/4 of the way through the book. I think it's really good. If it can sustain the quality, the characterization, the atmosphere and the suspense the rest of the way, it'll be a 5-star book for me. 
Finished last night. It did and it is!

Review by: Timothy Nix on Aug. 09, 2010 : star star star star star 
(I purchased this at iBooks)

This book is terrific, and I gave it a good recommendation at MobileRead. It is a book about the best and worst of humanity, and what it means to be human. This book made me think, to wonder what about myself I would and would not want a future version of myself to know. The writer is talented and has made a very enjoyable book. I couldn't put it down and finished it in two days. I highly recommend this book.

Bambi Nix (DixieGal)
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Robert M. Hopper’s controversial story, THE BOOK OF ADAM: The Autobiography of the First Human Clone will not be everyone’s favorite novel.  As a reader I am generally happy with a mix of cozy mysteries, police procedurals, action adventure yarns, Westerns, romantic comedies, and science fiction.  But I bring to this novel my own conflicting and ambiguous opinions about human cloning and what that might or might not lead to if it were legally permitted to happen.  (Many of my fears lie in the possibility of illegal cloning and what that progeny might be used for -- shades of Frankenstein, other monsters, and “The Super Race.”  Fears which may well reveal my limited knowledge of what human cloning entails.) 

That said, let me quote the first sentence of  the Prologue to this fictional autobiography as an example of a powerful “hook” to draw the reader into a story:

“Nine months after I died, my daughter gave birth to me.” 

Thus we are launched into a multi-generational “family” epic that spans some one hundred and twelve years, 1974 to 2086, exploring a number of moral and scientific issues in the process of depicting what is essentially a blood feud between different generations of the same two families who overlap one another because of the emerging science of cloning and other means of prolonging human and animal life. 

It is a story of unforgiving rage, of murder, incestuous rape, and insane cruelty.  But, above all, it is the story of fear -- a fear that can, and does, “make cowards of us all,” and that all too often divides the human species against itself in ways that retard the very concept of “humanity” and prolong far beyond reason the establishment of a truly civilized world.  The question of fear as a motivating factor in human life is sharply focused on in the character of both Adam-1, and Adam-2 whose autobiography the novel purports to be.  It is also present, though not always recognized, in the behavior of most of the other characters that inhabit the book.  Fear (and unchecked selfishness) is shown to  both inhibit action that might otherwise have prevented un-necessary emotional and physical pain, and might have saved many from death, and to motivate much of the violence that occurs. 

For all the moral and scientific questions the book asks, and poses some possible answers to, there is an issue that is never actually raised.  The questions of what the ultimate result might be if man were ever able to obtain the immortality suggested by the success of the reproduction of generations of a given, though not quite identical, human beings by cloning and the eventual development of artificial bodies capable of hosting a functioning brain for decades, even centuries.  Those are the questions of overpopulation on one hand, brought on by the cloning and existence of life in artificial bodies, and the normal biological reproductive drive of the human species and on the other hand, the need to prevent the human population from exceeding the resources needed to maintain life on this planet.   Who, or what, will make the decisions regarding who is allowed to reproduce by either natural or artificial means? 

Whatever your feelings about human cloning (or the cloning of animals in our food chain) The Book of Adam: The Autobiography of The First Human Clone will make you think about life, death, and any desire for immortality.  My own reaction to it may well have to do with the simple fact that my seventy-third birthday is only a few months away, and the thought of my own mortality intrudes on my thoughts more often than I would like.  So why did I read this novel? 

Because, once started I couldn’t stop!  The grabbing power of the first sentence of the prologue, “Nine months after my death, my daughter gave birth to me,” stayed with me through the three hundred and fifty-three pages of the novel. 

Reviewed April 21, 2010 by Tom  Amacker