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Robert Cole
The Ego Cluster
Robert Cole, author
In a future world strafed with economic inequality, religious wars and climate extremes scientists discover a gene cluster that appears to govern the human ego. By supressing these genes much of the ego-driven nature of the human decision process could be converted to a more empathetic, logical and considered approach, devoid of racial, religious or economic bigotry. Visionary scientists Ethan Hendersen and Amelia Holt form a romantic partnership in which their characters will be tested to the limit when they are employed by a mysterious cartel to develop a treatment to eliminate the human ego. As the real potential of the ego cluster gene treatment is realised the stakes become deadly as vested interests manoeuvre to control the treatment. This is a story of an epic battle between scientific progress and its potential to change the human mind and the entrenched mind-set of the established elite.
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The Ego Cluster by Robert Cole is a frightening glimpse into a world teetering on the edge of the abyss created by climate change, and the related social paralysis due to corporate greed and short-sighted political interests. Scientists discover a set of human genes that controls egotistical behavior, which contributes to pursuing self-interest at the cost of the common good. The plot revolves around key scientists working to develop a treatment for antisocial attitudes, but their research is subverted by vested interests who want to use it to control world leaders to serve their agenda. The Ego Cluster is in part a scientific introduction to the world of genetic research, and part a mystery story that quickly morphs into a hair-raising conspiracy leading to multiple murders. It is a real page-turner, raising the tension higher and higher, culminating in a bittersweet ending that feels all too real.

The plot is brilliant and quite originally developed, with unexpected twists and turns that keep reader interest high. The characters are finely drawn and convincing and the dialogue makes the reader feel like a witness eavesdropping on conversations. The philosophical content is both exciting and frightening at the same time, forcing the reader to face a question she or he would rather avoid. I assume that was Robert Cole’s main purpose – to make people think and seriously consider ‘inconvenient truths’. The Ego Cluster is also very entertaining, and, despite its short length, it packs a powerful punch. I couldn’t put it down and finished it in one day. I very highly recommend it, first of all to climate-change deniers, then to business and political leaders who need a large dose of reality, but also to the general public who need the information as well as an entertaining answer to our timely “what if” questions.

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