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Eternal Sonata


Genesis Code


The Depths of the Sea


Western Responses to Human Rights Abuses in Cambodia, 1975-80

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Eternal Sonata: A Thriller of the New Future

In 2025, murder is a small price to pay in the quest for immortality.

It’s hardly news when a renowned octogenarian scientist dying of cancer disappears from a local hospice, but when Kansas City Star reporter Rich Azadian begins to dig, he discovers that other elderly scientists around the world have also vanished recently—all terminally ill and receiving the same experimental treatment from a global health company. His investigation leads him to the reclusive Noam Heller, a brilliant researcher exploring new technologies to reverse-age cancer and other cells. Using revolutionary stem cell treatments and snippets of DNA from rare, immortal Arctic jellyfish, his breakthrough promises the genetic equivalent of the fountain of youth.

But when Heller is murdered and his lab is destroyed, Rich and his girlfriend Antonia become targets themselves. With the local police and federal authorities failing to see the big picture, he realizes he must take matters into his own hands to survive and stop the killing. His only hope is to mobilize his network of brilliant misfits and infiltrate the vast and lethal race—among cutthroat corporations, national intelligence services, rogue scientists, and a mysterious international organization—to control the new technologies and perhaps the secret of life itself.

Publication date: October 4, 2016

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Praise for Eternal Sonata 

“Eternal Sonata is a brilliant exploration of the many challenges and opportunities our species will face as the exponential growth of real-world technology moves us toward immortality.”
— Ray Kurzweil, Inventor, Futurist, and author of The Singularity Is Near

“Eternal Sonata is a meditation on being human in an age when technology promises to change everything.  It will pique your curiosity in science you never thought possible, and make your heart race with the twists and turns of a thriller.  A fascinating, joyous read.”
— Debora Spar, President of Barnard College and New York Times bestselling author of Wonder Women: Sex, Power, and the Quest for Perfection

“Jamie Metzl has written a wonderful novel that imagines a future where real world scientific breakthroughs promise massive extension of the human lifetime and the quest for immortality becomes deadly. Filled with brilliant insights on science, philosophy, politics, and human relations, it is a nail-biting thriller with a driving plot that will grip you from the very first page.”
— Alan Dershowitz, Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law, Emeritus, Harvard Law School, and bestselling author of 31 books

“Taut, tense, and relentlessly exciting with a spine-chilling plot spanning the globe … Eternal Sonata establishes Metzl as the first great thriller writer of the genetics age.”
— August Cole, co-author of Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War

“Eternal Sonata is an exhilarating, must-read thriller, set at the combustive intersection of technology and geopolitics. Like all great science fiction, its paints a disturbing future from entirely plausible facts.”
— Fred Kempe, New York Times best-selling author of Berlin 1961 and President, Atlantic Council

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Genesis Code: A Thriller of the New Future

Blue Magic, the latest designer drug linked to a rash of overdoses, might explain the needle mark on the arm of a young woman found dead in her Kansas City apartment. But when Star reporter Rich Azadian digs deeper, the clues point to a far more explosive story: MaryLee Stock was a special protégée of evangelical mega-pastor and power broker Cobalt Becker, who is poised to deliver his followers and the presidency to a firebrand right-wing senator in the next election. When Azadian sets out to prove that MaryLee’s death was no accident and she may have been carrying Becker’s genetically enhanced baby, the stakes become life itself.

In 2023 America—bankrupt, violently divided by the culture wars, and beholden to archrival China—the rules of the game are complicated. With the danger mounting, the dead bodies of young women piling up, Chinese agents circling, and the U.S. Department of National Competitiveness moving in to squash his investigation, Azadian’s only option is to go rogue, assemble a team of brilliant misfits like himself, and begin the fight of his life to find out who is killing these women and why, and if any others like them may still be alive.

Publication date: November 4, 2014

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Praise for Genesis Code 

“A thrill ride through the dangerous intersection where the human genetics revolution and aggressive big power rivalries meet. I couldn’t put it down.”
— Richard Clarke, former White House terrorism czar and New York Times bestselling author of Against All Enemies

“A high-octane thriller touching the core of what it means to be a human being. Read this book and let the national conversation about the future of our species begin.”
— Sanjay Gupta, CNN chief medical correspondent and New York Times bestselling author

“An old-fashioned hard-boiled thriller addresses up-to-the-minute political currents as seen from a short  time in the future…Metzl knows his science, and the detail is elegantly done while the novel moves at a nonstop pace over 41 days. Metzl provides a believable look at a not-too-distant future where science, politics, religion, economics and the ability to report the ‘truth’ are all inseparably bound together.”
— Kirkus Reviews

“Metzl (The Depths of the Sea), a former member of the U.S. National Security Council, offers up a tense vision of the near future with this science fiction thriller…Metzl enhances it with a philosophical protagonist, scientific plausibility, and a keen sense of mood.”
— Publishers Weekly

“Metzl…has a strong command of the financial, political and bioethical questions at the heart of his fast-paced dystopian novel.”
— Washington Post

“The plot is stellar and well paced… The science on the DNA enhancement research is fascinating… Fans of sci-fi and mystery will definitely enjoy Genesis Code.”
— Portland Book Review

“Riveting…a real page-turner…a vivid, exciting and well-paced thriller…with a message:…that we must all learn to use wisely the scientific advances that our greatest geniuses uncover.”
— World Policy Journal

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The Depths of the Sea

It’s 1979 and Morgan O’Reilly, a dispirited CIA desk officer, is desperately trying to bury his memories. Sent to Cambodia as a Marine and then as a CIA operative during the Vietnam War, he had been given the unlikely task of pulling together a secret spy unit of orphaned street children. At the end of the war, he was only able to get one child out of the country, his surrogate son, Sophal. Years later, Sophal, now a CIA agent, disappears on a secret mission in the Cambodian refugee camps in Thailand.

Tom Dillon, the dashing young superstar of the White House foreign policy staff, asks O’Reilly to find Sophal and bring him home. O’Reilly’s search takes him deeper and deeper into the politics of the Thai-Cambodian border and finally into the deadly Khmer Rouge zone—a place where all foreigners are forbidden from entering and where cruelty and death are omnipresent.

Filled with the fascinating workings of the refugee camps, the life or death politics of Washington, DC, and the inner workings of the personalities that are drawn to such extreme circumstances, The Depths of the Sea is a thriller that both entertains and educates.

Acclaim for The Depths of the Sea (when first published in 2004) 

“Set in war-torn Cambodia in the 1970s, this distinctive debut spy novel tells a riveting tale of honor, political deception and moral responsibility. In 1971, CIA officer Morgan O’Reilly, 27, takes on a strange assignment: he’s required to amass a contingent of undercover spies from the resourceful ‘ragged children’ of the Phnom Penh streets. His ragtag group turns out to be surprisingly successful, and they become as much a family as a team. Young, astute orphan Sophal comes closest to O’Reilly’s heart and gratefully teaches him Cambodian slang and various street smarts, but when the Americans abandon the area, O’Reilly must leave his kids behind-all except Sophal, now 18, who is spirited back to the States and enrolled in CIA field school. Eight years later, depressed, desk-bound O’Reilly is dispatched back to Cambodia by hotshot CIA officer Tom Dillon to investigate the sudden disappearance of Sophal, who has since climbed the ranks of the CIA and recently been assigned to the Thai-Cambodian border. As O’Reilly scours the refugee camps unsuccessfully, he encounters several humanitarian aid workers whose stories become bound up with his. When his search lands everyone deep within the treacherous Khmer Rouge border zone, the real reasons O’Reilly has been sent to Cambodia become harrowingly clear. Based on his personal experiences working in Cambodia, Metzl has crafted a thrilling, authentically atmospheric tale. Though the gloomy storm clouds of international politics hover incessantly, this suspenseful, tightly plotted novel makes for a luminous debut.
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— Publishers Weekly

“The political power and poetry of Graham Greene and Charles McCarry pervade this superlative thriller set in the chaos of Vietnam and Cambodia.”
— Chicago Tribune

“Jamie Metzl has written a powerful novel of hope that combines a fresh voice with an intelligent, exciting, and fast-paced story. His characters come alive as they try desperately to stay on course in the muddled, violent landscape of the Thai-Cambodian refugee camps. He has drawn a vivid and compelling portrait of a region and a people struggling to recover from years of war.”
— Joseph R. Biden

“Jamie Metzl is the rare novelist who can draw upon realworld experiences as both an aidworker and a White House official. In The Depths of the Sea, Metzl has given us a gripping and vivid thriller that leads readers on a trail of gun-running, Cold War intrigue, betrayal, and moral ambiguity. Metzl reminds us that the costs of U.S. interventions and retreats are lived one individual at a time.”
— Samantha Power

“In The Depths of the Sea, Jamie Metzl has succeeded in combining an entertaining thriller with a fascinating look at the dark political history of Southeast Asia. He is a writer of astonishing erudition and talent. A tour de force.”
— Richard Holbrooke

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Western Responses to Human Rights Abuses in Cambodia, 1975-80

This study examines Western responses to human rights abuses in Cambodia between 1975 and 1980, years which included the murderous rule of the Khmer Rouge regime, a Vietnamese invasion, a civil war, and a famine. The author looks at the responses of Western populations, concerned academics and intellectuals, international human rights agencies, Western governments, and the United Nations, and how these responses changed over time. The choice made by these states was manifest in Western policies towards the Cambodian refugee crisis and famine and in numerous United Nations fora. The implications of that choice laid the groundwork for the thirteen years of civil war which followed the invasion.