Genocide of One: A Thriller by Kazuaki Takano

January 16th, 2015 kimbacaffeinate Review 45 Comments

16th Jan
Genocide of One: A Thriller by Kazuaki Takano
Genocide of One
by Kazuaki Takano
Published by: Hachette
Narrator: Joe Knezevich
Length: 18 hrs and 43 mins
Genres: Science Fiction, Thriller
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon | Audible
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The internationally bestselling, award-winning Japanese thriller about a child who may be the future of the human race--or the cause of its extinction. During a briefing in Washington D.C., the President is informed of a threat to national security: a three-year-old boy named Akili, who is already the smartest being on the planet. Representing the next step in human evolution, Akili can perceive patterns and predict future events better than most supercomputers, and is capable of manipulating grand-scale events like pieces on a chess board. And yet, for all that power, Akili has the emotional maturity of a child--which might make him the most dangerous threat humanity has ever faced. An American soldier, Jonathan Yeager, leads an international team of elite operatives deep into the heart of the Congolese jungle under Presidential orders to destroy this threat to humanity before Akili's full potential can be realized. But Yeager has a very sick child, and Akili's advanced knowledge of all things, medicine included, may be Yeager's only hope for saving his son's life. Soon Yeager finds himself caught between following his orders and saving a creature with a hidden agenda, who plans to either save humanity as we know it--or destroy it.

Genocide of One by Kazuaki Takano was an exciting thriller complete with covert missions, secrets, action and raises question about humankind. Suspenseful, thought provoking and at times extremely dark, I was held spellbound as the narrator, Joe Knezevich, brilliantly brought the characters and action to life.

Five reasons to plug-in and listen to Genocide of One

  • If you like, thrillers that take you deep into the jungle, into the office of the President and avoiding the police in the streets of Japan you will love the story that unfolds in Genocide of One. What if a child was born that was smarter than our supercomputers? Who at age three could crack our security codes but still cried when he was tired? American soldier, Jonathan Yeager takes an elite team into the Congolese jungle under Presidential orders to destroy this threat to humanity. Genocide of One shares their mission with us.
  • If you enjoy stories within stories that run parallel and soon find themselves wrapped within the main plot, you will enjoy Genocide of One. Jonathan Yeager has a very sick son with a rare disorder who only has weeks to live. The young child Akili may hold the knowledge to save him. This second thread has us following a young Japanese medical student in a race against the clock. Spies, secret codes and lots of cloak and dagger moments kept me fully engaged.
  • The tale is told in multiple perspectives and one of those is from that of a medical student who recently lost his father and soon finds himself in a race to save two lives. Jonathan is another voice and he takes us deep into the jungle. Each character we come across is developed and felt authentic. Knezevich did an excellent job of giving each character and pov a unique voice.
  • Realism, unfiltered brutality and violence are something you can handle. Takano does not tone down the brutality of war and there were scenes that will forever be etched in my mind. Ones I would prefer to forget. He exposes the cruelest aspects of war and the raw hopelessness young children recruited unwillingly into the cause face. While it was dark, I appreciated the authenticity and questions in raised.
  • Takano weaves a fascinating and well-researched tale. From the original concept to the science fiction and war aspects, it had a realistic vibe that notched up my enjoyment. Genocide of One was dark but there were moments of joy, laughter and humor. As we traveled between characters, I became completely swept up as the tension built. Each storyline was developed allowing me to fully appreciate each aspect.  It was a ride I will not forget and the ending left me both satisfied and hopeful.

Genocide of One was an engaging thriller and perfect on audio thanks to Joe Knezevich. Dark and vivid with a realism I won’t soon forget I highly recommend this to fans of thrillers.

About Kazuaki Takano

Kazuaki Takano emerged from the film industry to become a best-selling author. He began making films for himself when he was only in grade school, and as an adult worked for a time under the director Kihachi Okamoto. After dropping out of university in Japan to gain first-hand experience in film and television production, he went to college in Los Angeles and worked in the movie industry there before returning to Japan. His debut as a writer came in 2001 with Jusan no kaidan (Thirteen Steps), which delves into the system of capital punishment; the novel won the Edogawa Rampo Award and sold over 400,000 copies. Jenosaido (Genocide) was short-listed for the Naoki Prize in 2011, received the 2011 Yamada Futaro Prize, and took first place in the 2012 Konomys rankings for mystery writers. Among his other works is the novel Gureibu digga (Grave Digger), a tale of indiscriminate mass murder. He is known for producing highly entertaining blockbusters that boast a grandness of scale.

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45 Responses to “Genocide of One: A Thriller by Kazuaki Takano”

    • kimbacaffeinate

      You said that and I was like long? Honestly it didn’t seem that long to me.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I am on a roll. Soon all of my books will be in your bookshelf..bwahaha.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      LOL..it didn’t seem altogether long Ali. Enjoy your weekend!

  1. Katherine

    This sounds interesting and a bit different than my usual reading. I’ve realized recently that I’m either not enjoying my go to thriller authors anymore or they’ve stopped writing all together. I’ll definitely have to look for this one!
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    • kimbacaffeinate

      This is why I mix it up Katherine I get burned out if I stay too long in one genre or with one author

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Yes, I do believe based on your bookshelf that you would enjoy this one

  2. Tanja

    I for sure need to read more Japanese authors. I love those I have already read, so I just need to keep digging. You did job for me here, it seems. This sounds really interesting and I will have to give it a try. Great review 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I having been delving more in authors abroad and finding some awesome reads.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I haven’t seen the show, but if it is similar I would probably like it

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Yes..high body count and hot men in the jungle..yep movie!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Yes..and it gets very violent and graphic at times especially in the jungle.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Yes..each thread builds and overlaps into the other story lines as the author weaves then together. It is a long audio and this aspect made the time fly

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Yes, government cover ups and each thread held me spellbound

  3. Ramona

    My, my, if this doesn’t sounds good as The Walled City (which, btw, I started listening to yesterday and you were RIGHT: it’s *so* good!) So I guess I’m putting this on my list as well… Your excellent reviews will ruin me financially! 😀
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    • kimbacaffeinate

      I am so excited to hear you are enjoying the Walled City. 🙂 hehe..sorry about the financial burden..I read/listened to some awesome books in December and have been slamming ya all with them this month.