The beginning ...
IN THE YEAR 2005, geneticists discovered the human gene that controlled both innate and learned forms of fear. It was called Strathmin, or Oncoprotein 18. Within fifteen years, genetic influencers for all primary emotions were similarly identified.
Nearly a decade later, in the wake of catastrophic war that destroyed much of civilization, humanity vowed to forsake all that had conspired to destroy it. Out of the ashes rose a new world in which both the advanced technologies and the passionate emotions that led to its ruin were eliminated. A world without hatred, without malice, without sorrow, without anger.
The only emotion genetically allowed to survive was fear.
For 480 years, perfect peace has reigned. Until now . . .
This is an excerpt from FORBIDDEN by Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee. Copyright © 2011 by Ted Dekker. Reprinted by permission of Center Street. All rights reserved. gene