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Fragment: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Warren Fahy
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Aboard a long-range research vessel, in the vast reaches of the South Pacific, the cast and crew of the reality show Sealife believe they have found a ratings bonanza. For a director dying for drama, a distress call from Henders Island—a mere blip on any radar—might be just the ticket. Until the first scientist sets foot on Henders—and the ultimate test of survival begins.

For when they reach the island’s shores, the scientists are utterly unprepared for what they find—creatures unlike any ever recorded in natural history. This is not a lost world frozen in time; this is Earth as it might have looked after evolving on a separate path for half a billion yearsa fragment of a lost continent, with an ecosystem that could topple ours like a house of cards.

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Starred Review. Fahy's imaginative debut puts a fresh spin on the survival-of-prehistoric-beasts theme popularized by Jurassic Park. When members of the cable reality show SeaLife, aboard a ship in the South Pacific, respond to a distress beacon from Henders Island, several of the show's scientists wind up slaughtered by bizarre animals on the remote island. In response, the U.S. government blockades Henders Island to contain the serious biothreat its unique fauna could pose to humanity. The ship's botanist, Nell Duckworth, joins the investigative team, which quickly finds that arthropods on the island have evolved into sophisticated and ferocious life forms. Particularly memorable and frightening are the creatures Nell dubs spigers, which have eight legs and are twice the size of a Bengal tiger. Exciting debates on topics like the role of sexual reproduction in the development of life on Earth provide a sound scientific background. (June)
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“Fahy’s imaginative debut puts a fresh spin on the survival-of-prehistoric-beasts theme popularized by Jurassic Park.”Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Fast-paced action adventure with a speculative scientific edge…this debut thriller effectively combines bone-chomping, blood-spurting action-adventure mayhem with intriguing (if improbable) scientific speculation.”—Library Journal

“A perfect read for poolside this summer…Fragment closely follows the patented Michael Crichton style.”—Booklist

“Showcases the talents of a new novelist with a flair for forward-charging narrative. The details seem brilliantly researched, and the observations could be those of a sharp-minded student of biology.”—Dallas Morning News

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  • File Size: 2192 KB
  • Print Length: 530 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press (June 16, 2009)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002CCNA06
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95 of 107 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Where have you been all my life, Warren Fahy? April 27, 2009
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It is hard to find the words to express how much I enjoyed this novel. Arguably it has flaws. I don't care; I LOVED it! Here's hoping this inventive debut is the first of many, many best-sellers from Mr. Fahy!

After a couple of prologues, Fragment opens with an American research ship coming to remote, unexplored Henders Island. The Trident, actually the setting for a semi-educational reality television show, had planned to bypass tiny Henders when an emergency beacon coming from the island turned it around. Botanist Nell Duckworth gets separated from the rest of the landing party when she spies some highly unusual plant life on the beach. The others move on, inland to the jungle. Nothing is like anything these scientists and crew members have ever seen before, and they're broadcasting live as they go. Within steps, all hell breaks lose. There are screams. Cameras drop. There is confusion everywhere. The network breaks the feed. Back stateside and around the world the debate begins: Did you see Sealife? Was that a hoax?

Only one cameraman makes it back to the beach, chased by enormous, eight-legged, red-furred monsters. To Nell, they look like spiders crossed with tigers--spigers. She and Zero, the cameraman, barely escape with their lives. Cut to a few days later... The United States Navy has warships ringing the island. There is a complete media blackout. Agencies ranging from NASA to the U.S. Army have been brought in to get a team of scientists safely onto Henders to study this island ecosystem which diverged from our own evolutionary path more than 250 million years ago.

Does that sound far-fetched to you? If Fahy has a strength, it's taking real science and using it to make the most implausible of plots utterly believable.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sit back, relax and enjoy the ride... June 23, 2009
What a wild ride of a book! The action begins on a ship, the Trident, which has been chartered by the producer of a reality show called SeaLife. It features a cast of young twenty-something scientists including Nell Duckworth, who wanted to be on the show in the hope of exploring the ecosystem of a mysterious island known as Henders Island out in the middle of the Pacific. She gets her wish as the ship picks up a distress signal from an EPIRB and the captain is asked to go to try to give assistance. All of this, of course, is being filmed. As they get to the island, the cast and a cameraman make their way up to the top, and, as the cameras are rolling, something awful and incredible happens. The footage that is viewed all around the world sparks an incredible controversy around whether or not the whole thing was a hoax. Our government, however, has to see for itself, and only days later Nell and a team of specially-picked scientists are landed on top of the island in vehicles and a lab specially built for NASA. What they discover could alter the course of our world as we know it. I will not, absolutely not, say anything more, because it will kill the suspense for anyone else who might want to read it.

There is a lot of nonstop action in this book, and once I started it, I literally could not put it down. The suspense keeps you going until the end. The characters are a bit stereotypical -- the producer, who doesn't care about anything else but getting the footage, the quirky scientist, the fame-grabbing, pop-culture, vengeful toad of a pseudo-scientist who knows if word gets out about the truth of the island it's all over for his career -- but it's the author's first novel so you can make allowances.
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful
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The idea of a lost island that has been left untouched by the rest of earth for billions of years is what drew me to this book in the first place. I was hoping that it wouldn't be another Jurassic Park -- and it wasn't.

"Fragment" doesn't take long to get the action started and once it starts it doesn't really stop. Suspense hangs over every chapter and there is an urgent dark foreboding that makes the story feel like a countdown to very bad things to come. I was hooked.

Fahy does a pretty good job of explaining the science by weaving it into the story, though there were a few times when I felt like there was a little too much scientific explanation when I really just wanted to see what was going to happen next. I did, however, love that Fahy doesn't leave unexplained plot holes. Things that didn't quite make sense or seemed too coincidental at first were explained later on, putting to rest a few nagging questions I had (such as how an island like this could go unnoticed and unexplored for so long given satellite technology).

This is a great book and I think fans of Michael Crichton's work will like Warren Fahy's work. I'm anxious to see what he has in store for us next.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Okay, this blew me away... June 27, 2009
I read all the reviews and thought, "well, okay, this looks like a pretty good summer book".
Huh...I couldn't put it down (not to sound too cliche). I thoroughly enjoyed this and actually laughed out loud once or twice. It's not a preachy book, most of the characters are likeable, the premise seems possible and is handled with skill.
My only long do I have to wait for another book by this man?
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5.0 out of 5 stars This was an excellent book. I loved how fast paced the story ...
This was an excellent book. I loved how fast paced the story was. However, what impressed me the most was the creatures in the story. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Jordan Hix
5.0 out of 5 stars The ULTIMATE Lost Island
In my opinion, this is the ULTIMATE in the "Lost Island" concept. The lifeforms Fahy has created are brilliant--the drawings are a real bonus. Marvelous characterization also. Read more
Published 2 months ago by L. A. Veronie II
5.0 out of 5 stars This was a great action packed book with intelligent characters
This was a great action packed book with intelligent characters, both good and evil, and an incredibly original premise. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Deep Think
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, exciting combination of action
Excellent, exciting combination of action, horror, and biological science.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Action-Packed Thriller!
I cannot recommend this book enough!! I listened to this as an audiobook, but I am buying the book, too! Read more
Published 3 months ago by maria2222
3.0 out of 5 stars OK But Nothing To Write Home About
Good writing style but the storyline doesn't quite live up to its promise. An OK read.
Published 3 months ago by ReaderLee
5.0 out of 5 stars Wildly entertaining
Hard to put down. A wild ride!
Published 3 months ago by robert garcia
5.0 out of 5 stars Who needs sleep...
This book was so much fun from start to finish that I could not put it down! The story started out with a floating reality show stopping by an uninhabited island, and it launches... Read more
Published 3 months ago by fsucarter
5.0 out of 5 stars smart
Unlike anything else I have read. It is interesting and thrilling. i have recommende it to friends. Jurassic Park meets Swiss Family Robinson.
Published 4 months ago by Dawn J. Leeds
5.0 out of 5 stars From "The Horror Fiction Review"
I was planning to have a more productive weekend. I spent most of Saturday reading this book instead. And, as the meme-cat says, I REGRET NUFFIN’. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Christine
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New York Times bestselling author WARREN FAHY was a bookseller, editor, database designer, lead writer for Rock Star Games' Red Dead Revolver and WowWee Robotics. He also helped get the word "mullet" into the Oxford English Dictionary. His first novel, the science thriller FRAGMENT, was nominated for a BSFA and an International Thriller Award and is published in 19 languages, including Braille and, in 2014, an edition for mainland China. The sequel, PANDEMONIUM, is now available along with his epic fantasy, CRIMSON, and the dystopian young adult thriller, ESCAPING AMERICA. Watch for new chapters of his new gumshoe space opera series, THEY CALL ME THE FLEA.

FANGORIA on FRAGMENT: "I haven't had this much fun reading a science/adventure thriller since Jurassic Park. For the last half I was frozen in place-I couldn't move, couldn't talk. I even teared up a couple of times in pure joy. It took hours for the adrenaline to wear off."

James Rollins on PANDEMONIUM: "Pandemonium is pure genius, an otherworldly wonder as creative as the best of Jules Verne. Here is riveting scientific speculation paired with bravado storytelling."

Read about the science behind Fragment and Pandemonium:

Rick Kleffel and Alan Cheuse of NPR review Pandemonium:

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