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Length: 346 pages Word Wise: Enabled

Falling Angel by William Hjortsberg
Falling Angel by William Hjortsberg
Big-band singer Johnny Favorite has remained in a persistent vegetative state ever since he was injured while entertaining troops during the Second World War: Private investigator Harry Angel is hired to find him and when Angel begins to search, things begin to get very strange. Learn more | See similar titles

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  • File Size: 709 KB
  • Print Length: 346 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1611791197
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Kensington (September 13, 2010)
  • Publication Date: September 13, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0042X9AFM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,492 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful By lilguysmom on June 6, 2011
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The premise of this book is intriguing. However, the extremely graphic foul language really detracted from the story. I really wanted to read this book to see how it all played out but the poor editing, foul language etc. just continued to get in the way. I ended up deleting it from my Kindle. Glad I didn't have to pay for it. What a disappointment.
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39 of 44 people found the following review helpful By E. J. on February 7, 2011
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If you are curious about stem cell or any medical sort of research put in a thriller form, this is a nice book to read. It is thought-provoking about the responsibilities related to that type of research. The bar for a book like that is high because the general subject has been explored before, and Syndrome doesn't quite get up there for me. Like other reviewers, I felt the heros, unlike most reasonable people, make the "right" mistakes and avoid sounding an alarm just so the plot can happen. I was also a bit annoyed about the internal monologues throughout the book but I understand the importance of introspection. I just wish there was more "showing by doing" rather than by telling how one felt.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By NaNa Na NaNa on June 2, 2011
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This book has so many typo's I couldn't finish it. There are places where the author clearly meant to expand on an idea and placed etc or just left it hanging. It needs a new editor and another read through (or two) before I will give this book another chance.
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36 of 41 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 28, 2003
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I was hooked by the plot line involving the latest stem cell technology and that's what kept me turning the pages. The author seems to be a little too concerned about dropping trade names, form Toyota to Science Diet, but clearly he knows his way around this science. The book underlines the promise of the technology but also the ethical dilemmas.
I was a little bit annoyed by all of the convenient coincidences required to keep the plot moving.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Erin on August 31, 2011
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This was a free kindle download so my hopes weren't necessarily that high, but I still didn't like this book. I started reading this book three months ago and at some point stopped reading it and never started again so it's probably safe to say I'm just not going to finish reading it.

My main issue with this book is that the science is just so terrible. Hoover didn't change things enough to make the the science futuristic or alien so I couldn't even read it like science fiction; I did try really hard though. I tried to pretend that when he was talking about stem cells that he was actually talking about some mysterious future research, but I couldn't do it. I just graduated college with a degree that allowed me to spend quite a bit of time studying stem cells, and reading the science in this book just hurt it was so bad. No one with knowledge of stem cells even in 2003 should have looked at this book and thought it was good.

Maybe readers who don't know anything (or know very little) about stem cells can read this book and enjoy it. If you do know anything about stem cells though I would recommend steering clear.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By read-anything on October 22, 2011
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I managed to struggle to read 3% of this book and then gave up. I was genuinely interested in the subject and will give most books a good go. But I got so fed up with words being hyphenated mid-sentence (and mid-page) that I could not follow the story line.

A little like this: I man-aged to stru-ggle to read 3% of this book and then gave up. I was gen-uinely interes-ted in the sub-ject and will give most books a good go. But I got so fed up with words being hyphen-ated mid-sen-tence that I could not foll-ow the story line.

Would love to see this with some editing to sort out the gremlins.....
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Lee Fleming on December 17, 2011
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First, the bad hyphenation in the Kindle edition makes this book maddening to read. Lazy, lazy, lazy production -- he chose speed over getting it right.

Second, Karen's aortic stenosis would have resulted in an aortic valve transplant years before the defect became life threatening. My husband has had two, so I know what I'm talking about. If Hoover got that wrong, why would I trust any of his medicine or science?

But mainly I think the book crapped out on the ending. It wasn't good enough for me to even consider reading a sequel, so the teasers were just irritating.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Ted Mozer on September 16, 2011
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Read the free Kindle version. I like free. However, my time is worth something. I felt the book was so bad I should be compensated for my time reading it. The story line was poor, the characters weak and the spelling, grammar and text formatting terrible. Was this created on a manual typewritter and scanned to digital?
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