- Paperback: 232 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (May 28, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1533322384
- ISBN-13: 978-1533322388
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,107,124 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Louis P. Kicha is a retired dentist living near Melbourne, Florida with his wife, Fern and four cats. He graduated from Georgetown University Dental School and has a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Alabama-Birmingham. His interests include writing, flying, gardening and scuba diving. This is his first novel.
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Andromeda Strain. And that is no hype, kidz. This novel takes an ecological disaster, couples it with bureaucratic indifference and the current political landscape and pulls it all together in a taut, suspenseful thriller. An outer space anomaly coupled with an ecological catastrophe and governments worldwide turning their head because it is not "on the order' of their constituents equals a massive cataclysmal event in which no one may recover.
The novel is fast paced and as some scientists realize there is something terribly wrong. Fortunately for the reader, Kicha does not overload the reader with scientific gobbly-gook and it is a fascinating read. I truly was on the edge of my seat until the very end.
This was Kicha's
first novel an I am excited to see what else he has in store. Grab this baby up for your beach reading while you still can. Good things are in store.
Review by Mark Dirga
It’s a Movie!
That’s the thought that entered my mind after reading the first few pages. Like some of the most exciting cinematic thrillers, the opening scene, which describes the “Initial Event”, stimulates curiosity. I wanted to know more. What exactly is it? What threat does it pose? What is the solution
and who is the hero? Those are the questions that kept the pages turning.
As the “villain” is established in the beginning of the novel, no spoiler alert is necessary. The antagonist is not human. That in itself makes the story refreshingly compelling. Things can happen. Some within our control and some not. Do we have the knowledge, technology and will to defeat the threat? You won’t want to stop reading until you find the answers.
The author taught me things I didn’t know. I learned some biology, some oceanography and some geography. I learned of a natural wonder that I didn’t know existed. And, I learned a little more about government bureaucracy and its dangerously slow reaction time.
However, the book comes with a degree of frustration. For such a well thought-out read, Mr. Kicha, as with any author, could have used the help of a professional editor. It’s easy for a writer to get lost in his own work and forget that readers vary in knowledge and life experience. At times, there’s a sense that Louis is making it clear that he’s smart; in a “Professor” sort of way. The timing of some information could have been softened by lighter and more familiar scenes wrapped around them.
Technically, the read could have been made smoother and more comfortable with the use of contractions in the dialog. They’re there, but not used consistently. And for me, given the gravity of the threat to mankind, the use of expletives would have been expected and appreciated. There’s a sense that Louis is cautious in offending the reader; which doesn’t seem to fit. Also, some overlooked redundancies need to be corrected.
Moreover, I can’t get the story out of my head. It’s important and timely. I’ve read hundreds of books and this is one that will stick with me. The ending is shocking yet meaningful. It’ll make you pause and shudder.
In many ways, this work would make a better movie than a book. I can easily imagine this story on the big screen, with the audience quiet and motionless as the credits roll. Maybe even some tears. For that to happen, the writing needs some technical assistance. That’s what it’ll take to attract more readers. It would be a shame for this brilliant work to be abandoned due to easily ironed wrinkles.
My conclusion is simple: “Screenplay!” I’ll be first in line at the box office.