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Decontamination Paperback – October 7, 2011
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This Mystery novel is targeted especially to people who want to read a thriller that does not include anything too harsh, too violent, or too vulgar, yet that want to be stimulated as they turn the pages. I was able to suspend disbelief quite effectively.
What was the Amazon Rank on the date this review was published? 12,317 among free books.
Is this a book that I can read without having to read others first? Yes, this if the first in the series.
Are there a lot of typos/misspellings, grammatical errors or other editing failures? No.
Is this a fast, easy read or is it more of a leisure read? At 327 pages this is more of a leisure read, but reads fast for the number of pages.
What sort of language does this writer use to amplify the points made? Adult English, but the profanity is not excessive. Three f-bombs, and only about a dozen or so swear words. Note that the author resides in the UK so there will be the occasional term that might not be understood in the manner intended by the author, unless your familiar with such subtle differences.
My biggest pleasure or disappointment was? Decontamination was a better written story, especially in regards to description and dialogue, than I had expected.
I’ve included a small excerpt below, so readers can peruse the style of presentation utilized by the author.
Amiti moved and knelt before him, her knees between his feet and her hands on his knees, looking straight into his eyes.
“Still, I’d be happier if you found another job.”
He cupped her face in his hands as he returned the gaze.
“And I’d be happier if you did.”
“I think it’s too late for that. I think the only way I’m going to be safe now is if I take them down.”
He leaned forward and brushed her lips gently with his, then pulled her face towards him for a deeper kiss. His mouth pressed down hard on hers, and his tongue pushed into her mouth in a display of rising passion. One hand moved round to the back of her neck, under her hair and the other slid down over her shoulder, cupping the side of her breast.
She allowed her mouth to part, offering no resistance, though she was unable to summon any matching desire. She feared when he pulled away from her it was because he’d noticed her lack of enthusiasm, but he held a finger to his lips and cocked his head on one side.
“What was that?”
Amiti hadn’t heard anything and shrugged her shoulders. Then they stared at each other, their eyes widening and mouths dropping open. The clear tinkle of breaking glass could be heard through the length of the narrow terraced house. Someone was breaking in the back door.
“Get out of here, now.”
Simon pushed her roughly away and she fell on her backside. She opened her mouth to argue, but Simon was on his feet. Grabbing her shoes and coat, he put them in her hands.
“Just get away from here.”
Her rising panic was matched in his voice and she slipped her shoes back on. She struggled with the ankle straps as she hopped to the front door he’d run to hold open for her.
He gave her arm a quick squeeze, and then shoved her roughly out the front door, slamming it behind her and leaving her bewildered on the steps. With a quick shake of her head, Amiti gathered her senses and ran down the road to her car. She fumbled for the keys. Her hands shook as she pressed the central locking button and pulled open the door. Throwing her coat over the drivers’ seat into the back, she climbed in and tried to start the engine.
Her hands shook as she made several attempts to get the key in the ignition. All the time her eyes were darting to the rear view mirror, watching for the front door to open. She realised she was holding her breath and forced herself to breathe out, gasped in a steadying lungful. Getting the key home and turning it until the engine caught and sprang to life; she grasped the wheel for the second time that day and tried to focus her mind.
Seymour, S Gail (2011-10-12). Decontamination: Clean Up? Cover Up? An Eco Conspiracy Thriller Novel (Rogue Science Book 1) (pp. 96-97). Howson Books. Kindle Edition.
Decontamination is a very solid thriller that one might expect from Stephen King if he decided to write for the people who go to church on a regular basis. What I mean by this, is it will appeal to the same mind that love King’s stories, but who flinch at the language or description of graphic scenes the Master of Horror and Suspense includes in his novels.
I am rating it as a 4-1/2 star novel. As a free download, this is a must-read.
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This book was captivating from the first page. The author is skilled at lyrical description, but even that just provides a backdrop for the suspenseful action, which kickstarts itself in just the third paragraph, and doesn't stop. In some ways, I would classify this novel in the thriller genre: my heart leapt into my throat right away and I was fairly literally on the edge of my seat. Like the really excellent thrillers, this novel contains those unexpected twists, sudden revelations, and taut details that make the reader shout for more.
From the commencement a stunning conundrum is proposed:
Why should a young man, a University student whose focus is the ecology of wildlife pursuant to a major flooding, be stalked and hunted down, then murdered? What could such a quiet, civil, studious, individual have done, or have found out, to warrant his violent death? Obituary writer Matthew Kasey becomes intrigued-the pieces just do not cohere-and the reader is right along beside him, demanding to know "why? Who? What?"
Matt well remembers the Toll Bar Floods of 2007, which had nearly reached his home, and whose consequences the dead young man had reportedly studied. Long-term health effects had been noticed in the displaced residents, so it stood to reason that the local fauna (and flora) would have been effected as well. But facts are facts, are they not? And hardly reason to kill anybody. The puzzling increases and readers will be enraptured, waiting to discover any potential outcome. I know I was-and planning a definite reread of this novel as well.
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