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About the Author
A.G. Riddle's debut novel, The Atlantis Gene, became a global phenomenon. It is the first novel in a trilogy that has sold over two million copies, has been translated into 19 languages, and is in development to become a major motion picture. His fourth novel, Departure, follows a group of survivors of a plane crash who find themselves in a changed world. After A.G. Riddle self-published the novel, HarperVoyager (an imprint of HarperCollins) acquired it and published it in hardcover and paperback. His latest novel, PANDEMIC, follows a team of researchers investigating an outbreak that could alter the human race. Gerry grew up in a small town in North Carolina, graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill, and currently resides with his wife and daughter in Raleigh, North Carolina. Learn more at agriddle.com.
EDOARDO BALLERINI Edoardo Ballerini is best known for his on-screen work in The Sopranos, Boardwalk Empire and the indie hit Dinner Rush. He is also a frequent recorder of audiobooks. He lives in New York.
- ASIN : B06Y46QNHR
- Publisher : Legion Books (October 12, 2017)
- Publication date : October 12, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 3902 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 544 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,375 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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That being said, this book and this series in general have a few obvious flaws ***SPOILER ALERT***
1. While the character development is good and the dialogs also good compared to some other books in this genre, the (overall) story is needlessly long. With proper editing they could've easily knocked 50 pages off this book, and probably 150 off the first book. There are too many "forks in the road" and off-shoots which are not strictly necessary for the continuation of the plot or for the larger story to make sense. Perfect example being the amount of detail that went into describing Connor's "military adventure," as he tried to use his unconscious brother to help him through the labyrinth. I get that some of it is needed for the bad guys to find what they're looking for, but these chapters or "side-stories" were more drawn out than they needed to be. Why so many stops? Yes, it's a labyrinth, but no, you don't have to illustrate that literally, "turn by turn," one or two "stops" would've been plenty to drive the idea home.
2. Unlike in Pandemic where the act of a virus spreading across the world necessitates some globe-trotting, there is needless globe-trotting throughout this story. I got the impression the author was trying to James "Bondify" Hughes and ("Bond-villify") Yuri. Explore sunken sub with commandos, Harry Potter library at Oxford, ancient Spanish cave, swanky venture capitalist district in SF, on the way to Antarctica with a stop in Buenos Aires. OK. We get it. :) Literally taking us from one pole at the start of the story, to the other at the end, feels forced. An Antarctic adventure tourism business complete with semi-luxury hotel? GMAB. This story shoud've ended somewhere in the U.S. or S. America, based on the progressions and need for some geographical distance between story elements. The pole to pole thing was forced IMO.
3. Hughes was somewhat made less believable and human-like by virtue making him "Capt. Everything." Yes, he had a difficult past and made some bad decisions but that humanity gets overshadowed by making him a strange mix of Bruce Wayne, Batman, and Navy Seal. Part of what I liked about Pandemic is some of the main characters fighting the good fight were more or less regular people. Sure, some Bondification of a main character (like taking a CEO of a tech startup and making them good with a rifle because [insert unexpected life experience here]), makes for a fun read, but less is more in this regard. The whole "Super-Genius-Venture-Capitalist-Who-Fights-Like-Seal-Team-6" thing was too much at points. Why not make Hughes a former male dancer also, just in case we weren't sure he could pull off the Patrick Swayze thing too. ; ) Sometimes a capable but more ordinary person struggling through a bad situation, is more interesting than Capt. Everything.
4. There are side-character detours as well. Character development is good; it makes you care about the characters and either what they're doing next, but some characters do not need much development. Make it clear who they are, make it clear how the affect the plot right now, make that thing happen, move on. On some levels Avery is a good example of a character whose back-story and current interests could've been shortened without harming the plot or narrative. See also: we had a "forced love triangle" element to the story (because what else would you expectt from Capt. Everything. He's gotta have two beautiful, super-talented women who love him at the same time. Goes without saying, right? : )
She's definitely an important character but I felt like the author should've stuck to one love narrative or the other. Make a choice and develop it in a way that includes both characters but doesn't force the whole triangle thing — it gets in the way of the main plot. Nothing wrong with having them have some romantic history or random love-making or whatever but don't do the triangle thing unless it's the main point of the plot, like who he chooses will drastically change the ending and you can see what will happen but the suspense part is sticking around to see which ending you get. Not the case here.
5. Most important criticism for last... and I felt this way in the first book and still do at the end... the whole virus-nano-bot-rook-rapture-rendition-looking-glass dynamic was conceptually too complicated. Particuarly the parts involving computer technology and computer starup companies. Anything involving computers should've been morphed into one concept with one name. So the dynamic ends up being component 1 — the virus and nano-bots, but you don't know yet what the bots do. Carried into Story 2: component 2 — all the computer stuff rolled into one name or concept. You can be detailed in describing those concepts and weave them through story, but it would be way less distracting than the way it was done here. If a reader is 200 pages in and he/she has to wonder "wait, what was it that Rook did again... it was ___... no wait, that was Rapture.... or was it Rendition" — that's not good. All of the computer-focused elements should've had one name.
Carry that into component 3 - the looking glass (which ties in the quantum thing to the computer stuff). OK that's a triad that works. I can mentally track three conceptual frameworks through hundreds of pages of action and dialog. FIve or six is way too many. And on some level that fact number also felt like a needless attempt to make the technology seem mysterious or "Bondified."
ON A FINAL NOTE (a positive one), the good news is, despite the above-flaws, I don't regret buying these books because the parts of the story that mattered, were interesting and well-written. I prefer the first book to the second, but the second is necessary to finally understand what the heck all of this was for. People will debate the ending. I didn't understand what was meant by the Everest thing (had she travelled in time to a parallel universe where it was just like ours?), but on balance using the virus and pandemic to lead into this larger story about the universe and quantum realities, is pretty cool. Just wish the author had spent more time on the main course and wrapped this up quicker.
This one though, it took a week. I couldn't get through it. I know these are self-published, but I felt he need some help on this one. It seemed like I was reading a first draft of a book. It was all over the place. Back and forth between past and future in the same chapter. A lot could have been edited out (easily 100 pages) and added to the last book to simply make one long novel. I felt the ending was jammed together to get it finished on a deadline with no clear idea.
Very disappointed in the story line. The last book was clear, concise and on a mission. From my college microbiology class, the basics of a genome is the genetic material of an organism. The end of the story didn't tie it up with the genome. It was a computer based program that turned into an app from people's minds? People have been researching the evolution of man for this? This part of the story severely needed more time. I understand what he was trying to convey, but it wasn't there for me. Not at all. Wasted a week. Won't be reading any future work unless someone gives it to me.
Top reviews from other countries
I expect that you will have read book one of this two book series. If you have bought this and not read book one, you need to read the first to give this a chance.
If you have not bought this book and didn’t read the first, Chuck this one away and don’t bother with the first.
Reasons why. Book one jumps all over the place but provides all the back story for book two.
I read somewhere that it was to be published as one long book but publishers and the money men split it into a two book series.
The first, is by far the better book.
This, book two, is written in the same lack of flow, far fetched, full of conspiracy, plotting to take over the world, killing millions by remote manures, all for the greater good of mankind or a James Bond style super villain.
Ultimately the lack of flow in the story where everyone is up to their ears, future sci fi etc, conspiracy and murder. The involvement of pre ice age man, a good nazi exterminator, WW2 survivors. The tale is everywhere
Ultimately, some will love it, I personally really got nothing from it. I struggled to be bothered to read it hoping for a storyline which only, sort of half appears.
Without wishing to write any spoilers although the book was excellent the last sentence of the entire book, infact of the Epilogue left me a little meh.
If I hadn't read it I would likely have had it as 5 stars the reason being is that what that sentence says goes against the principle of the looking glass in my mind. But then I don't read into things as much as some and maybe I'm misinterpreting aspects of the story but certainly for me it somewhat ruined the ending
I am genuinely looking forward to reading the next story line. The quality of writing is consistently outstanding.
Interesting twist at the end and Lin is a great enigmatic character to be aware of. Read and enjoy, it's just that, escapism.