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- File Size : 3108 KB
- Publication Date : April 5, 2017
- Print Length : 722 pages
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : Legion Books (April 5, 2017)
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- ASIN : B06Y382BHS
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- Language: : English
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- Best Sellers Rank: #1,872 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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"Pandemic" starts out being a procedural on investigating epidemics. We get a little bit of mystery with Desmund's arc, but it largely sticks with the scientists. Then the story starts delving deeply into Desmund's backstory. It all but abandons the scientists and beers into the thriller aspects. Neither is terribly written, it just feels like we wasted our time getting invested in the medical staff. If this book would have shaved off 200 pages and focused one one or the other, it would have been a lot better.
As far as the ending goes, I have to say that I also preferred "Inferno" over this book. The "solution" in that book was much more elegant. It handles one major aspect of humanity permanently. "Pandemic" was very convoluted and required too many moving parts.
The author is, for the most part, well-written, apart from the overuse of the word, that, and close to 500 metaphorical phrases, which are about 500 metaphorical phrases too many, accounting for much of his word and page count. I won't purchase more books from this author.
WHAT I LIKED MOST
• The development of the main character, Desmond — seeing both sides of him from a young age and having to guess at what role he played in the whole thing. The memory aspect was pretty ingenious.
• The overall plot and scenario — I don't know how many thrillers / suspense novels about epidemics or pandemics there are out there but this was my first forray into the topic and I feel it is both relevant in the times we live and interesting generally. You could tell in places the author did his homework; the details didn't feel fudged.
• The storyline for the African doctor, Kibet. I'm glad the story didn't leave him behind as the activities in Africa became secondary. He is interesting.
• The fact that the author obviously did some homework on how the CDC operates and on some real-world diseases and their impact. Made it a lot more authentic.
• In the first maybe 100 pages of the book, characters' hair color / qualities were described a lot and in Peyton's case, the color changed back and forth 4 or 5 times. First brown, then black, then dark brown, then black again, then brown again. lol I attribute this more to the editor of the book than the author — they should've caught it, synced a couple and and removed a couple of the references to avoid the distraction.
MINOR CHARACTER / PLOT FLAWS
*** SPOILER ALERT ***
• The components of the Looking Glass (which I understand has to remain mysterious in its own right), were mentioned often in the second half of the book, with virtually no hint as to what role those components played / why they were important. Rook, Rendition, etc. While it's OK to leave readers in the dark initially to build suspense, towards the end of the book when clues and characters are coming together to paint a picture, I think more detail about what those inidividual pieces meant, would've been helpful.
• Too many characters back from the dead and/or doing the whole "not who you think they are" bit: Peyton's Dad, Peyton's Brother, Peyton's Mom. I find it hard to believe on some level, that for all those years she never suspected any of it nor was dropped any hint about it by anyone involved. It felt a little forced and a bit like a TV drama or something where they have to keep hitting you over the head with "mind blowing moments" to cover up the fact that half the actors can't act and the script writers can't write. Obviously that's not WHY it was done here (there are no actors and the author is quite talented at weaving a story and painting a picture), but I do feel like it was over the top. I also find it almost impossible to believe that her brother, once the island was captured and overrun by US military, would simply be allowed to leave unquestioned and go start a life in Australia.
• Unlike the Aftrican doctor, I felt like the continuation of Elliot's story in Atlanta left something to be desired. Maybe it lacked a thematic focus or — not sure. I actually would've preferred that part of the story be told from the perspective of someone totally unconnected to the CDC or the people involved in all things Looking Glass. Like John and Jane Q Public and their kid and their dog... some type of terrors or tribulations they had to go through, somewhere not so lucky where there's no Georgia Dome or CDC, more chaos maybe. People panicking and turning on their neighbors, etc (which I believe would happen in real life in many places).
I love a good medical thriller but even with the cliffhanger ending I can't bring myself to wade thru the second book.
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A note on the research. Many of the reviews so far praise the research that went into writing the book. I can't quibble with the idea that it was researched. That said, there are two types of bad research in a novel. The first is where the research isn't done or the facts are wrong. The other, which the author is guilty of in spades in this book, is showing the reader how proud he is of all his research by shoe-horning every single fact he could find out about every single subject into the text. So in Pandemic, when a character walks into a park, we're told that at 520 acres it's Berlin's oldest park and one of the biggest urban parks in Germany. This has no bearing on anything in the story or any of the characters. When a character approaches the Brandenburg Gate we get told "The gate had been constructed in the 1780s by Frederick William II, the king of Prussia..." And then we get a couple of pages of the sort of dry history that you'd read in a second rate guidebook. When a bio-weapons lab crops up in the story things get even lazier and the author just lifts information from the lab's Wikipedia page. Which makes the book read just like a Wikipedia page. Research should be transparent. The research in Pandemic just distracts you from the story.
The dialog is at times so wooden you could get splinters from it. After watching an emotive video of his dead son, one character says "Yes, it was indeed bittersweet to watch. Thank you for showing us the video." It reminded my of the old Billy the Fish comic strip where the football team's plane explodes in mid-air and as the team manager is plummeting to the earth, he says "Well that certainly puts the cat amongst the pigeons as far as this week's team selection is concerned."
I have a rule that I don't award a book 1 star if I managed to finish it. I finished Pandemic, so it gets 2 stars. It would have got 3 if an editor had been employed to cut 200 pages out of it and it avoided all the pointless digressions.
First, the good stuff. Well, the depth and level of research absolutely shines through and, in a book as centered on science as this is, that's important. The scenes of dealing with a horrendous global pandemic ring with authenticity and make for gripping reading. The literary device of having a main character with no memory is intriguing at first but gets a bit wearing later on. The pace of the story is fast enough to carry the reader along and make "just one more page" an easy decision.
So what went wrong? Well, by the middle of the book, the reader is keeping track of a growing crowd of main and secondary characters, all of whom are connected in one way or another. But as the book reaches its last 20%, the connections between these characters and their part in this global story begins to not only become apparent but also gets more and more unlikely, requiring a real suspension of belief. There's also a not unusual Americanisation that creeps in, by which I mean that there is a sense that everything in the world is either done by Americans or is because of America. So every single individual involved in this global plot, spanning decades, is, in some way American.
There is one glitch that really made me smile. When the Kevin Costner film 'Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves' hit the screen, to less than entire praise from critics, one grumble was that Robin / Kevin arrives at the white cliffs of Dover, sets off walking and, a couple of hours later, reaches Nottingham. Obviously, the screen writers had little concept of the distance between the south coast and Nottingham. Similarly, in Pandemic, the group of heroes is is the Shetland Isles, just a long spit from the Arctic Circle but they get into their propeller-driven aircraft and, half a page later, are landing in southern Australia. So that's, literally, half way around the world in a trice and all without stopping or refueling.
The main character is left incarcerated at the end of the book, setting up the next book neatly.Despite my grumbles, I'll almost certainly buy the second book, just to see how it all ends.
I read anything and everything, especially history and scientific.
This book falls into the scientific but to some degree much of the pandemics spread can be explained in history.
The book takes a lot of reading / plodding along before it starts to take an interesting slant.
If you have ever read a book with Ebola and similar, it will cover most of this book.
The guy being set up as hero, fall guy. The good looking female doctor torn between dedication and loins or family. The hint of bad guys and conspiracy theorists will sit up.
The victims dying slow and hard unless lucky.
It’s all in here but nothing that stands out as a page turner.
Slow steady dialogue which does little to stretch an imagination. I have plodded through and am more or less committed to the next book but unless it improves substantially I shall write off a series as a lost cause.
Hold fire (minor spoilers ahead). About 2/3 of the way through the book it falls into silliness. Why can't we just have a great book or set of books about a pandemic and the efforts to stop it. Why add in all the rubbish about ancient societies and everyone's relatives having met everyone else's relatives? Why dive into a manic and confusing zig-zag across the world where you begin to stop caring about where they are this time and which secondary character has popped up again.
I nearly made it to the end but jumped ship with a few chapters to go as it was becoming a chore rather than something to look forward to.