- File Size: 1647 KB
- Print Length: 317 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: B0851MLSK4
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Steel Magnolia Press (January 7, 2014)
- Publication Date: January 7, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005K4W0QS
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #636,622 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
SECTOR C Kindle Edition
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The two join forces and learn that the illness affecting the animals and humans are one and the same. But what can cross species lines like this?
The first half of the book is taken up with this mystery as the pair try to track down what is going on, eventually finding patient zero in a most unexpected place. In the meantime, the illness becomes a pandemic that threatens extinction across the globe.
I really enjoyed the book but it is marred by an abrupt and unsatisfactory conclusion. It’s as if the author had no idea how to conclude the story so she just stopped.
Those "fixes" are, in my opinion:
-Close the storylines! Too many small characters in the story just disappeared or seemed to have real impact and then vanished.
-Set the Ending! It's perfectly okay to have an ending where the reader can flesh out the impacts in their own mind but the scene for that has to be set so that the direction is one they confidently take, even when there are a variety of directions. In this case, we didn't have enough information to set those scenes for ourselves, one way or another.
-Don't tweak what the various aphabet agencies actually do! Too many people are very aware, or at least knowledgable enough, about what the various agencies do and how they do it for there to be too much deviation from that. CDC has a set and very reliable pattern of investigation and given the unique and very bounded set of initial victims, they would have zeroed in Triple E very, very quickly.
All that said, I really did like the story. I know, it doesn't sound like that, but I did. Taking the human desire to constantly push boundaries and combining it with the overwhelming hubris of some of the very successful does (and probably will) create situations where places like this crop up. After all, it isn't old news that if you have enough money, you can go places in the world and eat an animal that may be just 1 of a hundred left in the world. Or smuggle in something vanishingly rare as a house pet. Or have your favority hunting dog cloned. It happens.
This story takes all that into a believable near future where it's been done but brings with it the disease that killed them off in the first place. And now, it's spreading to us and all the mammals around us with devastating consequences.
The protagonist in the story, a veterinarian by trade for the large animals of a rural setting, is a sympathetic one that most readers will be able to well relate to. Such a job is a pretty hard one, particularly when many of your patients are at least partially related to the food trade. This character walks that line believably and most intelligent people will easily relate to her. And her dog was a great addition.
As for the disease itself, I did have a bit of trouble wrapping my mind around it. Prion diseases are, by their very nature, complicated and difficult to really grasp well because they behave differently. After all, it isn't something bad but rather a change in something that is entirely natural so we might think of it almost like cancer to understand it as laymen. Yet it is also contagious, which does not fit that paradigm and makes us think of bacteria or a virus. In that respect, it can take a bit of work to understand the medical aspects of this or simply not accept it and enjoy the story less. It is, as far as I can tell, a very inventive take on the issue of prion diseases and the cross-species barrier breakdown.
Overall, I enjoyed the book but would heartily recommend to the writer that they take another turn at wrapping up those loose ends and provide better guidance at the end.
I finished the book and liked it. BUT, there are problems. In general I didn't mind the dropped story lines. That's the way life often is.
The science of protein folding and prions as "explained" is not correct, so far as I understand the subject. But only a few readers will notice or care. Virus, badly formed protein, what's the difference? It doesn't matter in the story line.
Yes, it was a bit "talky", but that greatly helped the character development in my opinion.
Recreating extinct animals is an old topic in SiFi, since Jurassic Park. This treatment was very light on the science but so what? I sure wouldn't understand any more depth. Few would. Best to leave it fuzzy.
The language usage and editing was well done. Sullivan is an actual writer. Always nice to run into with indie authors :-)
All in all, a decent story. I would read other work by the author.
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I don't know how accurate the science behind this plot is but the consept is scary.
What if this could happen just by an accident in a lab somewhere.
Adding extra beasts was for me a bit of an over kill ( excuse the pun )The plot could have ran along without these.
Therefore 4 not 5 stars.
Raises some interesting questions about science and animal welfare.
The two centre characters are well balanced - one being a vet, the other a medical professional - which prevents the book from being too one-sided. Other characters include animal rights activist, scientists, the corporate CEO, farmers. It gives the book a well-rounded feel.
Also portrays the devastion that the various farmers face during such outbreaks.
Great book, I wont spoil the twist, but I thought it was a really novel (bad pun) way to introduce a virus, and although perhaps far-fetched, the author dealt with it in a totally believable way.
Downside? None really....its not a life changing novel....more entertaining and diverting than thought inspiring. I did find myself reading it at every opportunity though...
Great characters, well written, enjoyable