SECTOR C Kindle Edition
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"With such a wild hypothesis at its core, the action in this book could have been ramped up right out of the realm of believability. A restrained hand makes the crisis not only plausible, you'll be watching the news certain that it's inevitable."
"Don't expect a pulse-pounding adventure beginning to end. But brain-pounding? If there was an 'intelligent thriller' category, SECTOR C would be in the top 10. It's one ah-ha moment after another."
- ASIN : B005K4W0QS
- Publisher : Steel Magnolia Press (January 7, 2014)
- Publication date : January 7, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 1647 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 317 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #656,615 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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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.
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.
In comparison to some other books I have read recently, I have to say it was refreshing to read smart people acting smart. Now I have plenty to grouse about, in particular when smart people suddenly do something so incredibly stupid that the only explanation is the author had reached and impasse and to move the story in the direction she wanted she had to have them be idiots... but I digress.
A few minor points: I do not believe the CDC sends out individuals, ever (they send teams) - and if they did it would not be a statistician with no medical and limited field experience. Prion diseases are certainly real, but I am really suspicious of this ones scope and speed (doesn't quite track, but its fiction and here I know I am nit-picking).
To the good: the Vet comes across very nicely and the animals are portrayed quite realistically (the predators are attracted to humans not because they think to eat the humans but because they equate humans with feeding time and treats)
The main point - Chapter 40 begins with our intrepid hero demanding access to the evil-doers lair, and when they are rebuffed (as they knew they would be as the hero had visited once before and been told in no uncertain terms to have a warrant next time) they threaten to call in backup (emphasis - THREATEN). The bluff works but they are required to surrender their telephones and recording devices (Which the dumb-arses DO!). They then have the audacity to be surprised when the 2D Corporate scumbag tosses them into a closet and uses them as guinea pigs for their experimental cure.
I fear that cost the book a star.
The only other major complaints was the obligatory "We humans are short-sighted prigs" speech given by our hero (I would have loved for they feisty Veterinarian to slap his fool face for that) and the forced physical/romantic relationship between our hero and heroine.
I the end, it was a good book - 3 Solid Stars!
Addendum - I have skimmed some other reviews and they pointed out errors I forgot to mention such as:
The President does not have the authority to call out the National Guard. That is the purview of the state Governors.
The Guard does not wear dress uniforms in the field.
There is no such rank as a brigadier colonel.
To defend the book from some other complaints I have to say the government's actions are reasonable and consistent, if harsh. Killing all the livestock and then all of the pets makes sense. I dont like it, but it IS logical.
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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.