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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2005

    The story as a whole was well written, truly gripping and highly recommended.

    The book started with a strong medical theme, giving very graphic detail as to how the virus actually works while also introducing a lot of the characters. In chapter one, we meet the psychotic Doctor Kratskelau and are introduced to his colleagues from the beginning we learn that although these doctors should be working for the greater good, what they up to is very devious and evil. In the second chapter we are introduced to John and Ronit, Ronit being one the main characters of the book. By their introduction we see that they are not on very good terms bringing to light how the story will begin to unfold. John is described by Ronit in the beginning as being a flawless individual and charismatic gentleman - a great catch! Ronit was definitely in love with this man at the start, but throughout the second chapter it¿s brought to light that John abused drugs and his character began to change to being totally abusive and dictating. John¿s character in the book actually never showed any form of remorse for his actions, he was a man not used to rejection and found it difficult to come to terms with the fact that his girlfriend walked out on him, creating inside him this need for revenge. He becomes ultimately determined to find Ronit and carry through his threats, even through the story where John is wounded by his victim Gila, then is found by the janitor Avi, all through that time he never broke down, nor showed any form of emotion still he became even more determined to get revenge, giving no regard to the Avi who saved his life, still had it in him to kill him. I found that part unpredictable because cliché would have it as a life for a life, I enjoyed that little twist! As the story goes on, his hate for Ronit becomes stronger. John was a psychotic maniac, which was brought on by mass use of cocaine, creating a personality disorder, changing him from that athletic handsome boyfriend to a conceited, violent and abusive boyfriend, who found revenge because he couldn¿t handle rejection. As the book progresses more characters come into play such as Casey Rolf, who charmingly adds that `James Bond¿ theme to the book, sweeping Ronit off her feet. He is a character that adds mystery, but only reveals himself towards the end. One of the characters I enjoyed was Saeed he gave that ruthless killer impression, smart and cunning, playing the above average henchman to the doctors, being pro-active not only taking orders as his two little Englishmen, but adding danger and definitely action to some parts of the book. Dr Kratskelau is your typically clichéd mad scientist, ready to rule the world with some sick invention or scheme. But there is one little thing different about him, as most stories would reflect a character like him being driven by money or greed, his drive was interesting, it was fueled by passion to complete and take credibility, giving a sense of adoration to him by the reader but also showing that he is truly evil. The story as a whole was well written, truly gripping and highly recommended. Michael Bafatakis

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2005

    Condensed version of a potentially full length novel

    Great read, pity about it being so short, I was really getting into it and it was over before I could sink my teeth in. I wanted more action, more suspense and more of Chatz magic! Next time lucky perhaps...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2004

    Gripping story and lots of twists and turns!

    It's a pity that booksellers don't supply the New England Journal of Medicine with a copy of this novel, especially for chapter one! Once you get past the introduction however, it is a relentless action-adventure story worthy of the read. Rarely do I sit down with a book and read it from cover to cover, but with this one I did!

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