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Posted April 30, 2005
What a waste!
I have to agree with Kevin Brundage. This book totally STINKS! I intend to finish it since I have a rule that once I start a book, even a lousy one, I insist on finishing it but I gotta tell you, this one sure is a chore to wade through! I keep rereading chapters and pages thinking I've obviously missed something, then after rereading pages for the 3rd time I'm still lost! I'm over 3/4 of the way through the book and I still can't figure out what 'UTC' means/stands for! Every chapter is titled with the place and (I assume) the time of day coupled with 'UTC'. Guess I must be just plain stupid that I can't figure it out.....Uniform Time Code? I keep rereading the first 2 chapters sure that the meaning is explained there somewhere but I have yet to find it. By the way...if anyone can tell me what it means.....DO TELL! I'm not a fan for overly descriptive books but this one needs some major rewriting. Too much description in some parts and definitely not enough in others....and what descriptions there are, they're so convoluted you can't figure out what the character/scene really is thinking or what the author wants you to see. I have a terrific imagination and have NEVER had any trouble 'seeing' what an author was trying to depict.......until now. This is the first book of his I've read and I can definitely say it will be the last. I love technothrillers but this one is definitely not worthy of being in that class. The premise is a great idea but it's a real shame it wasn't handled by a real writer. It's way too choppy and he doesn't develop any of the characters so you really 'know' them. If the ratings allowed it, this one deserves a MINUS star. All in all.....a real waste of paper and ink.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 28, 2002
A 'Politically Correct' Thriller
There is no way to express the complete torture it was to try and finish this book. The only reason I completed it was I paid for it (online e-book) and I wanted to be able to post a review and only felt I owed it to the author to finish his work. I did finish, hoping for some miracle that it would change to a slightly acceptable level. But my hopes were dashed and it sunk to even deeper depths. The characters have no life to them at all. Reading the book, you never really develop a care for any of the characters. There is no personality. You get tons of insight into them. And that is extrememly frustrating. During the middle of a converstation, the author will go off on a three paragraph tangent explaining the thoughts and insights of what his character was thinking and why they were saying things. The author also has the habit of bringing the reader into the middle of a conversation and not explaining what was going on. You will spend more time trying to figure out what is going on instead of trying to enjoy the book. Reading the book is like trying to read a liberal's version of The Hunt for Red October. An aging hippie saves the world and becomes a scientific advisor for a black President and a female CIA director while taking care of a 10 year old Unix wizard who was the daughter of a eco-terrorist plant who died while trying to convince the world she did not know what was going on. The author shows all government characters as flawed, shallow, and self-motivated. However, the government can instantly pull out what is needed in the nick of time to suit the unbelievable plot. The first time we meet the villan of the story, she is having sex with someone. You do not even find out who she is till a couple of chapters later. All you know is she is some wacko tree hugger in a wheel chair that wants to have sex with all of her followers. The few attempts at plot twists or anti-climax are easy to see or just plain confusing. It is important not to tell the readers everything up front, but some intelligent insight is productive. The only salvation for this book is that it has an ending and no sequel.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 9, 2009
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