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Posted March 27, 2013
Woe to the reader who starts Virus Thirteen thinking he¿s going
Woe to the reader who starts Virus Thirteen thinking he’s going to get your standard pandemic disaster science fiction novel. No, indeed, this is one wild ride from start to finish with a mashup of all the scenarios that make a lot of people antsy just thinking about the possibilities. Take a bit of cloning, some global warming, a dash of power-grabbing, a little transgenics and genetic engineering, throw in some science run amok and you’ve got…
But wait! Don’t forget a whole lot of murder, a distinct lack of ethics and a Homeland Health department that watches your every bite or sip…
And there’s even more!
Besides all the plotlines—and don’t worry, they DO come together and make sense—there are some really interesting characters, good and bad. I was kind of surprised to find myself connecting the most with the secondary characters but that’s a large part of why I find this book so appealing. It’s an indication of how much care the author took with his players, even a neon orange dog and a self-doubting young man of rotund proportions, and I appreciate it.
This is one of the most entertaining and imaginative books I’ve read in a while and I’ll be honest—I’m still not sure if the author is completely serious or perhaps is making fun of all our insecurities about the future. I suspect there’s more than a touch of the latter but, either way, it doesn’t matter because Mr. Parry‘s debut is a winner of a story. He also happens to be a very good writer and his style of jumping from one scene and set of characters to another worked beautifully if his intention was to grab my attention and never let me look away. Along the way, he forced me to give a lot of consideration to where we might be heading if we’re not careful and that is never a bad thing. Joshua Alan Parry is an author I’ll be looking for again.
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Posted April 13, 2013
Virus Thirteen was great to read. You can easily get through it
Virus Thirteen was great to read. You can easily get through it in just a few evenings as it is broken up into many small chapters.
- The story is interesting and easy to follow even for someone without a great science background (that being said, its more interesting for someone who knows science)
- The story progresses quickly, which is nice and makes it easy to finish
- The plot it what makes the story, so the character development is a little less than some people want, but this is a story of multiple characters converging, so to adequately detail every character, this would have had to have been a 3 part series or something.
- The ending is great and very exciting, I'm pretty good at picking up twists in movies and books, but this one caught me by surprise a couple times!
I really enjoyed this quick story from Dr. Parry and look forward to his future novels, do yourself a favor and check it out, well worth your time!
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Posted April 29, 2013
This is a medical thriller that juggles at least four plot lines at once and does it well. Like a previous reviewer, I enjoyed the secondary characters : the cops, the kids in the weight loss camp, the genetically altered pink haired girl... a well written and satisfying book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 12, 2014
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