Written by Jill Sanders.
Yes, it seems a while since I have read and reviewed something not Science, Science Fiction or Fantasy. I read this through so here it goes.
Katie Derby left college to go traipsing around Europe after finding out that her mother had been lying to her for 26 years. She was actually the biological offspring of one Damiano Cardone. Wandering around Europe maintaining no contact with her concerned family she is rather surprised when Jason, her lifelong best friend, rescues her from a kidnap attempt in Greece. I do not intend to retell the entire tale here.
The book was entertaining for numerous reasons. The plot was decent with Katie coming off as being not quite the spoiled rich kid you would expect from her upbringing. The thugs were exactly what you would expect for amateur hour. Truly the reason someone buys a book with this kind of title is for the scenes that get the reader all hot and bothered. This expectation was met in a rather tasteful manner, not over the top rutting on every page.
Something that bugs me here, because I write also, is that the quality of the product was not high for someone who in her bio states has been on the NYT best sellers list. Editing for paragraph or content repeats should be on a checklist along with copy editing before you deserve to be there. I’m certain at this time that the reason for the sales was…people who want books to make them hot and bothered don’t seem to give a shit about editing. That’s my take.
I’m awarding four points for ‘plot and hot’ and two points for editing averaging to three out of five for the finished product. Enjoy.
The Atlantis Gene
by A. G. Riddle
David Vale used to be Andrew Reed and is a highly trained operative with a bug up his ass about the perpetrators of 9-11. Kate Warner is a doctor who is trying to treat autistic children with gene therapies to abate or correct their autism. I have a huge problem with that part of the story.
The Imari are the off shoot of an even older tribe of humans called the Imaru. They seek to spike mankind’s next great evolutionary leap forward by either killing off most of the population with a plague or finding the…Atlantis Gene.
Not going to throw anymore spoilers out there for those of you who still want to read or listen to this work. I listened to this and that is why I did not end before fifty percent. Let me just say that this was a really complex story with lots of points of view.
My problem here is that I do not like to give negative reviews but anything I get past fifty percent on is getting a review. I listened to the entire book.
The plot and back stories are overly complex and rushed in delivery, not the narrator’s fault. There is like a hundred and forty some chapters because the author bounced around from POV to POV. Any plot that ties in the World Trade Center terrorist events of 9-11 to an organization seeking to make Nazi super soldiers…I’m going to state that it is still too soon to be writing this kind of alternate view. Lastly this business about autistic persons having to be treated as if they are diseased or need to be cured is absurd and I guarantee would piss off a lot of people in the autistic community.
Going to give this thing three stars overall and that is for the Narrator. By the way, the ending is a trite clean up and very unsatisfying.
Written by Neal Stephenson.
Narrated by Malcom Hillgartner
The Forthrasts are a diverse family hubbed in the heartland of America in the state of Iowa. They created war heroes, a draft dodger, an uber conservative recluse who moved to Idaho and a computer-geologist adoptee from the Horn of Africa. Their reunions are not the scene of friendly softball games so much as the group firing of the family armory of rifles, pistols, shotguns…redneck paradise.
The skills from this hobby will come in handy as they become embroiled in dealings with: Russian Organized criminals, Chinese Hackers using the Reamde virus to get rich in the Multi-person online game called T’rain, and Islamic extremists who want nothing better than a martyrdom opportunity on US soil.
As seems to be the genre for this author this is not so much a science fiction as it is a fiction with some science. The uses of the web, hackers, complex code used to make global impact are just some of the realms that are common to Stephenson’s works yet there is very little in this that is a …stretch. Where this book really sings is in the paths of action as Zula, Kongor(?), Solokov, Olivia and an impressive supporting cast engage the Russians then the extremists in rapidly changing environments. I was really impressed.
I’m giving the audio version of this work five out of five. That’s because I liked the storyline, liked the delivery, saw no hand waving on technical things and the whole product kept my interest. Time will tell if it is a masterpiece but I think it is well worth listening to. Enjoy.