While this book provides some interesting ideas about fungus and future nanotechnology, the characters are drearily predictable and the plot relies on gruesome and unnecessary torture techniques for interest. Orchid, the assassin, is completely evil and efficient, and not really even 2 dimensional, while the main "good" characters are all very nice, well rounded, smart people. If the characters had been better written and the author let politics and science drive the story instead of falling back on such unbelievable plot devices, this could have been the kind of book that sticks with you.
Don't waste your time. The narration is so plodding & methodical & hard to stay with. I thought I'd support a local author but I just wasted 1 credit. Yawn.....
Just looking for an enjoyable story! Books are my passion.
It's 3:30 AM, I should be in bed and had to FORCE myself to stop. This one is worth the credit. One hell of a mystery!
Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.
I've read Michael Chricton's Andromeda Strain, Rising Son, and Swarm. So I check the science thriller box. I've read almost everything of Clancy's so I check the techno thriller box. Unfortunately I've also read Ludlum... Apparently Paul McEuen's read all of them too. And tediously distilled out their formulaic items and plot lines. So carefully that there are just no surprises here in spite of a ton of research he's anxious to show off.
The name makes sense... Spirals are repetitive, and so's this story line.
BUT... I'd forgive McEuen all of that if he didn't insist upon branding his oft-told story with Ludlum's "I-Hate-America's-big-fat-red-neck-conservative-leaders-who-are-dangerously-stupid" sub-plots. In this case it wasn't even part of the story arc, just a box McEuen seemed compelled to check. Must be some primal need of his to prove that he's not reeeeely Clancy or Chriction. He's got nothing to prove... he's not either of those talents. I'll not read another of his books.