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2.0 out of 5 starsand actually produces a story of some sort - that's not as easy as one might think
Reviewed in the United States on August 9, 2016
Well Amazon, you asked, so here it is. A review of this book. To start with, I read it to the end, that's already something. I have respect for anyone who manages to put together a plot, a few characters, and actually produces a story of some sort - that's not as easy as one might think. However, this needed an editor so very, very badly and apparently it never got one. First off, the use of the present tense throughout the book is just super irritating and I never saw the point. Next, sentence structure: aagh! Say no more. Characters: I never cared about or really believed in the characters at all - the main character is downright annoying and just not believable at all, in terms of her "story" and in terms of her character development. The other main character, her uncle, is totally lacking in depth. And then, the plot just doesn't hold together; there are a lot of loose ends that are never tied, the storyline is generally all over the place and then suddenly... it's all finished and you're left thinking "this is it? what just happened? Did I really pay for this?" I'm a bit annoyed that Kindle recommended this book to me (the main reason I kept pushing on until the end hoping things would improve and the main reason I will not rush to believe a Kindle recommendation in the future). The best bit about it was reading the reviews afterwards to make sure I wasn't the only person who felt this way (clue: I wasn't). That was almost worth the time (and money) spent reading the book. Some reviews made me laugh out loud (much better than this review - go look) and I suggest their authors might like to try writing a book themselves. I invested real money in reading a Harlan Coben Kindle book after this, just so I could remember what a really gifted novelist can do. I would say to this author: I really think you can do better than this, but lose some of the arrogance and take the time to get yourself an editor who can give you an honest appraisal and help you put together something with a bit more depth, intricacy and believability (is that a word?).
The seemingly mundane storytelling is really deceptive. Kept me interested and it was all tied up nicely in the end. I really liked that the characters were believable and quite human - no macho stuff - no hyperventilation - just a good story, well told.
5.0 out of 5 starsBrilliantly plotted and executed biological thriller!
Reviewed in the United States on December 28, 2015
I enjoyed this book for so many reasons. As others have said, it’s a page-turner that cannot be put down. The story is well-executed and carefully plotted. Seventeen-year-old Amanda Michaels is the sole survivor in a plane crash. Her uncle, famed attorney Andy Michaels, who launched his career representing families of 9/11 Pentagon crash victims, is devastated by the crash. Ron Michaels, Amanda’s dad and Andy were as close as two brothers could be. Andy’s challenge: to mourn his brother, take care of his niece and use his knowledge of the law to investigate the crash, and ensure that the victims are properly compensated. As for Amanda, she has no memory of anything that occurred before the crash except her chilling near-death and dream-like experience. Her survival of the crash was miraculous and her rate of recovery beyond extraordinary. As the story progresses, the reader is exposed to twist after surprising twist, revealing that nothing is as it seems. All this progresses to an unforgettable and satisfying conclusion.
Shapiro demonstrates an in-depth knowledge of not only the law and legal procedure, but also the details about the practice of law. He gives us an insider’s view of the federal court system, and demonstrates knowledge about domestic operation of our intelligence agencies.
Shapiro is an inventor, and holder of a number of patents. This explains for me the reason that he was knowledgeable about the telomeres, something that I had never heard of prior to reading this novel.
As an aside, after reading this work, I felt compelled to look further and discovered that telomeres really do exist, and in fact were the subject of the 2009 Nobel Prize in medicine won by Elizabeth Blackburm (Johns Hopkins) and Jack Szostak (Harvard Medical School). “Awarded for the discovery of telomeres, the repeated sequences of DNA at the ends of chromosomes that protect the integrity of the chromosomal DNA, and for the discovery of telomerase, the enzyme that builds the telomeres.”
1.0 out of 5 starsTake Kindle reviews not with a grain but a shaker of salt.
Reviewed in the United States on September 19, 2016
After reading all the reviews touting this book I can't believe that they are legit. I have read a few thousand books in my time and I can't think of any that have any worse an ending. The conclusion is so poor that not only did I feel like asking for my money back but asking for the author to pay me for my time reading it. I can only conclude that this author has a relative on the kindle staff.I am embarrassed for him.