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Containment [Kindle Edition]

Christian Cantrell
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The colony on Venus was not built because the destruction of Earth was possible, but because it was inevitable…

A brilliant young scientist and one of the first humans born on Venus, Arik works tirelessly to perfect the science of artificial photosynthesis, a project crucial to the future of his home, V1. The colony was built on the harsh Venusian surface by the Founders, the first humans to establish a permanent extraterrestrial settlement. Arik’s research becomes critical when he awakens from an unexplained, near-fatal accident and learns that his wife is three months pregnant. Unless Arik’s research uncovers a groundbreaking discovery, V1’s oxygen supply will not be able to support the increase in population that his baby represents.

As Arik works against time, he begins to untangle the threads of his accident, which seem inextricably linked to what lies outside the protective walls of V1—a world where the caustic atmosphere and extreme heat make all forms of known life impossible. For its entire existence, Arik's generation has been expected to help solve the problems of colonization. But as Arik digs deeper and deeper, he discovers alarming truths about the planet that the Founders have kept hidden. With growing urgency and increasing peril, Arik finds himself on a journey that will push him to the limits of his intelligence and take him beyond the unimaginable.

About the Author

Christian Cantrell is a software developer from northern Virginia. He writes the technology blog and takes photographs for Cantrell is the author of several self-published short stories, including “Brainbox” and “Farmer One”; Containment is his first full-length novel.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 541 KB
  • Print Length: 297 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 161218362X
  • Publisher: 47North; 47th edition (7 Aug 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007264H36
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #968 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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52 of 56 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I started reading this book on my notebook and switched to my Kindle when it arrived and so this has the distinction of being my first Kindle 3G read. There were occasions, however, when I nearly gave up on it, but my curiosity over where the plot was going kept me going.

It is not a sophisticated read, a little clumsy and in need of a good editing. I also felt that, perhaps it is for younger readers, although that might be doing a disservice to younger readers (I'm too old to comment). Certainly the protagonist seems to act and get treated like a teenager and that seems to be the narrative viewpoint. My biggest problem with the book is that the author has a tendency to dwell on overly detailed explanations that add little to the story and interrupt the pace. It is almost as if all of the research the author has done for the book **has** to find its way onto the page. Because of this I occasionally found myself skim reading parts. I don't want to give the plot away, because there are good twists and ideas in here, sufficient to keep me reading, but there is one scene where the main character is in a life or death situation and rather than develop that and build some tension, I thought it wandered off into some distracting explanation or another.

I think you have to read to the end to understand what the author was doing with some of the earlier chapters, particularly the future-history lessons, which initially seemed a little over the top - and overly juvenile in their explanations (although you will understand at the end). I'm not sure but, these might have been less distracting, if some of the other 'over-explanations' and 'analysis', were cut back.

In summary, I found it a little frustrating, but do not regret taking the time to finish it, even if I did have to skim read some of the (in my opinion) unnecessary techno-detail.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good solid SF read 14 Dec 2011
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When I downloaded this novel I wasn't expecting much, just something to keep me amused during my daily commute. What I got was a yarn that engaged me from the beginning simply because the author's style was so easy to get on with. This is no ground breaking story and the plot devises and eventual twist have been done many times before, but it works. Mainly because of the main character's musings on scientific method and the environment in which he is in. Having read a lot of SF I am well used to a story that goes back and fore between what is happening now and what happened in the past but somehow this doesn't work in Containment. I had to ask myself if now is really now or are the events I'm reading were in the recent past. There are also a couple of places where something is said to be true when, given the timeline, could not be. Maybe if I re-read it I would resolve these queries but this is not a book where you would do that. However, this is a really good, solid SF read and I would recommend it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not really my cup of tea 15 July 2011
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Like a lot of other reviewers I thought there was far too much "technobabble" in this novel. The author often shoves long explanations of fantastical advances in science into the story which ultimately add nothing to the plot. I think you would have to be a fervent fan of sci-fi to rave about this book. It doesn't really get interesting until about two-thirds into the story. The ending is not too bad, if a little predictable, so I gave this book three stars. If you liked the BBC drama "Outcasts" you should like this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read for Sci-Fi fans 2 Feb 2012
By blue24
Format:Kindle Edition
When I downloaded this book the authors entire catalogue was free so I must admit that I wasn't really expecting a great deal, but thought that I may as well give it a try. I'm happy to say that it exceeded my expectations, it's a well written book with a solid plot, good characterisation and a nice twist at the end. The only problem I had with it was the tendency of the author to use info dumps to convey scientific/technical details. I've read a lot of hard sci-fi and have no problem with the inclusion of such detail, but it needs to be done a lot more smoothly as it interrupts the pace of the story at times. In fact the story read much more smoothly when I started skimming some of these passages. However, I still read this story in one sitting, and would recommend it to any sci-fi fan.
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32 of 37 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 5 Oct 2010
By Bilbob
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The premise of this book is nothing new, but it's to the author's skill in setting the scene in quite a convincing way that I didn't see the twist in the plot coming. Unfortunately, he lets himself down by including rather lengthy explanations of the supposedly out of this world tech, which slows everything down. By the end, I was just skimming the pages as he'd really lost my interest.
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53 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the money. 27 Sep 2010
By Stephen
Format:Kindle Edition
Finding this book on the amazon store in the Science Fiction Section, I looked at the price and decided that the expenditure was well worth the risk of it failing to deliver.

Having spent an avid couple of hours devouring this title I felt that the price could have been several pounds higher and still been justified.

What I found was what amounts to quite a fresh idea executed well and as others have pointed out some very detailed explanations which as a more technical minded reader I found very engaging.

Having finished the book I am now in the process of populating my Kindle with the rest of his novels currently available and I retain high hopes for them.

In my mind for the price paid it is well worth it and rest assured it is something I will find myself returning to read several times.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Containment
Not my sort of book so I'm not sure if my review counts, i normally enjoy reading books that have a similar basis, but with this i was bored after 5 minutes,reading it, Far far to... Read more
Published 2 days ago by LE
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A good book.
Published 8 days ago by Alexander Wylie
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly mesmerising!
I have to say that this book kept me up all hours of the night. I found it difficult to put down when I got into it (it didn't take very long to get into it), and loved the... Read more
Published 9 days ago by Nadine
4.0 out of 5 stars Good ... BUT!
Definitely one of the better modern Sci-Fi's I have read recently. Tech explanations are plausible, accurate and interesting. Read more
Published 10 days ago by L. Meadow
5.0 out of 5 stars I read Containment and enjoyed it so much I read the rest of the ...
I read Containment and enjoyed it so much I read the rest of the authors works over the next few days. It is a brilliant story with lots suspense and a great twist at the end. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Daddy D
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
fantastic book couldn't put it down
Published 14 days ago by Mr. Martin N. Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Really liked this book. Excellent storytelling and a great ending.
Published 15 days ago by JulienD
5.0 out of 5 stars well worth it....
Really enjoyed the book, and the twist is great, never saw it coming.....very reminiscent of The Village by M. Night Shyamalan....
A little slow at the beginning.... Read more
Published 16 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read overall
I've enjoyed this book although, towards the end, details seemed to be a bit overwhelming. Still a good plot with a nice, unexpected twist. Read more
Published 17 days ago by the noob
5.0 out of 5 stars Odd but excellent
It arrived via kindle so nothing to say about packaging. All I can say is that while the book wasn't understandable at first, it was soon made clear and turned out to make me cry. Read more
Published 29 days ago by J. Burns
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