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Fragment (Center Point Platinum Mystery (Large Print))
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I'm afraid that this simply didn't hold my attention: which is a sad thing to say about an island filled with prehistoric creatures. If anything would make for a rip-roaring adventure, then this should have been it. An intriguing (if not exactly original) premise is ruined by terrible characterisations and simply stupid character-decisions. Add to that some simply awful writing, and you've got an idea of what to expect. If you like the kind of sci-fi TV movies that Sky 3 shows in an evening, you might like this; if not, then avoid.
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on 21 August 2013
Although proposed from a left over of a previous era of earth's history, This story is frightening in its implications in it's genetic implications for the future' As Wm Fehy says himself: ‘We’re crossing wires of evolutionary circuitry billions of years in the making and precipitating a genetic breakdown that could soon rage through our environment like a molecular plague. We have spliced the genes of jellyfish into mice to make them glow green in the dark. We have manipulated Hox genes to give houseflies a hundred legs and millipedes six. We have inserted the genes of insects into plants and the genes of plants into animals. There is practically nothing on earth that mankind does not use and nothing he will not “improve” if given the chance. And whatever is left is carelessly discarded. Pollution and global warming are merely precursors to the environmental apocalypse to come. He adds: ‘Before the century is out, if we have not destroyed ourselves first, or even if we have, we humans will probably have pounded the last nail into Earth’s coffin.

The author also presents us with a new specie that relates to us on our own level and presents us with a picture of how we might relate to it at first with hostility
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A reality TV show stumbles across an island that has evolved quite differently than the rest of the world. For instance, the life on the island has copper-based blood, instead of our iron-based blood. The author does a good job of making the scientific explanations sound real, but not sure if it would stand up to real science. Nevertheless, Fahy obviously did serious research for this book.

Needless to say, all hell break loose after the first humans set foot on the island...my absolute most favorite scene is when one of the RVs is driving through a tunnel in the "jungle" and the people witness the vicious killing cycle firsthand.

It seemed a little too convenient that the island was found just before earthquakes start to break it down. I'm glad they were able to save "specimens," but the ending was anti-climatic after all the action sequences throughout the book. I could accept it if I knew a sequel was in the works.

I don't think it's fair to compare this story with The Ruins [DVD] [2008] because I'm pretty sure the plant life in the movie wouldn't be a match for what they find on the island in Fragment.

If you like the twists in this book, you might like Demons.
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on 3 August 2015
It's painfully obvious from early on that single attractive man scientist and single attractive woman scientist are going to get together etc etc. The characters are a bit one dimensional and cliché but it rattles along for a while with a predictable plot until it becomes absolutely preposterous and looses any shred of credibility. Good science fiction contains good science and although this book means well and contains some long words it fails in every other regard. You can suspend your disbelief so much, it is fiction after all, but this is nonsense. The biggest crime this book commits though, and I can't stress this enough, is the author clearly does not understand what science is at a fundamental level. Fahy confuses science with philosophy and opinion. What separates science from an opinion is data. It's that simple. The baddy in this story has written a scientific book which he has just made up and doesn't personally believe in and the book is winning every scientific award going. That's not how it works, that's not what science is. You can't just write your opinion down and call it science. It's really destructive to portray science this way and I think Warren Fahy should be ashamed of him self.
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The premise of this book is simple... a reality TV show aboard the ship "Trident", answers a distress call on a remote, hitherto uncharted island. And then all hell breaks loose. In a mixture of "The land that time forgot", Jurassic Park and what was supposed to be a reality TV show, those aboard the Trident quickly find themselves up to their necks in nightmarish critters.

One of the things I enjoyed about this book was the fast-pace and the author's approach to not boring us with overly long histories of the major characters. He writes just enough to get us to bond with them, but not too much that we get bored with their childhood. I believe this book has the perfect balance for this kind of genre.

In-between the action, there is alot of science going on here. Just enough to use your head, and not so much that you begin to think you're reading Scientific American.

If you have a plane-trip planned, a hospital visit, or any other scenario where you need to bury yourself in something fun, I highly recommend purchasing this book. Expect to see a movie in the next few years. I'll definately go see it, just to watch the expressions on their faces.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 12 January 2011
Contrary to what most people here have said, I really enjoyed reading this book. It's not the best, conceptually, but it's flowingly written, there's a good mixture between serious and non-serious, the dialogue works well and the characters, though a little mundane and A-typical also worked well. It's full of great action when called upon but it doesn't overdo it. Honestly, such a fun read, I definately got into it.
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It is indeed fair to compare this to Michael Crichton. The use of complicated theories and science to hang the story around is very effective, it's basically Jurassic Park with alternatively evolved creatures rather than dinosaurs, oh and no park. I would say that Warren Fahy seems to use the science more loosely to me as once the creatures are introduced they seem to get increasingly fantastical, towards the end he fully embraces the silly B-movie style science fiction side of things. He also seems to deliver the science based bits in long concentrated bursts, then move on to a bit of action, then return to another burst of science where as Crichton seemed to weave his use of science through out the whole story. The characters do have a few silly nick-names but the story just zips along really easily so I wasn't too distracted by that, the science bits don't tax me quite as much as Crichtons do sometimes. The reality TV link is only really the catalist for the rest of the story if you find the Big Brother reference off-putting. I look forward to more from Warren Fahy.
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VINE VOICEon 27 June 2009
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I decided to read this book on a long haul flight to Miami, I wanted a 'typical' 'airport' book to read....not too demanding, nice big type, something to occupy my mind but not a book I had to concentrate on with intricate plot...too many characters to remember etc.. This book was 'perfect' it fitted the bill. It is a dash of a read, lots of action, some "oooh nasty" gore, likeable and unlikeable characters to root for or delight in their demise accordingly....Warren Fahy keeps things moving along nicely, I zipped through it in one long read (only interrupted by lunch and dinner....and a few drinks). It ain't no 'War & Peace'...it will not feed your brain...I have read a lot of Michael Crichton books and Fahy is a worthy disciple and although he does have a bit of a 'tin ear' for dialogue I let that slip by....so if you want a good old 'thick eared' page turner, nothing too hard on the old brainbox ... then I can recommend this book. I might even try one of his others the next time I am on my way somewhere
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on 2 May 2010
Picked up a copy of this book by shere chance when I had nothing else to read, couldn't put it down. I'm not going to write war and peace about this book it'll spoil the story. Do yourself a favour and get hold of a copy.
PS this would make a great film especially in the wake of Avatar, the special effects would be awesome.
PPS Enjoy
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I thought Fragment had a very interesting and intriguing story. I wanted to keep reading to find out more about the island and the creatures on the island.

I got slightly annoyed every time we had a complete chapter dedicated to events taking place off the island as they never seemed to add very much to the story and I just wanted to know what was happening back on the island.

There was an interesting twist at the end, one I certainly wasn't expecting, although I feel it was very 'out there' and a bit of a disappointment. Although I was a bit disappointed, it still kept me wanting to read until the very end.

You really get to know the characters well and the descriptions of everything are so good that you do feel like you are there with these characters.

The action pieces were always fantastic, fast-paced and well described.

I would certainly recommend this book as it is a great thriller and was a good holiday read for me.
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