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Not quite convinced (spoilers),
This review is from: Quantico (Paperback)
I had a hard time deciding what to make of this one. It's a departure from Bear's usual sci-fi, remaining solidly grounded in near future technology.
Superficially it's a very good read with an excellent and pretty scary central premise. After finishing and thinking about it though, there's too much that either didn't make sense (to me at least) or seemed thrown in unnecessarily.
The Pariarch's firework testing for example. Why test the yeast on yourself and your followers at all, yet alone before the project's even finished and could be endangered?
Strangely little is made of the yeast's impact on Ohio. It is mentioned that people are getting sick and that the emergency services are beginning to clock on to the magnitude of what's happening, then seemingly forgotten about altogether. Government reaction to this was also entirely neglected.
The whole US Muslim Army thing near the end just struck me as a daft plot device. Their appearance was unconvincing and the explanation for their existence vague and morally dubious even by US government standards. Brainwashed orphans? Hmmm.
Despite questions like these I did really enjoy the book but just found the plot a little too creaky in places.