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1.0 out of 5 stars Incredible book - in the worst possible sense, 29 May 2012
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This review is from: The Fear Index (Hardcover)
Incredible book.
- Unbelievably bad plot
- Unbelievably boring/stereotypical characters
- Unbelievable that a decent author like Robert Harris can churn out such rubbish
- Unbelievable reviews on the book cover (in the sense hard to believe they read the book.)

Plot is terrible. Seems to have come about as a result of focus group deciding hot topics are computers and hedge funds so a book combining the two can't lose. But there is a problem, both are in fact remarkably boring and need a plot a lot cleverer than that lifted, as a very pale imitation, from Frankenstein. The story is full of holes, computers imbued with powers more fitting in a comic mag while mobile phones don't work and humans show less intelligence than a Spectrum.

The cast too feels like some sort of output from a focus group none has an ounce of credibility or human interest. Honestly does anyone who reads this book actually care what happens to the central character or feel anything for any of participants? It feels like some sort of joke, the computer comes alive while the characters are all dead as dodos.
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Initial post: 20 Aug 2012 18:39:49 BDT
Totally agree, I'm at page 251 and cannot decide if I should finish it or bin it.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Sep 2012 22:11:02 BDT
Happy Girl says:
Totally disagree. Not sure we are reading the same book. Not Chekhov but for its genre it is really innovative and I was gripped from start to finish!
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