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An intriguing story with interesting characters,
This review is from: The Human Race (Paperback)
The Human Race story is about a teleporter developed in Iceland, which has the ability to transport an individual from one country to another. Scientist Uma Jakobsdóttir, the daughter of a famous geothermal engineer, is the product champion. She approaches Ethan Rae, a billionaire venture capitalist from England, to help bring it to market. (I had a wry chuckle at the Ethan plus Uma teaming - was the author a Gattaca fan perhaps?). At the same time, the owner of an airline in America gets wind of the invention and tries to steal it, perceiving correctly that this invention could severely impact on the airline industry. There is also a strong environmental message running through the story.
Don't be put off by the cover: The Human Race has the bones of a very good thriller. Its got an intriguing and original storyline with some great characters. The first half of the book is particularly good - Joseph Finder fans should enjoy. Unfortunately it's over-written and gets bogged down with too much detail. It gets hard to follow the main story because there are so many strings and sub-plots and ultimately I think it would have benefited from a more ruthless edit. It's not a bad book by any stretch, but it had the potential to be even better.
Be warned that this is the first in a planned series and it ends very abruptly: just stopping in the middle of the story, blatantly setting the reader up for the next installment.
This review is based on a copy provided for reviewing purposes, but the opinions above are genuine and based on having read the book.
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Initial post: 6 Dec 2009 23:58:27 GMT
Eileen Shaw says:
You have a really excellent reviewing style, thanks for your insights. I really love the thriller genre and yet find it difficult to source good reviewers, even on Amazon. Much appreciated.
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