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The Black Death of Babylon (A Don Oberbier Novel Book 1) by [McFadden III, Edward J.]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 637 KB
  • Print Length: 209 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615706096
  • Publisher: Post Mortem Press (27 May 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009LU7BSE
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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If you like to be mollycoddled by your reading choice, then The Black Death of Babylon is not for you - right from line two you are dragged kicking and screaming into a mystery that combines horror, conspiracy, history and science. And the plot is constructed in such a way that you immediately know the remaining lines are going to show you no mercy when it comes to a cosy, relaxing read.
Not only is the book fast paced and thrilling, but it's well written also. It's clear the author knows his stuff, yet he doesn't fall into the trap of bogging the reader down with his endless knowledge of the facts as other's would be inclined to do. He gives you just enough, well-researched information to get you where he wants you, then he seals the door and leaves you guessing right up until the final pages.
Skillfully written and told, all the way to the strange, almost poetic culmination, The Black Death of Babylon is an entertaining, gripping read that ensnares you early and prods you relentlessly until it's done with you. At a solid, five stars, I have no problem in recommending this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Delicious Blend of Suspense, History, Horror, and Science Bound in Rich Darkness 4 Dec. 2012
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The Black Death of Babylon is a delicious blend of suspense, history, horror, and science bound in rich darkness. McFadden proves himself as a master storyteller with this thriller, reminding me of Robert B. Parker and Elmore Leonard.

The plotting is tight, the characters are believable and likable, and the pace is pulse pounding. McFadden builds suspense from the very first sentence, and it doesn't let up until the final chapter. What makes this book so enjoyable is that it's totally believable--there is nothing in this novel that couldn't happen in real life.

Our main investigator, a government man named Don who catalogs and investigates anomalies, has a smart remark for everything, and handles himself like a common man despite the immense power he wields, and this makes him uniquely affable. When his investigation leads him to Babylon University, a school founded on research of the world's first civilization--Babylon--he has the campus quarantined, and things really ratchet up.

This is McFadden's first novel, but I was familiar with his other work, Deconstructing Tolkien, a critical analysis of some of the most intriguing factors concerning The Lord of the Rings. The Black Death of Babylon is free of rookie mistakes. The prose moves fast with very few speed bumps. It was truly one entertaining read.

Time to sit back down behind the computer, Mr. McFadden. We want more!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Murder by Germ 29 Dec. 2012
By brian dobbins - Published on Amazon.com
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I love a good old-fashioned whodunit. Add a little murder-by-virolent germ suspense, and you've got a sure winner.

The Black Death of Babylon is written with an authenticity that can only be achieved with a solid grasp of the subject matter. McFadden's obvious knowledge of history, as well as the inner policies and politics of a major American university, lend a certain believability to the book. The reader very quickly finds him/herself immersed in a closed world of sinister plots driven by ambition, jealousy and lust.

The story is also populated with believable, well-defined characters, from the capable, clever investigator to the ambitious professor to the manipulating administrator. The plot is unusual and refreshing, with just enough background and peppery dialogue to give real insight to the principals and their motives.

Put this book on your to-read list. You'll enjoy it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Short but memorable 6 Nov. 2012
By DeanAaron - Published on Amazon.com
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Read this book if you like intricate plotting ,unique characters , fast pacing and crisp, no holds barred, writing.

The novel is part conspiracy story , police procedual and science fiction thriller with a critque of elite university politics mixed in.

A heady brew to be sure but well worth your time!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The next Douglas Preston! 21 Oct. 2012
By RAM guy - Published on Amazon.com
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This book reminds me of the Douglas Preston's Pendergast novels! It's a page turner, and if you like your investigative thrillers with something a little more than the usual fare, then this is definitely worth checking out!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling and Chilling. 7 Feb. 2013
By Emma Ennis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
If you like to be mollycoddled by your reading choice, then The Black Death of Babylon is not for you - right from line two you are dragged kicking and screaming into a mystery that combines horror, conspiracy, history and science. And the plot is constructed in such a way that you immediately know the remaining lines are going to show you no mercy when it comes to a cosy, relaxing read.
Not only is the book fast paced and thrilling, but it's well written also. It's clear the author knows his stuff, yet he doesn't fall into the trap of bogging the reader down with his endless knowledge of the facts as other's would be inclined to do. He gives you just enough, well-researched information to get you where he wants you, then he seals the door and leaves you guessing right up until the final pages.
Skillfully written and told, all the way to the strange, almost poetic culmination, The Black Death of Babylon is an entertaining, gripping read that ensnares you early and prods you relentlessly until it's done with you. At a solid, five stars, I have no problem in recommending this book.
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