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The Krone Experiment Kindle Edition
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1: fiction, because it didn't happen? ... I hope that's true, but it could have and i could be none the wiser.
2: science, this usually requires you vary a small number of facts , e.g. speed of light, time travel etc. So what did this change? as far as I can tell, just the strength of some nuclear forces in a limited situation.
When the reveal finally comes however, the pace accelerates and although the author has to understandably hand-wave a lot of the science away at the end, it almost feels as though the finish is overly hasty leaving a few subplots hanging.
After an entire chapter on it, what happened about the stolen satellite? After a seemingly endless introduction to CIA politics, what happened to McMasters? What about the three other microscopic antagonists? Only one was mentioned in passing?
A little less build up and a little more denouement and this would be a five-star review.
The first section of this novel is a tense political drama, which nicely builds both the sci-fi and thriller elements of the story. Towards the middle, the pace slows as the "science" part of the story takes over; this is intelligently done but can drag at times as theories and calculations are thrown around before leading into a quick paced conclusion with some great intrigue thrown in.
The author does a great job of combining his academic knowledge with the historical tensions of the Cold War. The writing can occasionally get a little flowery when setting scenes, but the book is generally very well written and engaging.
First published in 1986, the concepts explored here are ahead of their time and certainly credible when considered against the likes of the experiments being undertaken today.
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