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The Pattern Kindle Edition
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The characters are quite well defined. You can really imagine them hunched over a keyboard in hard wearing Northface or Prana clothing that shows evidence of real world use, carabiners and the somewhat cliche Diet Coke and Doritos close at hand. But it all only served to further crystalize the character type. I really liked the contrasts of the cloistered offices and the majestic outdoors as well as the light romantic elements.
The novel hints at being more than just a techno thriller. Though the spiritualist angle is never fully explored, I would have liked to know a little more about Craig's experiences in this regard. Similarly, there are hints that there may be more to the virus than meets the eye. It would have been an interesting avenue to explore.
Overall, The Pattern is an enjoyable read. There is a tenderness to the main character, Craig, that is really appealing and it's nice to see someone trying to do the right thing.
But romance which JT Kalnay does so well, is not by any means the mainstay in this ultra modern mystery where innocent people are dying in plane crashes all over the place, where a computer game appears to be the cause but only to a tiny group of geeks who don't even want to believe such a thing is possible and where airlines are quick to point the blame anywhere but at themselves.
Throw into this mix the fact that one of the story's major characters is eliminated at a crucial point in the story, giving the reader a shock from which it is hard to recover, and you have got yourself a book that's hard to put down. One more bonus in this book is the short chapters which seem to help the flow tremendously.
Will you learn how to write a computer program while reading this? Almost, unless you let yourself soak up the whole comp speak thing without really trying to understand the half of it. Will this book change your life? Possibly, if you are a frequent flyer or even if you are the slightest bit nervous already about getting on a plane. Will you become a fan of JTKalnay? Absolutely, without question. I am now.
The story flowed nicely, never giving me too much idea of what was going on, or indeed whether there would ever be a satisfactory result; which made me keep reading. Just not knowing who was the person responsible was the other spur that made this book so readable. I would recommend it wholeheartedly to any reader.