A Novel

eBook - 2012
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When a pandemic virus sweeping through Third World villages expands with frightening potency, former CIA operative Charles Mallory discovers clues about a secret war and genocidal plans to create a new, technologically advanced society.
Publisher: New York : Soho Press, c2012
ISBN: 9781616950699
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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Oldprof Jan 08, 2016

A good read. The story is complex and takes a while to gather its rhythm. The conclusion is a bit pat, but the platform is frighteningly plausible.

Nov 08, 2013

10/09 - My mum and I are reading this concurrently (she got first crack at it while I finished another book) and she got me all excited about how good it is, and then I started reading it. Not as great as mum had me expecting. From the backcover blurb I thought the book was going to be more focussed on the virus side of things rather than the, so far, slightly slow 'two brothers sneaking around the globe looking for each other but keep missing each other in their individual searches' side of the story. I've found it impossible to warm to Charles, and while Jon is not quite so cold and impenetrable I still don't feel much for him. There was no tension or anxiety when Jon was being followed by the Renault, mugged in the backstreets of Kenya or 'kidnapped' at gunpoint for his own good. Usually when the good guy, sympathetic guy is in danger you're supposed to feel something, but Lilliefors' writing style doesn't even make me want to speed read through the intervening chapters until I can find out how the scene ends with the underfire character. Maybe things will speed up towards the climax and as I read more I'll feel more for the brothers. To be continued...

29/09 - I've had to take a break from reading this for a while because, as I said in the first update, mum and I are reading it at the same time and she's bit of a slow reader so I let her have a good go at it while I read a couple of other books in the meantime. Now that I've been able to read a few more chapters I'm enjoying it more, but liking Charles less - he's got almost no personality, he doesn't seem to care all that much about the danger he's put Jon in and his chapters seem to slow the whole story down. I want to like it more because it sounded so promising from the back cover summary, but there's just not the tension that I was expecting, and always do expect, from a thriller of this kind. To be continued...

2/10 - This was not as fast-paced as I would have liked. There were some sequences that dragged a little and I began to feel a pull from other books on my to-read pile, I actually read the second book in the Mallory Brothers' series in the meantime - that only took me a couple of days to read and sort of gave me the impetus to finish Viral, if only to know how it all ended and connected to The Leviathan Effect. There wasn't really the big climactic ending that I was expecting from a book that I consider belongs in the thriller genre, the story was interesting, it just wasn't so much exciting. I am pleased to say that the second book was better, for me - more exciting, Charles seemed more human and while the ending was no more climactic I didn't feel like anything was missing from The Leviathan Effect, like I did from Viral.

Jun 07, 2012

This was a very entertaining book, well written and engaging... kept me on the edge wanting to read more.


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