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Microbe (Anglais) Broché – 1 août 2007

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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Decent idea; poor writing; terrible editing 25 septembre 2010
Par Kurt G. Schumacher - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
I liked the story. I liked the characters. But the writing style left a lot to be desired. The style is very sparse; just action, not much descriptive detail. Chapters are short, following one character for short time, then jumping to a different character in the next chapter. This made the story a bit hard to follow. And the author tended to end chapters with a "hook" line ... leaving the reader hanging in suspense. Like: "Just then, Flannigan remembered something Singleton had told him." There are so many of these, and the action jumps around so much, that I was never sure if all the teasers had actually been resolved in the story. The author is also very fond of italics. Lots of italics, on almost every page.

The worst part of the book is the editing. Misplaced punctuation, including quotation marks, made it very hard to read in places. Spelling errors. And incorrect word usage. A spell checker will tell you if a word is spelled correctly, but no if it's the correct word to use in the current context. Sometimes Riordan is a "colonel", sometimes he's a "colonial". Maybe the author menat he was wearing a Revolutionary War uniform? No, probably not.

I had to ask myself when I finished the book, why did I keep reading? The book was very annoying in a lot of ways, but there was something about it that I liked. Something in the style that didn't seem right for a comtemporary action thriller, but that still pulled me along. It wasn't until I was writing this review that it came to me. The style reminds me of the pulp action stories of the 1920's - 1940's. And I like those stories. I love The Shadow, Doc Savage, and other stories of that type. Sometimes I like to suspend my disbelief, sit in a comfy chair, and breeze through a story in an evening or two. And "Microbe" is that kind of book.

If Bill Clem can tighen up his writing a bit, and find someone to proofread and edit his books for him, I think he could be a great pulp writer. And there's nothing wrong with that. A lot of the popular series that we read today would have been considered "pulp fiction" in the 1930's.

And a suggestion to Mr. Clem: do a web search on "Lester Dent Pulp Paper Master Fiction Plot". This is the outline Dent used to write over 6,000 stories, including most of the Doc Savage stories.

I'll be reading Clem's other books soon. I hope the editing improves, but most of all I hope they're good action stories.
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Halfway between an outline and a first draft. 23 avril 2010
Par Ern Wiley - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
One reason I love my Kindle so much is because the low purchase price allows me to gamble on a book by an unfamiliar writer. That said, I'm pleased to have read this one! I suggest you approach "Microbe" with a forgiving attitude, though. I recommend you read it for the ideas it presents ... but be prepared for some sloppy construction.
Bill Clem started with a nifty "suppose" (space meteorite carrying microbes deadly to the human race). It's a fine idea but the author let himself rush too fast ... and his editor/proof-reader/publisher let down their end by simply scanning his manuscript as-is and hurrying it to the printing press. The spell-checker did its job, even if words such as "Colonel" were substituted by "Colonial," etc.
With a little more time and effort, Clem could have built up more suspense instead of bringing the story to a premature climax.
This is a worthy book, with well-researched detail in many places, but obvious contradictions will be annoying for the reader.
Comparing "Microbe" to Crichton's "Andromeda Strain" is a far stretch, not so much in the construction of the plot as in the craftsmanship of the author (and his associates) in its production.
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Well... 26 avril 2011
Par K. Mohr - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
Not gonna lie, not even close to the best book I've ever read.
It's rife with spelling and grammatical errors, and the author's understanding of the military, while better than some authors I've read, is still lacking. For example, what the Heck is a "Colonial?" Since this book takes place in 2003, I'm willing to bet that is a heck of an error; if I were a Colonel, I might feel a bit offended.
The premise is still interesting, the plot does still manage to hold itself together (albeit at times it may stretch), and all in all I wouldn't call it a waste of time. Wouldn't recommend it, but, hey, it's one of those good cheesy books to curl up under the blanket with every once and a while.
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Its Not the Andromeda Strain 2 novembre 2010
Par Grampa Kevin - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
This is the first book I've read by Bill Clem, and I will probably try one more just to see if this was an off book for the author. Maybe it is just true of ebooks in general, but the editing of this one is particularly bad. It is a short book, which I believe explains the choppy writing and lack of plot developement.
When I read something for fun, I don't want to have to go backwards to see if I missed something. In Microbe, I had to do this several times, only to find out that I didn't miss something, it just wasn't there.
On the plus side, the premise was pretty good, the price was outstanding and I read it in one sitting.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A thriller, yes but.... 3 février 2009
Par Judy K. Polhemus - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Microbe: "a minute life form (especially a disease-causing bacterium); usually too small to see with the naked eye."

One national online review calls "Microbe"--"the best astrobiological thriller since 'The Andromeda Strain.'" Perhaps that is because it is the first written since then. (Please refer to my addendum in the first comment.)

On the other hand, The Andromeda Strain is the pace-setter because it is the first of its kind--a thriller about extraterrestial, microscopic life--and is not only well-researched, but also well-written. Pacing is excellent.

"Microbe" is a thriller, yes--but Bill Clem plays fast and loose with his plot, his pacing, his characters, and the resolution. I've read many other novels with multiple threads that the writer uses for cliff-hangers, always returning and carrying that thread forward. At least once, maybe twice, Clem stops at a heart-pounding point and does NOT return to it--ever.

And the characters? Who are these people? Why didn't I care about them? Clem uses them more as plot devices rather than participants. That's a bad thing in novel with a such a terrifying premise. And the resolution? Here's what I said: What??!! I reread the previous couple of pages and still said: What??!! It doesn't make sense, not in the context as written and as meant. OK, I'm willing to concede I didn't understand it, although I normally grasp the rudiments of scientific content.

Bottom line: Bill Clem wrote a pot-boiler, for the book is exciting, but in doing so, he gives us a bare-bones story. Why, background on the female character alone would have added dynamics. And the old retired military man with a deadly secret? His story would have been fascinating. Either Clem was in a hurry to finish this thin novel or he had a terrible burden that weighed on and robbed his mind of needed focus and dedication as he wrote.

I give "Microbe" four stars because the book IS a thriller and I am a forgiving reader. Clem's premise is outstanding, his plot elements are a wonderful blend of outer space life deadly to earth's peoples, government conspiracy, lack of loyalty and honor, wholesale deception, and consuming greed.

For a book in which the writer uses all these elements that work together with clarity and cohesion, try Deception Point by Dan Brown. As for "Microbe" I don't mean to be hard on the book, but I expected more from Bill Clem, a very fine writer of medical and scientific thrillers. Try his Presidential Donor or Medicine Cup for first-rate thrillers!
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