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If you enjoy reading Michael Crichton or James Rollins thrillers you might enjoy this story about a mysterious island where nature has taken a very strange course. The team of scientists in this case are brought to the island as cast members of a reality show called Sea Life, a kind of cross between a Cousteau expedition and MTV's Real World. Once the scientists get to the island things immediately go horribly wrong! The unique creatures of this island are so aggressive it seems nothing from outside can survive for long. As the Sea Life crew fights for their lives and one producer fights for ratings, back home other scientists debate the value and purpose of humanity, "free will," life spans and reproduction. It is here the author lectures, and as a reader, if you are more interested in the "thriller" and less in the "science," it is here you will find yourself getting frustrated with the pace of the story. Even if you are interested in the science you might get frustrated with the screeching halt the author's lecturing brings to the plot!
The book could have benefited from the author being less science professor and more storyteller. Also, some of the characters didn't quite ring true for me--I had a hard time reconciling the image of a 50 year-old woman with a successful career as a television producer jumping up and down, clapping her hands and saying "pretty please."
Aside from character development, the other thing this author needs to work on is dialog. It's a bit stilted throughout, but overall not too bad. The author really fumbles, though, at the beginning of the last third of the book, especially between the two "love interest" characters.
But despite a few flaws, Fragment is a rip-roaring tale with an interesting premise at its heart. The creatures and the island, with a whiff of Avatar, are vividly drawn -- well enough to cause nightmares and pray that no place like this should ever be found on our planet!
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ok first and foremost, i am not a book snob, i like my action actiony, and my science science fictiony...if i wanted reality i would watch the news. i loved this book. the critters concepts are fascinating, go to Warren Fahy's website and check out the field guide and get a better idea of the beastary. anyway, if you are a fan of books / movies like Jurassic Park, you will dig this book. enjoy!
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