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Although this is a pretty exciting and interesting story, there are several problems that get in the way of interest. First, there are the myriad chapter jumps from character to character and from time to time with no clues. It is very confusing trying to figure out if a given chapter is happening now or some time in the past. And there is a LOT of past here, more than 50 years of it, and we have to keep those pasts straight for so many people. Stalingrad, Australia, Oklahoma, Germany, Spain, the North Atlantic. Now, last year, 5 years ago, 50 years ago, a billion years ago. I lost my place in the book once when my phone kept playing after I had put it down. It took me over half an hour, and a lot of relistening to figure out where I had been. THAT is a confusing story.
This has sort of mixed up genres. Sometimes that works and sometimes it doesn't. This one started out (in book 1) as a biological pandemic which then turned out to be a Lex Luther bioterrorism theme but now there's Virtual Reality and computer-controlled everything. This current volume takes it even further into VR and super computers. It's already confusing trying to figure out how their computer programs can do what they say they can, and then you have to understand how the Neanderthal cave paintings fit in (?), and then it just keeps getting weirder. Something is hidden in the human genome and it is supposed to answer the deepest questions of Man's existence. What's that question again? And where in the story, or Lin Shaw's genetic research, was this answered? Not much is answered because the question isn't clear. Most of the themes have been dealt with anyway in Star Trek in far less time and with less confusion.
It's a bit sci-fi. Our hero has hidden his memory in some computer somewhere? He has to find it to save the world.
It's a bit romance. Two women love him. Unless one just shrugs it off, there are only two ways for that to resolve, either one dies, or one has her heart broken. Take your pick.
The people cleverly change from being good guys to being bad guys or visy-versy. Who's hiding something? Who can you trust? You'll start with the eye rolling.
There are some good action scenes, but even they are confusing chronologically.
The last conversation of the story is the most confusing of all. It's supposed to be all high-brow intellectual philosophical and just ends stultifying: Let's not call the highest peak of our world by the name we use, let's be sly and use the name of the first surveyor-general of India and call it..... wait for it......Mt. Everest. Yeah, that'll obfuscate things.
Even though the story can keep you entertained, it is not satisfying because there's not a real moral, or a real conclusion. It's just kind of woo-woo, aren't we mysteriously esoteric!
Mr. Ballerini does well with all the voices except Lin Shaw's. She has to be 50-60 years old, but sounds like her daughter's sister.
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And so the story continues. .. A. G. Riddle does it again! so many questions are answered.... but so many questions more to go. Eduardo Bsllerini is a puppet master, bringing all the characters to life, their emotions , personalities, ...you can almost hear what each one is thinking. Whose side is,Lynn on, what is Rendition, who is Uri and what ais he really after, what is The Rabbit Hole, and what does Lewis Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland have to do with all of th is. Then there's The Looking Glass...or is it Glasses? Very intriguing, thought- provoking and entertaining!
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I was worried from about 3/4's through "Pandemic - Extinction Files (*Book 1)", that this series was eerily similar to the "Atlantis Trilogy" by Riddle !!!!
I am VERY happy to say that here in the second book, my fears were mostly unfounded !!! The x2 series do have 'some' similarities,.......
BUT the premises of both are at their core, Very VERY different !!!
As ALWAYS I do NOT do spoilers or plot twists and try not to give to much of a books storyline away in reviews !!!
This is a BRILLIANT conclusion of the series !!! Asking the age old questions,......
"Where do we come from" ??
"Why are we here" ???
"What is our purpose" ????
"WHAT IS THE MEANING OF LIFE,..... OUR EXISTENCE,....... WHERE DO WE ULTIMATELY GO,....... WHAT IS OUR FINAL DESTINATION" ?????
A.G Riddle poses some EPIC questions in these x2 books !!! And gives some Truely frightening glimpses into possible journeys we as humans may decide to take !!!
It is one of those books that really makes you think about the fundamental questions about life, where are we from, what is the point of "life" (*not the individual personal life,......but LIFE as a general question !!!) and ultimately what is our destiny !??!
This is in my opinion, exactly what a "proper" Science Fiction book SHOULD do !!! It should make you travel the universe, life & make you wonder,......make you think,.......make you question,.......
"WHAT IF" ???????
In 2003, the first human genome was sequenced. But the secrets it held were never revealed.
The truth was discovered thirty years ago, by Dr. Paul Kraus who had spent his entire career searching for what he called humanity’s lost tribes—human ancestors who had gone extinct. He believed our DNA contained a code to the future of humanity. Dr. Peyton Shaw and her mother Lyn have obtained part of Kraus’s research—and a cryptic message that could lead to the remaining piece which Desmond Hughes invented and only he knows where it is hidden, all he has to do was to regain all his lost memories. His work is the key to stopping a global conspiracy and an event that will change humanity forever it is called the ‘Looking Glass’. There is another unscrupulous group who will do anything to get hold of this last piece in order to launch ‘Looking Glass’ including releasing a world-wide pathogen and killing anyone who gets in their way. There is quite a lot of flashback in this 2nd book (I reck0n around 50%+) and again technical and medical terms. I was very near the end before I understood what the Looking Glass was. I also thought the ending of the Epilogue was a bit on the silly side.
the premise is good. we follow the scramble left from the first book. the story is disjointed continually through the whole book, and everything about it is drawn out. almost to elicit some emotional attachment which can't be forced. the ending, almost an ex machina, is satisfactory. more attention needed to be placed there. not a bad story, not a thrilling story. not riddle's best work. I will still read the 3rd book in the series, but it has a lot to make up for