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Rob Shapiro's narration is smooth, polished, and nicely balanced. His deep voice carries the suspense well, especially in the parts where a grisly death could await around every corner. Yet he shows a lot of sensitivity portraying the various relationships as well. He reminds you that a really good narrator tends to blend seamlessly into the background in the service of the story telling. It's not so much the screams and explosions that get to you here; it’s the whisper in your ear that raises the hair on the back of your neck.
"Fungus Amungus" is a rallying cry that carries throughout the story, and also underlies the key threat. How do you escape something so deadly, so pervasive, as a weaponized fungus spore? It can be in every nook and cranny, every breath we take. It's also the ultimate mindless killer, so it's not really the fungus here that's the monster. It's the people who would mastermind its deadly potential. Cleo Creech
When Nobel laureate Liam Connor is found dead at the bottom of one of Ithaca, New York’s famous gorges, his research collaborator, Cornell professor of nanoscience Jake Sterling, refuses to believe it was suicide. Why would one of the world’s most eminent biologists, a 86-year old man in good health who survived some of the darkest days of the Second World War, have chosen to throw himself off a bridge? And who was the mysterious woman caught on camera at the scene? Soon it becomes clear that a cache of supersophisticated nanorobots—each the size of a spider—has disappeared from the dead man’s laboratory.
Stunned by grief, Jake, Liam’s granddaughter, Maggie, and Maggie’s nine-year-old son, Dylan, try to put the pieces together. They uncover ingeniously coded messages Liam left behind pointing toward a devastating secret he gleaned off the shores of war-ravaged Japan and carried for more than 60 years.
What begins as a quest for answers soon leads to a horrifying series of revelations at the crossroads of biological warfare and nanoscience. At this dangerous intersection, a skilled and sadistic assassin, an infamous Japanese war criminal, and a ruthless U.S. government official are all players in a harrowing game of power, treachery, and intrigue—a game whose winner will hold the world’s fate literally in the palm of his hand.
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By Rose on 06-02-11
Can't wait for his next!
Just finished Spiral, Paul McEuens first novel, and can't wait until his next one!! Excellent techno-thriller with something for everyone.... Political intrigue; Explosions; History; Murders; Sword play; Love; Romance; Evil vixen; Revenge; Mutant fungus; A Boy and his dog....
Light and easy read, however full character development and action packed.
Worth a credit and you won't be disappointed.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
By Ronald on 07-21-11
Great science fiction (not fantasy)
Good science fiction is hard to find. Too much of the genre has been contaminated by fantasy. I like to read a book where I understand the laws of physics (or at least most of them). This book proposes some plausible scientific developments and weaves a skillful thriller story around them. The setting for the book comes from McEuen's home town of Ithaca, NY and the surrounding area. This area has enough interesting features that the author did not have to invent any.
I'm waiting for McEuen's next book.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful