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Codon Zero (2011)

by Jim Hendee(Favorite Author)
3.67 of 5 Votes: 1
1257880055 (ISBN13: 9781257880058)
review 1: I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway and although this typically isn't the type of book I enjoy, I thought I'd give it a fair one-over. There are a lot of things going for it but there is also a lot I didn't enjoy. I felt that the same reasons I generally don't enjoy spy action novels is the reason I didn't enjoy this one as much as I could have. I thought that the story was well thought out and it is clear that Jim Hendee spent a fair amount time researching the subjects he discusses. There were a few thought-provoking ideas and the book was admittedly very easy and quick to read without being overly simplistic. I can't say that I was ever particularly bored while reading it, I just wasn't blown away.The thinks what made it just a mediocre book for me were the characte... morers. Sometimes their thought patterns seemed really juvenile and almost silly. The main character, Jason, was supposed to be a top-notch spy but there were too many times that his own stupidity in things spy-related caused problems. It felt like the situations he got himself into would have been unbelievable for someone of his credentials. I also thought the scientists who were part of the Dalton Gang were more than slightly simple-minded in their decisions. These are supposedly the most intelligent scientists in the world yet their decisions seem like those you'd see from a group of teenage activists.Overall I thought the book was entertaining and my wife would probably love it since this type of story is more her style. I just couldn't buy some of the details of the story so it made it a flop in some areas. Not bad but not great. Just a quick read that I'd rate "OK."
review 2: The amount of research that went into this novel is mind boggling. If I could give more than 5 stars for the novel I certainly would.James (as in James Bond) better watch out. Jason Stouter is here, the action hero of our time, the time of Middle East chaos. Jason is pulled into a complex plot targeting people with genetic middle eastern heritage, with a deadly biological agent.The details about the weapons, the travel, the weather and the training necessary for fighting a dangerous megalomaniac terrorist are totally realistic. The action scenes are exciting and dramatic. The wonderful twist at the end will leave you wondering about the future, when scientists rather than politicians decide a possible new fate for the world. less
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Lots of science in here, premise is a bit scary. Jumps around quite a bit, but entertaining
This was a excellent story with plots within plots. This was a real page turner.
[2012-06-29] Yay!! My book arrived :-)
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