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by Bill Clem

  • ISBN: 0979580811
  • Category: Thriller & Mystery
  • Author: Bill Clem
  • Subcategory: Thrillers & Suspense
  • Other formats: docx mbr lrf txt
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Vision Books (August 15, 2007)
  • Pages: 232 pages
  • FB2 size: 1162 kb
  • EPUB size: 1215 kb
  • Rating: 4.4
  • Votes: 994
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Army left behind a secret when they closed Ft. A threat so deadly, they buried it 1000 feet down in the Atlantic Ocean.

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In 1947, the U.S. Army left behind a secret when they closed Ft. Miles, Delaware. A threat so deadly, they buried it 1000 feet down in the Atlantic Ocean. Now, sixty years later, an oil rig drilling off the coast of Delaware has hit something. Within hours, crew members are dying from a mysterious illness that kills unmercifully. On the opposite coast, Justin Flannigan, an estranged epidemiologist is visited by the director of the CDC who convinces him to come to Delaware to investigate the bizarre illness. But shortly after he begins his investigation, he gets another visit. This time from an eccentric old man who claims to know the origin of the deadly contagion, and soon, Justin begins to suspect there is more to it than what first appeared. It is evolving swiftly, becoming more deadly with each passing hour. As the illness spreads to the general population, Justin realizes that this one old man may hold the key not only to his survival, but to the survival of the entire planet.
Reviews about Microbe (7):
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.
The book Microbe was okay. I'm really not sure whether this is science-fiction or more like fantasy. It was never clear to me why there should have been a cover-up about the events in the 1940s. Assuming those events had to be covered up, I don't understand why the so-called conspiracy because the American president was not part of the conspiracy? The ending reminded me of the 1960s- 1970s horror movies, it was too simple. Still this book is reasonable and can be read in one or two nights. I'm not sure that I will read anything else by this author.
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!
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.

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