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Isolation Ward by Joshua Spanogle
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Apr 14, 2012

did not like it
bookshelves: abandoned

Lot's of problems ...

1. Too long at 516 pages.
2. Immature characters, including protagonist. Juvenile sub-plot: the "romance."
3. Significant use of profanity -- which also seems to be unnaturally dropped (edited) in. The use seems forced, perhaps even after-the-fact. Almost as if an exec-level publ. editor-in-charge went thru the author's draft and thought ... gotta add more Hollywood-style immature/juvenile sensationalism ... e.g., more f-words, etc. ... that'll sell these paperbacks. I actually started counting: one profanity every 1 - 1 1/2 pages.

Don't misunderstand me ... nothing wrong or offensive about profanity when used in *context*. But the way it seems to be dropped in seems unsophisticated and "markety". Not sure why Spanogle chose this "augmentation" style?

What I liked (not enough to recommend, but enough to mention) ...

1. 1st person narrative.
2. Short chapters (makes excessive length a bit easier to swallow.
3. Author does try to explain medical/biological/scientific terms and concepts to lay audience.

BOTTOM LINE: Not only should you not pay good $$ for this book, but it is not even worth reading a FREE copy of. Hard to believe Stanford Univ. Medical School helped fund THIS project.

For medical suspense, try Michael Palmer, R. Preston, T. Gerritsen, Peter Clement, Michael Crichton, even Robin Cook.

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