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Year Zero by Jeff Long
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Oct 31, 2008

did not like it
Read in October, 2008

** spoiler alert ** OK, I finished it. Rather a slog - not worth the bother, really. Not a *bad* book, just not any good. Not suspensful enough to warrant the disorganized plotlines, shifting focus, complete unbelievability, shallow charactizations, etc.

Why are biothrillers so reliant on stereotypes? The female scientists are always beautiful, the males amazing athletes. You can tell who one of the villains will be immediately, because he's obese and gay (at least he's not mincing). The other one, of course, is in a wheelchair. Little other diversity is described (I think one family is African, and there is a Neanderthal who gets sympathetic treatment....)
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