Fast-paced plague no-brainer (3/5)
From July 22, 2011
"The space probe returned carrying a cargo of writhing death!
No form of life on Earth seemed safe from the savage epidemic brought
back from a distant planet. Quickly and mysteriously it spread over the
earth's surface, drawing its victims into a slow and violent death. If
Earth was to escape annihilation, the horrible plague had to be stopped!
But there was so little left to track down the cause of the Jupiter
The line where it says, "Quickly and mysteriously it
spread over the earth's surface, drawing its victims into a slow and
violent death" is as faulty as the wiring in my condo. The plague was
limited to New York and the area of New England rather than the entire
earth's surface and the plague killed its victim rather quickly, within
the day... nothing so slow or violent about a fever and some boils.
thing Harrison has down to an art (mmm, that's a bit of a stretch) is
plot flow. It starts with a bang when Sam, our intern doctor and to-be
heartthrob is raced to an accident involving a dismemberment and being
raced back to the hospital to be warned of a pending danger of unknown
proportions at the airport... which is where the behemoth spaceship has
returned to Earth while crushing one plane and burning another to a
cinder. Sam observes the astronaut descend from the ship and fall.
Caring for him, Sam sees blisters around his face and neck with a fever
of 105. Knowing he's near death, Sam and his love-interest-to-be (of
course) give the man a notepad where he write something like "sick in
ship." I considered this a key in understanding WHAT was inside the ship
and was especially interested when the police closed the ship off. In
the end, the message played no importance and it was all fairly
For some added flavor, Harrison has thrown in some
medical terminology, which, as a fan of anatomy, I just love. Harrison
also added some more ridiculous elements of extremely large handguns
with calibers of .50 and 0.75 inches, which are ALL recoilless, the
author must note. Other elements of science fiction include some ideas
about traffic control, Mach 5 air transport and life on a Reef in
If you're looking for a fast-paced requiring very
little brain power and a few annoyance (i.e. the ending), then look no
further than The Jupiter Legacy. Crichton's The Andromeda Strain, while different in format, was actually a better read. This book, however, is going back to the second-hand books store.