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The Vector [Paperback]

MCM
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July 20 2009
"A gripping, scary viruscore tale" - io9.com It's the age of the home-made virus, and humanity is dying. It just doesn't know it yet. In Prague, a young woman named Eva returns home to escape the plagues, only to find her mother missing and the police blaming her for the worst outbreaks in recent memory. Events are complicated by the appearance of a Healer - a merciless Chinese agent - sent to neutralize a new strain that may bring Prague to its knees. With only days until the launch of a super-virus, Eva must navigate a hostile city and escape to safety before she becomes another faceless victim in this global, slow apocalypse. "MCM is one of the most unique voices working in SciFi today." - Martin Gero, Producer, Stargate: Atlantis

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
I'd recommend The Vector for the Healer's storyline. He beats up people with foot and fist for the good of mankind.

There are also guns and girls.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fast-paced thriller for adrenaline junkies June 5 2010
By A.M. Harte - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
There's very little I can say about The Vector that hasn't been said before.

It's action-packed, fast-paced, thrilling and occasionally stomach-turning. Definitely not for the squeamish; being a little iffy about viruses myself, there were several moments where I felt faintly sick. The story's so good, though, that I ploughed on.

The story follows three plot lines: Eva, who is searching for her mother in Prague; Carey, an office worker reluctantly involved in the politics behind vaccines for viruses; and the mysterious Healer who is hunting down the original hosts of the viruses, called the `vectors'.

Having these three different plot lines really helps the reader sink into this post-apocalyptic world and understand the situation from all perspectives. Eva is on the streets, at risk of being infected herself, and sees the gritty reality of death. Carey is involved in the office politics, giving a sense that these epidemics are much more calculated and sinister than expected. And the Healer sees everything from an outsider perspective, an objective executioner of sorts.

The setting is well-planned, and incredibly realistic. As for the writing style of the narrative, MCM is a professional author and it shows, even in the little details. I particularly like how he uses dialogue and lexical choices to subtly convey character accents.

If I had to complain about anything, I'd say the prologue is the weakest part of the story. The staccato sentences struck me as odd, as did the use of `it' to refer to the Healer.

Overall, an exciting and thrilling read. If you're an adrenaline-junkie with a fondness for sci-fi, this is the story for you.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Virus Technothriller April 27 2010
By Adam Sampson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Vector is a great, character driven novel. It is set in a plague ridden Europe, not to far in the future. The main characters (there are a few of them) try to survive and do what they think is right, only occasionally succeeding. I loved the writing style and the future Europe is very believable, with realistic technology. The ending was poetic, but a bit of a mixed bag, it does not end the way you expect it to. Although I gave it four stars, for that price I would recommend it to anyone.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! Aug. 23 2009
By P. R. Pival - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
A really scary twist on writing viruses - not for computers, but for humans! Couldn't put it down for the last hour 'cause I had to see how it finished. Very good story!
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2.0 out of 5 stars An okay but not great read Feb. 3 2012
By Idaho Homesteader - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I normally love this genre but this story didn't do much for me. I was actually glad when I finished and could move on to something else.

Don't get me wrong. It wasn't horrible but I didn't think the plot was very good.
3.0 out of 5 stars Just needs a little work Dec 20 2012
By Erin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Overall this is a good book that could just use a little work. The plot specifically is basically good but I found the set up lacking. Important details aren't given early enough, especially concerning the "Healers". Most of the details do eventually come up, but I spent a substantial portion of the book trying to piece things together and figure out what was going on. Perhaps that was the author's goal, but it detracted from the story.

The editing for grammar and spelling was fine but the formatting needs work. Approximately the last 17% of the book was repeat chapters that need to be deleted. (Perhaps this has been fixed since I downloaded it?)

*Review re-posted from goodreads.com
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