Posts Tagged ‘Jargon filled’

The Andromeda Strain

February 22, 2012

Author:  Michael Crichton

Title:  The Andromeda Strain

Genre:  techno thriller, medical suspense, science fiction

Publication Date:  1969

Number of Pages:  285

Geographical Setting:  Arizona

Time Period:  Late 1960s

Series:  N/A

Plot Summary:  When a government satellite lands in a small Arizona town killing all but two people, a team of four scientists are called upon to investigate the extraterrestrial virus that entered the earth’s atmosphere with the satellite.  From a top-secret military base in Nevada, they work to identify the virus, discover similarities between the two survivors, and find a cure before the virus causes millions to perish.   Maps, computer data, and details of microbiology sprinkled throughout the novel, add a feel of authenticity to this techno thriller that will both frighten and inform the reader.

Subject Headings:  Viruses, Microbiology, Extraterrestrial Life, Satellites, Medical Suspense, Medical Technology

Appeal:  fast-paced, suspenseful, foreboding, dramatic, cinematic, investigative, plot-centered, informative, jargon-filled, well-researched, accurate, details of microbiology

3 appeal terms that best describe this book:  suspenseful, investigative, plot-centered

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors:

The Coming Plague:  Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance by Laurie Garrett- The Coming Plague examines the outbreak of recent diseases and what can be done to preclude new plagues.  Both The Andromeda Strain and The Coming Plague have viruses as a main topic

First Contact:  Scientific Breakthroughs in the Hunt for Life Beyond Earth by Marc Kaufman- Using recent scientific research, Kaufman provides evidence for the probable existence of extraterrestrial life. First Contact will appeal to readers interested in the extraterrestrial microorganisms in The Andromeda Strain.

Virus Hunter:  Thirty Years of Battling Hot Viruses Around the World by C.J. Peters- A top official at the CDC recounts his career battling viruses.  Virus Hunter will appeal to those readers who enjoyed the individual experiences of the doctors in The Andromeda Strain.

3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors (why they are similar):

The Cobra Event by Richard Preston- Government officials attempt to stop a scientist who uses a new virus to depopulate the human race.  Both The Andromeda Strain and The Cobra Event are fast-paced, jargon-filled, medical suspense novels about viruses.

The Hades Factor by Robert Ludlum- An army virologist works to identify and cure an unknown virus before millions perish.  Like The Andromeda Strain, The Hades Factor is a fast-paced, medical suspense novel that deals with viruses.

Invasive Procedures by Orson Scott Card- A virologist works to stop a geneticist who is altering human DNA for evil purposes.  Like The Andromeda Strain, Invasive Procedures is a fast-paced, medical suspense novel dealing with a virus and a top-secret agency.


By Order of the President

October 5, 2011

Author: W.E.B Griffin

Title: By Order of the President

Genre: Suspense

Publication Date: 2004

Number of Pages: 528

Geographical Setting: Africa, Angola, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Washington, D.C, United States of America

Time Period: Modern day

Series (If applicable): Presidential Agent Novels (Book 1)

Plot Summary: By Order of the President is a post 9/11 suspense filled thriller.  The main character Carlos Guillermo Castillo is an army officer assigned as a special assistant to the secretary of homeland
security after a Boeing 727 is hijacked from an Angola airport.  As Castillo learns who did the hijacking and why, the President veils the investigation to allow Carlos to get a closer look at the internal workings of the CIA and FBI. The book is richly detailed with military and aircraft terminology and would be appreciated by those desiring jargon filled text.  Castillo is an interesting character with a very culturally rich background.  Born in Germany and raised by his mother until she dies of cancer when he is 12.  He is then raised by his father’s Mexican American parents and although the two never meet Carlos’s father plays a large role in his life as well.  His father posthumously is awarded the Medal of Honor which directly plays into Carlos being admitted to West Point.

Subject Headings: Presidents United States, Murder, Green Berets. Delta Force, United States Dept. of Homeland Security, Government investigators, Hijacking of aircraft, Undercover operations, Military pilots, Americans in Angola, Boeing 727

Appeal: Character-driven, Intricately plotted, Fast paced, Richly detailed, Jargon filled, Action oriented, Investigative, Plot twists, Political, Suspenseful, Dramatic, Compelling, Intriguing, Edgy,
Dangerous, Paranoid,

3 appeal terms that best describe this book: Character-driven, Intricately plotted, Fast paced.

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors

Anti-Terrorism: Security and Insecurity after 9/11 by Sandra Magnusson.  This book documents the U.S government’s responses to terrorist activity since September 11th.

 More Secure, Less Free?: Antiterrorism Policy and Civil Liberties after September 11th by Mark Sidel.
This book covers the tensions of maintaining the war on terrorism and could be an interesting reading or used as a reality check after reading about Carlos Castillo’s adventure

 Modern Military Aircraft: The World’s Fighting Aircraft, 1945 to Present Day by Jim Winchester.
By Order of the President contains a fair amount of military aircraft jargon.  A non-fiction book like this could be a handy
a reference to readers confused by some of the terms.

 3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors

Lethal, by Sandra Brown.
This faced paced thriller deals with internal issues within the
FBI.  There is also a terrorist element
as well as the main character is terrorized by her captor.

TailSpin, by Catherine Coulter.
Although this book may contain more romance than By Order of the President. This
thriller is similar in that it deals with FBI conspiracies/issues and aviation

The Killing Ground, by Jack Higgins.
This thriller is similar to By
Order of the President in
that deals with anti-terrorism in a post 9-11

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