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Friday, March 9, 2007

Area 7 by Matthew Reilly

If you are a fan of pure adreneline soaked action, this book is for you. If you want strong macho figures in do or die, no holds bar combat, this book is for you. If you like a plot that is remotely believable or if you want a story that has multiple layers that makes an enjoyable read, then this book is not for you.

Area 7 is built around the idea that the military has a super-secret installation that it uses for biowarfare research. Inside this base and it's sister base, Area 8, are technological wonders that we read about in Popular Science, wonders that just might be possible.

Matt Reilly takes all of the internet conspiracy theories and rolls them into the background of his book. Then he throws in the President and his Secret Service and US Marine protective details, a psychopathic Air Force general bent on a military coup. Throw in a rogue black ops team, a secret South African society bent on killing all the blacks in the world, the Chinese and a serial killer and you have, well, way too many bad guys. It is a good yarn for what it is, a non-stop action book. It has too much action and not enough real substantive story.

In my opinion, the premise of a secret society in the Air Force that would plan to assassinate the President and take over the Us Government was a good idea, but the bad guy came off as too much of a comic book bad guy to be believable, the Evil Genius Bent on World Domination that has way to much exposition.

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