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Book Title: Pandemie|
The author of the book: Daniel Kalla
Date of issue: 2006
ISBN 13: 9783453431348
Format files: PDF
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Reader ratings: 3.9
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This is a debut novel from this author. And you can tell it's a debut novel.
The characters: The lead character, Haldane, is mostly believable. I could see him existing and functioning in the real world. Gwen is not quite as believable. She was more of a plot device than a character. She lacked personality. I won't say she was entirely two-dimensional, but she was close. Most of the characters seemed to lack something. They all had a two-dimensional aspect that made it hard to care for them. Think of it this way... In most stories, you grow to care for a character or three. You'd be upset if the author killed them off. You wonder what they'll do in the next book. In Kalla's debut novel, I would say that I really wouldn't care if any of the protagonists died. I would shrug my shoulders and read on to see what plot device he'll introduce next. If you can't make your readers *care* about a character you're writing about, you have not successfully created a personality for them.
The plot: Well, it was moderately plausable. He got most of the information about the American system correct. I'm not sure I would buy some of the twists in his story. The mogel's change of opinion was hard to swallow. As was Gwen's predictions. This could have been thought out better. It made Gwen seem like the cureall plot device and ruined any chance I had of enjoying her character. I think the pandemic itself is very plausable. This could happen. He just could have worked a bit more on making the plot itself more believable.
The writing: Not bad overall. He is a good writer. He just needs to work on a few things first. But this is predictable really. Any debut novel will have these issues. Write and learn. (And Daniel? It's called a "Nor'easter" not a "Northeaster".)
It's a good book that's worth reading. I will not re-read it. In fact I already gave the book away. As far as mass market paperbacks go, it's in the upper level of those that I've read. Much better than most mass market stuff out there. It's also interesting to see the story touch the city I live in. Few books focus in Vancouver. ;)
Get the book, read it, pass it along to someone else. I'll be getting some more of Daniel's work to see how he's progressed as a writer. I'll let you know what I think. :)
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Read information about the authorBorn, raised, and still residing in Vancouver, Kalla spends his days (and sometimes nights) working as an ER Physician in an urban teaching hospital.
The idea for his first medical thriller, PANDEMIC, sprang from his clinical experience in facing the SARS crisis of 2003. He has written five science thrillers and or medical mysteries, delving into themes and topics as diverse as superbugs, drug addiction, prions, DNA evidence, pandemics and patient abuse.
Kalla’s last book, THE FAR SIDE OF THE SKY, is a historical novel set in Second World War Shanghai against the dramatic backdrop of converging cultures and ideologies. His latest, RISING SUN, FALLING SHADOW continues the story of the Adler family through 1943, the bleakest year in war-torn Shanghai.
His books have been translated into eleven languages, and two have been optioned for feature films.
Daniel received his MD from the University of British Columbia. He is married and the proud father of two girls in a home predominated by the XX chromosome (even his beloved Labrador retriever, Lola, is female.)
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