Sunday, March 29, 2009

A review of "Quantico"

by Greg Bear

Bioterrorism has sort of dropped off the radar, it’s been so long since the last anthrax scare. Greg Bear’s Quantico (2005) reminds us that we’re probably in a lull.

This is not exactly science fiction, it’s more speculative fiction focused on bioterror. What the world could be like in a few years, or tomorrow, I’m not sure which. Disturbing, but as a novel I didn’t find it engrossing (although it’s certainly an easy read). The characters were kind of dry and boring – maybe too close to reality for my taste. If I’m going to read about international paramilitary operations, I much prefer reading about Nick Stone.

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