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Bio apocalypse looms. One man against multiheaded conspiracy in several nations, and megalomaniacal leader. Of course good triumphs.
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But cardboard cutout characters. Missed characterization opportunities. Pencil-whipped plot devices/escapes.

Can't convert Celsius to Fahrenheit. Pretty bad for a scientist.

Mediocre. Won't pursue his others.
The review of this Book prepared by L Brautigam

Forge, Mar 2001, 25.95, 352 pp.
ISBN: 0312874359

    By 2003, some interesting events have occurred in the Mid East, leading to a potential environmental Armageddon. The independent International Environmental Response Team (INERT) led by Dr. Michael Zammit visits ecological hot spots in efforts to avert disasters or cleaning up after a mess.

    The Mid East remains a hot spot but a new crisis requires the INERT squad to prevent a pandemic catastrophe as a terrorist has opened a genie bottle by placing an genetically altered organism into a Turkish reservoir, leaving thousands poisoned. Turkey cut off water supplies to Iraq and Syria, who with the help of a rogue Russian military officer plans to invade the democratic Muslim nation. INERT must neutralize the new weapon of mass destruction before the Mid East explodes.

    THE FIFTH HORSEMAN is an action thriller that starts at a supersonic speed and never slows down for a moment even if the heroic group's name is a misnomer. The story line is very exciting even if some of the actions of the characters appear far-fetched. Richard Sherbaniuk creates a combination Indian Jones-James Bond thriller that will please the action-adventure crowd, who will demand more INERT tales.

Harriet Klausner

The review of this Book prepared by Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Tone of story    -   scarey (primal ax-wielding fear) How difficult to spot villain?    -   Somewhat obvious Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999    -   near future War Thriller    -   Yes Armed Forces:    -   Special Forces    -   Mercenaries Disaster, natural or nuclear    -   Yes Kind of disaster:    -   plague Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Crime plotlets:    -   escape/rescue from kidnappers General Crime (including known murderer)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   scientist Age:    -   20's-30's


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Turkey    -   Eastern Europe Asia/Pacific    -   Yes Asian country:    -   Arabia

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Unusual forms of death    -   biohazard/virus Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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