Thursday, May 17, 2012

-30- - by Steven Saville and Keith R.A. DeCandido - (VIRAL #1) (VIRAL NOVELLAS)

4 of 5 Stars

Joe Lombardo is a Pulitzer Prize winning newspaper guy. Having won the award for his stories on Kosovo. That was a long time ago and now he works for another paper in the Op-Ed department. Nik Rugova, his source for much of his award winning work has resurfaced with an even bigger story.

-30- is a fast-paced thriller of a Novella, and that's one of the problems for me. It seems like it should be the first section of a larger work, just when you get to the point where Joe needs to decide whether he's going to reveal his bombshell and potentially bring down the CIA or bury the story to save the lives of an uncountable number of children who would no longer trust Americans abroad trying to provide them with vaccinations we take for granted. It ends.

True, this is book #1 of the Viral Novellas and those questions may be answered in future editions. I still feel just a bit cheated, particularly when the other Novellas are prompted as part of a series that can be read as stand-alones.

The writing is good, the story was good. It just should have been the 1st section in a larger book.

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