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1st To Die notes; Chapters 3 & 4

cover for 1st To Die

Chapter 3

This author drops his bombshells early in the game.
Lindsay has a rare condition – Negli’s aplastic anaemia. Which her G.P., Dr. Roy Orenthaler assures his patient, can be fatal if not treated successfully and perhaps this may be the real reason for her behaviour during the prologue. Difficult to say, since I’ve only just met Lindsay.
Dr Roy, is being as honest as possible, without the sugar coating. Continue reading

The Gates notes; chapters 3 to 5

The Gates

Chapter 3; In Which We Learn About Particle Accelerators, and the Playing of “Battleships”
I’m introduced to two scientists who, when slightly bored, aren’t very scientific and play battleships when things get a little dull (how anything can be dull at the Large Hadron Collider is anyone’s guess), while unbeknownst to them, evil things are afoot in the LHC. Lurking and waiting.

The LHC was a particle accelerator, the largest ever constructed: a device for smashing protons together in a vacuum, consisting of 1,600 electromagnets chilled to -271 degrees Celsius (or, to you and me, “Crumbs, that’s really cold! Anybody got a sweater I can borrow?”), producing a powerful electromagnetic field.

There’s quite a decent overall of what happens in a particle accelerator and why anyone would want to use one, should the reader be interested. Written in the same layman’s manner injected with humour, as before.

Once Bitten Twice Shy notes; chapter 3

Once Bitten, Twice Shy
Chapter 3
Letting Cole escape the bodyguards hasn’t blown her cover as Lucille Robinson, to which Vayl must be mildly pleased about. She makes her way around the dining table with a confidence & grace which belies her previous cock-up.
She makes a comparison of her hostess Amanda Assan to that of the forced blooms decorating the table. Being the immaculate hostess with the catalogue-model smile & excellent but polite conversation. Will the real Amanda please stand up. Crying, unhappy spouse or diplomatic, entrancing partner(-in-crime).
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World War Z notes; Goodbyes chapters 1, 2 & 3

World War Z
Disclaimer: notes transcribed as is, no editing has been made so as to preserve my original feelings as I read the chapter.

Part 8, Goodbyes; Chapter 1, “the Whacko”.

Whatever the Whacko’s real name may be (or whomever he is based upon) he isn’t a Whacko as you might think.
This goodbye is merely a case in point.
For America the war is over, at least on paper, and Whacko believes that people have a right to try and reclaim their lives. It’s just the American way, he reckons, but I think it’s more than that. In order to rebuild a way of life you have to start in the home. In the same way that charity starts in the home, lives need to be rebuilt. Children need to be taught & loved. All the while, maintaining constant vigilance over the ever-present threat.

Of course volunteers came forward, they had a choice.
If America hadn’t declared the war over, perhaps more people would have been disgruntled & reluctant to help or join the UN multinational force.
Choice is powerful thing, take it away & people lose hope, worse, they lose their humanity & compassion.
Yep, methinks the Whacko knew what he was doing, knew it was time to celebrate a victory.
It was a long time coming. Continue reading this post

World War Z notes; Total War chapter 3

World War Z

Disclaimer: notes transcribed as is, no editing has been made so as to preserve my original feelings as I read the chapter.

Part 7, Total War; Chapter 3, Darnell Hackworth.

Todd Wainio only mentioned the army’s K-9 Corps. in a roundabout sort of way and obviously the Israeli’s had a great deal of success using sniffer dogs but their use was rather limited. I think the Israeli’s didn’t really think about other uses, other types of training.

Darnell, and all dog handlers, trained side-by-side with their canine partners. That much is fairly usual, but the training itself; well, considering the new breed of enemy, the training could be nothing else but unusual, even unorthodox.
Sorting out the puppies certainly seems rather odd, but at least they weren’t in any danger at such a young age.
Those that made the “A” grade were in considerable danger after their training was completed, although it isn’t clear what the fate of the “B” grade puppies were.
These “A” grade mutts were trained thoroughly. Each pairing of dog & human being put through their paces. The road ahead was a treacherous one for these units, as their main goal was to lure the zombies towards the army. A ploy which made the battle at Hero City a success.
If a human had been used as bait to draw the ghouls to their final doom, it might have been a very different outcome. I can’t think of any person who might volunteer for such a duty. Not willingly & completely of their own free will.
The K-9 Corps filled that gap, but the humans who have benefited from the loyalty & training of these dogs, seem to have overlooked their canine counterparts. Only the handlers, like Darnell, remember.
Sniffing out the infected was a useful task, but luring the zombies out of buildings, towns & cities would of been of paramount importance if you wanted to clear a place without casualties. Human casualties Continue reading this post