Fragment by Warren Fahy, (Delacorte Press) Kindle version, $5.99
The ultimate question eventually comes around to “what if”…what if the world were flat instead of round…or…what if evolution had taken a different path? What if it did take a different path somewhere…and what if the species that developed evolved in a kill-or-be-killed environment that honed them into the ultimate survival machine?
This is the question posed by Warren Fahy in Fragment. When producer Cynthia Leeds sets out to film a year-long reality TV show cruising from island to island around the world aboard a research vessel, little did she know she would end up visiting remote Henders Island far from normal shipping lanes in the South Pacific. A small island of vertical cliffs facing the sea, Henders’ interior is isolated from the rest of the world. Botanist Nell Duckworth, and her small crew of scientists are enthusiastic to explore Henders…until they suffer internationally televised fatalities during an attack by fiercely competitive island animals and plants.
The attack leads the Navy to blockade the island, and to bring in sophisticated NASA developed equipment to isolate and manage biological samples. However, considering that even the best of technology isn’t foolproof and that human motives are rarely altruistic, the research endeavors encounter serious problems and the survival of species native to the rest of the world, as well as the characters themselves, are threatened.
All in all Fragment is entertaining and poses an interesting “what if” scenario. Even if its thesis is a little far-fetched, that is certainly the nature of the genre and Fragment should take its place on the shelf alongside Jurassic Park and other similar tales.
Clabe Polk is into a second career as a fiction author. He has taken more than thirty-seven years of professional managerial experience, scientific background, a lifetime of practical skills, his love of reading, research and writing and combined them into action stories about real people told in a tongue-in-cheek style all his own.
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