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ISBN: 0973642106
Author: Brad Steel
Language: English
Publisher: Graphos Books (August 31, 2005)
Pages: 385
Category: Mystery
Subcategory: Unfathomable
Rating: 4.1
Votes: 304
Size Fb2: 1859 kb
Size ePub: 1199 kb
Size Djvu: 1643 kb
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ISBN 10: 0973642106 ISBN 13: 9780973642100. Publisher: Graphos Books, 2005.

Brad Meltzer (born April 1, 1970) is an American political thriller novelist, non-fiction writer, TV show creator and comic book author. Brad Meltzer was born on April 1, 1970. He grew up in Brooklyn, New York, and then moved to South Florida, where. He grew up in Brooklyn, New York, and then moved to South Florida, where he graduated from North Miami Beach Senior High School in 1988. He earned a degree from the University of Michigan, the first in his immediate family to attend a four-year college.

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Katherine "Kat" Francis, a charming and gifted animal doctor, has just watched her life turned upside-down after a series of deaths, including the demise of her six-year marriage. But when a mysterious package shows up at her clinic--filled with gruesome photos of mutilated cattle--things are about to get a whole lot worse.

It soon becomes evident the sender is not a stranger, but in fact someone with whom Kat was once very intimate. A hobby investigator of mysterious animal mutilations, he has stumbled upon a link between the Mad Cow outbreak and a desperate plot to win the war on terror. One that would touch off a holocaust of unprecedented scale.

Kat's quest for answers draws her into the lives of numerous unforgettable characters, while entangling her in a deadly maelstrom of world politics, greed and fear. Perhaps the greatest truth she learns is about herself--facing secrets she's kept hidden from even those closest to her...

Comments:

Tiv
Interesting style - but could have done without the whole lesbian lover thing - not really necessary - to the story.
porosh
Mysterious cattle mutilations, mad cows, a genocide conspiracy, OH MY! I raced through mute at an INSANE pace, much faster than usual. What a good book. Picked it up after reading some listmania reviews, not fully sure how it'd stack up.

My verdict: Totally impressed.

This book has something unique going for it, beyond being a gripping and informative read. Can't put a finger on what it is, but I'm talking more than a fresh writing style and a brilliant premise. It spoke to me. The twists were unexpected. The characters popped.

Really hoping to see more from this author!
JoJoshura
This is truly an accomplished novel. As a retired Professor of English and American Literature, I am impressed by it on many levels. Mr. Steel has forgone the pretence and self-indulgence common to authors of his generation to put forth a distinct, appealing new voice.
I came across Mute online due to its thematic ties to mad cow and other prion diseases - a variant of which claimed a good friend of mine in Britain three years ago. Here again, Mr. Steel has done his homework. Medical and scientific information, always thorough and precise, is well tailored to the medium, never slowing the book's pace. The result is a pleasing blend of solid research and plausible fiction, assembled with rare compassion.
The story itself is expertly told: stylish and gripping. Characterization is consistently credible and the plot rich and marvelously unpredictable. Mr. Steel took risks in this book, and it is the better for them. Others have noted how his characters tend to take long-term residence within the reader's mind during and after reading. I have enjoyed the same experience.
I am the very archetype of a cynic (to which many will happily attest), and tend to anticipate disappointment from topical contemporary fiction. Brad Steel's Mute is a banner of hope for its genre, and worthy of commendation. My highest rating. (That said, I would give four and a half of five if it were available.)
Zetadda
I cannot believe I read this book-nor can I believe how much I enjoyed it. Mystery novels are not a genre I am drawn to, but this one is different. I find mysteries inevitably become disturbing and shocking-although this one does not disappoint-but its well-constructed plot and interesting characters compelled me to continue reading.

The first chapter reads like a typical mystery prelude-introducing a character who is a pathologist, and suggesting all will not be as it seems. I considered ending my reading experience here. Once I began the following chapter, however, my opinion changed. At this point, the author switches gears, introducing Kat, the protagonist, and presenting the reader with his captivating, compelling writing style.

Brad Steel has a way with storytelling-drawing the reader close to the characters and their stories while weaving interesting factual information between the fibers of each chapter. I'm sure I uttered many an audible "no way!" as I read page after page of this gripping story.

I would recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys a really good story. It's a mystery, of course, but so much more.
WinDImmortaL
When a prospective reader opens Brad Steel's Mute, she is first confronted with a pair of dictionary definitions for the title word. The first, an abbreviation for mutilation, is a "carcass displaying unusual and inexplicable features such as burns, excisions, incisions, and the absence of blood or organs." The second is the word's more traditional definition: "to silence, render unable to speak." Although these definitions seem at first glance to be wildly disparate, in Steel's timely and disturbing novel, they are inseparably woven together.

The protagonist, Kat Francis, is a veterinarian working in Victoria, Canada. At the beginning of the book, she is struggling to keep her life together after a divorce and the deaths of several family members. But when an envelope arrives at her clinic with pictures of mutilated cattle - the "mutes" of the title - Kat's worries quickly become more immediate. In the course of a week, her clinic and home are broken into, and an attempt is made on her life... clearly, the pictures are more than just someone's idea of a joke. After some investigation, Kat realizes that the photos were sent by an old friend whose interest in "mutes" may have brought him the kind of unwanted attention that eventually caused his death. Going to her old friend's hometown to investigate further only brings more questions, until Kat finds herself fighting for her life against powerful people who will stop at nothing to mute her.

Steel's novel, which links the "alien cattle mutilations" of supermarket tabloids with a government plan to eliminate terrorist "cells" through a frightening new biomedical weapon, is well-timed in this era of the War on Terror. Although the novel's sense of place is unmistakable, made clear by skillfully inserted details of the Canadian towns through which Kat travels, the story is one that could just as easily "happen here," in the United States, Britain or any of the other countries whose fears about terrorism sometimes lead to questionable decision-making.

Mute taught this reader a good deal about, among other things, cattle mutilations, Canadian geography, and Islam. The villains are rather one-dimensional, and in some places, the plotting is clumsy, as with a mid-stream romance for the protagonist that seems to be dropped from the sky like a mutilated cow. However, overall, the novel has great strength, and presents one frightening explanation for the "mutes" whose pictures have long decorated supermarket tabloids.

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