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The Einstein Papers

1 rating: -3.0
A book by Craig Dirgo

Einsteins Unified Field Theory is the MacGuffin in this competent debut by Clive Cussler collaborator Dirgo (Clive Cussler and Dirk Pitt Revealed). The premise is that Einstein actually came up with the theory in August 1945, but hid his notes and formulae … see full wiki

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Author: Craig Dirgo
Publisher: Atria
1 review about The Einstein Papers

A book so bad that you'll read it to the end.

  • Jul 19, 1999
Ever watch a movie or read a book so bad that you finish it just to see if it gets worse? I just finished doing that in reading "The Einsten Papers." The characters are cardboard cut-outs. A singular "super agent" who protects the world. He's a government employee - who apparently lives well beyond his means, much like Aldrich Ames, with collections of motorcycles, boats and other possessions which normally wouldn't be accumulated by an ordinary civil servant on the government payroll. (Tom Clancy and others at least provide an explanation for their character's wealth. There is none here.) Dirgo seems to have a thing for food. I've never seen so many diversions to record what the characters ate for breakfast, lunch and dinner, none of which propel the plot forward. The plot is simple and, unfortunately, predictable. Even when attempting to place his characters in grave, even mortal, danger, Dirgo simply lacks the capability of causing the reader to worry. You know from the first paragraph who the good and bad guys are and what will be their ultimate ends. In short, there is no suspense, there is no thrill to be found in "The Einstein Papers." This is certainly not a "techno-thriller." The little bits of science and technology that appear are thrown in almost willy-nilly. This isn't like reading Dale Brown, say, where an aircraft becomes almost a living and breathing entity. This is more like hearing a know-it-all tossing off factoids about the airliner you're both on. No depth. I read it from beginning to end, but only because I was interested in seeing just how bad it could get. The ending is a whimper. Overall, I was left with the impression that Mr. Dirgo will never again appear on my reading list.


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