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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,683 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Warren Fahy Narrator: Robin Atkin Downes Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2009 ISBN: 9780739383773
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In this powerhouse of suspense as brilliantly imagined as Jurassic Park and The Ruins scientists have made a startling discovery: a fragment of a lost continent, an island with an ecosystem unlike any they ve seen before . . . an ecosystem that could topple ours like a house of cards. 

The time is now. The place is the Trident, a long-range research vessel hired by the reality TV show Sealife. Aboard is a cast of ambitious young scientists. With a director dying for drama, tiny Henders Island might be just what the show needs. Until the first scientist sets foot on Henders and the ultimate test of survival begins . . .

For when they reach the island s shores, scientists are utterly unprepared for what they find creatures unlike any ever recorded in natural history. This is not a lost world frozen in time, an island of mutants, or a lab where science has gone mad: this is the Earth as it might have looked after evolving on a separate path for half a billion years.Soon the scientists will stumble on something more shocking than anything humanity has ever encountered: because among the terrors of Henders Island, one life form defies any scientific theory and must be saved at any cost.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Fast-paced action adventure with a speculative scientific edge…this debut thriller effectively combines bone-chomping, blood-spurting action-adventure mayhem with intriguing (if improbable) scientific speculation. Library Journal
  • A perfect read for poolside this summer…Fragment closely follows the patented Michael Crichton style. Booklist
  • Showcases the talents of a new novelist with a flair for forward-charging narrative. The details seem brilliantly researched, and the observations could be those of a sharp-minded student of biology. Dallas Morning News
  • “Fahy’s imaginative debut puts a fresh spin on the survival-of-prehistoric-beasts theme popularized by Jurassic Park.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Fast-paced action adventure with a speculative scientific edge…This debut thriller effectively combines bone-chomping, blood-spurting action-adventure mayhem with intriguing (if improbable) scientific speculation.”

    Library Journal

  • “A perfect read for poolside this summer…Fragment closely follows the patented Michael Crichton style.”

    Booklist

  • “Showcases the talents of a new novelist with a flair for forward-charging narrative. The details seem brilliantly researched, and the observations could be those of a sharp-minded student of biology.”

    Dallas Morning News

  • Fahy’s imaginative debut puts a fresh spin on the survival-of-prehistoric-beasts theme popularized by Jurassic Park. Publishers Weekly, starred review
  • A 2010 International Thriller Writers Award Nominee for Best First Novel
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • An Indie Next Notable Title, July 2009

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Antonio | 2/20/2014

    " THIS NOVEL IS A BLAST! AN ISLAND DISCOVERED IN THE VAST REACHES OF THE SOUTH PACIFIC FULL OF CREATURES UNLIKE ANYTHING THE WORLD HAVE EVER SEEN. MY OPINION ABOUT THE COMPARISON OF THIS NOVEL WITH JURASSIC PARK IS THIS: IF DINOSAURS HAD LIVED ON THIS ISLAND, THEY WILL HAVE BECOME EXTINCT WAY BEFORE THE IMPACT OF THE ASTEROID ON THE YUCATAN. NUFF SAID! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary | 2/19/2014

    " I only got about halfway through this. It seemed an interesting premise. A reality TV show is based on a boat and they happen across an island that has been inhabited by all sorts of strange creatures. My problem was that it seemed that every creature was gross and nasty and not only did they eat each other (which you would expect) but they were very violent about it. It was too much guts and gore for me. I did however, like the lectures given by one scientist at Woods Hole. In fact, I may go back and read the rest of them, but I won't finish the book. NOT a beach read, in my opinion. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jake Heilizer | 2/15/2014

    " This book was about an island that has been isolated for millennia. No human has set foot on it before. When the boat from Sea Life answers a distress call they head onto the island. Once there, several of their crew members are killed by local plant and animal life. Meanwhile they are broadcasting worldwide. Nell Duckworth survives and helps get an expedition to research and see what is going on. It looks like a carnivore killfest that is so out of this world that this island is considered alien. What will happen when they go back to the island? Will they find a non killing species? I thought this book was very good and really incorporated science into it. I learned a lot and really liked reading this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kfdowner | 2/14/2014

    " Great start for Warren Fahy. His web site for Fragment is a nice addition. Incredible violent creatures, some douch bag academics, and genetics gone mad - how can you go wrong. A fun book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sean C | 2/5/2014

    " Good enough story although several plot elements were way too similar to Jurassic Park. Quite a few unrealistic animals that you have to wrap your head around. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Monica Amarelo | 2/4/2014

    " Fantastic novel! The end was a bit over the top, but a great portrayal of evolution at work. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mindi | 1/22/2014

    " I found the book to be very technical. Lots of medical mumbo gumbo. But the story was very interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 JoAnn Jordan | 1/17/2014

    " I enjoyed reading this novel especially the later parts of it. It is a story of scientific discovery and is well done. The theories it presents are very interesting. I recommend it to anyone. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pehr | 1/8/2014

    " Started out really well, but sort of lost it along the way... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Savvy | 12/29/2013

    " Sci-Fi is not my usual reading fare, but the ladies in my book club picked this and I must say...it kept me up late! Had I been a biology or botany major in college, I might have read faster, but there was a lot of scientific info to process! Think it would make a chilling movie! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mia | 10/7/2013

    " Loved The Ruins and Jurassic Park so I thought this would be great... unfortunately it was dull and bogged down with science jargon. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andria | 10/2/2013

    " It was a fun time. Not as thrilling as I found Jurassic Park (the book Fragment is most often compared to), but it was good, and the premise was interesting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lyndsey | 3/1/2013

    " The concept was absolutely fascinating, and the writing was good enough to keep me but I felt it could have been better, more emotionally gripping, and the ending went off the rails a bit in my taste. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lloyd | 12/13/2012

    " Awesome, got my mind reeling a bit, enjoyed all the thrills and spills "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 11/26/2012

    " I loved this book, I am looking forward to reading the sequel Pandemonium. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alan | 7/13/2012

    " Incredibly entertaining story, one of the best I've ever had the pleasure of reading. Can't wait for the film Fragment and the sequel Pandemonium. Great job Warren, I wish I had your talent. Thank you for the gift. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 2/29/2012

    " Food for thought. I enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 d | 10/22/2011

    " Book was fine as long as you go into it with a summer popcorn book mentality. Doesn't quite stack up to Jurassic Park, but does a decent job otherwise. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jason Reeser | 6/22/2011

    " A fun little popcorn novel that is full of scientific mumbo-jumbo, weird creatures, and chase scenes that are unbelievable. No really, I did not believe them. This won't make your brain tired from thinking. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amber | 5/20/2011

    " Interesting premise based roughly on science; shallow characters, predictable dialog "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Morgan | 5/20/2011

    " Amazing!! Fun and creepy and futuristic. Can't wait for the sequel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trike | 2/20/2011

    " It almost lost me at the beginning when he apparently killed the dog and he had set up a preposterous ecosystem, but it won me back as Fahy laid out his reasoning and ensured the dog survived through a nice twist. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 2/7/2011

    " it's completely preposterous tale, but i enjoyed it anyway. i'm a sucker for drawings of monsters! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brian | 2/3/2011

    " Overall I liked it. I do feel the "normal" conversations were not well written, but that could just be my opinion. Overall, I still was entertained "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff | 1/28/2011

    " This would be a very scary movie "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kyle | 1/24/2011

    " This book was a lot of fun. It felt like it was written to be made into a movie by ScyFy channel real B-movie quality, which I enjoy. The cover quotes comparing it to Jurassic Park are just plain wrong. This book is a campy version of Jurassic Park. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ike | 1/18/2011

    " Way cool. I can't wait for more Warren Fahy. "

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About the Author
Author Warren FahyWarren Fahy has been a bookseller, a statistical analyst, and managing editor of a video database, where he wrote hundreds of movie reviews for a nationally syndicated column. He is currently the lead writer for Wowwee, generating creative content for their line of advanced robotic toys. He lives in San Diego, California. Delacorte will publish his next novel in 2010.