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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:
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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

  • “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
  • 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
  • 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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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