Plot: Richman’s highly eventful plot is suspenseful and teeming with twists and turns. Readers may anticipate some of the storyline’s zigzags, but they will be gratifyingly surprised at the cliffhanger ending.
Prose/Style: Richman’s prose stumbles at times due to its complexity – but in the end, the interstellar plot is enhanced by the distinctive style.
Originality: The Chiral Protocol deftly mixes sci-fi and thriller elements, but the added bioterrorism elements make the story stand out.
Character Development/Execution: Richman’s characters are too numerous to track, sacrificing depth for quantity. Citizen General Che Josza is a standout, and his capacity to play both sides makes him an admirable deuteragonist.
Date Submitted: July 27, 2021
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