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The Deceivers

  by Alex Berenson


(about 449 pages)
112,333
total words
of all the books in our library
39.21%
vividness
of all the books in our library
8.50%
passive voice
of all the books in our library
2.50%
all adverbs
of all the books in our library
0.71%
ly-adverbs
of all the books in our library
1.79%
non-ly-adverbs
of all the books in our library

clippings from this book

We’ve analyzed hundreds of millions of words, from thousands of different authors, training our linguistic models to recognize the most vivid words in the English language… the words that create the most intense sensory experiences: colors, textures, sounds, flavors, and aromas.

Based on our analysis, we’ve scanned through the pages of this book to find the two pages at the extremes, both the most-passive and the most-vivid pages, so that you can compare them side-by-side and see the difference:

MOST PASSIVE PAGE
MOST VIVID PAGE
doesn’t cover the kid. It can’t. He wasn’t born when it was signed, and he couldn’t sign away those rights. She wasn’t supposed to tell him. But if she hasn’t, she will now. Wouldn’t you tell Junior that your father is gonna be president of the United States?” “Can she prove it?” “You mean, was there a DNA test? I don’t know. But it doesn’t matter. The kid looks just like him. And there may have been another girl, too. If there was, she took the money and had an abortion, which is why I can’t be so sure, but Bobby—” “Who?” “Robert. My other cousin. Paul’s brother. He hinted about it a couple times. Back in the day.” “But why would Paul run, then?” “You don’t understand how the world looks to my cousin. He’ll convince himself it won’t come out, that no one will believe her, that maybe the kid isn’t his after all, that people will look past it. But they won’t. People in this country, they’ll put up with a lot from their politicians, but not this. It’s not just that he knocked up a teenage girl, it’s that he never took responsibility. So you can tell your bosses that if they’re hoping I’m going to ride Paul to the White House, they’d better come up with a Plan B.” “I see.” Petrov saw something else, something he would keep to himself. If reporters didn’t find out about Birman’s love child on their own, Eric would garage?” “Don’t sound so excited.” Wells had a jar of Vicks VapoRub in his pocket. He dipped a finger into the waxy jelly, lathered it under his nose, a soldier’s trick to cover terrible smells. He put a dust mask over his mouth and handed the jar to Coyle. A door off the kitchen led to the garage. Wells opened it, stepped down— And stumbled on a tire iron that someone had left by the stairs. He cursed as he went sprawling. As he pushed himself up, the light of his headlamp clanked off the long metal jelly bean of a Mercedes sedan. The stink of decay was stronger here. Still, the acrid scent wasn’t as strong as Wells would have expected, not if Hector Frietas was in the trunk of the Mercedes. Death was never subtle, certainly not after a week. He would have expected to hear flies buzzing, too. The sedan’s doors were locked. Wells grabbed the tire iron, smashed the driver’s window. He pulled open the door, popped the trunk. The stink was harsh, but the trunk was empty. Almost. Wells swung his headlamp side to side, captured smears of gray and a chunk of bone in the back corner of the trunk. The bone was the size of a silver dollar and still had bits of scalp attached. Plus four sad strands of hair that gleamed black under the lamp’s stark white glow. Wells had seen plenty of death. Still, the skull fragment tightened his stomach

emotional story arc

Click anywhere on the chart to see the most significant emotional words — both positive & negative — from the corresponding section of the text…
This chart visualizes the the shifting emotional balance for the arc of this story, based on the emotional strength of the words in the prose, using techniques pioneered by the UVM Computational Story Lab. To create this story arc, we divided the complete manuscript text into 50 equal-sized chunks, each with 2246.66 words, and then we scored each section by counting the number of strongly-emotional words, both positive and negative. The bars in the chart move downward whenever there’s conflict and sadness, and they move upward when conflicts are resolved, or when the characters are happy and content. The size of each bar represents the positive or negative word-count of that section.

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