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Rogue Strike

  by David Ricciardi


(about 434 pages)
108,414
total words
of all the books in our library
46.48%
vividness
of all the books in our library
6.83%
passive voice
of all the books in our library
2.07%
all adverbs
of all the books in our library
0.85%
ly-adverbs
of all the books in our library
1.21%
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
It’s all that’s available. The Unit is in high demand right now. You might have noticed that we’re at DEFCON-2.” “They’re going to be slaughtered.” “It’s Delta, Jake. I think they can handle a couple of middle-aged guys and a squad of Libyan militia.” “I’m not questioning their ability, Ted. That amphitheater is a maze of hidden rooms and hallways. There are a dozen sightlines to every approach. Twenty defenders could hold off a hundred assaulters.” “I’m sure they’ve trained for action over open ground.” “It’s not the exterior that I’m worried about. Each of the three levels is laid out differently. The arena is a killing field with only two staircases up to the next level, both by the podium and easily defended. The second level has collapsed walls and easily a hundred columns to provide cover for the Libyans, and most of the upper-level staircases were wooden. They rotted away a thousand years ago, which means the Delta troop is going to have to find the few remaining stone ones. The Libyans will know this place inside and out. Our guys will be massacred.” “And we still won’t have Wǔ-Dīng.” “You are one cold sonofabitch.” “Look, Keller, I don’t want to see our soldiers die any more than you do, but it’s a risk we have to take. Do you think Eisenhower launched Overlord thinking every one of those boys would be going home to his family? Grow up. Leadership isn’t a reward; it’s a responsibility.” “They won’t transported oil to refineries elsewhere. Two locomotives pulled from the front, and one pushed from the rear, as the eighty-five tank cars in the middle carried two and a half million gallons of light sweet crude oil. The oil train rode onto a trestle that crossed the valley just outside of town. The first locomotive was near the end of the 1,800-foot-long bridge when it jumped the tracks. The two-hundred-ton diesel-electric engine plunged ninety feet to the ground and burst into flames. Inertia and a strong coupling caused the second engine to follow. In total, thirty-two railcars crashed to the valley floor, spilling nearly a million gallons of oil. Thirteen miles to the north, sensor operators at the 91st Missile Wing registered the explosion and the base went on alert for several minutes until an enlisted airman standing guard duty noticed thick plumes of decidedly nonnuclear black smoke darkening the sky. Burning oil flowed through the valley and flames lapped at the railroad trestle until the metal beams could no longer support the weight of the remaining train cars. The trestle buckled a few feet, then gave way completely, crashing to the valley floor. The rest of the train followed. Parked atop a ridge one mile away, Paraíso’s men watched the dense black smoke and smelled the sulfur-laden stench of the burning oil. What had once been a beautiful valley was now an earthly manifestation of hell. They looked on with satisfaction and drove off to find some breakfast

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 2168.28 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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