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The Devil’s Hand

  by Jack Carr


(about 493 pages)
123,313
total words
of all the books in our library
40.74%
vividness
of all the books in our library
6.88%
passive voice
of all the books in our library
2.06%
all adverbs
of all the books in our library
0.74%
ly-adverbs
of all the books in our library
1.32%
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
noted that it had not been backed in. The bike was on the roof rack, signaling that it was safe to approach. Still, Ali was cautious. If the FBI were onto them, this would be the time they would make their arrests, before the deadly virus could be replicated. Ali had supervised the construction from afar. The hawala network transferred more than funds; it passed information. The network of couriers had no idea what they were passing, or why. The messages had been hand carried from Switzerland into the United States. Ali suspected he would have to make a few adjustments, but as long as all the materials were there, and the monkey kidney cells had been prepared as he had instructed, he would be able to complete the next phase of the operation. His priority was to use the scanning electron microscope to ensure the cells contained no contaminants and exhibited the stable growth factors necessary to cultivate the virus. He had informed BioDine that he’d decided to take two weeks and tour the United States before returning to Europe. He would be reachable for Zoom conference calls and would be answering his emails. The drive from the East Coast had taken four days. He could have done it in two, but he’d explored along the way, not because he was interested in the sights and history between the Atlantic seaboard and the Continental Divide, but because he was looking for surveillance. He was certain that the Americans were dock at Basil’s Bar. Live music cascaded from the deck where the Wednesday night band provided entertainment to residents, guests, and sailors. No one paid much attention to the two men dressed in the appropriate attire of those who belonged: beige slacks and tropical-colored button-down shirts. Ox wore a light tan jacket to ward off the breeze and Reece had added a navy blue blazer just in case he needed to melt into the shadows. The outerwear also helped conceal the suppressors attached to their subcompact pistols. The eighty-foot catamaran moored just offshore belonged to a charter company owned by the CIA’s Maritime Branch. The seaborne equivalent of Ground Branch, they reported to Vic Rodriguez’s Special Activities Center and operated covered maritime assets around the world. The two operators ascended the steps to the main-level bar and passed among the dancing revelers, free to let loose with the bar’s no-camera policy, knowing their pictures would not be plastered all over social media the following day. “What do you want?” Ox asked, as they approached the bar. “Whatever you’re buying,” Reece replied. Ox waited at the bar while Reece scanned the crowed. He was searching for someone. “What can I get for you?” a distinguished-looking black man asked. His hair was almost all gray and he was dressed in a long, flowing white robe open to his chest. A beaming smile pushed his round glasses up off his cheeks, the soft lights that illuminated the bar reflecting off the thin lenses

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 2466.26 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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