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Ghost Recon

  by Tom Clancy


(about 316 pages)
78,950
total words
of all the books in our library
53.58%
vividness
of all the books in our library
6.65%
passive voice
of all the books in our library
2.56%
all adverbs
of all the books in our library
0.83%
ly-adverbs
of all the books in our library
1.73%
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
we’re still three to four years out before full implementation.” “That’s a shame, because that’s a damned fine system and a great piece of equipment.” “Yes, it is—for many reasons. Now, Captain, I do have a question. I was playing back your HUD recordings, and I noticed you corrected the sergeants when they were evacuating agents Vick and Saenz.” “That was our fault,” Ramirez blurted out. “The medic was the most seriously wounded. We should have evaced him first.” Grey barely turned toward Ramirez, who was already swallowing and lowering his head. “Sorry, Major. Just thought you should know.” “I already know.” “Uh, to answer your question, Major, yes, I did correct them,” said Mitchell. “Why?” Mitchell thought a moment. He could answer carefully, or he could get it all off his chest. “Let’s back up a moment. I fought to be assigned to this mission. It was no secret that one of my best friends was out there. You knew I’d bring him home, and to be honest, I was going to make sure he got on that chopper—first. He was the most seriously wounded, and I didn’t see a problem with that.” “Even though agents Vick and Saenz might have intelligence that is far more helpful than anything Sergeant McDaniel might have gathered? They’ve been operating along the border for a long time—much longer than your… friend.” “That’s speculation. Those spooks might have nothing. And even if they have—” “Once they’ve been treated, they’ll be shoreline. Thousand of pieces of flaming debris shot high into the air, like a swarm of bottle rockets, then tumbled down into the dark water, immediately extinguished, the hissing steam fanning out in ringlets as the bow of the barge suddenly appeared behind the flames. That bow tipped up and began sinking, the rest of the boat either gone or simply unseen behind the raging fires. The crew aboard the patrol boat, which had been gliding up toward the barge, was scrambling on the deck, the boat beginning to turn away from the catastrophe off their port bow. But then the crane cabin tore apart in yet another thunderclap, shards of metal slicing through the air like throwing stars that tore into the patrol boat’s hull and pilothouse as a dragon’s breath of fire spread over the deck, igniting crew members who staggered to the rails and threw themselves overboard. Tanner’s placement of the C-4 was sheer artistry. While the debris continued slamming into the patrol boat, the crane’s massive boom blew loose from its support fitting and slowly came down with a screech and groan as piercing as it was foretelling. And if timing was everything, then Tanner’s delay had been intentional, because that boom caught the forward corner of the patrol boat’s pilothouse like a sledgehammer on a loaf of white bread. Metal peeled back amid flurries of sparks and flames licking along the surfaces, but the boat’s twin diesel engines kept on, dragging and bending the boom

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 1,579 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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