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Mission of Honor

  by Tom Clancy


(about 503 pages)
125,759
total words
of all the books in our library
34.54%
vividness
of all the books in our library
9.69%
passive voice
of all the books in our library
2.52%
all adverbs
of all the books in our library
0.95%
ly-adverbs
of all the books in our library
1.58%
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
game plan or a playbook, the risks are extreme.” “Then we have to be that much more alert,” Aideen said. “We have knowledge, and we have skills. That’s why General Rodgers put the two of us together. We obviously make a good team.” “Aideen, we were the only ones who showed up in time to be shipped here,” Battat reminded her. “It wasn’t just that,” the woman replied. “Oh?” “Mike Rodgers would not have sent us if he didn’t think we could pull this off,” Aideen said. “Mike is a general, and generals have to field armies, or they have nothing to do,” Battat said. “He’s not like that,” she insisted. “Besides, I think you’re looking at this all wrong. We have options. We have the right to exercise our own judgment.” “Do we? If I wanted to turn around and go back to Gaborone, is that what we would do?” Battat asked. “You would,” she said. “And what would you do?” he asked. “I would stay here,” she said. “I’d walk.” “You’d be dead before morning,” Battat said. “This is Africa. There are predators that don’t check passports.” “I would take my chances,” she said. “Don’t you get it?” “Obviously not,” Battat replied. “Most people would kill for the kind of freedom we’ve been given out here,” Aideen said. “Speaking of which, we may have to do that, too,” Battat said. “Do what?” Aideen asked. “Kill people,” Battat told her. “Are you prepared to take a human life? Will reached their destination, the sun was low on the horizon. It shone in long, tawny red streaks beyond the rich green of the plants and trees. The swamp itself was already dark, its surface like an oily mirror. But there was something different about this section from anything the men had encountered before. A low, symmetrical, treeless hill rose from the water. It was approximately twelve acres of black earth, soil topped with a layer of fertile, gray brown humus. Built on the low-lying hill were five thatched huts. The walls were made of thick, slab-cut pieces of baobab tree. The rooftops were interwoven roots sealed with mud. Battery-powered lights were visible through the thatching of the central residence, which was also the largest of the huts. The other, smaller huts contained cots for the soldiers that were stationed here, supplies, additional weapons, communication and video gear, and other equipment that had been brought in by the Belgian. Only one structure was radically different from the others on the island. It was an oblong shack about the size of two coffins set back-to-back. Except for the floor, which was made of wood, it was built entirely from corrugated tin. There were iron bars in front and a tin door behind them. The door was open. There was nothing and no one inside. The waters to the north and east of the small island had been completely cleared of trees, plants, underwater roots and logs, and other debris. The roof thatching

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 2515.18 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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