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Utopia: A Thriller | [Lincoln Child]

Utopia: A Thriller

Rising out of the Nevada canyons, Utopia is a theme park so technologically advanced as to be awe-inspiring. But serious mishaps are starting to cause concern, and things turn from bad to worse when a group of mercenaries infiltrates the park's computerized infrastructure, holding the entire park hostage. The engineer who designed the park now must find a way to save it. "A real thrill-a-minute read," says Booklist.
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Publisher's Summary

Rising out of the stony canyons of Nevada, Utopia is a place known for its cutting edge robots, awe-inspiring holographics, and white-knuckle thrills. Attracting 65,000 visitors each day, it embodies a new generation of entertainment. But serious mishaps are beginning to disrupt the once-flawless technology. Dr. Andrew Warne, the brilliant computer engineer who designed much of the park's robotics, is summoned from the East Coast to get things back on track.

On the day Warne arrives, however, Utopia finds itself caught in the grip of something far more sinister. A group of ruthless mercenaries has infiltrated the park's computerized infrastructure, gaining complete control over all of its systems. Their communication begins with a simple and dire warning: if their demands are not met, chaos will descend on Utopia, and every man, woman, and child will become a target. As the minutes tick away, Warne's struggle to outsmart his opponents becomes more urgent - for his only daughter is among the unsuspecting crowd in the park.

With hair-raising thrills and heart-stopping twists, Lincoln Child evokes the technological wonders of Utopia with such skill and precision it is hard to believe that the park exists only in the words of this extraordinary audio program.

©2002 Lincoln Child; (P)2002 Random House Inc., Random House Audio, a Division of Random House Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Child proves he is capable of fireworks (literally) at the rousing conclusion." (Publishers Weekly)
"The blend of technological jargon and suspense results in a real thrill-a-minute read." (Booklist)

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    Trajanrome Cincinnati 02-04-03
    Trajanrome Cincinnati 02-04-03 Member Since 2000
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    "Exciting and well read"

    If you have read Mount Dragon, and liked it better than the Relic, you will enjoy this book. Child & Preston together have written horror, but this is NOT horror, and closer to Mount Dragon, and though not as elaborate, it has several engaging characters. I had intended just to listen to this in the car, but found myself so taken in by this virtual world that I put the book on at home too. The climax may remind you a bit of Die Hard, but it does not end too abruptly or leave you feeling cheated.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Ned Arlington, VA, USA 04-07-03
    Ned Arlington, VA, USA 04-07-03 Member Since 2001
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    "A Good Quick Read"

    I am not sure I agree with all the science in the book, but I liked the setting and the fast pace. This is one book where I am not sure you lost anything with the abridgement.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    David Spring Hill, TN, United States 12-24-11
    David Spring Hill, TN, United States 12-24-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Not terribly original"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I expect more from Lincoln Child. This one feels like he rushed through it.


    What was most disappointing about Lincoln Child’s story?

    I expect more from Lincoln Child. This one feels like he rushed through it.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Cheri Texas 07-08-05
    Cheri Texas 07-08-05 Member Since 2003
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    "Outstanding in Unabridged"

    This is one of the best thrillers I have listened to in some time! Child does an excellent job with suspense, but it's the technical that makes the story! I've always had a dream of a home on a butte and Child puts an "Amusement Park" on one - brilliant!
    I can't imagine how one would decide what to cut from the unabridged form and yet maintain the integrity of the suspense. The unabridged is always my choice, unadulterated straight from the author. Perhaps the abridged will do, but realize that there is much, much more to be had!
    My final question - what happened to Poole?

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Richard J. Riker Southampton, NJ USA 08-08-04
    Richard J. Riker Southampton, NJ USA 08-08-04 Member Since 2000

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Blah, blah, blah, blah -- 10 cents a word"

    I give Scott Brick, the ever-excellent reader, high points for apparently staying awake while reading this book. Our author, who I think may be paid by the word, took a very thin, potentially interesting, plot line and buried it very deeply under long-winded, but graceless, descriptions. The cardboard characters seem to at least have very quick minds since at moments of great peril they are able to think over their past lives, lost relationshops, etc., etc.

    I enjoy reading lengthy, unabridged, books, but only when they actually have something to say. Sorry, but there is nothing perfect about this Utopia!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Southern Pines, NC, USA 06-09-04
    Thomas Southern Pines, NC, USA 06-09-04
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    "To much fluff"

    This book totally exposes the author's propensity to add volume t the book. Good story when yu can finally get to it. Way to much descriptions of everything. Please get to the story and leave out much of the wordy descriptions.
    Wish I had it in print so I could simply skip the reading of much of the first several chapters.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Todd Royal Oak, MI, USA 12-02-03
    Todd Royal Oak, MI, USA 12-02-03
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    "A Fun Summer Listen"

    "Utopia" - abridged - was a fun listen during the summer while working in my yard. So its somewhat fluffy, it is still better than any recent James Patterson work. However, I'm annoyed to see there is now an unabridged version available on audible with 14 additonal hours - I tend to go unabridged, but the story sounded good and there being no other option at the time... Eric Stolz did a fine job narrating; however, there is a different narrator for the unabridged and I'm half tempted to get the unabridged version to see how different the stories are.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Santee, CA, USA 02-26-03
    Lisa Santee, CA, USA 02-26-03 Member Since 2002
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    "Utopia, a snoozer"

    This book was so trite I could hardly believe my ears. I felt like I was listening to a written version of a really bad mimic of a Michael Crighton movie. The writing was hackneyed, the plot was full of unfilled holes (what ever happened to the daughter?!?) and I will never touch another book by this author!

    1 of 7 people found this review helpful
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