What if our civilization is more advanced than we know?
The New York Times best-selling author of Daemon - "the cyberthriller against which all others will be measured" (Publishers Weekly) - imagines a world in which decades of technological advances have been suppressed in an effort to prevent disruptive change.
Are smartphones really humanity's most significant innovation since the moon landings? Or can something else explain why the bold visions of the 20th century - fusion power, genetic enhancements, artificial intelligence, cures for common diseases, extended human life, and a host of other world-changing advances - have remained beyond our grasp? Why has the high-tech future that seemed imminent in the 1960s failed to arrive?
Perhaps it did arrive…but only for a select few.
Particle physicist Jon Grady is ecstatic when his team achieves what they've been working toward for years: A device that can reflect gravity. Their research will revolutionize the field of physics - the crowning achievement of a career. Grady expects widespread acclaim for his entire team. The Nobel Prize. Instead, his lab is locked down by a shadowy organization whose mission is to prevent at all costs the social upheaval sudden technological advances bring. This Bureau of Technology Control uses the advanced technologies they have harvested over the decades to fulfill their mission.
They are living in our future.
Presented with the opportunity to join the BTC and improve his own technology in secret, Grady balks, and is instead thrown into a nightmarish high-tech prison built to hold rebellious geniuses like himself. With so many great intellects confined together, can Grady and his fellow prisoners conceive of a way to usher humanity out of its artificial dark age?
And when they do, is it possible to defeat an enemy that wields a technological advantage half a century in the making?
©2014 Daniel Suarez (P)2014 Penguin Audio
Having previously completed Daniel's earlier book I was hopeful that this would be as good. In fact it far exceeded my hopes to now being my favourite single book in the fiction category. What make these books so incredible is that you can believe that organizations like the BTC can exist and that's what makes them eye opening.
Daniel Suarez really shines when he terrifies you with tech that already exists, or is just around the corner. Influx deals w tech that is a little further 'out there' but is still a great listen. Highly recommend...
It was quite an adventure, I just loved it. Great performance by the narator. I loved the detailed description of thevhighvtech gear, intreaging story, I can't recommend it enough for the SI-FI fans.
I really enjoyed Influx.
The characters (especially within the BTC) felt a little hollow, and the ending completely ignores the impact of a "heroic" action on innocents... But it's a fun romp through high tech.
Simply outstanding. What a great read. The story line is very inventive and provides the listener with lots to think about. What if....?
Well developed story lines with strategically place plot connectors that bring the whole story together in an entertaining way. I would have liked one additional plot line describing what normal people, not involved in the active story, we're perceiving. Fun to read.
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