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Utopia | [Lincoln Child]

Utopia

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.
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Publisher's Summary

A theme park attracting 65,000 visitors daily, Utopia is a world on the cutting edge of technology, complete with robots and futuristic holograms. But when ominous mishaps begin to disrupt the once-flawless technology, Dr. Andrew Warne, the brilliant computer engineer who designed much of the park's robotics, is summoned to set things right. On the day he arrives, Utopia is rocked by something far more sinister. A group of criminals has infiltrated Utopia's computerized infrastructure and gotten control of all its attractions and systems. Their threat: that if their demands aren't met, every man, woman, and child will become a target. Now Warne must try to save the lives of thousands of innocent people, and among those unsuspecting crowds is his only daughter.

©2002 Lincoln Child; (P)2002 Books on Tape, 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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    qcathy Queensland Australia 02-07-12
    qcathy Queensland Australia 02-07-12 Member Since 2008
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    "great book"

    of course it was a great story...Lincoln Child wrote it!!! He is a brilliant auther and story teller!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Louis Pretoria, South Africa 07-13-11
    Louis Pretoria, South Africa 07-13-11
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    "A good Listen by one of the Masters"

    Really enjoyed the book, where is was impossible for me to guess the next "accident", and what whould happen next.
    Fully entertaining, with no dull moments. Suspense to the bitter end!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    jim gig harbor, WA, United States 03-08-11
    jim gig harbor, WA, United States 03-08-11 Member Since 2010
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    "A good read"

    So how do you write an entire story about an amusement park being taken over? I was a bit skeptical at first but really enjoyed listening to the story and never got bored with the plot. As with a lot of Lincoln Child books a bit too much detail at times but if you are a fan you can look past it and maybe even learn something. A good book and highly reccommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Winston-Salem, NC, United States 09-29-10
    Charles Winston-Salem, NC, United States 09-29-10
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    "A great idea - poorly delivered"

    The plot concept is wonderful and the author does a nice job setting up the main characters and the location. The "action" comes in very predictable spurts and is so unrealistic that it feels as though the reader is the one on the roller coaster ride. It is clear that no-one important will be hurt and yet the main characters are remarkably at every major event. It is so unbelievable that I began laughing out loud at the later critical scenes. The final acts include a robot dog with C4 strapped to its back and a short fuse that is lit... incredibly it takes minutes for this fuse to ignite the C4 and to our amazement, this accidentially happens in just the right spot. The author fails to address what happens to one of the main characters at the end even though he has clearly tried to tie up all the loose ends! A frustrating read.

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    vanessa pinole, CA, United States 06-29-10
    vanessa pinole, CA, United States 06-29-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Boring"

    Not a thriller. The author gives us endless hours of the characters' brainless musings. Trite stuff. I listened to about 4 hours before finally giving up.

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    Cecelia Sonoma County, CA United States 04-19-10
    Cecelia Sonoma County, CA United States 04-19-10
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    "Scott Brick"

    Does anyone else find Scott Brick overly dramatic? Every sentence is laden and breathless, whether needed or not. Works well when the action ramps up, but otherwise is silly. He reminds me of the 1950's over-actor, Jeff Chandler.

    The story's OK, not the best, but a good diversion and the amusement park's rides sound wonderful.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Maxine San Diego, CA 06-08-05
    Maxine San Diego, CA 06-08-05 Member Since 2003
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    "Utopia"

    This was an ok book as far as techno thrillers go. The story keeps pace and the characters are well written.

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    Chris Long Beach, CA, USA 06-19-04
    Chris Long Beach, CA, USA 06-19-04 Member Since 2002
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    "15 hours too long."

    I must be missing something as everone else seems to love this book except me! The writing is good, the descriptions are intricate. Maybe that's the problem. There isn't enough action or excitement to fill 20 hours. The characters - with the exception of Georgia and Theresa - are not very likeable and certainly unlovable.

    There are much better thrillers out there.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Francis Albany, OR, USA 02-29-04
    Francis Albany, OR, USA 02-29-04 Member Since 2004
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    "Critical Acclaimer"

    For a sneak-peek at modern technology, combined with Terrorism, and how dreadful it can be for an innocent amusement park, Lincoln Child has scored another Rollercoaster Hit.

    The story doesn't fit any specific genre of story telling, other than mystery thriller, but there are enough twist and turns throughout the story to keep the reader (listener) waiting for the bottom to fall out from under the ride.

    I rated it a 3 only becasue I think Child and Preston (Douglas) are much better when writing together and those tales are 4+++.

    Make sure you have time to listen to the story before you start, you won't want to stop once it begins.

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    Rachel ashburnham, MA, USA 01-10-05
    Rachel ashburnham, MA, USA 01-10-05
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    "I don't get it!!!"

    I just don't get what people find thrilling about this book. I started to listen, after about 3 hours I just kept waiting for the suspense, the thrill, the anything. I left it and listened to another book. I then came back to it a few days later wanting to give it another chance. After hour 7, I kept thinking there is not a person or event in this story that I care about. This book had less excitement than "Paul Harvey's rest of the story"
    DULL, BORING, too much un-necessary technical information that is NOT ONLY unneeded but also more importantly added to the agony for the length. I am a fan of Lincoln Child and Scott Brick but this was a real disappointment and an incredible waste of $.

    5 of 11 people found this review helpful
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