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
Avid Biker - RAGBRAI rules
Not great but not a complete waste of time. Adding words to satisfy nazi requirement for unique words.
Innovative ideas about innovative tech. If you like sci fi about tech get this book. If you liked Daemon then you'll also like Influx. If you havent read Daemon, then GET DAEMON NOW! :D
An entertaining story and a good, light summer read. There is a ton of technobabble that you just have to accept and move on. Don't let that stop you from enjoying the story.
Disappointment - after Kill Decision I was expecting a coherent imaginative seat of your pants techno thriller. Instead, after an interesting concept and a really good start, it lost me and turned into a hero vs villain sci- fi slug fest, with ever increasingly outlandish gadgets and gizmos being deployed by the bad guys.
Could not finish the book.
Far less needless detail of the science behind the concepts. The book's story is unique and quite interesting however, the constant deep end scientific explanations bogged down the story. Sometimes I forgot what was going on because of the long drawn out explanations. And yes, I happen to understand most of the science, but I hadn't planned on listening to a textbook. Some summary science would have been fine.
Yes, and I have, however this one was incredibly tedious.
I thought he did a good job capturing the characters, particularly the lead.
Trim down all of the science and keep the story moving.
Not bad, a few clever twists, a few interesting ideas, capably handled. I'm not a "genre" reader so I probably hold books like this to a higher standard than dedicated sci-fi readers, but I would say I was entertained . . . but not enthralled as I have been by some sci-fi. This book is not Dune . . . or even close . . . but it's probably better than 75% of the sci-fi books I take a chance on.
I was expecting a bit more based on the reviews, but c'est la vie.
Could not stay away from the book, reality seemed dull compared to it. The book is imensely entertaining to everyone, even though at first glance a person with facination with science and techbology will be attracted to it. My girlfriend, who only heard 1 chapter of the book, demanded to hear the beginning and to the end of the story. Highly recommended book.
Daniel Suarez does it again. The story is well written and riveting. Couldn't put it down during the last 3 hours. For those who have read Daemon, this is just as good and engrossing.
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