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
I have read all of Suarez's books and haven't been disappointed. Rarely, perhaps 3 other times have I actually taken the time to do a review. The Art of Racing in the Rain, The Shack and The Five People you Meet in Heaven.
I really enjoyed this book, because the narrator is awesome. I think a will become one of his fervent fans.
The details of high tech science are great and nicely explained
The underground facilities where they put great science men
Great story and great narrator, nothing more to ask for
Avid listener & reader, love a variety of genres, generally have 4 or five books downloaded & switch them depending on my mood.
top! loved it! Another amazing read or listen to it! It's just another solid story!
Influx sets up a conflict between the scientists pushing the cutting edge of technology and bureaucrats worried about the destabilizing impact technology can have. It's a potentially interesting debate with real historical and present day issues on both sides. Unfortunately, the shallow characters and agencies in this book neatly fit into a mold of either completely good or complete evil. The whole thing promptly devolves into an action flick filled with gravity mirrors and positron guns and a desire to deal more destruction to the city of Detroit than its already had to deal with in real life. Did the BTC's reckless abuse of technology prove it's own point in the end? Were the BTC's projections accurate or just an excuse? Don't think about it and just enjoy the carnage.
Can't say - Spoilers
His ability to use multiple voices really lends itself to the characters.
I almost did just that.
People who complain about this book really don't understand exactly what 'Science Fiction' is; Soccer moms with no real grasp on the concepts that technology in the book is based on.
If your IQ is above 100 then you'll enjoy this novel.
This story will leave you thinking "what if" before you reach the end. The technology in the book is well beyond what we have now, even in secret. But there are many that believe something similar to the operations in the book is already go on in secret in order to keep the planet's population down, avoid world wide famine and to prevent technology with massive destructive potential from getting into the hands of bad actors. That group of people are especially going to like this tale.
The story is well written and well narrated. There is quite a bit of suspense that will keep you engaged through out the length of the book. Some may find the "rogue government agency out of control" a bit cliche, but I think it works here.
This one does indeed make the miles go by fast.
This would have been a great adaptation from a Marvel Comics theme. The technology and science really get in the way and you have the feeling that you are reading more about gravity mirrors and positron guns that they story. The story really does not make a lot of sense if you think about it -- so don't. It is a comic book kind of story with unrealistic but remarkable high-tech toys. If you like such toys (even though they are unrealistic), you will love this. To convince the reader as to the reality of these toys, the author spends too much time on the technical aspects and not enough time on real character development. It was OK. The narrator did well, considering what he had to work with.
Entertaining. Big leaps of logic however. Intelligent but a little far out (not together retaining coherency at times) even for a Nerdy Sci-Fi lover.
Explain the tech more.
A couple sittings, it is addicting yet not totally memorable, not in my top list, just in my OKAY/GOOD list.
This performer is AWESOME!!! He deserves an award. I will follow this narrator. I also have to say Audible as a whole did a great job on this presentation. It was worth the money just for the new effects. Audible is getting even better, and it was always excellent! GREAT JOB AUDIBLE AND GURNER!!!!
It is a good mystery with a twist. I like good outcomes. The science sounded reasonable.
I didn't much like the torture, or cruelty.
I was probably expecting too much considering Daniel Suarez' first 3 books (not that this one is in a series, but the first 3 books Suarez authored, which were outstanding 5-star reads in my opinion). Influx - while entertaining - skated too close to the "cheesy" line of Science Fiction/Technology. Some interesting notions to be sure, but they present in a weird way though the personality of the main character. I found the the main character to be less than believable and did not fit well with the science he advanced. Even considering that, it's worth a listen particularly if you are a Suarez fan.
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