Bioengineer Peter Bernhardt has dedicated his life to nanotechnology, the science of manipulating matter on the atomic scale. As the founder of Biogineers, he is on the cusp of revolutionizing brain therapies with microscopic nanorobots that will make certain degenerative diseases a thing of the past. But after his research is stolen by an unknown enemy, seventy thousand people die in Las Vegas in one abominable moment. No one is more horrified than Peter, as this catastrophe sets in motion events that will forever change not only his life but also the course of human evolution.
Peter's company is torn from his grasp as the public clamors for his blood. Desperate, he turns to an old friend, who introduces him to the Phoenix Club, a cabal of the most powerful men in the world. To make himself more valuable to his new colleagues, Peter infuses his brain with experimental technology, exponentially upgrading his mental prowess and transforming him irrevocably.
As he's exposed to unimaginable wealth and influence, Peter's sense of reality begins to unravel. Do the club members want to help him, or do they just want to claim his technology? What will they do to him once they have their prize? And while he's already evolved beyond mere humanity, is he advanced enough to take on such formidable enemies and win?
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Pretty decent writing, amazing story. I'm looking forward to the next entry in the series. Unlike most books, I think this would make an amazing movie series. With well written character interactions, lonely P.O.V. sequences and some explosive action I'll bet we get to see a movie in the next few years. The book seems to question modern America and society with morals firmly footed in yesterday- exploring the next possible evolution of mankind. While that may make many queasy, P.J. Manney did this while skirting religion but delving into spirituality. Questing for "right" in an elitist society, seeking revenge but from an enlightened perspective, and using technology that is less than a stones throw of advancement away from our own, (R)evolution is a crunchy quick read that will leave a lasting impression on your mind.
At times the performance comes off a little cheesy, but that in itself is an elitist perspective. I read half of the book while awaiting release of the audio version, so my mind performers were a little less... stereo-typical That aside, David De Vries has an easy tone and excellent rhythm. I will be looking for other recordings of his in the near future.
Huge scope. . . The story starts as one thing aand it just gets bigger and bigger and bigger. . . The development of the main character was awesome, the narrator did a great job of injecting personalities into the character voices, and the story mixes all sorts of intrigue with geeky near future tech and action sequences.
I liked the struggle between inventor of new technologies and corrupt intrenched powerful conspiracies of evil men. Then I realized 2/3rds of the way through the book it become a modern Cont of Mont Cristo story as the protagonist transforms himself into a vengeance driven character and reinvents himself. I liked it well enough, but since this is part of a coming trilogy I'd really need the other books to decide if this is good or not. Without a larger context of the other books the ending of this book was action movie worthy ending and might play better in a visual medium but we didn't really get to see the full fruits of the characters technology blossom and see how it changes the world. I hope we get to see more in the next book.
This book is terrible. I keep trying to figure out how to state it other than this, but its just baffling. Portrayal (and narration) of any of the characters that are not the rich, white, handsome male protagonist are flat, and often bordering on insulting, racist, misogynist trash. Its like reading a Nicholas Sparks novel, except one that might hate women. Honestly its just a badly written rip off of a mediocre Crichton book, mixed with the plot of a deus ex game that didn't quite make it.
5 hours in I decided I'd had enough.
To say that plot and characters were cliche would be an understatement.
It's as if some story writing computer algorithm wrote this turd and its only point of reference were old episodes of 'The Love Boat' and 'Fantasy Island'.
Is this Young Adult fiction? If so then teens could relate to the protagonist, who had the world view and emotional range of a 12 year old. I feel soiled. Whoever gave this thing the green llight should be locked in a bamboo cage and jabbed with sharp sticks.
I suspect the narrator knew this thing was crap as well. His voices were straight out of central casting. But a gig is a gig I suppose. If I had to narrate this book, I'd switch to auto-pilot too.
Nothing. I tried to hang in there - got to chapter 38, about halfway through, but could not slog on any longer.
No, I like the genre, but this book was anything but enjoyable.
None come to mind.
The narration is just terrible. Protagonist sounds like a hysterical Walter Denton, The plot is equally bad, as well as implausible. I am always willing to suspend disbelief if the concept and presentation are compelling, but this book is neither. I understand this is the first in a series? Spare me.
Excellent first book in what promises to be an enlightening and enjoyable series. The authors command of modern science, neurology common nanotechnology Theory Plus his understanding of Enlightenment spirituality and insights into Human Nature would the enough to give this 5 stars. but his ability to weave the ultimate in conspiracy theory with intrigue, mystery, and many exciting action scenes really nailed it for me. I am very much looking forward to the next book in the series.
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