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.
love grabbing a book that has me racing to the last page
the book opened perfectly! great plot and storyline but after that the first several chapters were a struggle to get through due to awkward dialogue, situations that just didn't seem to flow, and the main character was painted as being TOO moral, but wasn't the case at all and was extremely unlikeable. I also believe that the narrator may have not been this best choice for this book as I found myself not liking the performance or impersonation of the characters, certain situations, etc. the book has several moments that grab you and make you want to finish for the story's sake, but generally everything felt rushed, overdone, or under developed. the second half of the book was a lot better as far as pace, action, story line, and entertainment value. I just feel as if the story would have followed suit to how the prologue was written, it would have been a 5*read
Futurist fiction at its best.Major psychological and philosophical themes. Well written and performed.
Can't wait for next installment!
I honestly tried to like this story - the concept is interesting, and it would normally be right up my alley, but after the prologue it just seemed to drag into a rich dude feeling sorry for himself while everyone around him made poor decisions. While I understand that some quick decisions are made in crisis situations, it seemed like the author chose to dumb all characters beyond his 'genius' protagonist down to make the character seem smarter, which makes for a boring and predictable story.
All of the characters were unlikable takes on predictable genre standards: the classic-rock obsessed sad genius who no one understands, the weirdly baby-obsessed but gorgeous wife who won't listen to her husband who knows better, the scheming, vaguely foreign businessman who steals the virtuous genius' company...
Also, frankly, I don't think the author has spoken to anyone under the age of thirty in years, which is jarring in a story about modern tech - the narration seemed uncomfortable with such common things as smartphones and tablets, much less his odd ideas of useful future tech. And every time he made any sort of reference he found it necessary to explain the reference later in the paragraph, which felt oddly condescending. Maybe it improves after the first half? I wouldn't know - I gave up a few chapters in.
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