Killing Time

Narrated by: Caleb Carr
Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
Categories: Fiction, Contemporary
2.5 out of 5 stars (34 ratings)

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"It is the greatest truth of our age: information is not knowledge..." The year is 2023, and much of the world enjoys great wealth generated by the triumph of information technology. However, the staphylococcus plague of 2006 wiped out 40 million people, and the 2020 assassination of American President Emily Forrester traumatized the nation. Through it all, the Internet remains the main source of information, bombarding people with news, rumors, and allegations 24 hours a day - while creating enormous possibilities for the manipulation of mankind.

Into this world of deception wanders Dr. Gideon Wolfe, a New York psychiatrist, criminal profiler, and historian. Wolfe comes into possession of a computer disc which contains startling evidence that the now-famous visual record of President Forrester's assassination was digitally altered.

Stunned and enraged, Wolfe sets out to unravel the full tale of the Forrester hoax. His journey leads him to a secret group of scientific and military experts who seek to expose the astonishing degree to which the public can be deceived and manipulated in the Information Age. Wolfe joins the team and discovers that their efforts instigate the most horrendous single act of mass murder in world history. Relentlessly suspenseful, Killing Time reveals a new side of a master novelist.

©2000 Caleb Carr, All Rights Reserved (P)2000 Simon & Schuster Inc., All Rights Reserved

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Pass this one by ...

The basic plot line seemed promising ... I enjoy near future sci fi and fantasy ... but the writing on this particular novel was badly in need of a good editor - the descriptions were way too wordy and predictable. At first I thought perhaps the writing just seemed horrible because the narration was so bad. But I'm afraid I couldn't tough it out beyond the first couple of chapters.

I've read that Carr's other books are good - after this one, however, I don't think I want to risk another one.

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Best work.

His best book by far. Great mystery and well written characters. Setting is well written.