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Change Agent Audiobook

Change Agent: A Novel

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New York Times best-selling author Daniel Suarez delivers an exhilarating sci-fi thriller exploring a potential future where CRISPR genetic editing allows the human species to control evolution itself.

On a crowded train platform, Interpol agent Kenneth Durand feels the sting of a needle - and his transformation begins....

In 2045 Kenneth Durand leads Interpol's most effective team against genetic crime, hunting down black market labs that perform "vanity edits" on human embryos for a price. These illegal procedures augment embryos in ways that are rapidly accelerating human evolution - preying on human-trafficking victims to experiment and advance their technology.

With the worlds of genetic crime and human trafficking converging, Durand and his fellow Interpol agents discover that one figure looms behind it all: Marcus Demang Wyckes, leader of a powerful and sophisticated cartel known as the Huli jing.

But the Huli jing have identified Durand, too. After being forcibly dosed with a radical new change agent, Durand wakes from a coma weeks later to find he's been genetically transformed into someone else - his most wanted suspect: Wyckes.

Now a fugitive, pursued through the genetic underworld by his former colleagues and the police, Durand is determined to restore his original DNA by locating the source of the mysterious - and highly valuable - change agent. But Durand hasn't anticipated just how difficult locating his enemy will be. With the technology to genetically edit the living, Wyckes and his Huli jing could be anyone and everyone - and they have plans to undermine identity itself.

©2017 Daniel Suarez (P)2016 Penguin Audio

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    Christopher CAPE CORAL, FL, United States 04-23-17
    Christopher CAPE CORAL, FL, United States 04-23-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Still wrapping my head around it..."

    I'm a huge fan of Suarez previous work, and his set of Daemon and Freedom TM is my favorite story. That being said, I must say I never got attached to the main character in this book. He is a bit of a bleeding heart, who I personally would never see eye to eye with... but I'm leaving that out of my criticism here, being that's a personal taste thing.
    It's the tactical errors he makes I'm mostly bothered by. I can't divulge without giving up plot points, but I will say he places himself in some precarious positions through sheer stupidity, and blind faith.
    I would have enjoyed a little more development from the partner's (Yi) investigative side.
    With the bleeding heart male figure, and women who lead by force, and the main characters metamorphosis resembling a very 'active' Hollywood Star currently making movies at a feverish pace (you smell what I'm cookin?) it Feels as if it were written for the big screen, which I'm hoping for Suarez sake that happens. He absolutely deserves it. I just wish someone would make a big budget version of Daemon for the big screen instead.

    24 of 26 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Niagara Falls, NY 04-24-17
    Brian Niagara Falls, NY 04-24-17 Member Since 2015

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    "A terrifying look into our future"

    I really enjoyed Daemon by Daniel Suarez so when I saw that Change Agent was coming out, I had to get it. I pre-ordered it from Audible (something I rarely do) and the day that it arrived I was lucky that I was just about to finish the last book I started.

    Change Agent is a story about Kenneth Durand an Interpol agent who is mysteriously changed into someone that he is not. Not just a small change either, but a full change. So much so that he quickly realizes that he is a wanted man and that this will forever change the way that the police will be able to solve crimes.

    There are two authors that I read that remind me of Michael Crichton. Douglas E Richards and Daniel Suarez. Suarez is able to weave what is going on today with what he thinks will come in the future and it's terrifying. I work in a technology firm and he's not wrong with what he's thinking. I wouldn't be surprised if a lot of what was written in Change Agent comes true at one time or another.

    Durand as a character allowed the reader to follow along with someone as their own opinions of people and things they fought for so long was changing. Kenneth grew many times throughout Change Agent and really became one of the more dynamic characters I've read in a long time.

    The overall story was one of the best I've read this year. It kept me wondering throughout and I honestly couldn't put this book down. I kept saying "one more chapter" late into the night. Each chapter brought me closer to the end, but I promise that this book will have a hold on my mind for a while.

    A fast-paced technothriller on par with every Crichton novel I've ever read, maybe even a little more terrifying. Suarez took things that are real today and showed us what could happen in the future if we're not careful.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Vipage Earth 05-07-17
    Vipage Earth 05-07-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Great story with a seemingly rushed ending."

    I loved the progression of the story, but the end felt rushed to the degree that when the antagonist finally gets his due, its anticlimactic. Bummer.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    JackNYC NYC, NY 06-28-17
    JackNYC NYC, NY 06-28-17 Member Since 2017
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    "The weakest story from famed Daemon author"
    What did you like best about Change Agent? What did you like least?

    Change Agent had the same technical style has the other books from Mr. Suarez. He gives you just enough of world building details without boring you. The problem is unlike his other books, there aren't enough huge battles (practically none at the climax). There are also too many characters in this story and most of them don't play much of a role to the story.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Probably Daemon or Freedom TM just so I can forget about this mediocre work.


    What does Jeff Gurner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Mr. Gurner always brings a solid performance to everything I have heard, including Change Agent. He was held back by the lack action sequences in the book and couldn't really make it as interesting as previous novels from Mr. Suarez.


    Do you think Change Agent needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. The story ties up pretty well at the end, to the disappointment of most readers, I'm afraid.


    Any additional comments?

    Deathless meat will be a thing.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    NotMe 05-07-17
    NotMe 05-07-17
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    "love all of Daniel Suarez's stuff with Jeff Gurner"

    really great performance by Jeff Gurner can't wait until the next book hopefully it will be out soon

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Carl West Palm Beach, FL, United States 06-29-17
    Carl West Palm Beach, FL, United States 06-29-17 Member Since 2017
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    "SciFi Thriller With Loads of Action and Bio Tech"

    I'm a Daniel Suarez fan and he delivered another fun ride that also makes you think about where we are headed. Fun from the start and a very different ultimate enforcer named Otto. Kept me glued to my head set. Jeff Gurner makes the ride even funner.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    sebastian misiurek 06-21-17
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    "Amazing future of tech/bio-tech in a non stop thriller"

    This was an excellent book with highly entertaining narration. I would definitely recommend for anyone into future world scenarios including technology and bio-tech. Really fascinating story line that appears within reach, only a few decades away.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alchemist585 Pittsford, NY 06-14-17
    Alchemist585 Pittsford, NY 06-14-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Impressive Scientific Knowledge"

    Once I began I couldn't stop listening. I finished the entire book in two sittings interrupted only by my daily dose of sleep. Both the story and the performance were superb. The author's familiarity with various ethnicities was greatly appreciated. Mr Suarez succeeded in converting me into a science fiction fan, a genre I was previously averse to due to my reading a couple of scientifically poor science fiction novels. BTW I heard about the author for the first time through an interview with Mr. Leo Laporte on his Triangulation podcast.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Leo 06-13-17
    Leo 06-13-17 Member Since 2016
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    "A truly horrible story by an author I usually like"

    Toward the end of this book, I actually stopped and went online to see if I had got the author wrong.
    Is this really from the same author as the brilliant Daemon?
    Wow. It is.
    Unbelievable.

    The plot is a string of ridiculous, badly thought out situations after the other.
    Off the top of my head, I can't remember a more unlikable main character, ever. And I'm a man who loves a good action adventure.
    Of course, Suarez has made a career of pointing out the dangers of humanity's unfettered dabbling with technology. And there's plenty of that here to keep you interested, despite the bad, bad, BAD writing and character development.

    All of his books can be seen as "the Jurassic Park of..." a certain technology. His first two books addressed AI and machine learning. He warned us of the use of military drones in Kill Decision, and Influx... well Influx warned of... well... you just have to read it.

    I really loved his first two novels, and enjoyed the next two quite a bit.
    So, what happened here?

    The protagonist is meant to be an elite programmer/analyst/sleuth type who has revolutionized detective work about 40 years in the future. But he bumbles his way through one silly decision after another, getting almost everyone around him killed, over and over again.

    But don't worry, despite being a professed pacifist, he's suddenly also the most capable action star you could ever fantasize about, and kicks everyone's butt. At least just enough for him to make another daring escape. Awesome!

    And we know he's so very awesome, because why else would he walk through life irritated at every male human he comes in contact with. And for good reason! They're all inferior lowlifes who don't measure up, and have terrible morals. Those damned sinners.

    Well... OK. They're not ALL lowlives. some of them are worth saving. And he gladly lavishes them with tens of millions of charity dollars after saving their miserable lives.

    And then there are the incredibly talented, brilliant, gorgeous women that he encounters everywhere he goes. Each and every one of them instantly loves him.
    In fact, the real reason he must defeat the evil bad guys is all just for them. They're all in charge, independent, and simultaneously need the hero to save them... or at least get back to them so he can complete his manly, manly duties to them.
    His own life doesn't matter at all, he tells us again and again... it's all for the ladies!

    Bottom line, this book explores the potentials, and dangers of Bio-tech. Something our society should be thinking about now as we're already diving into it. And that aspect is fascinating.

    Almost everything else about this book is highly disappointing.
    I don't want to spoil one of the main plot elements, but it's central to the book, and can't possibly work the way it is written.
    What a shame.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Georgette McConnell 06-10-17
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    "Simply awful"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Absolutely nothing. The pseudo sci-fi/dystopian premise that a person's entire genome can be switched with someone else's is ridiculous on it's face. And the absurd situations our hero-turned super villain encounters are just boring comic book Pow! Wham! Absurdities.


    What was most disappointing about Daniel Suarez’s story?

    The entire premise


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I actually saw this book on a New Yorker website, and since I trust the New Yorker I bought it without much pre-knowledge. I enjoy sci-fi, but this is not sci-fi, has no "sci" just "fi."

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Rosbif35
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    7/4/17
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    "excellent techno thriller"

    loved it. really engaging. excellent premise. good techno science. liked the supporting cast and the main character.

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  • Joe Public
    7/4/17
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    "Cheezy-sleazy Happy End"

    After reading other books by Suarez I was expecting similar performance. This one is below the ground. Beginning is interesting, but half way through the book you can tell how it'll all finish. And such a cheezy happy-end - suitable for easy-read-fifty-shades-of-grey novellas.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Matt E
    6/30/17
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    "Well written"

    Great concept for a book
    Love this kind of story
    Nice neat narration and great characters

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • John
    6/11/17
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    "outstanding"

    some very interesting ideas, with a good plot, good characters and a good narrator

    a couple of plot twists require some suspension of disbelief, but nothing too far and they let the story explore different aspects of its big idea

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  • John
    St Leonards on Sea, United Kingdom
    6/5/17
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    "Absolutely Fantastic Read."

    Original story. gripping throughout. well narrated. lovely characters. this would make such a great movie. Daniel and Jeff.... thank you...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Scapatchi
    5/20/17
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    "Brilliant"

    Just like Daemon and Influx, Daniel Suarez does not disappoint. A riveting book of a future I wish to live in and scared to face and live in. This is the future and CRISPR is changing the world and humanity. Let's hope it's the right path and that we go the right way.
    Loved the book and great flow. The world is at the cusp of Change Agent and we must pay attention.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paul
    4/24/17
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    "Another great Daniel Suarez novel."

    All of his books are great, and this is no exception. Also, Jeff Gurner does a really good job as narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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