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Influx

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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Ivan 02-04-16
    Ivan 02-04-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Interesting glimpse,"

    A conspiracy theorists dream to hear what technology may be kept from us and the lengths taken to keep it from us all

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    Michael L. Nistler 01-20-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Daniel does it again ... and again, and again..."

    Daemon, Freedom, Kill Decision and now Influx - WOW! These near-been Sci-Fi books will definitely give you a lasting impression on capabilities of technology around the corner and how "bad actors" lurk in the shadows ready to misuse power. We must never forget, "With awesome power comes awesome responsibility."

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    Joel Cedar Rapids, IA, United States 01-11-16
    Joel Cedar Rapids, IA, United States 01-11-16 Member Since 2016

    Photographer, Real Estate Agent, and avid listener. Nearly 500 titles, and listening strong!

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    "Get past the first chapter"
    Would you listen to Influx again? Why?

    I don't re-listen to books, so no


    What did you like best about this story?

    The concept


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

    Very good narration, good pacing


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The first part of the book was terrible. Was like the author was just randomly throwing out words to sound technical (which was funny, because a character in the book actually accuses another of the same). Almost made me turn it off. By chapter 3 it was a lot better, and the concept of the book took off.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Russell J. Holt south Florida 12-11-15
    Russell J. Holt south Florida 12-11-15 Member Since 2015

    just a regular guy

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    "slow in very beginning, but dragged me inexorably"

    I was very pleasantly surprised how the book took a turn into first making me giddy about the possible invention of a device we have not been able to development, got me totally interested in that, and then the book took a big left turn into something that was even more captivating. I would recommend this book.

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    Chris Camaratta 12-09-15 Member Since 2015
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    "couldn't even finish"

    one note characters with no actual motivations or depth made this impossible to finish. skipped to the end and was still disappointed

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    DobieChuck Colorado 12-06-15
    DobieChuck Colorado 12-06-15 Member Since 2017

    Blind listener reading everything, especially mystery/thrillers and sf&f. Restricted to audio so picky where credits spent. #BooksRule

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    "Delightfully Creepy"

    What an awesome read!!! The tech and the uses it put to will give you the heebies w/ a good dose of the jeebies... Scary stuff when you consider how close to some of these tech advancements we actually are... Great characters you'll find yourself invested in quickly, and some bad guys that really turn your stomach... The action and suspense is superb... The narration is probably one notch below excellent, but quite good... This is my favorite of the author's works thus far... He outdid himself, and I didn't think that was possibel after Daemon... Absolutely worth the credit, and an uninterrupted read...

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Erik Sooke, British Columbia, Canada 12-04-15
    Erik Sooke, British Columbia, Canada 12-04-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Neat concept, poor execution"

    This was a neat concept, somewhat along the lines of Men In Black, but dealing with human technology vice alien technology. This in itself redeemed the story, as I think the author could have done a bit better with the material.

    Don't get me wrong, it was entertaining enough on my commute, but the story and writing style lacked a certain maturity that placed the book squarely into the pure entertainment category. That's not necessarily a bad thing if you're looking for a easy listen that won't tax your brain.

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    Karin W Austin, Tx 11-20-15
    Karin W Austin, Tx 11-20-15 Member Since 2017

    Scifi bibliophile

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    "Good premise, but half-baked execution"

    I've been watching a lot of Top Chef lately and one thing that often happens is that a chef will attempt to make a dish that takes hours (or days) in a much shorter timeframe. Occasionally it's disastrous, but more often it ends up mediocre. Complex flavors take time to build. Things that are nearly inedible at thirty minutes might be delightful at eight hours. Influx is one of those dishes. All of the right ingredients are there, but instead of letting it simmer and work itself into perfect complexity, Chef Suarez took it off the burner and served it too soon. The texture of this sauce is off and the flavors are undeveloped, but it's still edible.

    For example, the validity of the mission of the Beureau of Technology Control is never addressed. Formed during the Cold War, the BTC was tasked with containing technology that would cause social disruption. The only way to stay ahead of the highly innovative and extraordinarily intelligent creators of such technology was to make use of that technology to capture and detain them. At some point, pressure from splinter organizations caused the BTC to pursue the development and mastery of an AI capable of intuitive thinking in order to continue escalating the arms race. This is justified in terms of the initial mandate through AI-modelled predictions of the collapse of humanity (mostly due to population explosion) should certain technologies become widely available.

    I'm having a hard time believing that they would not consider, especially given the scientific advances they have available, humanity's expansion to space as a viable option. I can insert justifications -- the AI are biased by the limited perspective and distorted purpose of the people who created them and therefore are incapable of these considerations -- but even that falls apart. We know at least one of the AIs is fully sentient and resists the control of the BTC.

    Additionally, about halfway through the bad guy goes from being evil with a reason to being eeeeevil wanting to take over the world with his ray gun (well, not exactly, but I won't spoil it for you). Once that happened, I stopped caring.

    It is the story it is, and I accept that. But I can't help but with it had been a duology or a trilogy, with the first book being a smaller story in scope and with the saving of the world (and take-down of the eeeeevil organization) for the second book, once we care about the characters.

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    Jamie L. Nolte DelaWhere 11-19-15
    Jamie L. Nolte DelaWhere 11-19-15 Member Since 2015

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    "WoW, a landslide of amazing"

    Worth every second, a must listen, from the time it starts to the time it ends, a full range of emotion. Enjoy

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    Justin Harris 11-11-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Simplistic"

    There are so any internal inconsistencies that I lost count. The story line was intriguing, but the implementation was very disappointing.

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  • Chris
    OXFORD, United Kingdom
    3/3/14
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    "Fantastic!!!!"
    If you could sum up Influx in three words, what would they be?

    Absolutely bloody brilliant


    What other book might you compare Influx to, and why?

    Non,


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    To many to list, on the edge from beginning to the end.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    In Hibernian prison.


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend this book to any one who enjoys futurism, Daniel Suarez wrote this in a marvelous way that brought vivid images through out. Jeff Gunner as narrator made the book come alive and his reading skills are second to none.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mr Robert Butler
    Long Eaton, UK
    10/23/16
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    "Excellent sci-fi"

    I have to say that this book is one of the best I have read (well technically listened to) in ages. It is science fiction but deeply rooted in fact, and so believable that you start to ask yourself if this could account for the lack of technological leaps forward over the last decade or two!

    I tend not to pay a lot of attention to books before I buy them and didn't know what to expect. The action starts almost straight away, but the narrative draws you in from the opening paragraph. There are goodies and baddies in this story, and better still lots of technology (even artificial intelligences!) There are plot turns and twists and you never see which way the plot is going to turn.

    Other reviewers have said that parts of this book are a little far fetched and that might be the case but they don't detract from an excellent story. The plot is very well conceived and extremely well told. The hallmark of a good book is that you reflect on it when you aren't reading it, and I certainly gave this one a lot of thought.

    Would I recommend this book? Without hesitation. If you like science fiction or thrillers then you are likely to enjoy this book. I will be looking at the other titles by the same author - I enjoyed the book that much :)

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  • David Binns
    7/4/16
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    "Love it !!"

    Love it , I have listened it about a million-ish times still one of my favourite books I've listened to on audible. This is well read and is a good book , I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book and I'm probably going to start listening to it again tomorrow .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dave Hoggan
    6/26/15
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    "Enjoyable"

    Found myself going to bed early to continue listening. Nice, subtle use of ambient effects. Initially found Jeff Gerner's narration a little uninvolving but warmed to it. Based on this I would listen to one of the author's other books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • adam
    Par, United Kingdom
    5/27/14
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    "Zapp Brannigan reads a book..."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Different narrator


    What was most disappointing about Daniel Suarez’s story?

    Didn't make it past first chapter ! He speaks like he's reading a bunch of 'bullet points' ! Really bad and un-listenable. Think Zapp Brannigan from futurama trying to read you a book !


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Zapp Brannigan from futurama really detracts from the book


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tim & Tracey Cheetham
    5/12/14
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    "What audiobooks ought to be"
    What made the experience of listening to Influx the most enjoyable?

    A brilliant story, around a great idea, read superbly.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The whole story has a very cinematic feel but without losing the beauty of a book.


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

    Jeff Gurner is a consummate reader and performer, pitching the delivery perfectly. He really adds to the already 'action movie' feel of the story.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Has everything you need for a ripping escapist yarn.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David
    Bury St Edmunds, United Kingdom
    5/6/14
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    "Sadly, a genuinely disappointing effort"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    More depth to the characters. Less predictable and simplistic.


    What could Daniel Suarez have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not spend hours describing theoretical physics in an attempt to provide realism to a ludicrous storyline.


    What three words best describe Jeff Gurner’s voice?

    Pleasing, limited and naive.


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

    Nope


    Any additional comments?

    Daniel Suarez started brilliantly with Daemon, and its sequel, FreedomTM (neither of which are available in the UK on Audible!). His follow up Kill Decision was just ok but this book is probably the poorest book I have listened to in several years.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jobo
    spalding, uk
    4/21/14
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    "Beware the Bureau of Technology Control."

    This is a good dystopia story with good characters and a plot that is well-paced and enjoyably narrated. I listened to it over three days and it kept me interested throughout. The descriptions of the new technologies are engaging without being too detailed, which is important as they are integral to the book itself.
    The AI character in the BTC reminds me of VIKI, the central computer in the movie 'I Robot'.
    The 'baddies' are bad and the 'goodies' are good, just as they should be without being too predictable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Robert Wheatley
    3/27/14
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    "In the end, I didn't care"

    Getting past the fact that the narrator has a very annoying voice and reading style, by about 3/4 of the way in, I just didn't care what happened. I predicted what would happen and then ramped the playback speed up to x1.5 to get it over with.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Stephen
    Urmston, United Kingdom
    3/25/14
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    "Brilliant! Exciting! Very Compelling Story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It is a techno-thriller, with brilliant characters that you care about. The narration and production is superb and easily some of the best I've every heard from Audible.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Influx?

    John's time in Hibernity, talk about powerful! Those images will stay with me for a very long time! I'll say no more, lest I ruin it.


    Which character – as performed by Jeff Gurner – was your favourite?

    John (obviously), but Morrison and Hedrick were brilliant.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The future is already here — it's just not very evenly distributed (William Gibson)


    Any additional comments?

    I cannot recommend the audio book highly enough! It is a fantastic story that keeps you hooked until the very end. There is a solid story-arc that ends in a satisfying way. Unlike many books of the sci-fi thriller genre it doesn't fall foul of its own premise. A thoroughly good read/listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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