The Beam

2 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 1,133 ratings

The Beam: Season 1 Publisher's Summary

A sci-fi political thriller set in a terrifyingly real future

When all of humanity is connected, the center of the web is the seat of true power.

The world's old political borders have dissolved. The NAU is civilization's carcass, a nation ruled by two political parties: Enterprise, the sink-or-swim party where each party member has no one else to blame for their starvation or astronomical wealth; and Directorate, whose members have a guaranteed safety net but can never rise above their station.

Every six years, an election determines the NAU's future. The process is called Shift, and the next one is approaching. With humanity intertwined by way of the Beam—a hyper-advanced version of the Internet that serves every whim and need—Shift is the be-all and the end-all. More than an electoral method, it is the future's political discourse.

In the midst of tumultuous politics, some players are making their own moves. Doc, a black-market nanoenhancement vendor, discovers a disturbing trend of upgrades among his clientele. Nicolai, political speechwriter for the head of Directorate, struggles to find his independence in a life that is supposed to be devoted to the Party, all the while unaware of his own terrifying connection to the Beam. And Kai, an escort and assassin as lethal as she is flexible, becomes embroiled in the machinations of her top clients—because after all, the political elite choose only the best to warm their sheets at night.

And through it all, a shadowy group is pulling strings behind the scenes, guiding Shift exactly where they want it to go. Their identities are unknown to all but a few, and anyone who stumbles upon them by accident—or, worse, learns their true goal—is swiftly disposed of. But if their power goes unchecked, they will shape the fate of millions for years to come …

Plug your mind into The Beam. It's been waiting for you.

©2013 Sean Platt & Johnny B. Truant (P)2014 Podium Publishing
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  • Book 1

    • The Beam: Season 1

    • By: Sean Platt, Johnny B. Truant
    • Narrated by: Johnny Heller, Tara Sands, Ralph Lister, and others
    • Length: 18 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 653
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 608
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 605

    The world's old political borders have dissolved. The NAU is civilization's carcass, a nation ruled by two political parties: Enterprise, the sink-or-swim party where each party member has no one else to blame for their starvation or astronomical wealth; and Directorate, whose members have a guaranteed safety net but can never rise above their station.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Sheer entertainment

    • By cristina on 07-09-15

    Regular price: $34.99

  • Book 2

    • The Beam: Season 2

    • By: Sean Platt, Johnny B. Truant
    • Narrated by: Rachel Fulginiti, Julia Whelan, R.C. Bray, and others
    • Length: 20 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 480
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 439
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 439

    Two weeks after the end of The Beam's first groundbreaking season, one thing is abundantly clear: the more the world changes, the harder those in power work behind the curtain to keep it all the same. With Shift, the NAU's national election, now just days away, the country's political parties fight even harder to win the citizen's minds—minds that are almost all permanently connected to The Beam, addicted to connectivity more deeply than any drug. Only those with the courage to think for themselves can work to change what seems like a certain future.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The story deapens

    • By Amazon Customer on 02-26-15

    Regular price: $39.99