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At the opening the premise was solid; there is a secret government organization responsible for monitoring and controlling global technological innovations. It is very powerful and deeply off the books. Then, just when you have bitten a big bite of the apple, enter the dark forces that mimic the evil characters in a Marvel comic sans the mutant superpowers (our antagonists use technology to that end).
Eventually the entire sic-fi thriller degrades into silly dialogue and revenge-driven mania.
This audiobook should only be downloaded in those desperate moments (from your Wish List) when you are late for work and your iPod is empty. If you have the time, search around for a more viable futuristic battle of good vs. holier-than-thou-technocrat.
59 of 68 people found this review helpful
WE DON'T KNOW WHAT WE DON'T KNOW, UNTIL WE KNOW
Once I got through the first two chapters, which was full of pseudo sounding science talk, I loved most of the book. It was very entertaining, shifts gears a lot, and a reminder of many classics.
I WILL HELP YOU, BUT I WILL ALSO HAVE TO TRY AND KILL YOU.
The story has lots of elements of classic Science Fiction. While listening there were times when I was reminded of the following: This Island Earth, From Here To Eternity, Prisoner, Project 731, Buck Rogers, Colossus, Mary Poppins, and even Anime. The book does change gears a lot, and the book in the end does not sound like the same book it was in the beginning. I believe this did throw some readers who were enjoying one type of experience to have it replaced with another totally different experience. I will admit toward the end it started to turn into a sort of Marvel Comics super hero theme, which I am not crazy about. The story is never very believable, although an interesting theme, which was well explored. Many times it gave cause for thought. Then toward the end there was the usual, chase, explode, and go a little over board stuff, but all in all I really loved it as a whole and want to read more from Suarez. MY HISTORY IS NOT YOUR FUTURE.
A WISE COWARD IS MORE VALUABLE THEN A BRAVE FOOL
The story if full of advance science, including super fluids, robots, AI's, positron gun, etc.
THE THREE LETTER GROUPS
Besides all the science, there is a secret government bureau, which even the president is unaware. They are so powerful, that the FBI, CIA, Home Land Security, etc. don't mess with them. There is also a plot to take over the world.
BETTER TO BEG FOR FORGIVENESS, THEN ASK FOR PERMISSION
This is my second Suarez book and I will getting lots more. If your a SCI/FI fan you have to give him a try.
23 of 29 people found this review helpful
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?
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
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 :)