Influx

  • by Daniel Suarez
  • Narrated by Jeff Gurner
  • 13 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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 arriveā€¦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?

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Solid to Silly to Inane

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.
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- Craig

INSCRUTABLE DEVICES, MACHINE PARTS, INSIGNA

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.
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- Jim "The Impatient"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-20-2014
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio