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Publisher's Summary

You think you know how the world works? Think again.
From best-selling author Neal Stephenson and critically acclaimed historical and contemporary commercial novelist Nicole Galland comes a captivating and complex near-future thriller that questions the very foundations of the modern world.
England, 1851.
The Great Exhibition at London's Crystal Palace has opened, celebrating the rise of technology and commerce. With it the power of magic - in decline since the industrial revolution began - is completely snuffed out. The existence of magic begins its gradual devolution into mere myth.
America, 21st century.
Magic has faded from the minds of mankind, until an encounter between Melisande Stokes, linguistics expert at Harvard, and Tristan Lyons, shadowy agent of government, leads to the uncovering of a distant past.
After translating a series of ancient texts, Melisande and Tristan discover the connection between science, magic and time travel, and so the Department of Diachronic Operations - D.O.D.O. - is hastily brought into existence. Its mission: to develop a device that will send their agents back to the past, where they can stop magic from disappearing and alter the course of history.
But when you interfere with the past, there's no telling what you might find in your future....
Written with the genius, complexity, and innovation that characterise all of Neal Stephenson's work, and steeped with the down-to-earth warmth and humour of Nicole Galland's storytelling style, this exciting and vividly realised work of science fiction will make you believe in the impossible and take you to places - and times - beyond imagining.
Full cast of narrators includes Robert Fass, James Foster, Tavia Gilbert, Arthur Morey, David Stifel, Charlie Thurston, and Kate Udall.
©2017 Neal Stephenson; Nicole Galland (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers
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Praise for Neal Stephenson:
"Genius." (Time)
"He makes reading so much fun it feels like a deadly sin." (The New York Times)
"Fast-forward free-style mall mythology for the 21st century." (William Gibson)
"[Stephenson is] the hacker Hemingway.' (Newsweek)
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By David on 09-01-17

Magic, Espionage and Time Travel

Very rarely I think is there a new concept in Time Travel fiction. It seems that there are a thousand stereotypical time travel stories that come out all the time. However this is not one of them. The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O is a unique story that explores a new set of ideas around the operation of Time Travel. Time Travel is in this case a mesh of magic and quantum theory, that uses the Schrödinger's famous thought experiment as a basis for its operation.

This book as the name suggests covers the rise and eventual fall of a secret government organisation known as D.O.D.O and the lives of various key members of the same. D.O.D.O.s humble beginnings are of a young US army member Tristan Lyons and a bored but intrepid university polyglot Melisande Stokes as they work through a stack of historical material on the existence of magic. There purpose: to find out whether it was real and how they can get it back. Questions abound; where can they find a witch? What was the notorious Professor Oda doing with cats, computers and superconductors in the basement?
Should they even be meddling with time in the first place? And why are they increasingly being watched by members of a medieval banking clan?

The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. is a riveting and hilarious story with many engaging and amusing characters. It is brought to life with great effect by the use of multiple narration styles. This book has a particular charm as the events are described though multiple lenses to provide a true history. At various points the story is told from a chronicle of the events, diary entries, letters, recorded interviews and reports. Each of these is normally accompanied by a change in narrator and in some scenes multiple narrators are used to achieve the effect of an in-depth interview or inquiry.

This was one of the most original and entertaining Time Travel stories that I have ever had the pleasure to come across. It is well worth a credit!

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By gemma dawe on 07-17-17

started good but got quite boring <br />

started out quite interesting but got quite boring with all the memos and reports that really did nothing to help the story.

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By Andrea Kennedy on 07-21-17

What do I do now??

I so enjoyed this book. the storyline was fantastic, with twists and turns and jumps back in time but I was still comfortably able to keep up! The performance was excellent and I enjoyed everyone of the narrator's characters. How on earth, does someone come up with this kind of storyline? I'm so impressed. It's a little bit like Jodi Taylor's St Mary's series but, in my opinion, more enjoyable because of the full cast performance. I am now wondering what on earth, I will do to fill my limited spare time. I'm not convinced I will find a book as good as this again!

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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By Joe Bond on 08-27-17

Best Vocal Performances Yet!

A lot of thought and effort was placed into this publication and its voicing. An interesting story carefully produced carefully to bring it to life unlike any other audio book I've heard thus far

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful


By Lee on 07-04-17

Brilliant book

Love the performance, accents and characters, great story can't wait for the next book, when???

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