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Theories of Flight (Samuil Petrovitch #2)

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Winner of the 2012 Philip K. Dick Award

Theorem: Petrovitch has a lot of secrets.

Proof: Secrets like how to make anti-gravity for one. For another, he's keeping a sentient computer program on a secret server farm - the same program that nearly destroyed the Metrozone a few months back.

Theorem: The city is broken.

Proof: The people of the OutZone want what citizens of the Me
ebook, 276 pages
Published May 1st 2011 by Orbit
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Христо Блажев
Петрович пак трябва да оцелява в ада на Метрозоната:

Ето го! Петрович е пак тук, неунищожим като хлебарка, вбесен като гръцки бог, упорит като политик на власт. В началото на “Теории за полета” той току-що е постигнал невъзможното – открил е антигравитацията (или нещо много подобно, но кой ли ще му слуша умните приказки?), но на никого не му е до това точно сега. Полуразрушената в “Уравненията на живота” Метрозона е под яростна атака от външните, жена му –
Jun 12, 2011 Liviu rated it really liked it
The second Petrovitch book starts well and for the first 100 pages I thought it will match the debut and maybe even take the series to the next level; then it turns repetitive, predictable and a little boring since there is nothing essentially new introduced despite tantalizing hints
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Metodi Markov
Aug 10, 2016 Metodi Markov rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Доволен съм, че не се отказах от поредицата след прочита на първата книга. Теории за полета е много по-добра, задъхано действие, бързи и тежки решения и събития създаващи проблем след проблем, истински постапокалиптичен кошмар. Петрович е отново неразглобяем, като всеки истински съветски човек. Но вече има подход към жените и това се отплаща богато. Започнах трета част и се надявам темпото и качеството да се запазят.
Aug 29, 2013 L rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Sci-Fi novels typically plunge the reader into another time, another place, or both. Some explain the fictional world more or less pedantically, and then let the story roll. Others just charge ahead, leaving the reader to pick it up along the way. In the best of these, character and story carry it all. This is one of those. By the end, I still didn't really have a handle on much of the back-story. And that just didn't matter, not really. Morden peopled his tale with interesting characters and th ...more
Jan 11, 2012 kattykatkat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi, actiony
I read all three of the trilogy back to back and this was just as entrancing as the first one. I will say that by the end of this book Sam has become a bit of a Stu, but not in such an overwhelming way that it killed my joy. I did have the same complaint that I had with the first book which is that you are thrown in this world and not a lot of the back story is explained. For example: America is some crazy right wing theocracy and the author continuously refers to it as "Reconstructionist" and v ...more
Sep 18, 2013 Sexy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read the whole trilogy and I loved every bit of it. Reminds me of Cowboy Bebop a bit in how they feel. The first book felt very anime-like. However, in this second book, the plot thickens, as it should. It's just a fun read. I highly recommend to anyone interested in the cyber-punk genre. You've got your hero, you've got your trusty side kicks, the action, and what have you. It's a very colorful adventure. It's probably not one of the 'greats', but if they made a movie out of this, I'd su ...more
Martin Barbov
Marto's Boolean Review

Интересен Свят: Не
Жив Свят: Не
Интересни Герои: Не
Развиващи се Герои: Не
Сиви Герои: Да
Адекватен Финал: Да
Интересен Език: Не
Лесно Четивна: Да
Интересни Идеи: Не
Спазване на Вътрешната Логика: Да

Оценка от ревюто: 4/10
Моя Оценка: 5/10

Свободни размисли: Нивото падна като баса на Скрилекс. Петрович си е същия псуващ руснак от първата книга, но вече е развил мания за величие. Освен, че е свръхгений, който в първите 5 страници от книгата успя да открие антигравитацията, той е паркур
This series really reminds me of Linda Nagata's The Red novels. Those who have read that one will recognise the parallels (not mentioning them here for fear of spoilers). In style, they are very similar - fast, easy writing; quick pace; lots of action; characters who don't take themselves too seriously (though Morden's writing is much funnier).

But they also resemble each other in that the first book is very good, but halfway through the second, the main character and the author both seem to forg
Desmond Charles Reid
For Petrovitch - life is good.

After the Metrozone nearly got destroyed by a sentient computer known as the New Machine Jihad, Sam saved the day and got the girl! Now married to the former Nun known as Sister Madeleine, Sam is on the cusp of scientific immortality having discovered the secret to anti-gravity.

Yet, the megacity is still broken. With Metrozone at its most vulnerable, the 'Outies' - those masses left outside its boundaries since the Armageddon - finally sense their chance to take bac
Scott Holstad
Jun 25, 2015 Scott Holstad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book in a three book series and I loved the first book so much, I had to get the next two. However, this one wasn't quite as good as the first one, in my opinion. Still, it was pretty good and I enjoyed it.

Dr Samuil Petrovich is a scientist who has just discovered how to make anti-gravity. He works and lives in the Metrozone, which used to be London before Armageddon changed the world some 20 odd years ago. Before that, he lived in Russia. We're never told just how he came to
Продължавам да твърдя, че той е най-оцеляващият сред всички герои, за които съм чела. А вече към подходящите актьори да го играят мисля и бат Арни може да се присъедини.
В тази книга той оцелява от: брак (все пак жена му е пазител на реда – това само по себе си е опасно в неговия случай), ЦРУ тайни агенти, Външните (приятни хорица изоставени 20 години да гледат отстрани как цивилизацията се развива без тях; и не, не са (много) озлобени), един японец (който междудругото е изпратен да го пази), ма
Jacqueline Wagenstein
ПЕТРОВИЧ пак трябва да оцелява в ада на Метрозоната - РЕВЮ НА ХРИСТО БЛАЖЕВ

"Ето го! Петрович е пак тук, неунищожим като хлебарка, вбесен като гръцки бог, упорит като политик на власт. В началото на “Теории за полета” той току-що е постигнал невъзможното – открил е антигравитацията (или нещо много подобно, но кой ли ще му слуша умните приказки?), но на никого не му е до това точно сега. Полуразрушената в “Уравненията на живота” Метрозона е под яростна атака от външните, жена му – някогашната бойн
Jun 14, 2014 Marcos rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Disappointing second entry in the series. To say that it is a mess would be an understatement: the author seems to throw everything at the wall to see what sticks, but in the end not much seems to make sense. On top of that, every time he doesn't know what to do with a character, he is killed. This is meant to be more or less a post-apocalyptic world, but come on. It doesn't help that the main character has turned from wimpy underdog into an all-powerful being, capable of physically overpowering ...more
Jun 12, 2011 Amber rated it really liked it
After reading Equations of Life, I could hardly wait for the second installment of Mr. Morden's trilogy, and it didn't disappoint! I always find myself picturing Mr. Morden's stories as a really good anime series. Petrovitch's interfacing with machines has always been fascinating, but in this book he takes it to the next level - plugged into the network through a brain jack a la Matrix. I got downright jealous reading about the capabilities he had. I've often wanted to have an information-rich o ...more
May 26, 2013 Morgan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first book is all about escalation of action. Just when you think things couldn't get any crazier they do, and then they get crazier still. It is an exploration in going over the top and does it gracefully. I don't think the pacing of Theories of Flight is as successful, despite being all the things that you want out of an action adventure (engrossing page-turner). The book opens with some set-up, some loose ends from the first novel that you didn't realize were loose. He brings back all the ...more
Sarah (Workaday Reads)
May 09, 2011 Sarah (Workaday Reads) rated it really liked it
Samuil Petrovich is a scientist who has just discovered how to make anti-gravity. He works and lives in Metrozone, which used to be London, England before Armageddon changed the world. Unfortunately, Metrozone is being torn apart. Can Petrovich save his beloved city?

One of my main criticisms of Equations of Life was the difficulty in understanding the world set-up. As I expected, this is not an issue in the second book. Not just because I am familiar with it now, but the outside world plays a ve
Apr 22, 2011 Lynossa rated it really liked it
Shelves: egalley, read-in-2011
Sam Petrovitch is back on his second adventure! After saving Metrozone from the AI that invaded Metrozone's system, now he's married to Maddy and dedicate his life to work on his theories and inventing anti-gravity. But just like before, people wont leave him alone. Chain showed up and told him that CIA is after those who were active involved in the bloody Long Night and wanted to get a hold on the AI. Not interesting to give up the AI nor letting CIA do whatever they wanted, Sam must put aside ...more
Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
SPOILER ALERT: Don’t read if you don’t want some spoilers.

When we left Samuil Petrovitch in Equations of Life he had defeated The New Machine Jihad, was in a hospital, his heart had given out, the hospital did not have a new heart and Mattie left to find a new one. Things have changed since then.

As Theories of Flight begins we find Samuil at his desk looking at a spear that was built to Samuil’s equations, is a work of art, but does not perform as expected. He is taking his glasses off and putti
Charles Dee Mitchell
When we last saw our hero in Equations of Life he was awaiting a new heart in a London Freezone hostpital, having survived encounters with the Yakuza, the Russian Mafia, the New Machine Jihad, possibly saving the world and solving the solution The Theory of Everything at the same time. Sammuil Petrovitch is both a survivor and a genius. Theories of Flight pits him against old and new enemies, forces him to form new alliances, and once again possibly save the planet. But in the first chapter we l ...more
the golden witch.
This review is one for all three books. Just a warning.

I totally did NOT expect to get sucked into this series as much as I did, and the fact that it’s only a trilogy makes me profoundly sad. This is an awesome, awful alternate present/future that Morden has created, and I’m sad to see it go. But let’s take a look at what makes it so great, shall we?

This world is split off from ours at 2000, says Morden in an interview in the back of the first book. However, he doesn’t say how far in the future
Eleanor With Cats
A little slow going at first, then speeds up really quickly. Petrovitch is an odd mix of a dreamer and a cynical pragmatist in some ways. I wonder if Morden considered that a Russian characteristic. In this book, Petrovitch is more assured, as a hero, and one with a working blood circulation organ.

I think Morden was learning to handle women better in this book too. Almost all of the female cast are still in love with Petrovitch (exceptions: kickass ally Valentina, buddy-colleague Pif who spends
Jul 29, 2014 Lushr rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just as much chaos, female heroics and pain as the last one, but surprisingly different in that Maddy is unavailable for part of the story and the direction the metro zone takes is nothing like what I'd have imagined at page one. It is interesting that Simon seems to enjoy shredding his protagonist into littler grosser pieces with each story - presumably so he can get upgrades for the next novel? The women truly kick ass in this story, and they're not all besotted with him which is nice.
Steven Bragg
This book is much better than the first installment in the series, with a bit more room in it to expand upon the quite unique personality of the protagonist. Nonetheless, the pacing is still too fast, and there is little room for the questions that could have been expanded upon, such as the nature of authority, loyalty, love, and so forth. Instead, the sequences are so rapid-fire that this has appearance of a plot summary, rather than the actual book.
Аделина 'Змей' Генова

Книгата е четиво тип „дъвка“ – бясно преследване, малко пукотевица, тук-там някой термин и нови технологии. За сметка на това, Сам Петрович и неговата руска суровост неминуемо ще ви позабавляват. И няма как да не се усмихнеш на някой, който си позволява да изтрие данните на Уолстрийт, причинявайки загуби за милиарди.
Stuart Reid
Nov 17, 2014 Stuart Reid rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, favorites
The Metrozone is being invaded by the Outies, and only Samuel Petrovitch, with a little extra help, is up to task of defending it. Without his new found prowess there's a danger great swathes of the zone will be abandoned, but Petrovitch - looking for his wife - will stop at nothing to defend his adopted city, defy the CIA, and use the one thing that has America running scared to get his own way.

This book is perhaps a little more jumbled than the first but it's a fun romp through the near-future
Interesting follow up to Equation of Life (part one of the Samuil Petrovitch trilogy) although not as strong. Most of the focus of this volume is on Sam's quest to not only deal with an invasion of the Outies (with a generous help of the US government) but also trying to find his wife and save various people who he comes across. Stalingrad is mentioned a few times by Sam, with the writer trying to draw a parallel between the events in the book and the tragedy that took place in WW2. I'm not real ...more
Radi Radev
Feb 25, 2014 Radi Radev rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Самуил Петрович притежава цялата луда гениалност на д-р Емет Браун от "Завръщане в бъдещето" и част от бойните умения на Ричард Марчинко от "Свирепия". Петрович прави сериозно изобретение в областта на антигравитацията и разбира се го показват по телевизията. Поради тази причина много хора вече го познават и го считат за "ругаещият физик от новините". Самуил е нетипичен герой и бих желал да ви представя част от думите, с които авторът умело разкрива неговия характер:
Jan 31, 2016 Tony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good continuation of the Petrovich trilogy. Fast paced big picture SciFi set in London, which is a battlefield between human tribes and technology.
Втората част е просто още от същото, само че повторено и поднесено по-зле, с много повече WTF моменти и никаква интрига. Също така това дето спаси първата част - хуморът, цинизма и хитростта на Петрович, тук липсват до голяма степен. Не започвайте поредицата, освен ако не сте фенове на безмисления екшън, нелогичния сюжет и "учен, със свръх технологични и модерни очила, който знае повече бойни изкуства от Джеки Чан". А също така и отнова преекспонираната идея за супер умният компютър с ИИ, който ...more
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