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Quantico (Quantum Logic #1)

3.24  ·  Rating Details ·  1,266 Ratings  ·  137 Reviews
The Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem has been blown to bits by extremists, and, in retaliation, thousands have died in another major attack on the United States. Now the FBI has been dispatched to deal with a new menace. A plague targeted to ethnic groups--Jews or Muslims or both--has the potential to wipe out entire populations. But the FBI itself is under political assault. ...more
Hardcover, 357 pages
Published 2006 by Madison Park Press
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Kim
Jul 13, 2008 Kim rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Initial thoughts: Really poorly written thus far. Hanging on just to see if things improve in the next 10-20 pages. I really should try to remember the Greg Bear Rule - half his stuff is amazing writing, half is just junk.

18 July 2008: I actually gave the book 50 more pages and it just kept getting more predictable and less interesting. This book reminded me a lot of Blood Music (an earlier Greg Bear book), which wasn't bad as a short story but that I really disliked as a full novel. Quantico ha
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Andrew
Jan 17, 2011 Andrew rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
well It has been some times since I have read any new Greg Bear (and I will admit I have no idea why this book was already listed as read) but it brought back quite a few memories. The first is that I forgot how much I enjoyed his work - even though it does not necessarily sit well with others. I still think Blood Music is a great book although I know options are divided.

Then there is the other side of to his work. Greg Bear to me is a hard science fiction writer and as such does like to cite a
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D. B.
Jan 21, 2010 D. B. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-lit
Greg Bear is a giant in the circles of pre-millennial "hard" science fiction. His previous books have dealt scientifically with time travel, interstellar war, and the destruction of the Earth. With Quantico, he takes the William Gibson approach and sets the story in the not-so-distant future; in fact, the world in the book isn't much different from our own in the present.

The premise of a post-9/11 future still wracked by terrorism is as far removed from the comfort zone of sci-fi that one hesita
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Michael
My first experience with Bear's non-genre fiction, Vitals, was pretty negative. Quantico was a lot better. According to Bear, Quantico (a near-future thriller) is the first part of a lead-in to his SF sequence that began with Queen of Angels - a great novel. The connections aren't obvious here, but apparently the subsequent book, Mariposa, makes the connections much more obvious.

I don't read thrillers often because I don't find them to be particularly good stories. The characters here aren't wel
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Juan
Jun 12, 2015 Juan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A pesar de q Bear es más conocido como autor de género (CF) esta novela no salió en una colección de CF. De hecho está ambientada en un futuro muy cercano, y es más un thriller q otra cosa. Es un poco previsible, y muy "estadounidense", aunque ya puestos en lo de thriller hubiera preferido más acción. Es decir, te pinta un peligro terrible, y luego no pasa casi nada de lo previsto, todo para que se luzcan los buenos gringos. Lo más bajo que he leido de Bear... pero no por eso se deja de leer de ...more
Alex
Jul 17, 2007 Alex rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Sad to say, I enjoyed this book the least of any of Bear's, and I've read nearly everything he's written.

I've had trouble with some of his previous works, not being able to find a character I liked, but in those the stories carried me past it. In this one I never could. The overall premise and twist is interesting, but not worth the time investment to get to.

Greg Bear is one of my favourite authors, so it pains me to give a bad review. This one's a miss.
Ben
Dec 31, 2007 Ben rated it really liked it
This book was FANTASTIC. What if Homeland Security was 1/2 of our military, what if we never left Iraq, written by a master of science fiction. Solid.
Topher
Feb 22, 2008 Topher rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I normally like Greg Bear. This one was just a little too depressing.
Mark
Apr 27, 2008 Mark rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi
I read this book on vacation. It's a mindless read, in that you don't have to think a whole bunch. I was not overly impressed with the writing or the plot.
Ian Wood
Dec 17, 2014 Ian Wood rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is the complete review as it appears at my blog dedicated to reading, writing (no 'rithmatic!), movies, & TV. Blog reviews often contain links which are not reproduced here, nor will updates or modifications to the blog review be replicated here. Graphic and children's reviews on the blog typically feature two or three images from the book's interior, which are not reproduced here.

Note that I don't really do stars. To me a book is either worth reading or it isn't. I can't rate it three-
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tENTATIVELY, cONVENIENCE
Nov 05, 2010 tENTATIVELY, cONVENIENCE rated it liked it
Shelves: sf
Ok, I've previously drawn parallels between Greg Bear's "Blood Music" & Michael Crichton's "Prey" that were unflattering to Crichton (see http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34...) & then I HATED Crichton's "State of Fear" (see http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15...). SO, I credited Bear w/ being original & discredited Crichton w/ being a paltry 2nd (or 3rd or whatever). THEN Bear writes this - a novel not that dissimilar from Crichton's "State of Fear" but coming out a yr or 2 late ...more
Robert C.
This is strictly a holiday read – it was chosen, before flying off on holiday, for its undemanding nature and disposability. It would have been terrible to carry a book to the far end of the world, read it, find it was the best novel ever, and then have to carry it back from the far end of the world; so it was quite a relief to find that I didn’t really enjoy reading this book at all.

On the face of it, it should have been ok. I’ve read some of Greg Bear’s books and enjoyed the sci-fi elements of
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Lucas
Feb 05, 2008 Lucas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf
Not quite as far into the future as Rainbow's End (maybe 2015-2020 instead of 2025) and a lot more conservative in predicting technological advance- but more believable also. Vinge's world seemed to have 100% replacement of all artifacts and infrastructure, but this could be attributed to selectiveness- everything that hasn't changed isn't worth mentioning. The two novels both have story lines involving ever increasing dangers due to more powerful tools in the hands of smaller and smaller groups ...more
Paul
"Quantico" is set in the near future - a la recent works by William Gibson - and features a world well-drawn in its evolution from the present day. There is lots of nifty tech, but it doesn't overwhelm the reader or the plot, and it's all highly credible stuff.

The story revolves around a couple of new FBI agents freshly graduated from the Academy, as well as a more experienced, somewhat renegade operative who has been working a thankless case she's convinced is significant, but to which she can'
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Bill
Feb 19, 2010 Bill rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf, nook
The first third of the book really had me wondering if the pages of my Greg Bear science fiction novel had been secretly replaced with the pages from some randomly average thriller about post-9/11 terrorism. Then the science started appearing and things got more interesting.

The structure of the book made it a bit difficult to always keep in mind what was happening to whom and what the reader was already supposed to know about each character. I think there were just too many of them. Some would b
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Levent Mollamustafaoglu
After thoroughly enjoying Greg Bear's Darwin series, I started to buy more of his books. The first one I read is Quantico. It is a novel of the near future, where global terrorism has reached new heights, with the destruction of the Golden Mosque in Mecca and the retaliation to the U.S.

The terrorist threat of the day is bioterrorism and is threatening to be used in a large-scale attack. William Griffin is a new FBI trainee trying to cope with the difficulties of the job, whereas his father is af
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Nicholas Barone
Quantico is a change of pace for Greg Bear. Although it is set in the (very) near future it is not science fiction. Quantico is an FBI thriller, and a good one. The science in the book (both on the crime solving and crime committing sides) is very advanced, but not outside of current capabilities. The book is set in the same timeline as the sf novels Queen of Angels, Heads, Slant, and Moving Mars. Nothing in Quantico actually connects it to those books, but several references in Quantico's seque ...more
Malin
Aug 09, 2009 Malin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is what I'd call SF targeted towards people not comfortable with SF; near-future fiction placed in some undefinite future where the US has a female president and law enforcement and the military have a number of neat hi-tech gadgets to help in their work (individual-locked guns, networked vital signs monitoring vests, goggles with text displays, RFIDs and cop overrides on all civilian vehicles... ). Unfortunately the introduction of all this stuff is quite infodumpy, not especially streamli ...more
Mel
Aug 27, 2008 Mel rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
He did a face plant with this one.
Sorry. G. Bear's Slant was a great, truly great book, the first of his I read. He did a great job whenever he touched on the subject matters of bacteria and evolution. His book Vitals was really well put together, confusing in places but readable.
And then along comes Quantico and I just want to slap him. I have to admit that The Forge of God and Anvil of Stars were no better. Maybe he's just lost his touch.
I think it bothers me that Bear seems to fetishize gov'
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Jonas Salonen
Jul 21, 2016 Jonas Salonen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
After reading three books from Bear it seems he is a writer who can write very good books in different genres. I loved his Dead Lines (horror) and Heads (scifi) and now I even like this one. Even though this book isn't brand new anymore the topics are very hot even today.

The story is interesting even without the hot topics and very suspenceful. It's nice to see Bears vision of the near future police/law enforcement gear and some military stuff also. But mainly the story follows a few FBI agents
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Lance
Jan 08, 2010 Lance rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Well, i finished...I am usually pretty objective to reading, and even with the terrible reviews from fellow good-readers, i decided to go ahead. I have read a huge library of spy, counter-terrorism, and didn't use any of those to pre-judge. Where i did like the details, and creativity of the author in creating a NEW type of threat, the drama, tension, and panic dampened to a soggy paper towel of a story. Introduction of characters late in the book, and lack of "fear" of the antagonist had me nea ...more
Vicki Elia
Sep 14, 2014 Vicki Elia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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3 1/2 stars

Published in 2007, Quantico is more relevant today in 2014. Within the first few years after 9/11, all forms of terrorism were like seeing 'Commies behind every bush' after WWII. Everyone was still terrified of Anthrax. Now 13 years later, we in the US are still stuck in hysteria mode, bombarded by the media and politicians with constant terror fear-mongering. Meanwhile, things much more subversive than can be fought by air strikes and military invasions may be taking
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Manuel
Dec 29, 2011 Manuel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Para ser un libro de Greg Bear uno hubiera esperado un poco más de ciencia ficción, aunque es un libro bastante actual dados los acontecimientos actuales de la política mundial.

Algo que hace muy bien el libro es el de reflejar los miedos que se tienen sobre una acción global de terrorismo y lo que me gustó aún más es que se aleja de ese patriotismo barato de pasquín y trata de verlo y exponerlo desde un entorno global. El acercamiento a la cultura de Medio-Oriente me parece muy buena y se refle
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Liz
Aug 30, 2013 Liz rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
As far as thrillers of this sort go, this one is well written and intelligent. I just really found some of the point-of-view transitions to be very distracting, to the point where I stopped caring and almost didn't finish the book. I normally don't have an issue with multi-POV plot lines, but I think this book would have been better without the Fouad character's storyline. His character was not developed enough to warrant that much page time. I was unhappy with the ending and the disorienting sn ...more
Cristian
Am vazut cartea, stiam autorul si, la naiba, am crezut ca e si ceva sf in ea. Din pacate nu prea e. E o carte in care se incearca - pornind de la multe chestii - dejucarea unul plan mare de atentat - sau ce o fi el.
Cartea abunda de explicatii si descrieri, de multe legaturi cu fapte reale, personaje interesante.
Putin cam multe descrieri as putea spune. Pentru genul de carte - sa zicem thriller FBI - ca nu stiu sa spun altfel, e buna. Pentru scenariu de film - foarte buna. Si de citit e buna. Ma
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Stefan
Nov 03, 2009 Stefan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quantico had a few flaws, noticeably its flat, unsatisfying ending. Yet, the narrative was fast-paced with plenty of sub-plots, surprises, twists, action scenes, and good dialogue. The author created a futuristic America that achieved a level of realism because of its technology (bait-car like devices, electronic microchip identifiers, and portable chemical/biological analyzers) and setting (an American government with confused domestic and foreign policies, a large number of government security ...more
Mitch
Jul 20, 2011 Mitch rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
I have read several of Greg Bear's books and been impressed with his scientific knowledge and writing skill. I expected something so much more from him than this book.

His research and writing is intact, but not his topic. The book is, in my opinion, a sell-out dependent on current American fear. It is a terrible testament to testosterone, terror and technology.

Greg says he wrote it to warn people about the new and widely-accessible biohazard threats. Underlying this is a belief that advanced inf
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Don
Mar 08, 2008 Don rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
It kind of plods on, the characters you can't really get into. It's feels like a book that really really wants to be a movie. But when you find out what the mystery secret weapon is that everyone's chasing after...bah. Not quite the doomsday device you'd expect after 300+ pages of invested time. It's got a couple neat scenes, things that remind you of the greatness Greg Bear is capable of. But overall it's a wash. And I really wanted to like the book. It's set like a few weeks into the future, m ...more
Nicholas Whyte
http://nwhyte.livejournal.com/2673312.html

This is quite a long way down the list of well-known works by Greg Bear, fifteenth on LibraryThing and twentieth on Goodreads. Published in 2006, set around now, it features the FBI trying to get to grips with a domestic terrorism conspiracy that plans to carry out biological warfare attacks against both American targets and Mecca, to take revenge on Islam; the FBI agents use all kinds of technical stuff to try and prevent them. It's competently enough w
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Ty
Mar 17, 2008 Ty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i am a big fan of Greg Bear's and this book was no disappointment. the story is a near future telling of high tech terrorism and law enforcement. the author creates a very plausible scenario where biotech weapons are threatened to be used by terrorists. the many extrapolations of well known technology for both the good guys and the bad guys are fascinating. Bear consults with the gov't on "what if?" type scenarios and has very good relations with the FBI, so a lot of the basic info is very well ...more
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Greg Bear is one of the world's leading hard SF authors. He sold his first short story, at the age of fifteen, to Robert Lowndes's Famous Science Fiction.

A full-time writer, he lives in Washington State with his family. He is married to Astrid Anderson Bear. He is the son-in-law of Poul Anderson. They are the parents of two children, Erik and Alexandra.

http://us.macmillan.com/author/gregbear
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