Quantico (Quantum Logic #1)
It's the second decade of the twenty-first century, and terrorism has escalated almost beyond control. New weapons are being spawned in remote basement labs, and no one feels safe.
In North America, the FBI uses cutting-edge technology to thwart domestic terrorists. The War on Terro...more
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...more
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...more
I don't read thrillers often because I don't find them to be particularly good stories. The characters here aren't wel...more
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.
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'...more
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...more
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'...more
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...more
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...more
I always like Bear's stuff, lots of other folks, too, if you judge by his trophy case.
This book wasn't so much about the characters as the scenarios and the technology. Some pretty frightening bioterror and geopolitical pieces at that. Roll the clock forward a decade or two and speculate on religious fanaticism, bioengineering advances, the state of the Middle East, and continued fears of terrorism in the US. Right in Bear's wheelhouse.
* Couldn't finish
** I had nothing e...more
The back half starts to devolve into politics and random events. The main characters seem to be lose life and dimension and become players in the authors game of...more
I was disappointed with this book. I struggled to read it at times, which isn't good for an action thriller. The characters were ok at best, I didn't really care much about most of them, good guys or bad guys. Didn't really care who won the various showdowns. And the ending left me unsatisfied. However, Bear does do his homework, and the near future world of law enforcement...more
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.