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Quantico (Quantum Logic #1)

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A near-future thriller that pits young FBI agents against a brilliant homegrown terrorist

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

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Hardcover, 357 pages
Published 2006 by Madison Park Press
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Kim
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...more
D. B.
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...more
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...more
Alex
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.
Mark
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.
Ben
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
I normally like Greg Bear. This one was just a little too depressing.
Malin
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
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
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'...more
Lucas
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
Bill
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...more
tENTATIVELY, cONVENIENCE
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
Steve Sarrica
Some interesting science and some diabolical ideas can't make up for poor characterizations and an onionskin thin plot. One of the more developed and worthwhile characters gets sidelined partway through, never to return. The ending is rushed and unconvincing. Properly developed, the lead "bad guy" could have been the cornerstone of a whole series of books. He is wasted here. Greg Bear's "Quantico" is one step above a hot mess.
Mel
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'...more
Lance
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
Ty
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
Liz
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
Manuel
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...more
Stefan
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
Don
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
Mitch
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...more
Kip
Paperback plane fodder...

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
Michael Minutillo
This book had a lot of promising ideas and showed a potential face of terrorism (and counter-terrorism) in our near future. The first half of the book is quite good and manages to keep you turning the pages to find out what happens. It introduces intriguing characters, technologies and sets up the basic backdrop of the world quite well.

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
Tina
I am a huge fan of Greg Bear's science fiction. But this "near future" fiction novel was not nearly as good as his hard core sci-fi novels. He included far too much unnecessary detail and divergent plot lines that really had no relevance. It was tough to get through this, but I made it halfway and then realized that I didn't want to waste any additional time on a book I was not enjoying. I love that his writing is geared toward those of us who love science, but this particular novel just didn't...more
Aurelien
Stripped from its 'science friendly' stuff like the gadgets used by the military and the police and the bioterrorism threat, there's not that much left apart from a lot of full-packed action and fights. It's credible, clever and, describes convincingly an alarming near-future where delusional teenagers can be as dangerous as religious fanatics; plus, its lack of Manicheism (the complexity of the Muslim world, the motives and intricacies of the American bureaucracies and administrations) is an ap...more
Tropean
I found this book after researching Orbital Weapon Lancets, a space-based defense system which was mentioned in Dan Simmons' most recent book, Flashback. The reviews of Quantico made the book sound interesting, and it was. Perhaps provocative is a better word. The book raises thorny religious, political, and national security issues, and if it doesn't tidily resolve them and set up a sequel, well, I'm pretty sure that wasn't the author's intent. As a wake-up call for those who might be intereste...more
Mike Ehlers
My first intro to Bear's novels. Wish I'd started with something better known, or at least nominated for the Hugo or Nebula.

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
Neb
Quite enjoyable. Listened to a good audio version. Reminiscent of some of Crichton's work. Near-future science/political thriller with enough plausible tech to be interesting. A little light on character development, but the story is really about "what if a baddy got hold of a new kind of bio-terror weapon", not so much the "why" of it. Nice terse prose and economical scene-setting that draws you in and gives you a five-senses experience. Refreshing after the slog through drippy, often boring ro...more
Kristen
If you love high-paced thrillers, you'll love Quantico by Greg Bear. Although my library has labeled it sci fi/fantasy, it's actually a near-futuristic thriller, when a great of FBI recruits and a bioterrorism expert are up against some terrorists in a time of war. From a raid going wrong, they learn who they're up against and what's he all about, that has the great adrenalin like Vince Flynn and the action like Brad Thor. This is a good read for sure.
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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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