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Flashback by Dan Simmons
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Nov 14, 11

Read in August, 2011

Dan Simmons is the only sci-fi/thriller author I will read simply because he typically takes something rather interesting from the past and spins a high-speed story into something new, intelligent, futuristic and it always leaves you hungering for more of the original seed he planted (i.e. Terror: arctic exploration, Illium: Homer and Drood:Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins). He also feeds your literary soul with his very own succulent nearly transparent honey of the future. This book is a bit different; it's not sweet honey. It's darker and nearly bitter, but that doesn't mean it is not good or that it will not have you hungering for more Simmons when you finished. It's just different. He doesn't dip into the past, he dips into the present (well almost). The novel has grand political and world themes. Gather your intelligence here readers, he's not taking sides, all political boxes get a little slap upside the cheek. The core to this novel is the title, "Flashback." A drug which is running rampant while the world spirals into a sort of large scale game of Axis and Allies and humanity seeks pleasure through drugs. The lead character Nick, a former detective, also a flashback junkie finds himself in the middle of a pot of mess. A mess which soon includes his distanced son and father-in-law. I hesitate to say too much more without really spoon feeding the entire book away. But one last note, Simmons has always won me over with his intelligence. This book is an intelligent piece of work. Just different. It's not necessarily political unless your mind can only focus on one thing at a time. If you read this novel, try very hard to see the outer issues Simmons presses. He's not just touting political issues.
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