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What if our civilization is more advanced than we know?

The New York Times bestselling author of Daemon imagines a world in which decades of technological advances have been suppressed in an effort to prevent disruptive change.

Are smart phones really humanity's most significant innovation since the moon landings? Or can something else explain why the bold visions of the 20t
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Hardcover, 406 pages
Published February 20th 2014 by Dutton
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Paul Bartusiak
Feb 16, 2014 rated it liked it
A FUN BUT FLAWED TECHNOTHRILLER
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This is my first Suarez novel. It has gotten a lot of press, and the hardcover edition has a quote from Publisher's Weekly proclaiming "A Legitimate Heir To Michael Chrichton." Anything with a build up like that I have to try, being the Chrichton fan that I am.

Don't be put off by first chapter: techno jargon is over the top and seemingly superfluous. It lets up after the first chapter. After tha
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Kemper
A-HA! Now I know why we don’t have flying cars!

Jon Grady is a brilliant but unconventional physicist who has just made a breakthrough involving the manipulation of gravity that puts him in the same league as Newton and Einstein. Before he can share his discovery with the world, Grady and his work is snatched up by the Bureau of Technology Control. As they explain it to Grady, the BTC was started by the US government after the moon landings to regulate the influence of technology on the public.
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Lyn
May 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dr. Strangelove for the modern age.

To be clear, this is not a reboot of Stanley Kubrick’s brilliant 1964 film. However, Kubrick was mentioned and there are many similarities – apprehension of new and dangerous technology, rogue government agencies, and tension involving a new world order versus maintaining the status quo. There is even an eerily similar scene reminiscent of Slim Pickens’ infamous bomb ride.

Daniel “I know I’m the coolest writer since William Gibson or Neal Stephenson” Suarez blen
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Bradley
May 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-shelf, sci-fi
*cackles with glee*

I love me some WILD technology! I love me so much technology I roll about in it like it was a king sized bed full of money, money, money! I love my technostravaganza!

Oh yeah, besides the tech tech tech tech tech tech coolness, this is a pretty decent technothriller, too, fluctuating from awe and surprise... to a bit of tech-explanation... to a bit of tech-horror, dark humor, tech theft, dark humor, action, action, tech-action, more tech-action, and finally, a laugh-out-loud ch
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Mike
Arthur C. Clarke's Third Law of Prediction: Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

Mike's literary corollary to Clarke's Third of Prediction: Any sufficiently advanced technology that is used without precedent in the story is indistinguishable from bad writing.

This book was first and foremost a disappointment. I loved the premise of the book: a secretive rogue government agency harvests advanced technology before it becomes widespread and disruptive to society and h
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Mogsy (MMOGC)
2.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum http://bibliosanctum.blogspot.com/201...

Daniel Suarez has made a name for himself when it comes to techno-thrillers, and his talent for combining science with action has garnered him much praise and comparisons to the late Michael Crichton. And also, let's not forget how much I enjoyed Suarez's Daemon duology. All of this made me pretty excited for Influx, so now that I'm done I still find myself stunned to admit I was disappointed.

Many theories for generating
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Mike (the Paladin)
I didn't think (at first) that I'd be rating this one a 5 star read. It starts out with a good opening scene and draws you in. It also takes it's time setting some things up. At first I thought, "okay this will be mildly interesting". But...then an odd thing happened. It became enthralling. It was 1:00AM and I was still into it. At that point I hit a chapter change and "made myself" lay it aside and go to bed.

Then I got up this morning at 7:30 (also AM) and after doing the "morning necessaries",
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
Influx is a really different kind of read. It was selected for the Techno-Thriller group read for the Action/Adventure group on Goodreads, and it definitely fits the bill. The author conceived of a concept that is very novel, and I was immersed in this story.

What if there is a secret group that suppresses and appropriates new technology, so that things are a lot more advanced than we think? That's what happens to Jon Grady when he comes up with a device that can bend and manipulate gravity in a
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Efka
Nov 07, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, suspense
"Influx" was supposed to be a fast and engaging technothriller with an added spice of sci-fi. Some even had audacity to compare it to late Michael Crichton books. “God, forgive them, for they don't know what they are doing” is all I can say about these people.

I cannot deny that this book has some pros, but they are grossly outweighed by the cons. Still, let’s see what I like about this book: first of all, it was really fast paced. One can even call it a page-turner, in case this book hooks them
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Carlos
Oct 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book, it's fun, it's complex and simple enough at the same time , just imagine this, the future you always thought you were supposed to have it's there but has been kept secret by a shadowy organization, enter Jon Grady , a scientist that has just discovered something that will change the world forever, in enters BTC and kidnaps him and tortures him for not collaborating after being told that their purpose is to keep technology breakthroughs from ever getting to the general public . ...more
Rob
Executive Summary: If you can get over the ridiculousness this book can be a lot of fun.

Audio book: The audio is pretty good. Jeff Gurner can do a few accents and they have some special effects for the AI/comms that add a little extra touch.

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This book was pretty uneven for me. It starts out with a huge tech dump trying to explain how a Gravity Mirror might be possible. I'm not a physicist so I have no idea how sound the theories are or if he's just completely making things up.

It r
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Tom
Sep 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Audio book read by Jeff Gurner

Influx is a techno-thriller that I thoroughly enjoyed the whole way through. The question of what happens when a small group is allowed to hoard technological advances is very interesting here - is it all really for the greater good? The tone of this book reminded me a bit of Michael Crichton but a bit less thriller and a bit heavier on the speculative science/technology. The story kept up a pretty good pace throughout and did not slow down much even once the mystiq
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Rick
Oct 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A departure from Dan's prior books, but every bit as good. At the core of Influx is an examination of what happens when government shifts from providing for the common defense to protecting society from itself. Though Influx is set more in the future than Daemon/Freedom™ or Kill Decision, you'll see some common themes throughout. This was a thrilling read - will be a big hit when it comes out in February.
Steven Hodges
Feb 24, 2014 rated it it was ok
Cheesy writing and tone, won't read Daniel Suerez again.
Lance
Feb 06, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
I have to say, I'm sadly disappointed. I've come to rely on Suarez as a 'near' fiction writer. His previous books were largely based on manipulation of existing technology, or close future invocations. That was his strong selling point to me. The books were full of technical descriptions making the reality and feasibility of them compelling.

This book... Throws all that to the wind, and pics up a an anti-matter gun. Defying gravity? Why not!? Well... because it lumps you in with all the other 'am
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Mona
Nov 30, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
DOESN'T ATTAIN LIFTOFF

I found this uneven, and ultimately, disappointing.

The book started out in an unpromising way, and I thought it was going to be merely a string of cliches.

But after the first couple of chapters, it surprised me. Things got more interesting.

Towards the end, though, it dipped back into eye-glazing ordinariness.

Our hero, John Grady, invents something called a gravity mirror, a device that makes gravity flow up instead of down. He's very proud of his discovery, at least at fi
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Talia Colley
Dec 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of this book from Penguin's First Reads program.

This book was great! A book full of genius scientists using technology to fight back - love it! Makes me want to pick up a science book and learn what the heck fusion energy is. Anyway, this book was entertaining and unpredictable. I really couldn't guess where the plot was headed, so it kept me engaged and wanting to read more. Even though some of the scientific theories went over my head, I was still engaged and enjoyed the
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Eric
Oct 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of technothrillers
Like Michael Crichton, the author he is compared to on the cover, Daniel Suarez has his sights on the forefront of society and technology. He takes cutting edge ideas and wonders "what if?", "how exactly?", and "then what would happen?", and writes down the fictionalized results. Suarez isn't trying to be "literary," he is writing thought experiments on current hot-button issues. In his previous book, Kill Decision, it was about drones, in this one, it's anti-gravity -- among other technology th ...more
Ron
Feb 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
"Anything before you're thirty-five is new and exciting, and anything after that is proof that the world's going to hell."

Excellent. Hard science fiction that grabs the reader by the throat and doesn't let go. A haunting tale about the government trying to protect us from ourselves. The premise is that for the last fifty years an increasingly powerful bureau of the federal government has been identifying and sequestering scientific breakthroughs--and their inventors--because such inventions, no
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Jonathan
Dec 11, 2013 rated it it was ok
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Mitchell
Disappointing. Poorly written, poorly structured, poorly paced. There was one bit early on in which one character says something like - now your are just stringing scientific words together in a meaningless way, and I'm thinking exactly. But there were lots and lots (and lots) of interesting ideas and this book did eventually get going. But not well enough to rescue the book as a whole.
David Hodges
Mar 03, 2014 rated it liked it
I like Daniel Suarez's books. His genre is technology thrillers, and his perspective and knowledge is different from any other author that I have read. He could be a chronicler of our possible dark future. One doesn't expect much from this genre other than some mind-stretching ideas and a passable plot. Influx has as its premise the invention of anti-gravity by a young genius, Grady, and the evil rogue government entity that tries to steal it from him.

The plot is right out of Count of Monte Cris
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Hank
Aug 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tbr-clean-2018
I was fairly skeptical at the beginning of the book, the amount of technobabel was astounding and somewhat off-putting. Suarez, however, wove it all together and created one of his trademark thrillers, from about chapter 7 to the end I was all in.

One particular section of the book had a huge effect on me, the prison they put John in was absolutely and completely horrifying to me, I will have nightmares about it probably for the rest of my life. Everyone has triggers. Spiders, snakes, child abu
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Josh Bancroft
Mar 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebooks, kindle, fiction
First off, I love Daniel Suarez's books. I read and loved Daemon under his nom de plume Leinad Zeraus, and gobbled up Freedom(TM) and Kill Decision. This book, Influx, was no different. While not quite as packed with tantalizingly plausible technology as his previous books (Freedom made me lust after its tech, Kill Decision terrified me with its plausibility), Influx is a consistently fun ride into a future that could actually be right here with us now, with us blissfully ignorant. Or not. No ma ...more
Ricky Li
Mar 12, 2014 rated it it was ok
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aPriL does feral sometimes
What a super suspenseful high energy read! This book, 'Influx', will be difficult to put down, so I recommend beginning this book only if you have a few days of uninterrupted hours. Otherwise, there certainly will be pining and misery if you have to wait long to get back to it. Although there are some hard science-fiction elements, this novel is more of a thriller with cool tech-toys fun.

One of the characters, Jon Grady, is a genius. He has invented an anti-gravity device. He has worked for this
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Bryan Alexander
Apr 17, 2014 rated it liked it
A fun read animated mostly by a single idea.

Influx posits that human ingenuity has actually proceeded much further along than we believe. A secretive United States government department has been quietly capturing new innovations, sequestering them away while removing their presence from the world. The Bureau of Technology Control (BTC) does this for our own good, they say, believing that the negative impact of these new ideas would cause too much damage to American (and the world's) social order
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Enzo
Mar 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great tech-thriller by Daniel Suarez. After reading Daemon a book I could barely put down, Freedom its follow-up, and Kill Decision a decidedly wicked view at drones I was looking forward at more. "Influx" delivers in the techno and science part. The thriller is not as evident until later in the book. But its there when its needed. The ideas posted by the book about Technology being dangerous is interesting in its own. I would have liked more exploring there. The book would rate a 3.5 st ...more
C.C.
Jan 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky to get an advance copy of this to read and of course I couldn't put it down once I opened the first page.

Once again Daniel Suarez tells a story that while labeled fiction, is close enough to be possible that it scares you. Your first reaction is to think that it could never happen and then the more you read and the more you think you start to realize just how real it could be.

If an agency existed to regulate what innovation humans were allowed to have, would that much power go to the
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Ric
Feb 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tech-heavy SF about a vagabond government bureau that has been hoarding all the scientific advancements of the past 50 years. Lots of action and cinematic sequences put an engaging veneer on the geeky underpinnings. Quite entertaining. One can already imagine the movie (the book has already been picked up by Hollywood).
For the SF fan, an interesting extrapolation on reverse gravity.
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DANIEL SUAREZ is the author of the New York Times bestseller Daemon, Freedom™, Kill Decision, and Influx. A former systems consultant to Fortune 1000 companies, he has designed and developed mission-critical software for the defense, finance, and entertainment industries. With a lifelong interest in both IT systems and creative writing, his high-tech and Sci-Fi thrillers focus on technology-driven ...more

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