Change is dangerous, technology lethal. So what if our civilization is more advanced than we know?
Particle physicist Jon Grady is ecstatic when his team achieves a major breakthrough: a device that can reflect gravity. Their research will revolutionise the field of physics. But at Grady's moment of triumph, his lab is locked down by a shadowy organisation whose mission
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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 that, it ...more
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. ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
"Influx" does not disappoint on any of these expectations. It is a bit of a departure in that it has more of a science fiction bent than his previous books. I was curious how someone so grounded in the technology of today and the near future would fare looking further out. He does just fine ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Then I got up this morning at 7:30 (also AM) and after doing the "morning necessaries", ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 rea ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
The plot is right out of Count of Monte Cris ...more
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 ...more
В книгата се споменават множество популярни научни идеи и технологии, но като цяло, се ползват основно за "магическо" решаване на проблеми. Описват се "изкуствени интелекти" с капацитет по-нисък от човешкия, з ...more
One of the characters, Jon Grady, is a genius. He has invented an anti-gravity device. He has worked for this ...more
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 ...more