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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (197 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Greg Bear Narrator: Charles Leggett Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Quantum Logic Series Release Date: December 2009 ISBN: 9781482979169
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In America, driven to near bankruptcy with crushing foreign debt, the Talos Corporation stands out as a major success story—training soldiers and security forces from around the world and providing logistics and troops for nearly all branches of the United States government. But Talos has another plan in mind—the destruction of the federal system and constitutional law. Three FBI agents are all that stands between Talos’s CEO Axel Price and the subversion of our nation. Nathan Trace, one of a team of four who created and programmed the thinking machines that are about to help Axel Price in his plans for domination, is the unlikely hero who, with Rebecca Rose, must stop the plan at all costs.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Bear balances threat and promise as he weaves his characters’ stories together surely, skillfully, daringly, using exactly the right amount of tension, pulling their threads together into a net that traps and holds his readers captive to his startling yet veracious imagination.”

    Seattle Times

  • “Under less capable hands, the extraordinarily complicated plot, numbers of characters, and the constant explanations of future technologies might lead to terminal turgidity, but SF veteran Bear keeps everything whizzing right along to the slam-bang conclusion.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Charles Leggett helps keep the complicated plot moving with a powerful voice that is rich with sincerity and, occasionally, menace.”

    AudioFile

  • “A fast-moving thriller that posits an absolutely convincing and utterly frightening future.”

    Booklist

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 David | 8/14/2013

    " A fairly ordinary sci-fi/adventure book set in the near future, with all the requisite bad-guys-trying-to-rule-the-world cliches. It was a slow book day at the ol' library when I picked this one up, thinking it was a Dan Brown kinda thing. It wasn't. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeanne Boyarsky | 7/5/2013

    " The book was ok. It is a near future sci-fi book based on the current economic crisis. Which caught my attention. I liked it enough to want to know what happens. But I liked other books a lot better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tulara | 6/9/2013

    " I enjoyed this book - it's a good summer read. Medical technology, computers and the military - a prescription for mayhem. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Liz Brau | 6/8/2013

    " i prefer bear's far future and alien worlds to his near-future stuff. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary Frances | 4/11/2013

    " Maybe worth 2.5. Interesting near future dystopia book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 8/2/2012

    " A PTSD Treatment program named Mariposa has unsuspected side effects. Near future drama includes terrorism and near bankruptcy of the United States. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ron | 4/5/2012

    " The events in this book take place in the near future. Reading it, you can imagine a story like this unfolding within a couple of years from now. cutting edge scifi blended with the current reality of runaway borrowing by the entire USA. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kathy | 11/26/2010

    " First time I read this author. Didn't really like the book. Too hard to follow. I think the good guys won out in the end, but not quite sure. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary Frances | 9/11/2010

    " Maybe worth 2.5. Interesting near future dystopia book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kathy | 6/19/2010

    " First time I read this author. Didn't really like the book. Too hard to follow. I think the good guys won out in the end, but not quite sure. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Liz | 5/14/2010

    " i prefer bear's far future and alien worlds to his near-future stuff. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cynthia | 2/14/2010

    " Frightening vision of the future, that you could imagine happening. It has everything, science,
    technology, chips installed in everyone in government and a women President. The bad
    guys are big business who want to destroy America and run the country themselves. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 David | 2/9/2010

    " A fairly ordinary sci-fi/adventure book set in the near future, with all the requisite bad-guys-trying-to-rule-the-world cliches. It was a slow book day at the ol' library when I picked this one up, thinking it was a Dan Brown kinda thing. It wasn't. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ron | 1/12/2010

    " The events in this book take place in the near future. Reading it, you can imagine a story like this unfolding within a couple of years from now. cutting edge scifi blended with the current reality of runaway borrowing by the entire USA. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie (Kwiltreader) | 12/11/2009

    " Believable body sensor/security systems—extension of Big Brother. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 10/26/2009

    " A PTSD Treatment program named Mariposa has unsuspected side effects. Near future drama includes terrorism and near bankruptcy of the United States. "

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About the Author
Author Greg Bear

Greg Bear is an American author of more than forty books spanning the science fiction, fantasy, and horror genres. His science fiction works have covered themes of galactic conflict, artificial universes, consciousness and cultural practice, and accelerated evolution. His fiction has garnered five Nebula Awards, two Hugo Awards, the Monty Award, and the Heinlein Award. He has also been an illustrator of science fiction works in both hardcover and paperback. He has written articles on film for the Los Angeles Times and book reviews for the San Diego Union. He is a founding member of the Association of Science Fiction Artists and of the San Diego Comic-Con. and has served as president and vice president of the Science Fiction Writers of America. He has also served as a consultant for NASA, the US Army, the State Department, and other organizations on such matters as crime and criminal justice, virology and evolution, and bio security.

About the Narrator

Charles Leggett is based in Seattle where he works onstage at Seattle Repertory Theatre, Seattle Children’s Theatre, ACT, Seattle Shakespeare Company, Portland Center Stage, The Empty Space, and Book-It Repertory Company, among many others. Charles’ voice work is also featured in the video games Dungeon Siege I and II, and in Hoyle’s Casino Empire.