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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (155 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Paul Malmont Narrator: Christopher Lane Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2011 ISBN:
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In 1943, when the United States learns that Germany is on the verge of a deadly innovation that could tip the balance of the war, the government turns to an unlikely source for help: the nation's top science fiction writers. Installed at a covert military lab within the Philadelphia Naval Yard are the most brilliant of these young visionaries. The unruly band is led by Robert Heinlein, the dashing and complicated master of the genre. His Kamikaze Group, which includes the ambitious genius Isaac Asimov, is tasked with transforming the wonders of science fiction into science fact and unlocking the secrets to invisibility, death rays, force fields, weather control, and other astounding phenomena - and finding it harder than they ever imagined. When a German spy washes ashore near the abandoned Long Island ruins of a mysterious energy facility, the military begins to fear that the Nazis are a step ahead of Heinlein's group. Now the oddball team, joined by old friends from the Pulp Era including L. Ron Hubbard (court-martialed for attacking Mexico), must race to catch up. The answers they seek may be locked in the legendary War of Currents, which was fought decades earlier between Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison. As the threat of an imminent Nazi invasion of America grows more and more possible, events are set in motion that just may revolutionize the future - or destroy it - while forcing the writers to challenge the limits of talent, imagination, love, destiny, and even reality itself.Blazing at breathtaking speed from forgotten tunnels deep beneath Manhattan to top-secret battles in the North Pacific, and careening from truth to pulp and back again, The Astounding, the Amazing, and the Unknown is a sweeping, romantic epic - a page-turning rocket ship ride through the history of the future.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzanne | 2/19/2014

    " totally crazy, but absolutely maybe possibly accurate. Or not "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jean | 2/9/2014

    " I don't think I would have enjoyed this book as much if it weren't for the characters being authors I've read. Interesting, though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maxim | 2/1/2014

    " Loved his Chinatown caper, and this one has a lovely premise but bogs down a lot. Gentle fun, only. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Marshall Lynn | 1/30/2014

    " Disjointed and annoying to follow...wish I had put it down and moved onto something else. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wayne McCoy | 1/21/2014

    " A really fun read set during World War 2 and imagining the great Pulp and Science Fiction writers of the time were involved with the war effort. The main characters of the book are Robert Heinlein, L. Sprague DeCamp, Isaac Asimov and L. Ron Hubbard, but there are tons of cameos by other folks living at the time (including Walter Gibson and Richard Feynman to name just a couple and leave the rest for you to discover). Also included are references to the Philadelphia Experiment and Tesla's Wardenclyffe tower. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 1/16/2014

    " Loved this - I like when historical figures are morphed into fiction Really excited about this book. Based entirely on the positive review by Katherine Dunn and the snazzy cover. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steven | 12/17/2013

    " A splendid romp through WWII era science fiction and fantasy pro-dom, with a completely demented story to tie together real people and curiously real events. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paula Lyle | 4/26/2013

    " This is a rip-snorting wild ride of a book, with fact and fiction whirled in a dizzying mix. Unfortunately, it just doesn't know when to stop. By the end, the whole thing is a little numbing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol Benton | 9/8/2012

    " As a sci-fi fan, this was an imaginative adventure through recent world history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zora | 7/2/2012

    " One of the most interesting and original ideas for a novel I've seen, with classic-age SF authors starring in a thriller. It's a romp. Perhaps it only deserves a 3.5 for execution, but I have to give it the nudge up to 4 for originality. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric | 2/22/2012

    " This was a fun read. Interesting story with a lot of authors that I fondly remember. It even reintroduced me to Sprague de Camp. "

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About the Narrator

Christopher Lane is an award-winning actor, director, and narrator. He is a three-time winner of the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration and recipient of ten AudioFile Earphones Awards.