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Author: Ted Kosmatka Narrator: Keith Szarabajka Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2015 ISBN: 9781504650168
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A quantum physicist shocks the world with a startling experiment, igniting a struggle between science and theology, free will and fate, and antagonizing forces not known to exist.

Eric Argus is a washout. His prodigious early work clouded his reputation and strained his sanity. But an old friend gives him another chance, an opportunity to step back into the light.

With three months to produce new research, Eric replicates the paradoxical double-slit experiment to see for himself the mysterious dual nature of light and matter. A simple but unprecedented inference blooms into a staggering discovery about human consciousness and the structure of the universe.

His findings are celebrated and condemned in equal measure, but no one can predict where the truth will lead. And as Eric seeks to understand the unfolding revelations, he must evade shadowy pursuers who believe he knows entirely too much already.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “If Stephen Hawking and Stephen King wrote a novel together, you’d get The Flicker Men. Brilliant, disturbing, and beautifully told.”

    Hugh Howey, New York Times bestselling author

  • “A high-speed thriller…The pages turn rapidly with well-orchestrated suspense.”

    New York Times

  • “An original, smart physics thriller…Kosmatka writes with great skill and…sells his concepts so well that it’s hard to pinpoint where the real science ends…A fun, exciting read.”


  • “Kosmatka has taken a complex scientific paradox and turned it into a rapid race against time.”

    Shelf Awareness

  • “So intriguing that I was able to enjoy the book even though I personally didn’t understand all the aspects of the experiment…The story walked a fine line between science and science-fiction, and should please fans of both.”

    Mystery Scene Magazine

  • “The most interesting science thriller I’ve read this year…The Flicker Men twists the weird implications of the [double-slit] experiment into a narrative that is both surprising and philosophically rich…A five-star read.”

    Science Thrillers

  • “Kosmatka effectively harnesses his impressive imagination in the service of a mind-blowing plot in this outstanding SF thriller…Ingenious plot twists, well-realized characters, and superior prose elevate this above similar books.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Brilliant…This well-written and fast-paced scientific thriller builds into beautiful and suspenseful crescendo.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “A first-rate thriller.”


  • “Kosmatka’s novel delivers a number of thrills, along with believable science and ominous themes.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Keith Szarabajka’s narration captures the intensity of the story…Szarabajka’s voices are well done—in particular, those of a villain who is hell-bent on obstructing Angus’ work, an Indian colleague whose singsong intonation is consistent and appropriate, and a menacing henchmen from Down Under.”


  • A Publishers Weekly Pick of Best Books of Summer 2015
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month for July 2015 in Fiction

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About the Author

Ted Kosmatka was born and raised in Chesterton, Indiana. He is the author of Prophet of Bones and The Games, a finalist for the Locus Award for Best First Novel, and one of Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of 2012. His short fiction has been nominated for both the Nebula and Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award and has appeared in numerous Year’s Best Science Fiction anthologies. He now lives in the Pacific Northwest and works as a writer in the video game industry.

About the Narrator

Keith Szarabajka has appeared in many films, including The Dark Knight, Missing, and A Perfect World, and on such television shows as The Equalizer, Angel, Cold Case, Golden Years, and Profit. Szarabajka has also appeared in several episodes of Selected Shorts for National Public Radio. He won the 2001 Audie Award for Unabridged Fiction for his reading of Tom Robbins’ Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates and has won several Earphones Awards.