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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Wesley Chu Narrator: Mikael Naramore Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2013 ISBN: 9781469271972
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When out-of-shape IT technician Roen wakes up and starts hearing voices in his head, he naturally assumes he’s losing it.

He isn’t.

As of last night, he has a passenger in his brain—an ancient alien life-form called Tao, whose race crash-landed on Earth before the first fish crawled out of the oceans. Over the millennia his people have trained human heroes to be great leaders, to advance our species at a rate far beyond what it would have achieved on its own. Split into two opposing factions—the peace-loving, but under-represented Prophus, and the savage, powerful Genjix—the aliens have been in a state of civil war for centuries. Both sides are searching for a way off-planet…and the Genjix will sacrifice the entire human race, if that’s what it takes.

So now Roen must train to be a hero worthy of his unwanted companion. Like that’s going to end up well.…

“Wesley Chu is my hero.… He has to be the coolest science fiction writer in the world.” —Lavie Tidhar, World Fantasy Award-winning author of Osama

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This book is high-octane spy vs spy action with a sly sense of humor.  Pure pleasure from beginning to end. Highly recommended!”

    Ann Vandermeer, Hugo winning editor of Weird Tales

  • “Just your usual ‘I’ve got an immensely wise alien in my head who wants me to become an international man of mystery’ story. Which is to say, p [a] age-turning homage to other classic [science fiction novel] like Hal Clement’s Needle. Recommended.”

    Steven Gould, author of the Jumper series

  • “Filled with non-stop action and brilliant asides on the history of our species, the book is sure to thrill and amuse.”

    Ken Liu, Nebula Award winning author of The Paper Menagerie

  • “This book is high-octane spy vs. spy action with a sly sense of humor. Pure pleasure from beginning to end. Highly recommended”

    Ann Vandermeer, Hugo winning editor of Weird Tales and British Fantasy Award publisher of Buzzcity Press

  • “Tipping his hat to both science fiction novels and comic books, Chu delivers a narrative that is at times pulse-pounding, laugh-out-loud funny and thoughtful.Part James Bond, part Superman, part Orphanage. There’s something here for everyone.”

    Myke Cole, author of Control Point and Fortress Frontier

  • “Wesley Chu is my hero…he has to be the coolest science fiction writer in the world.”

    Lavie Tidhar, World Fantasy Award winning author of Osama and The Bookman Histories

  • In The Lives of Tao, newcomer Wesley Chu delivers an action-laced sci-fi thriller filled with clever ideas and witty, engaging characters. A thoroughly enjoyable ride.”

    John Marco, author of the Tyrants and Kings and The Inhuman series

  • One part Deep Space Nine, three parts Babylon Five, and two parts Chuck.”

    Gini Koch, author of the Alien series

  • “A fast-paced, high-action SF mix of Jason Bourne meets The Hero’s Journey, jam-packed with dark conspiracies, wild romance, ancient aliens, and a secret, globe-spanning war. Loved it!”

    Matt Forbeck, author of Amortals and Hard Times in Dragon City

  • “A totally original sci-fi thriller that will have you hooked from page one with both riveting action and a sly wit. This is a story of human history, the hidden powers that have shaped it, and one man’s transformation from complete nobody to a key fighter in the war for humanity’s future.”

    Ramez Naam, H. G. Wells Award winner and author of Nexus

  • Winner of the 2014 YALSA Alex Award
  • Nominated for the 2013 GoodReads Readers’ Choice: Science Ficiton
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About the Author

Wesley Chu was born in Taiwan and immigrated to Chicago, Illinois when he was young. in Chicago, he became a Kung Fu master and gymnast before completing a degree in information science and becoming a stuntman. A member of the Screen Actor’s Guil, and a contributing writer to the Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine, Chu currently lives in Chicago with his wife, Paula Kim.

About the Narrator

Mikael Naramore narrates, directs, and has engineered hundreds of audiobooks since 2001. He has also produced critically acclaimed independent rock albums, run a small record label, launched dot-coms, owned and operated recording studios and—best of all—fathered two boys. He and his family live in the Pacific Northwest.