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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (141 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kate Wilhelm Narrator: Johanna Ward Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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What would happen to the precarious balance of power if scientists could extend life for centuries? If one power bloc had biological protection against radiation and the other did not? Whose thumb would press the button first?

When Lyle Taney took leave from her teaching job to live high in the mountains, researching the ways of eagles, she was just planning to write her next book. Lasater was an unscrupulous, skilled operative who thought he could maneuver her as he pleased. He believed women were incapable of making ethical or moral decisions—and he was wrong. When the obscure government agent from an anonymous department tried to force Lyle to spy on her mysterious neighbors, she resisted. But the first step had been taken, involving her in a life-and-death struggle.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A brilliant tour de force…serious science fiction skillfully blended with elements of the suspense novel. Behind the narrative loom the questions raised in the Faust legend and in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein: are the dangers of unlocking nature’s secrets so great that limits should be imposed on the inquiring mind? And who is to decide?”

    New York Times 

  • “Johanna Ward reads this genre-crossing novel with panache and aplomb…Ward’s tense tone and excellent pacing build suspense as the story’s scope broadens.”


  • “An excellent and thought-provoking read.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Enhanced by Wilhelm’s spare, limpid prose: a quiet…serious blend of SF, morality play, and global politics.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “A compelling psychological drama…poses questions that have a clear relevance to today’s world.”

    Large Print Reviews

  • A 1984 Locus Award Nominee

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jannell | 1/8/2014

    " Interesting ideas, well presented. Decent reader. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Linda | 9/28/2013

    " Welcome Chaos is a thought provoking novel that prompts the reader to examine the way in which the world as we know it could become something else entirely in the blink of an eye. And there are no easy answers to the questions it proposes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by pjreads ♫ | 6/24/2013

    " Very little science fiction; mostly this is an 80's anti-war thriller with too much repetition, very casual sexuality and intellectuals making convoluted plans with too many built-in one-point failure possibilities. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mr.B | 3/29/2013

    " An interesting concept, if a little far-fetched. It's a bit of a mystery/spy thriller in the near future, with international intrigue centered around a serum accidentally discovered during the Third Reich--and I'm not giving away any more. "

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