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An Amazon Best Book of the Month, April 2014: Lyda Rose and her colleagues had the best intentions: to create a drug that would cure schizophrenia. Instead, she's in a mental hospital, saddled with a permanent hallucination of a doctor with angel's wings. When a newly admitted teenaged girl commits suicide rather than deal with withdrawal, Lyda recognizes the symptoms and realizes that her drug has hit the streets. She arranges her own release, helps her lover (a paranoid ex-government agent) break out of the hospital, and tries to find out where the drug is coming from. Combining elements of near-future science fiction, cyber-thriller, and whodunit mystery, Daryl Gregory takes us on a pulse-racing, brain-bending adventure that reads like the enthusiastic retelling of a crazy acid trip--twisted and imaginative and frightening and funny and intense. Along the way we investigate drug-pushing churches, we double-cross a gang run by ruthless old ladies, we team up with Native American smugglers, we dodge a split-personality urban rancher, and perhaps most dangerous of all, we try to track down Lyda's old scientific team in search of answers. --Robin A. Rothman
“Wickedly clever entertainment.” ―SF Gate (San Francisco Chronicle) on Pandemonium
“Part superhero fiction, part zombie horror story, and part supernatural thriller, this luminous and compelling tale deserves a wide readership beyond genre fans.” ―Library Journal, starred review, on Raising Stony Mayhall
“A quietly brilliant second novel. . . . A wide variety of believable characters, a well-developed sense of place and some fascinating scientific speculation will earn this understated novel an appreciative audience among fans of literary SF.” ―Publishers Weekly, starred review, on The Devil's Alphabet
Halfway through this book, I was ready to buy copies for my friends it was so good. Once I finished it, it reminded me a lot of Stephen King-- great idea, good characters,... Read morePublished 18 days ago by shameless libertarian
There's a new drug on the street... those who take it not only start to believe in God, but often believe God is right there, talking to them... Read morePublished 24 days ago by Peter Dimitriadis
I didn’t give it 5 stars because it’s great literature (it’s not), but because it was a fun, quick read, and if there were more books with Lyda and Ollie, and/or Sasha, I would... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Cynthia Corral
Just okay. The concept was interesting but the story focused more on the less interesting aspects of the story while largely ignoring the more interesting concepts that brought me... Read morePublished 2 months ago by green eggs and sam
Expertly crafted narrative. Well developed characters. Interesting ideas. Highly recommended.Published 3 months ago by J. E. Seaman
It definitely wasn't what I thought it was going to be, that's for sure.Published 3 months ago by Rachel David
Very interesting read. I love how to author is very blunt with his words and brings out the main character's personality. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Maria
Thoroughly enjoyed the book while on a beach vacation. Strong character development though the back and forth some chapters took a bit getting used to. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Digitalist
Story starts slow & complicated but ends up being a pretty good story. Well worth slogging thru the first half to get into it.Published 4 months ago by Daniel E. Mccoy