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Interrupt [Kindle Edition]

Jeff Carlson
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (370 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In the distant past, the leader of a Neanderthal tribe confronts the end of his kind.

Today, a computational biologist, a Navy pilot, and an autistic boy are drawn together by the ancient mystery that gave rise to Homo sapiens.

Planes are falling from the sky. Global communications have ceased. America stands on the brink of war with China—but war is the least of humankind’s concerns. As solar storms destroy Earth’s electronics and plunge the world into another Ice Age, our civilization finds itself overrun by a powerful new species of man...

This brilliant thriller takes readers to an all-too-plausible tomorrow that’s as scientifically rigorous as it is wildly imaginative.

Jeff Carlson is the internationally bestselling author of Plague Year and The Frozen Sky. With Interrupt, he brings his forward-thinking fiction to a contemporary setting with this edge-of-your-seat thriller.



Editorial Reviews

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"Riveting."Scott Sigler, New York Times bestselling author of Pandemic

"Edgy and exciting. Carlson writes like a knife at your throat." Bob Mayer, New York Times bestselling author of the Green Berets and Area 51 series.

"A killer thriller."John Lescroart, New York Times bestselling author of The Hunter

"A phenomenal read."Steven Savile, international bestselling author of Silver

"The ideas fly as fast as jets."Kim Stanley Robinson, Hugo Award-winning author of 2312

Readers can find advance excerpts, videos, contests, and more at jverse.com

About the Author

Jeff Carlson was born on the day of the first manned moon landing and narrowly escaped being named Apollo, Armstrong, or Rocket. His father worked for NASA-Ames at the time. His granddad on his mother’s side was a sci fi fan whose library included autographed copies of Isaac Asimov’s Foundation trilogy. Both men were strong, early influences—and in the high tech 21st Century, it’s easy to stand with one foot in reality and the other in thriller novels.

Jeff is the internationally bestselling author of Interrupt, Plague Year, and The Frozen Sky, hailed by Publishers Weekly as “Pulse pounding.” To date, his writing has appeared in fifteen languages worldwide. Readers can find free fiction, videos, contests, and more on his web site at www.jverse.com.


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  • File Size: 2225 KB
  • Print Length: 420 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1612183646
  • Publisher: 47North (July 23, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B3V9GAA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,826 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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49 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Page-Turner! June 6, 2013
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Interrupt is firmly rooted in the latest research on the human genome, as well as evolutionary biology and the earth sciences. As such, its premise is utterly plausible, and that's what makes this novel a fine, intellectual thriller.

The time is right now and the place is just outside your window. Earth's sun suddenly begins shooting out huge magnetic pulses, bursts of energy so powerful that they trigger long-dormant Neanderthal genes in the bodies of you and your neighbors.

Some people are highly sensitive to these pulses, so their systems change, and this gives them special powers. Whether a person finds those powers positive or negative depends on several factors, the most pressing being to what extent, if any, a particular person is affected.

Soon, the humans are loosely grouped into three camps -- the "normal" people who hide indoors and go out only when they have special head gear to protect themselves from the pulses, the "primitives" who are humans that have become zombie-like due to exposure, and the hybrid human/Neanderthals who thrive unprotected under the sun's rays. Naturally, there is fighting, mating, scheming and killing -- and lots of action.

But for me the real attraction of this novel is the science that makes such a plot credible. Carlson is good at explaining how his fictional world might come to exist and then weaves a good yarn around such a possibility. The result is a page-turner that is both entertaining and satisfying.

At 460 pages, Interrupt is a relatively long novel, yet I finished it in two days even though I read only during lunch hours and in the evenings after work. I just had to keep reading until the book literally fell from my hands as I slept. Highly recommended.
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52 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Right Up My Alley! May 12, 2013
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I have not read any Jeff Carlson before, but INTERRUPT convinces me that I should definitely read more. INTERRUPT is my kind of book! Part thriller, part apocalyptic disaster, part sci-fi, part ancient mystery, INTERRUPT is an exciting ride from the prehistoric past to a possible near future. And I loved it!

What really killed the Neanderthals? Do Neanderthals still exist? What would happen if they reappeared in the present day? What would that mean for "humanity?" And what, exactly does it mean to be human? INTERRUPT investigates all these questions and more. In INTERRUPT, the human race has experienced a significant increase of genetic "anomalies" or changes in the last 50 years, and the sun is undergoing a major, possibly cataclysmic, metamorphosis. Will the human race survive? Or will we become something...else?

INTERRUPT is a fast-paced and exciting. It keep me turning the pages long after I should have been asleep, completely absorbed by the world Jeff Carlson creates. There is just enough hard science to make his plot plausible, but not so much as to make it inaccessible. His writing style is comfortable, which makes it very easy for the reader to sink into the story and to care about the characters. And there are enough twists and turn to keep you guessing to the very end. In many ways, it reminded me of one of my favorite books, "Lucifer's Hammer" by sci-fi legends Jerry Pournelle and Larry Niven. I mean this as the highest of complements. Both books take a present day apocalypse and posit how humans will survive. INTERRUPT and "Lucifer's Hammer" are very different stories, but have a similar feel. Which is exactly what I loved about INTERRUPT - it feels possible.

I MOST HIGHLY RECOMMEND INTERRUPT.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Big Story, but Some Pain Along with the Gain June 22, 2013
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I love it when an author has a big, hard-science concept and explores it thoroughly, yet creates characters and a story arc eventful and rich with humanity. This is an apocalypse story, and a Zombie story... but not. I mean, no Zombies, but an "us against them" theme that strikes that chord. I want to avoid spoilers, but Neanderthals are coming back, and they are noble--- and deadly. It's a genius idea, and Jeff Carlson has created a marvelous species here. There is a lot of science stuff that I find fun, and believable. The central idea, the "brain scramble" is not so believable, but makes for a GREAT story and a big problem to be solved.

My three star rating is kind of meld of my personal reaction to the way the story unfolds and a less idiosyncratic disappointment in what I feel to be a slapdash ending that just ties everything up in a sloppy knot.

My personal problem with the story is that it is so darned unhappy. Sure, what's to be happy about when civilization is falling apart? But people are not always frustrated, stymied, arguing and troubled. This is a gloomy story, and the tension and pressure and unhappiness are unleavened by the natural human ability to have some fun once in awhile (the "Bugle" character notwithstanding). So I found the book tiring after awhile.

The ending? China is involved in this story, and it is the exception to the fleshed out characterization. It is a HUGE straw man, offstage, menacing, unexplained, and finally swept under the rug. The action scene underground at the base? Exciting, well written, and ridiculous.

So for those who can take it, I say 4 stars. For those of you who found the movies "Pursuit of Happyness" (sic) and "Flash of Genius" worthy but ultimately too much pain for the gain: this might be reminiscent; stay away.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Too bad about the ending
I really enjoyed this through most of the book. Nothing predictable, great action, and it held your interest. Then the ending, well I just didn't like it.
Published 11 days ago by W. H. Gatcomb
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting premise
The premise was interesting...however, it evolved into alot of violence. For me, that was unsatisfying and I would rather have seen more science and less ammo.
Published 16 days ago by Jennifer M. Webb
1.0 out of 5 stars Really stupid book with a chunk O' racism
Unquestionably one of the dumbest books I've slogged through in a long time, on par with a dreckish "thriller" set in an ice hotel, whose title i've mercifully... Read more
Published 21 days ago by Kelly Howard
4.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't stop reading.
a captivating story, fast paced. in light of recent news coverage about the 2012 corneal mass ejection that missed the earth by a week made this story even more thought provoking.
Published 24 days ago by Paul Ledford
5.0 out of 5 stars Science and characters
I enjoyed this novel for many reasons. To me a good novel needs deep characters and Carlson delivers two strong female characters and three strong male characters. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Nathan Fairchild
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Didn't enjoy that much.
Published 1 month ago by kathleen mckinley
3.0 out of 5 stars Ehhhhh!
While many books grab and hold my attention, this one seemed so contrived I could never even relate with the "good" characters. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Crawford Carol
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story
I didn't like this one quite as much as Frozen Sky and Betrayed, but it's still pretty amazing. Solid writing and good characterizations. Definitely recommended.
Published 2 months ago by AndyT13
4.0 out of 5 stars Eh. Good Story, Yet Another Armageddon, Humanity Struggles, Etc....
I read the Plague books first, I liked those better. Carlson does like to keep fleeting bits of romance in the end of mankind. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Michael R. Grove
4.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining once you get to the action
I love the books that I've read by Carlson but this one almost wore me out getting to the good stuff. Read more
Published 2 months ago by LandHo
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Jeff Carlson is the international bestselling author of "Plague Year," "Interrupt" and "The Frozen Sky." To date, his work has been translated into sixteen languages worldwide. His new novel is "Frozen Sky 2: Betrayed."

Readers can find free fiction, videos, contests, and more on his web site at jverse.com

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