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Little Deadly Things [Kindle Edition]

Harry Steinman
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Book Description

"Steinman’s novel combines engrossing sci-fi elements, riveting thrills and a fascinating study of the human mind. ...The result is an exceptional tale that’s suspenseful, gritty and endearing. A terrific sci-fi thriller that grips the reader from beginning to end." --Kirkus Reviews

Personal transformation brings out a person’s best—except when it doesn’t. Consider two children, raised by abusive parents. You might end up with a saint. You might end up with a killer…or one of each.

The seeds of an apocalyptic race—to save mankind or to destroy it—were sown in the childhood years of two scientists. Young Eva Rozen witnessed her sister's brutal murder, and barely escaped with her life. She found refuge from madness in the orderly world of science. Twenty-five years later, this master of nanotechnology is the world's wealthiest woman... and the most dangerous.

Marta Cruz also endured a troubled childhood. Her mother's death and her father's incarceration left her an orphan, and a crippling disease left her in pain. Marta's refuge? A tropical rain forest where she discovers plants with miraculous healing properties under the tutelage of her shamanistic grandmother.

The two girls meet in high school and form an uneasy friendship that lasts through college. Eva wants power, profit, and Marta's husband. She offers to fund Marta's public health dreams in exchange for the ailing physician's knowledge of plant-based medicines. Together, they build the world's largest nanotech manufacturer.

When unstable Eva has a psychotic break, and attacks the people who rely on her for survival, only Marta can stand between Eva and the death of millions. But Marta is a healer, not a fighter, and must rely on her husband and teenaged son, a boy who faces a life-or-death challenge well beyond his years.

Here is a chilling look at a future that is already on our doorstep--and a study of the two women who will decide the fate of mankind.

"… a work of descriptive art, with a sense of futuristic realism. I was riveted, page after wonderful page.” -Thomas M. Cirignano, 67 Cents: Creation of a Killer

“…A union of art and science in this thriller… marvelous characters amidst an age of nanotechnological advancement. Harry Steinman rips today’s discoveries from the laboratory and into an emotion-laden thriller with the promise—and peril—of this emerging science. –L. R. Drennan-Harris, Ph.D. Analytical Chemist

“…Little Deadly Things introduces the brilliant but psychotic Eva Rozen, a Boston scientist tormented by both her past and her present. Her mystery and madness propel the reader, revealing surprises at every turn."-- Deborah Swiss, The Tin Ticket

Harry Steinman’s life experience includes stints as a box boy in a toilet paper factory, security guard, hippie commune leader, recruiter in a toy factory, substitute math teacher, accountant, New Age religious community troublemaker, headhunter, and dog trainer—the textbook background of a novelist. Today, Harry gets by while at work on All Dead Generations, the sequel to Little Deadly Things.

Editorial Reviews


"Steinman's novel combines engrossing sci-fi elements, riveting thrills and a fascinating study of the human mind. The main characters are complex and likable--even dark and twisted Eva. Without taking the reader out of the story's flow, flashbacks explore each character's past in detail and lay the groundwork for the plot's twists and turns. The result is an exceptional tale that's suspenseful, gritty and endearing. A terrific sci-fi thriller that grips the reader from beginning to end." --Kirkus Reviews

From the Author

If you enjoy interesting characters, you'll like Little Deadly Things. 

Readers who raved had that in common. It's this book's focus--people.

Little Deadly Things begins in the reading present and then moves back in time to examine the childhood of three main characters. The outer tale is a technothriller, high-tech sci-fi. The inner story is an exploration of how adults cope with the angry residue of a childhood time served under abusive or feckless parents.

Never read a sci-fi novel? You may be the biggest fan!
For many, this was their first science-fiction thriller, and they discovered that a good story in any genre is about people. In fact, the most ardent reviews were from folks that said, "I never read this genre, but I loved this book."

Whatever your taste, I hope you enjoy.

Product Details

  • File Size: 679 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 193895260X
  • Publisher: Alloy Press (August 28, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0093O0UBI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #296,175 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "For Author and Readers"..... "Exciting Story".......... November 17, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is my first time reading a SciFi/Technology novel. This novel was the most thrilling, fresh, original page turner I have read in a while. I am an avid reader and through the years, some of my favorite authors' stories can become repeticious. This novel peaked my interest due to my understanding of medicine, damaged childhoods and how they can mold your adult personality, and future nano-technology that exists today............

The story is told between yrs 2020 to 2045, it takes you through the lives of 3 close, compassionate, friends, Eva, Marta, and Jim. All 3 come from severely abusive childhoods, and meet in high school. You will see how each personalitly changes differently into adulthood, whether through better coping skills, therapy, or instinctive survival.............
Where do you draw the line in years of friendship, when one friend turns into a greedy, evil, monster............

Now, imagine highly, sophisticated, nano-technology that can be used to save or destroy the entire world, is now completely controlled by the wrong hands.......

The 3 main characters were well developed. The story, was excellent, realistic, suspenseful, and had exciting, action scenes. All technology was explained, and the chapters just flowed. The story continued to slowly build all the way with a shocking, but very emotional ending....

The author wrote this novel so well, I literally got lost in this future world...........

This is my favorite sci/fi book I ever read, and can't wait for part 2.......
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Fiction About Important Non-Fiction Subject October 4, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I received an advance copy of Little Deadly Things (LDT) in preparation for interviewing Harry Steinman on my talk show at I was fascinated from the first page and it got better from there. My main point of interest for the show was in discussing nanotechnology. This is because it is one of the enabling technologies of the "Singularity." I'm a big fan of Ray Kurzweil, whose 2005 book "The Singularity is Near" makes the case for much of the technological development used as the backdrop for the story in LDT. As it turned out, LDT was more of a character-driven drama than sci-fi, though the authors' sci-fi chops are solid. Set from about 2020 to 2045, it's a plausible world just different enough from our own to keep from being ordinary. And in that world, the tortured main character Eva Rozen, who is Steve Jobs-like in her mastery and obsession with the technology, is empowered to do either great good or great evil. The story follows her descent into madness.

To me, one of the hallmarks of good sci-fi is when neologisms are introduced as exposition or part of a character's casual conversation. This technique brings the reader right into its world, by illustrating the profound experiential differences that would lead to the coining of new vernacular. We have our own, of course, that would stump people from the 1980s "Google" or "friend" as a verb, etc. Steinman came up with a few that did not seem stale or borrowed from other future worlds: "Datapillar," "datasleeve," "brightwalls," "commpatch," "SNAP," "link" (instead of "call"). Overall, however, it was a classic tale of good and evil, of human character and capacity for love, of loyalty and betrayal. And according to the author, this was all meant as a paean to good parenting.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Big Exciting Things September 27, 2012
Just finished Little Deadly Things. This page turner is a real thrill, a lesson in technology and perhaps a sneak peek into the future. Not just a sci fi thriller, this is also a morality tale, in which we see the psychological impact of cruelty and disappointment. The story was gripping, but what I most loved was learning about the nano technology, and getting a glimpse of what might lie in the near future. Steinman does a great job of describing what technology might be like in a way that feels totally plausible. It feels as if he time traveled forward thirty years and has written a novel describing all the gadgets that will soon be part of our everyday life. I can't wait for data slates, sleeves and pillars!

Steinman's writing is rich and evocative, and incredibly descriptive. Reading it was almost like watching the movie, which I hope will be in the not too distant future too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting plot December 15, 2012
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Little Deadly Things is a techno sci-fi thriller, including futuristic elements.

The story begins in 2038 in Boston, MA, where a tense meeting takes place between a disturbed world class scientist and an animal trainer/handler. One wants something from the other and has no right to ask. This is a terrific hook and questions are immediately raised.

Protagonist, Eva Rozen is the product of a brutal childhood and possesses a brilliant mind. Her goal is to control the future of medicine using nanotechnology, but she can't do it alone and needs the help of another brilliant mind. Problems arise when Eva's dark side causes conflict among her colleagues, and her project partner, Marta Cruz, suspects not only her true motives, but her intentions towards Jim Ecco, Marta's own husband.

The plot is complex and imaginative. A technical mind capable of bending itself around futuristic inventions and concepts might find it easier to understand and follow. The history of Eva Rozen and the cause of her sociopathic tendencies is relayed as back story, which complicates the story at the beginning; however, once the reader is familiar with the author's style, the flow is smoother. The romantic tension between Eva and Jim adds another complex layer.

The characters in LDT are all flawed, yet the antagonist remains clear and even elicits sympathy, to a degree. Marta and Jim are portrayed as gentle, while Eva is presented as a tormented individual and insane, so the friendships that develop between them and the pairing of the two scientists in a project that could alter the course of medicine - with the potential for global destruction - is interesting, and quite chilling. The idea of future technology in the wrong hands creates a terrifying mental image.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars deadly things
started out well but faded away the more i read and ended up being rather foolish. i deleted it from my device entirely.
Published 2 months ago by jacquelyn
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read
I received the book as a xmas gift and it was a great holiday break read. The two women were brought to life for me.
Published 5 months ago by Nancy Hodgdon
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent story despite a slow start
I was a little put off by the first half of this book which delved into the three main characters' past lives and was mainly for setting the stage, so to speak. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Kathy
4.0 out of 5 stars Really Enjoyable
I got this one as a freebie, so I didn't really know much about it or have any expectations for it, but I was really quite impressed! Read more
Published 7 months ago by Tara Cope
5.0 out of 5 stars Bravo- Sci Fi that is real!
First a disclaimer- I know the author, Harry, and have a business relationship with him.

Nevertheless, I enjoyed this sci fi tale though I never ever do like sci fi... Read more
Published 8 months ago by michael t sobus
5.0 out of 5 stars Twisted
If you like twisted suspense, you will enjoy this book. Getting caught up in the characters is something that won't take you long to do. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Jumper Girl
4.0 out of 5 stars enthralling
A fresh approach to psycothrillers with fascinating info both scientific and psychological. A great read! unique and compelling. Hope for more from this author.
Published 10 months ago by JDC
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Story with Great Characters
Three kids, Eva, Marta and Joe grew up far from each other, but each (especially Eva) had horrible childhoods. When they meet they become instant friends. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Hillel Kaminsky
5.0 out of 5 stars Little Deadly Things
I am not a sci-fi genre reader. This book was more like a thriller that provides a believable set of circumstances and creates a setting of the future. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Henry Glickel
4.0 out of 5 stars great entertainment
I truly recommend this book. The author did a splendid job with the never ending action plot. I really could not put this book down. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Critique god
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Harry Steinman's life experience includes stints as a box boy in a toilet paper factory, security guard, hippie commune leader, recruiter in a toy factory, substitute math teacher, accountant, New Age religious community troublemaker, headhunter, and dog trainer--the textbook background of a novelist.

Today, Harry gets by while at work on All Dead Generations, the sequel to Little Deadly Things.

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