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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; First Edition edition (June 29, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345462831
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345462831
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.9 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,614,179 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Cox's debut techno-thriller offers a far-fetched plot, a fast-paced narrative and a well-drawn protagonist. Cameron Fisher, an unhappily married accountant for a tech corporation, NeuroStor, is about to be fired when his younger boss offers him a one-time opportunity: participate in a high-risk scientific project for the company and receive $5 million. Cameron agrees, as much for the adventure as for the money. The project will theoretically permit near-instantaneous human transport; and sure enough, 45 minutes after he enters a booth at corporate HQ in Houston, Cameron emerges from another at the Phoenix office. Told to stick around for a couple of days, he meets his best friend, Tom. They go to a strip club where he is watched by two men and meets a dancer, Crystal, who somehow knows as much about the project he is participating in as he does. When the men follow Cameron and Tom to a golf course that same afternoon, he knows something is up; when they start shooting, the murder and espionage– packed plot kicks into overdrive. With the exception of the protagonist, whose backstory is astutely related, the characters are one-dimensional (evil corporate execs, stripper with apparent heart of gold, cranky computer expert). Cox has enough natural storytelling skill to keep his audience hooked, but the innumerable twists and turns test the reader's patience. Teleportation is just the starting point for a constantly morphing techno plot that even Matrix fans might find strained.
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“An irresistibly exciting tale of the darkest promises of technology.”
—LINCOLN CHILD
Author of Utopia and coauthor of Relic

Customer Reviews

Rift had a good story, kept my interest to keep reading.
William R. Roberts
The writing is tight and strong, the plot speedy, and the characterization is terrific.
William Entrekin
I pretty much read it in one night, and didn't put it down.
S. Stone

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 1, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Enjoyed it!
I heard a local DJ talking about this book earlier in the week, so I went and bought it, and I enjoyed the read. The DJ talked about it being a science fiction book, but there is also a lot of action and thrill. Not sure why one of the reviews said the characters weren't developed enough, I would have to disagree. This is a real book, and had events that could really happen. Unlike the Da Vinci Code where it is all chase... all the time, this one is also a chase, but it also makes you think, feel and tests the choices you would make if it were you.
Good read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Stone on July 22, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I particularly like the way action and character intermingle in this book. I pretty much read it in one night, and didn't put it down. The genre of "near-possible" science fiction is fascinating, and this definitely works. I was impressed that the author went to lengths to research some of the physics behind his premise, and didn't just make it all up.

Looking forward to more work from Cox.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 1, 2004
Format: Hardcover
That's a lot to say for someone with ADD. I would have read it in one sitting but I had to work sometime. Kept me guessing and on the edge of my seat. Characters were well developed and you began to feel for Cameron. Lots of research were put in to make sure everything was accurate. A great read!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Caitlin Huggins on July 13, 2004
Format: Hardcover
For an avid reader, this book was a pleasant surprise. The story is easy to follow but has enough mystery to keep the reader guessing and enough twists and turns to keep the reader from figuring out the end. The characters are realistic and gain the readers sympathy as the book reaches its end. All in all it's a fun read for a summer weekend, you won't be disappointed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 7, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I look for interesting characters, a solid plot and plenty of action when I read fiction, and this book delivered. It kept me happily entertained throughout a very long flight, so I definitely feel that I got my money's worth. Certainly a good effort for a first-time author.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By William R. Roberts on July 7, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I am a Sheldon, Follet, Forsthye, reader who likes action and suspense. Rift had a good story, kept my interest to keep reading. It was a great book and I would recommend to other readers
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By N. Matheson on August 12, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This was a typical "trip" pick up - rush into a store, see what's new, use the cover as a selection tool, and then head to the airport ..... Great to see that is was definitely not a waste of time! This book kept me awake during a flight I normally reserve for snoozing - not an easy task. Cox has an open text style of writing allowing him to get good character development while still pushing an interesting plot ahead of the reader. For someone who likes to mix their fiction with a bit of education, I enjoyed the balance that Cox tries to make between sharing science while not "dumbing" it too much so as it insults a readers intelligence. I am curious to see what he will turn out next. Bottom line - worth checking out.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By CJF on December 8, 2004
Format: Hardcover
First of all, I must say that the last reviewer brought up some good points, but I don't fully agree with his critique. In my opinion, the only weakness this book suffers from is one support character's lack of depth. Batista could be any corporate slimeball, but it seems that some deeper connection is required for Cameron to hate him so much. The rage of a "working stiff" for his boss only runs so deep, even with the extraordinary circumstances they're in. Something is missing there that I can't put my finger on.

The other relationships in the novel are well played. The reader fully gets the feel of the widening gap between Cam and his wife, and the reason it came to be. His best friend Tom plays exactly the role he should: he's the seemingly unshakable friend who can do no wrong, but when suspicions of Cams' deteriorating health and safety are aroused, his emotions come through, and it leads to his demise. Ultimately, Tom serves as the device that keeps Cam going when he doesn't really know what he's going for. The relationship between Cameron and Crystal (as well as the group of "corporate revolutionaries" he encounters is solid and believable, though some may see the "nude dancer as messiah" device as contrived.

The last critique also questioned Cam's motivation for certain actions, but it seems to me that any breakdowns evident in his mental processes are intentional: he is literally falling apart from the inside out.

Now, let me get to the part where Cox seems to have truly found his niche: the action. All of the action sequences are very well-written and lend themselves to visuals quite easily. I read some of them several times simply because I so enjoyed their movement and pace.
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Richard Cox believes he was born in Texas and now lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma. According to multiple Internet sources, he has published three novels: THOMAS WORLD, THE GOD PARTICLE and RIFT.

Richard has also apparently written for Oklahoma Magazine, This Land Press, and TheNervousBreakdown.com. He also contributed an essay to the collection, THE CUSTOMER IS ALWAYS WRONG: THE RETAIL CHRONICLES, edited by Jeff Martin.

However, you can't believe everything you read. Or see. For all you know, you're not even reading this right now.