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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Little West Press (April 2, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0932633706
  • ISBN-13: 978-0932633705
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,227,866 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Gerald Weinberg loves to tell a good story, and the proof is his fast-paced new science fiction thriller THE AREMAC PROJECT. From its first provocative premise to its explosive ending, THE AREMAC PROJECT is a novel to read and remember. Not only does it have memorable characters and an intriguing plot, it also has warmth and humanity leavened with humor.

"It takes chutzpah to write straight to the heart of America's sorrow and anxiety over Islamic terrorist attacks within the United States. Weinberg handles this loaded topic with grace as he tells his story of researchers racing to recover accurate images from the human memory. His scientist and secret agent heroes are people you'd want to know, and his prime villain is an academic plodder that far too many of us have already met.

"Weinberg doesn't stoop to cardboard villains or cutout heroes. Each character in THE AREMAC PROJECT, of whatever ethnic origin or faith, is fully human. If we all lived with the compassion and wisdom Weinberg brings to his fiction, this would be a better world.

"I had only one problem with THE AREMAC PROJECT. Its exuberant tour of Chicago's superb ethnic cuisine -- kosher-style, Polish, Italian, Chinese -- left my mouth watering every time! Bring on the Mongolian beef and latkes and zuppa, but especially let's have more fine stories from Gerald Weinberg." --Susan Mayse, author of Awen, EWU Press.

About the Author

Inducted into the Computer Hall of Fame in its first class, Gerald M. Weinberg has written more than 40 books, including "Weinberg on Writing," named a finalist for the Jolt! Product Excellence Award and the USA Book News Best Books 2006 Award.

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I enjoyed the ride, with it all coming together in a great action sequence.
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The plot line is inter-weaved with great insights to the characters which make it a great read for those interested in Science Fiction.
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If you like science fiction, mysteries or thrillers, I highly recommend this book.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By R. Drabick on April 27, 2007
Format: Paperback
Most of us have read a number of Gerry Weinberg's books on Software Engineering (e.g., Rethinking Systems Analysis and Design). This is Gerry's first foray into the field of Science Fiction. As an avid Sci-Fi reader, I found this book fascinating. While it's not in my favorite genre (military Sci-Fi ala Gordon Dickson, David Weber, Steve White) it's an interesting tale of genius inventors, criminal investigation, and unusual terrorists. Not wanting to give the plot away, I will say that while the book is cerebral in parts, it has a bang-up ending with a surprising "lead villain". The heros are somehow an interesting synthesis of logical scientists and lovable individuals, especially Tess and Addie. While the terrorists seem a bit wooden at times, I'm sure in subsequent novels, Gerry will flesh out the "bad guys" as well as he does the good guys.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By dlg on April 17, 2007
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If you like science fiction, mysteries or thrillers, I highly recommend this book. I couldn't put it down.

This book makes for an exciting journey. The plot has many unexpected twists - a catastrophic misfortune, a new technology, a fight to get or maintain control over the new technology, and terrorism, to name a few. The main characters are sympathetic and believable techies. The other characters range from an ambivalent hero to a smarmy professor to seemingly evil terrorists. The technology is futuristic and believable and the short chapters keep it moving at a rapid pace. A great read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Magnus Ljadas on November 22, 2007
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Gerald M. Weinberg has covered the area of systems thinking, writing, and secrets of consulting with a handful of books already. In the light of his previous publications "The Aremac Project" is perhaps an odd one - it's a thriller, not a handbook. "The Aremac Project" is a thrilling story about young geniuses, terrorism, FBI agents, bombs, a mind reading device, and above all it really is a story about a software development project. Software development is a rare subject in fiction, just Douglas Coupland comes to my mind. This is perhaps a story that could have been written by Coupland. Though Weinberg does not bend the language like Coupland does in his writing, the amount of absurdity in the story is on the same level.

If you've read any or some of mr Weinberg's other books you'll see pieces of wisdom sprinkled throughout the book. Like the "A Buffalo Story" from "The Secrects of Consulting". "He's like a buffalo. I can get him to do anything I want him to do, as long as he wants to do it." And there's a Robin Hood character, the "Bag Bandit", who teaches beaurocrats about queueing theory and systems thinking.

The heroes of this story, the two married genius hardware and software engineers, Tess and Roger, are assignend to a federal funded anti terrorism project, with the aim to develop a mind reading device, lead by professor Wyatt. Tess and Roger are of course not informed about the true origins of this project when they sign on the project, but the implications of the project are bound to make them aware soon enough. Professor Wyatt turns out to be utterly incompetent. In fact, you could read the book and use his examples as anti patterns for project management. Professor Wyatt isn't just an incompetent leader, he's a dangerous programmer as well.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Charles Ashbacher HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 30, 2007
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Tesla Bell Myers (Tess) is a young lady who admires genius, so much so that she is determined to marry one. Her father was a genius and she is now in college and so far has found no man who matches her exacting standards of intelligence. She has no concerns about any other nerd-like faults that the man may possess. Suddenly, she notices a man in her advanced circuitry class that seems to satisfy her requirements. His name is Roger; he is half Arab, a true genius and is socially inept around females. Tess talks to Professor Harvey Wyatt, a man whose high opinion of himself is completely unjustified about a research project whereby the electrical signals of the brain can be captured and correctly interpreted as the person's thoughts. The project is to be funded by the Department of Homeland Security, as they think it could be used to interrogate suspected terrorists. Since Wyatt has his sights set on becoming sexually involved with Tess, he agrees to allow Roger to work on the project with Tess.

The beginning of the relationship between Roger and Tess is funny, as Tess offers Roger simple sexual rewards for his sensible participation in the project. For example, if he follows through in putting detailed entries into his lab journal, for each day he gets a kiss from Tess. To keep him interested, she tells him that "if he does it every day for a week he can have some of this" whereby she takes his hand and uses it to make a circle on her left breast. She then follows it with, "Underneath my bra, if you do two weeks in a row." Finally, she closes with, "Now, get to work. I don't want to be on Social Security before I let you put your hand inside my pants." I laughed out loud at that one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Matthew R. Heusser on August 5, 2008
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I am a long-time fan of Jerry Weinberg's non-fiction writing, and was pleased to hear he was moving into fiction. My typical read is classic science fiction, and I struggled with the first few chapters. The characters are flawed and make mistakes, but it's unclear what they are learning.

Then you start to see consequences for poor choices, and Wienberg picks up the pace. Slowly, but quicker and quicker, you see the characters develop as all forces -- and all sides -- are drawn toward a central conflict that results in a showdown. The last fifty pages had me nailed to the chair, flipping pages, unwilling to get up for any reason - it's that good.

Like I said, this is Weinberg's first attempt at mass-market fiction. Some of the characters are a bit wooden, some of the imagery is a little flat, the tone struggles a bit at the beginning, and, to be honest, my family hates the cover. All of those relatively small things conspire to keep this away from a five-star rating - but it's definitely four stars. If you like cyberpunk or techno-thrillers, I suspect you will love it, but it's an enjoyable read even if that isn't your favorite genre.

If Weinberg can produce this level of quality on his first novel, I suspect we have much to look forward to!
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