"Few books begin more engagingly than The Lives of Tao, a science fiction romp which wears its principal strength -- the wit and humor of the narrative voice -- on its sleeve.
" - The Huffington Post
"If you want something to read on a plane or settle into over the weekend, this is the book you want to pick up. But like most great stories, there's a little more going on under the surface." - SF Signal
"Note to James Patterson fans: this is how to write a sci-fi page turner." - Sci Fi Bulletin
"Chu's good-natured adroitness with character development is matched by his thriller-style plotting, a fine blend of gentle humor and sharp suspense." - Barnes & Noble Review"a science fiction story that is one part spy novel, one part buddy flick, one part comic book, one part eye-opener history lesson...among many other elements. Yes, it's a lot of parts, but they blend together quite well." - Examiner
“Just your usual “I’ve got an immensely wise alien in my head who wants me to become an international man of mystery” story. Which is to say, Page-turning homage to other classic SF like Hal Clement’s Needle
, author of the Jumper series
"Filled with non-stop action and brilliant asides on the history of our species, the book is sure to thrill and amuse."- Ken Liu
, Nebula Award winning author of The Paper Menagerie
This book is high-octane spy vs spy action with a sly sense of humor. Pure pleasure from beginning to end. Highly recommended!
, Hugo winning editor of Weird Tales and British Fantasy Award publisher of Buzzcity Press
“Tipping his hat to both science fiction novels and comic books, Chu delivers a narrative that is at times pulse-pounding, laugh-out-loud funny and thoughtful.
Part James Bond, part Superman, part Orphanage. There’s something here for everyone.”- Myke Cole
, author of Control Point
and Fortress Frontier
"Wesley Chu is my hero... he has to be the coolest science fiction writer in the world." - Lavie Tidhar
, World Fantasy Award winning author of Osama
and The Bookman Histories
"In The Lives of Tao
, newcomer Wesley Chu delivers an action-laced sci fi thriller filled with clever ideas and witty, engaging characters. A thoroughly enjoyable ride."
- John Marco
, Author of The Inhumans and The Tyrants And Kings trilogies
"One part Deep Space Nine
, three parts Babylon Five
, and two parts Chuck
- Gini Koch
, author of the Alien/Katherine "Kitty" Katt series
"A fast-paced, high-action SF mix of Jason Bourne
meets the Hero's Journey, jam-packed with dark conspiracies, wild romance, ancient aliens, and a secret, globe-spanning war. Loved it!"
- Matt Forbeck
, author of Amortals
and Hard Times in Dragon City
“A totally original sci-fi thriller that will have you hooked from page one with both riveting action and a sly wit. This is a story of human history, the hidden powers that have shaped it, and one man’s transformation from complete nobody to a key fighter in the war for humanity’s future.”
, H.G. Wells Award winner and author of Nexus