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“A really excellent novel.” —Stephen King
“[A] taut ghost story set in the California of everyone’s dreams—and nightmares . . . Bear reanimates the old story of Faust . . . hinting ominously that the price of rampant technology may be dearer than we think.” —Publishers Weekly
“Bear’s masterful prose, effectively chilling and reminiscent of Koontz at his best, makes this a good pick for sf and horror fans.” —Booklist
“One of the most original thrillers of the year.” —The Sacramento Bee
“Admirably spooky . . . [steeped] in a visceral chill.” —The Washington Post
“A no-holds-barred thriller . . . A nail-biting ghost story that explores the shadowy night of our worst nightmares.” —Tucson Citizen
“Convincingly vivid . . . A truly modern tale of terror.” —The Seattle Times
“The Big Sleep meets Dean Koontz. . . . Styled with light-struck immediacy, Dead Lines is as intensely seen and free of clichés as the best Koontz. . . . Well on its way to being a suspense classic.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
About the Author
- ASIN : B072R3YP9H
- Publisher : Open Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy (August 22, 2017)
- Publication date : August 22, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 4024 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 306 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #900,371 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Dead Lines is Greg Bear’s spin on the age-old question, Is there life after death? While the story itself is generally uneven with missed opportunities to expand on Peter’s connections and history with his family and friends (i.e. I wanted more through each stage of the book about his murdered daughter!), still there is something to be said for Bear’s thoughts on how the living perceive the dead…and how the dead may perceive the living. Ultimately, Dead Lines is not the best of this author’s works but is worth picking up if you’ve enjoyed his other tales.
After losing two very important people in his life, Peter Russell has become a shell of his former self. Once a successful director, he is now making a living running errands for an eccentric California millionaire. Will his life change for the better when a tech company offers him the opportunity to create promotional videos for Trans, mobile communication devices that have seemingly limitless possibilities?
The biggest problem that I had with Dead Lines was the sluggish speed of the plot. The author took so long to get to the heart of the story that I lost interest. Ghost stories that are done well can be downright creepy, but I just did not get that feeling. I had a hard time connecting with the main character, despite all of his struggles, and that may have had something to do with my overall feeling about the book. Dead Lines was clearly not the book for me, but those who like science fiction and horror may like this novel.
I buy quite a few of Greg Bear's books because the book summaries always sound so good (whoever writes his summaries deserves a raise). And then I end up usually being disappointed - always forgetting that hard science fiction is not my cup of tea. But not this time. This book is exceptionally good. BUT it's not hard sci fi so that's probably the key.
Peter Russell is 58 years old. He used to direct soft porn movies, has tried rather unsuccessfully being a writer and also failed as a husband. He has been doing errands for his millionaire neighbors for quite a few years. But life has dumped a load of bad happenings on him over the last couple of years and when he's offered a job with a start-up tech company, he needs the money and the distraction. But his troubles are far from over.
The book I always hold up as my standard for spooky stories is GHOST STORY by Peter Straub. I loved that book and periodically re-read it. But I liked this book - a lot. It is a creepy "what if" tale that had me turning on lights to chase away the shadows in the corners of the room. I liked protagonist Russell. I liked the pacing of the story. Don't go into it expecting explanations of some of the happenings. Just relax and prepare to be disturbed.
I received this book from Open Road Media through Net Galley in exchange for my unbiased review.
I am always tickled when I run across a Greg Bear novel - and am thrilled to see them being re-issued. Thank you, Open Road Integrated Media, for keeping the oldies but goodies accessible.
This is not a Bear tale that I had run across before. I can tell you that it is massively scary and a good bit funny if you can laugh at yourself successfully. We only look old on the outside, us boomer babies. Well, except for Michelle, but she had a deal going with the devil, I think. No one should look that good pushing 60. I promise you that you will look at your convenient cell phone in a much different way in about 5 hours of read time, and nothing about this tale is dated
Re-read this novel this week of January 4, 2021 and found this again to be a compelling tale had to put down. It is more of the horror genre than I had attached to it first read, but still compelling and eye-opening.