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Forced Conversion by [Bingle, Donald J.]
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Says Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo Award-winning author of Hominids: "Visceral, bloody -- and one hell of a page turner! Bingle tackles the philosophical issues surrounding uploaded consciousness in a fresh, exciting way. This is the debut of a major novelist -- don't miss it."

Says Ed Greenwood, Creator of The Forgotten Realms™ and Author of the bestselling Elminster novels: "I loved it! Many writers have explored hard-hitting and brutal possible futures for Earth, and told colorful tales of people trying to stay alive in them, but few have brought such imagined futures as vividly to life as Don Bingle -- and no other book I can think of examines how and why such a future might just happen as well as FORCED CONVERSION does -- or provides half the breath-catching twists and turns of Bingle's yarn. A 'good read' of the old school, coupled with all-too-plausible reasons for everything. A grim warning and a fast action adventure tale, all in one! Highly recommended!"

Says Jean Rabe, Author of The Dhamon Saga:
"Though this is Donald Bingle's first novel, it reads like the work of a seasoned thriller author. Forced Conversion is filled with plenty of suspense and surprises, deep and quirky characters, and engaging dialog. It is not easy to set down, so read it when you have time on your hands. It is a helluva trip ..."

From the Publisher

Technology can be a wonderful thing, when it's not ruining the world completely.

Most science fiction deals with worlds transformed by technological advance. Forced Conversion highlights the troubling and chaotic process of that transformation, itself. It combines the adrenaline-soaked action of military fiction with the extrapolation of current scientific trends of the best speculative fiction, while dealing with the moral and religious implications of both war and technology.

When Moore’s Law meets God’s Law, the result is forced conversion.

Donald J. Bingle lives in St. Charles, Illinois. This is his first published novel.


Product Details

  • File Size: 1378 KB
  • Print Length: 257 pages
  • Publisher: 54-40' Orphyte, Inc.; 1 edition (May 14, 2011)
  • Publication Date: May 14, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0050YUXXU
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Format: Hardcover
I haven't read much, if any, any Sci-Fi in the past 20 years, but picked up "Forced Conversion" based on a recommendation. Though the backdrop of the novel is undeniably science fiction, the meat of the story is an engrossing morality play centered on two protagonists caught up in a skirmish between two opposing factions -- one a ruthless governmental enforcement squad and the other a group of religious zealots intent on protecting their beliefs. The ethical and moral questions the characters face are intriguing and thought-provoking and the conflicts they must address create enough page-turning tension to make Forced Conversion a very engaging read. I would recommend it highly.
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I had just finished re-reading Ray Bradbury's "Fahrenheit 451" and was contemplating the issues and choices that the main character in that story, Guy Montag, had to face as the result of his sudden reawakening and recognition of the morally bankrupt society he found himself in (a society of government mandated book burning and mindless entertainment aimed at pacification), when I decided to pick up a copy of "Forced Conversion" as my next read. To my delight, I found that Mr. Bingle's story, graphic and brutal though it may be at times, centering on a speculative near-future of government-forced conversion of humanity to eternal virtual worlds sustained by self-replicating computers (a nasty, messy, and ultimately fatal process), easily as entertaining and thought-provoking as Mr. Bradbury's classic "451." The story is fast-passed, and like Guy Montag, the ConFoe Derrick is faced with a reawakening to the morally and diametrically opposed (and mutually exclusive as we come to learn) processes of forced conversion verses self-determination (religious, criminal, debauched, or otherwise). The ending is so surprising that, like me, you'll probably have to read it at least three times to make certain your eyes aren't playing tricks on you, at which point you'll gasp inwardly. Afterwards, you'll challenge yourself as to which option would be better: forced conversion or death? If you like thought-provoking and cutting edge entertainment, I recommend "Forced Conversion," and not just to fans of science fiction.
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By A Customer on October 31, 2004
Format: Hardcover
In the not so distant future, out of control population growth and exponentially rising crime and disease has made earth a less than desirable place to live. Science has advanced to the point that a mind can be downloaded into a virtual reality utopian world, but entry is one way as the body dies. The Mandatory Conversion Act makes it illegal not to convert.

Most earthlings reside in the VR realms; the locations are top secret and heavily guarded to keep the computers from terrorist attacks. There remain some outlaws refusing to convert; the Conversion Forces (ConFoes) like Derek hunt these renegades down to either kill them or force them to convert. Derek meets a Mal, who believes conversion is anti-religious. Scientists and religious believers who know where the computers are hidden unite to try to destroy the devil's machines.

The protagonist enlisted into the ConFoes because his paraplegic sister would have movement inside the VR realm. He plans to join her once his enlistment time ends. He hates the real world where he detests his fellow troops who are violent sociopaths and is forced to kill those who try to murder him because of the uniform he wears. There is plenty of action that flows to and from Derek while readers will also ponder the ethical issues that raise the overall quality of this strong sci fi.

Harriet Klausner
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By J. C. Parodi on January 11, 2013
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I read through this in one sitting, not because it's that short, but because it kept me interested to the point I didn't want to put it down! Reality was suspended for the time, and by the end, was completely standing on it's head. It's an apocalyptic sci-fi with a Christian twist that just took me for a ride through all sorts of "what if" possibilities.
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I never saw it coming til it was too late to put my kindle down. Not that I would have. If only this were not plausible it would not be as scary. I enjoyed and hated the plot. Loved it's possibly true plot. So much so I will read more from this man. It is rare to be so moved by a plot for me. I hope the next time I am quicker. Or smarter. LOL
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Ask this question: What price would you pay for a life of eternal bliss to the end of time? Your body AND your soul? In creating a story around this question, Forced Conversion earns its five-star review.

In the realm of "near-future" science fiction, Forced Conversion is on top of the game. The battle between the Confoes, whose supposed earth-saving mission is to convert people from the "pain" of flesh and bone to the "heaven" of chosen, endless virtual reality inside a computer chip, and the mals, those "zealots" whose religion is to save the body and, more importantly, the soul from conversion, and the loss of choice, goes beyond weaponry. It's a battle of and for the heart of humanity. This author has made it clear that, as with most issues, there is no clear right or wrong, but a true answer lost in shades of gray. Along the way, Forced Conversion provides the thrill of the chase, of confrontation, and frightening resolution. And we see the ingenious way this author uses trappings of today's society, in humor and in poignant satire, to show that what is portrayed in Forced Conversion is not just fiction, but frighteningly possible. To the end, Forced Conversion leaves you wondering, and enjoying, the possibilities of what has happened to the not-too-distant society. But the most enjoyable fact about Forced Conversion, is its can't-put-it-down, can't wait-to-pick-it-up-again story. Along with the thought-provoking, creative story, it's just plain fun to read.
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