- Paperback: 528 pages
- Publisher: Dutton; Reissue edition (February 3, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0451469445
- ISBN-13: 978-0451469441
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 7.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (459 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,040 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It's chock full of action and suspense, and Daniel Suarez is not at all reluctant to torment his characters (which is a good thing). Earth-shaking events occur, which is always fun - it feels like a summer blockbuster action movie.
I was genuinely freaked out by the superhuman powers of the high-tech bad guys - they seem like supervillains from a Marvel movie, especially Magneto - and the tactics the good guys use against them are plausible, fitting, and fun.
I think my favorite thing was watching the main character, Jon Grady, utterly refuse to do what he's told. It's a trait I admire. :-) I also loved the character of Cotton, though you definitely won't understand that the first time you meet him...!
There is some scientific and technical talk so detailed I can't follow it... but it's mostly confined to the first scene.
All in all, I recommend it!
"Influx" was a novel I decided to take a chance on when I discovered it at the new release section in the Barnes & Noble near my house that I frequent at least once a week.
While many of the jacket blurbs hailed Suarez as "a legitimate heir" to a favorite writer of mine - Michael Crichton - I was intrigued by Suarez's premise of a secret American Government organization sweeping away technological advances that would potentially change of course of human civilization under the rug - the BTC - Bureau of Technology Control that had a mandate from the closing days of World War Two.
Suarez is as compelling story teller as Michael Crichton and Alistair McLean. Jon Grady, is a geeky scientist whose creation of a gravity mirror that creates anti-gravity fields, is compelling as he fights not only for himself and his sanity; but also for his fellow scientists and the rest of humanity that has been enslaved by the BTC.
A thoroughly enjoyable and compelling read.
In all his books, there's always been a hint of bleeding edge technology driving the story line, with "humanity" as a topic in tow. And this book is no exception, however Arthur C. Clarke's third law seems to apply here.
As a person reads this book, the first couple of chapters really sets up a situation where someone would have to take the information as a leap of faith. The real story doesnt really occur until maybe 30% into the book. This has deterred some people in the reviews, and I dont fully disagree with them. But now that I've read the whole book, I wouldnt really change a word.
The use of "magical" science dictates the need for an explanation of the science, which means.... a dry first 1/3 of the book. The beginning really sets the book up to be more of a sci-fi novel than a thriller, but the key to this book is the turn and the finish.
Unlike the beginning, the middle and end of the book is the rest of the roller coaster ride. The book can, in no way, be described as anything other than a thriller. And a fun one to boot.
So my advice to anyone who starts to read Influx, start and push through. And you'll eventually feel drawn in, like gravity.
Enjoy the ride. :-)