Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Influx Paperback – February 3, 2015
|New from||Used from|
All Books, All the Time
Read author interviews, book reviews, editors picks, and more at the Amazon Book Review. Read it now
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
Praise for the Novels of Daniel Suarez
“So frightening, even the government has taken note.”—Entertainment Weekly
“The Tom Clancy of cyber security…A hell of a fun read.”—BusinessWeek
“An eyes-wide-open, eyebrows-raised, head-shaking warning.”—Wired
“Ambitious.…I came away from this novel with a…new fear of computer capability.”—New York Times bestselling author Robin Cook
“Fiendishly clever…an almost perfect guilty-pleasure novel.”—The Dallas Morning News
“[Daniel Suarez] is the best author of tech fiction since Bruce Sterling and Neal Stephenson.”—John Robb, futurist & author of Brave New War
“Greatest. Technothriller. Period.”—William O’Brien, former director of cybersecurity and communications policy, the White House
About the Author
Daniel Suarez is the author of the New York Times bestseller Daemon, Freedom™, Kill Decision, and Influx. A former systems consultant to Fortune 1000 companies, his high-tech and sci-fi thrillers focus on the impact of technology-driven change. He lives in Los Angeles, California.
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
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. :-)
Influx is a 'what if' tale of what follows when a government always concerned with the well being of its subjects (aren't they all?) and learning lessons from catastrophes such as Hiroshima and the MAD-driven cold war that followed decides that too much or too rapid technological advances may be detrimental to humanity as a whole. And a resourceful government does what governments do best: create a super-secret program and agency tasked to keep technological progress in check.
The story begins after several decades of successful suppression and said agency is nearly forgotten by its creators and is nearly all powerful now as it controls and uses tech that nobody but its inventors knew existed. Enter Jon Grady, a young genius who manages a breakthrough that could literally turn the world upside down if used (or misused) to its full potential finds himself and his discovery 'suppressed' and given the choice to either 'play ball' with the power that be or... but revealing the plot is not good form, especially when reviewing a thriller.
Suarez, as always, shines when it comes to his understanding of technology and his ability to extrapolate and picture what or where we would be in a near future if the initial assumptions were true. He understands science and technology, he understands human nature and he appears to have a deep understanding of what drives or motivates political action (ain't pretty). Unlike his truly dark Daemon where we are forced to see 'the evil that men do' when given the opportunity and how the game changes when an AI (artificial intelligence) decides to play the game of power, Influx appears to sacrifice introspection and emphasize the 'thrills' part of 'thriller'. There are chases, explosions, large scale destruction and the tradeoff is less introspection and 'good' and 'evil' are a little bit more sharply distinguished than in Suarez' earlier masterpiece.
In the end, 'Influx' is an enjoyable read that some may call 'a page turner'. I tend to agree with that. The thrills are abundant and they are by no means 'cheap'. However, the critique of human nature and political process doesn't go as deep as it did in Daemon and FreedomTM. I am not sure where Suarez will go from here but, with his deep tech background as an accepted and expected baseline, I would only hope that the sequel - and the book's grand finale appears to suggest one - added a few more insights on what a possible future resulting from humans and human societies and political systems interacting with potentially destructive technologies would look like.
It's a four stars because I love Suarez and his work but... well... not every single book of his can be 'his best' and Influx is not it.
NOTE: my review's title is not something I picked at random but... I am not going to reveal any more of the plot.
>> Brush your teeth, it's the law! <<