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Editorial Reviews


"Riveting."Scott Sigler, New York Times bestselling author of Pandemic

"Edgy and exciting. Carlson writes like a knife at your throat." Bob Mayer, New York Times bestselling author of the Green Berets and Area 51 series.

"A killer thriller."John Lescroart, New York Times bestselling author of The Hunter

"A phenomenal read."Steven Savile, international bestselling author of Silver

"The ideas fly as fast as jets."Kim Stanley Robinson, Hugo Award-winning author of 2312

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About the Author

Jeff Carlson was born on the day of the first manned moon landing and narrowly escaped being named Apollo, Armstrong, or Rocket. His father worked for NASA-Ames at the time. His granddad on his mother’s side was a sci fi fan whose library included autographed copies of Isaac Asimov’s Foundation trilogy. Both men were strong, early influences—and in the high tech 21st Century, it’s easy to stand with one foot in reality and the other in thriller novels.

Jeff is the internationally bestselling author of Interrupt, Plague Year, and The Frozen Sky, hailed by Publishers Weekly as “Pulse pounding.” To date, his writing has appeared in fifteen languages worldwide. Readers can find free fiction, videos, contests, and more on his web site at

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  • File Size: 2786 KB
  • Print Length: 420 pages
  • Publisher: 47North (July 23, 2013)
  • Publication Date: July 23, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B3V9GAA
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #182,198 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By B. McEwan VINE VOICE on June 6, 2013
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Interrupt is firmly rooted in the latest research on the human genome, as well as evolutionary biology and the earth sciences. As such, its premise is utterly plausible, and that's what makes this novel a fine, intellectual thriller.

The time is right now and the place is just outside your window. Earth's sun suddenly begins shooting out huge magnetic pulses, bursts of energy so powerful that they trigger long-dormant Neanderthal genes in the bodies of you and your neighbors.

Some people are highly sensitive to these pulses, so their systems change, and this gives them special powers. Whether a person finds those powers positive or negative depends on several factors, the most pressing being to what extent, if any, a particular person is affected.

Soon, the humans are loosely grouped into three camps -- the "normal" people who hide indoors and go out only when they have special head gear to protect themselves from the pulses, the "primitives" who are humans that have become zombie-like due to exposure, and the hybrid human/Neanderthals who thrive unprotected under the sun's rays. Naturally, there is fighting, mating, scheming and killing -- and lots of action.

But for me the real attraction of this novel is the science that makes such a plot credible. Carlson is good at explaining how his fictional world might come to exist and then weaves a good yarn around such a possibility. The result is a page-turner that is both entertaining and satisfying.

At 460 pages, Interrupt is a relatively long novel, yet I finished it in two days even though I read only during lunch hours and in the evenings after work. I just had to keep reading until the book literally fell from my hands as I slept. Highly recommended.
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I have not read any Jeff Carlson before, but INTERRUPT convinces me that I should definitely read more. INTERRUPT is my kind of book! Part thriller, part apocalyptic disaster, part sci-fi, part ancient mystery, INTERRUPT is an exciting ride from the prehistoric past to a possible near future. And I loved it!

What really killed the Neanderthals? Do Neanderthals still exist? What would happen if they reappeared in the present day? What would that mean for "humanity?" And what, exactly does it mean to be human? INTERRUPT investigates all these questions and more. In INTERRUPT, the human race has experienced a significant increase of genetic "anomalies" or changes in the last 50 years, and the sun is undergoing a major, possibly cataclysmic, metamorphosis. Will the human race survive? Or will we become something...else?

INTERRUPT is a fast-paced and exciting. It keep me turning the pages long after I should have been asleep, completely absorbed by the world Jeff Carlson creates. There is just enough hard science to make his plot plausible, but not so much as to make it inaccessible. His writing style is comfortable, which makes it very easy for the reader to sink into the story and to care about the characters. And there are enough twists and turn to keep you guessing to the very end. In many ways, it reminded me of one of my favorite books, "Lucifer's Hammer" by sci-fi legends Jerry Pournelle and Larry Niven. I mean this as the highest of complements. Both books take a present day apocalypse and posit how humans will survive. INTERRUPT and "Lucifer's Hammer" are very different stories, but have a similar feel. Which is exactly what I loved about INTERRUPT - it feels possible.

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I love it when an author has a big, hard-science concept and explores it thoroughly, yet creates characters and a story arc eventful and rich with humanity. This is an apocalypse story, and a Zombie story... but not. I mean, no Zombies, but an "us against them" theme that strikes that chord. I want to avoid spoilers, but Neanderthals are coming back, and they are noble--- and deadly. It's a genius idea, and Jeff Carlson has created a marvelous species here. There is a lot of science stuff that I find fun, and believable. The central idea, the "brain scramble" is not so believable, but makes for a GREAT story and a big problem to be solved.

My three star rating is kind of meld of my personal reaction to the way the story unfolds and a less idiosyncratic disappointment in what I feel to be a slapdash ending that just ties everything up in a sloppy knot.

My personal problem with the story is that it is so darned unhappy. Sure, what's to be happy about when civilization is falling apart? But people are not always frustrated, stymied, arguing and troubled. This is a gloomy story, and the tension and pressure and unhappiness are unleavened by the natural human ability to have some fun once in awhile (the "Bugle" character notwithstanding). So I found the book tiring after awhile.

The ending? China is involved in this story, and it is the exception to the fleshed out characterization. It is a HUGE straw man, offstage, menacing, unexplained, and finally swept under the rug. The action scene underground at the base? Exciting, well written, and ridiculous.

So for those who can take it, I say 4 stars. For those of you who found the movies "Pursuit of Happyness" (sic) and "Flash of Genius" worthy but ultimately too much pain for the gain: this might be reminiscent; stay away.
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