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Triggers Hardcover – April 3, 2012
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“Triggers is constantly gripping on the surface and seriously provocative deep down.”—Wall Street Journal
“Enthralling. Despite the near-dystopian setting, Triggers is haunting in its optimism. It was a joy to read.” —San Francisco Book Review
“Triggers has the hard-core military/political insights of Robert A. Heinlein, and the compassion of Theodore Sturgeon.”—Jonathan Vos Post
“No one digs into a sci-fi thought experiment with quite the zest that Robert J. Sawyer does. Sawyer doesn’t stint the thriller framework, but the story’s real joy is the care he takes in exploring the details of the memory-sharing.”—Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
“First and foremost, Robert J. Sawyer is a rip-roaring good storyteller...There are few authors writing today that bring such a strong combination of literate storytelling and complex ideas to the page. Robert J. Sawyer is one of the best in the business right now, and Triggers is him at his finest.”—The Maine Edge (Bangor, Maine)
“Robert J. Sawyer pulls together elements of a gripping political thriller with cutting-edge psychological insights to create a story that works on many levels. Triggers has the pacing of an episode of 24 and the philosophical sensibilities of an Isaac Asimov novel, so any readers who were introduced to Sawyer through his television series FlashForward will find it particularly interesting.”—Black Gate
About the Author
Robert J. Sawyer has been called “the dean of Canadian science fiction” by The Ottawa Citizen.
He is one of only seven writers in history—and the only Canadian—to win all three of the world’s top awards for best science-fiction novel of the year: the Hugo (which he won in 2003 for Hominids), the Nebula (which he won in 1995 for The Terminal Experiment), and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award (which he won in 2005 for Mindscan).
In total, Rob has authored over 18 science-fiction novels and won forty-one national and international awards for his fiction, including a record-setting ten Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Awards (“Auroras”) and the Toronto Public Library Celebrates Reading Award, one of Canada’s most significant literary honors. In 2008, he received his tenth Hugo Award nomination for his novel Rollback.
His novels have been translated into 14 languages. They are top-ten national mainstream bestsellers in Canada and have hit number one on the Locus bestsellers’ list.
Born in Ottawa in 1960, Rob grew up in Toronto and now lives in Mississauga (just west of Toronto), with poet Carolyn Clink, his wife of twenty-four years.
He was the first science-fiction writer to have a website, and that site now contains more than one million words of material.
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In the midst of home-grown terror and a major national defensive initiative, there is an assassination attempt on the American President. At the same time the President is the operating room, Doctor Singh is attempting a new proceedure to treat the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder of an Iraq War Vet by altering his memories. The White House is bombed and the electro-magnetic pulse affects Dr. Sighn's treatment process. Minds and memories are linked, including the Iraq War Vet and the President.
Set against the backdrop of a political thriller, Sawyer masterfully weaves in discussion of racism, abuse, the affects of war on our soldiers, and political responsibility. And once again, in true Sawyer fashion, he shows us that there is an acceptable, preferred alternative to what we know and the direction society is going.
"Triggers" is filled with non-stop action and touching interpersonal moments between characters. I couldn't put it down. If you've read any of Sawyer's previous books, you will love this one. If you've only started reading Sawyer after watching "FlashForward", you will love this book. Whether you love thrillers or Science Fiction, or interpersonal drama, you will love this book.
With a large cast of characters, Sawyer does a great job of giving each their own story and enough depth for the reader to easily keep them all straight. Surprisingly, the drama and how relationships are formed/affected by the memory-swapping was actually my favorite part of the story. The only other book I've read by Sawyer is FlashForward (developed into the short-lived TV show). I have found I really enjoy his writing style, and will definitely be reading his other books that I have on my shelves. Intriguing, with plenty of suspense - Triggers was fast-paced and exciting. This science fiction thriller was completely riveting from beginning to its climactic end.
This phenom leads one newly minted mind reader to discover, by reading the president's brains, that the US is planning a strike to make a revenge for stepped up Muslim terror attacks on the US. The problem with this intriguing setup is that the planned on revenge is silly. It would never be done nor would it have the desired effect - just the opposite really.
Along the way we're treated to a left wing Canadian's (the author, apparently) view of the US where the reliable news sources are MSNBC, Huffington Post and Time magazine. All white people are either evil, unremarkable, wife beaters or raging racists. Meanwhile, black folks are all long suffering, patient deep thinkers. The president is a new Bush as viewed by the left. He's a Republican we're told over and over portrayed as a weak bumbler who's easily led by his evil advisor (Cheney / Rove combo) into a grotesque, revolting attack on Muslims.
C'mon authors. All black folks are not duplicates of Morgan Freeman and it's really really OK for them to be portrayed as humans rather than paragons. White people sometimes do things which are interesting but not evil as well. Some will even shake hands with black folks.
The wrap up, or how it all resolves, is well done and to this reader, unexpected but also rather thoughtless. While the author clearly thinks the wrap up is optimistic, I can't see it that way but can't go further w/o a spoiler which is unfair to the potential reader and the author. Like the title says, overall this is a rather silly, shallow book.
PS A small point for some, but please give us a good cover too - this one does not have distinct colors or interesting images - this is important to at least a few Sci-Fi ers.
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