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Host [Kindle Edition]

Peter James
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Like Dr Frankenstein, brilliant scientist Joe Messenger will stop at nothing in his quest for immortality . . .



Brilliant scientist Joe Messenger believes that people can be made to live for ever. Knowing the human body can be frozen indefinitely, Joe devises a way of downloading the human brain into a supercomputer called ARCHIVE.



But Joe's wife, Karen, is worried by his preoccupation with ARCHIVE, which seems to be developing signs of a distinct and sinister personality of its own.



Then, just as Joe is on the brink of a scientific breakthrough, a series of macabre accidents befall him and his family - and Joe finds himself facing the terrifying consequences of his own obsessions.


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Like Dr Frankenstein, brilliant scientist Joe Messenger will stop at nothing in his quest for immortality . . .

About the Author

Peter James was educated at Charterhouse and then at film school. He lived in North America for a number of years, working as a screen writer and film producer before returning to England. His novels, including several number one bestsellers, have been translated into thirty-six languages. He has produced several films, including the BAFTA-nominated Merchant Of Venice, starring Al Pacino, Jeremy Irons and Joseph Fiennes. Peter James lives in Sussex.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 965 KB
  • Print Length: 644 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0752837451
  • Publisher: Orion; New Ed edition (7 Oct. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004BDOJYU
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #14,772 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Peter James was educated at Charterhouse and then at film school. He lived in North America for a number of years, working as a screen writer and film producer, before returning to England. His multiple award-winning, Sunday Times Top Ten bestselling novels have been translated into thirty-three languages. His writings reflect his deep interest in medicine, science and the world of the police. He has produced numerous films, including The Merchant of Venice, starring Al Pacino, Jeremy Irons and Joseph Fiennes. He also co-created the hit Channel 4 series Bedsitcom, which was nominated for a Rose d'Or. Peter James won the Krimi-Blitz 2005 Crime Writer of the Year Award in Germany, and Dead Simple won both the 2006 Prix Polar International award and the 2007 Prix Cœur Noir award in France. Looking Good Dead was shortlisted for the 2007 Richard and Judy Crime Thriller of the Year award, and has been shortlisted for both France's SNCF award and Le Grand Prix de Littérature Policère. He divides his time between his homes in Notting Hill in London and Sussex.


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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scary! Britain's answer to Stephen King! 16 Mar. 2001
Format:Paperback
I was given this book by a friend who said, "Well, you're in computers - I bet this isn't possible" - well, I might not be able to do it, but I believe it is possible. Based about Neural Networks (computers that can learn as well as humans), this book goes through the emotions of greed, as well as lust, into scaring the reader into believing it could happen. Described by the Sunday Express as Britain's equivalent to Stephen King, I hope I get to read more of his books. This book has also been made into a tv series called Virtual Obsession - trust me - you'll be obsessed as well. Brilliant.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An intellectual thriller! 26 Aug. 2004
By H Pedder VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
The synopsis of this book made it sound rather technological, futuristic and scientific. None are particularly a strong point of mine. However, i decided to give it a go...and was amazed! It is about cryogenically freezing people and the implementation of computers who can learn as humans do, and consequently how things can go awry. I won't reveal any more of the plot for fear of dumbing down what is essentially a complex, suspenseful storyline and my brief synopsis wouldn't do it justice!
But do not be put off by the scientific/technological terminology. This is, in essence, a thriller/horror/suspense and i was truly gripped!The characters - all of them, human and otherwise - are truly believable. I've read plenty of horror books in my time but this was different, it plays on your fears of what may actually come with time and i found my imagination working overtime whenever i put this book down (which wasn't very often!).
If you want a great read which is more intellectually challenging than your average thriller, read this.I applaud and admire Peter James for his obvious dedication to the writing of this book, for the immense amount of research he must have put into it.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great plot, I just couldn't put this book down! 16 Aug. 2006
Format:Hardcover
My mother-in-law lent me this book, I read the blurb and worried that the techie stuff would go right over my head! However, I was in for a nice surprise, Mr James has written well, pulled me, a total technophobe into his book and I am gripped by the suspense, his great characters and even the whole idea of being "Cryonic-ed" myself one day!

I haven't reached the end of the book yet and I haven't even checked out the final page (a nasty habit I have) so I'm hoping the end is as exciting and believable as the first 3/4 of the book! I just have one niggling point, Mr James needs to get himself a new proofreader.... I've found 2 glaring mistakes: in one chapter his neighbour owns a silver Audi, several chapters further on it mysteriously become a silver Ford. There's also a policeman, Jim Tiptree who changes his name 10 pages on to Tim. Could I perhaps offer my services as a proofreader?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Archive Horror 3 Aug. 2009
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Host Basically the plot is about a super computer called "Archive", and how it is misused in an evil way.It's a good, but fairly long read, and one awful event follows another, leaving you to wonder what is going to happen next. Everything revolves around the misuse of "Archive", and so anything can happen, and does, and just keeps you guessing. I would recommend it to anyone like me who uses a computer and suffers various inexplicable calamaties with it, but it's not for a computer expert who would pick holes in the computing side. Never-the-less it is a good read and I think it deserves four stars. A Dawson
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars First James read 27 Oct. 2007
Format:Paperback
I had never read this author. As one sometimes finds oneself looking for a new book or author in a bookshop, I bought this on impulse ans was not disappointed; with my background in Science and interest in global issues, Mr James ie well informed in his writing. Th book contains rather unpleasant twists and situations and at on point, I doubted whether i could take anymore!..the plot is excellent and I have started to read some of his other books. Read it yourself and judge
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Host - not up to usual Peter James standard 7 Mar. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I have read many Peter James novels. This is definitely not up to his normal standard. I was reading a kindle edition and there were many grammatical errors. There was even a change in name/or spelling of a characters name (about 15 per cent of the way through). I'm afraid that I will have to delete this novel from my kindle. The story was slow and the characters boring. I will perhaps return to Peter James sometime in the future.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Slow start but then totally compelling 17 Mar. 2009
By JM VINE VOICE
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I found this a bit heavy going to begin with, I would say it took me a good 150 pages or so to get into, in fact if it had not been for the fact that I have read and loved a number of other Peter James books, I might have abandoned it. For me, there was too much scientific/technical detail in the early parts. However, this soon fails to matter once you get going, it becomes compulsive reading.
What an amazing book! A very bizarre idea, downloading the human brain into a computer, in a way to beat death. It is utterly gripping, and frightening, and in it lurks a horrific evil menace. Fantastic. I loved it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not one of his best 9 Mar. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I love Peter James' books but this one was tough going. The first part of the book goes into considerable detail about neuro-science, which I might have enjoyed if I was more scientifically inclined. I know the author is trying to explain how it all works but this gets tedious and is in need of editing, in my opinion. Further evidence of this is the huge number of mistakes in the book, which I think is poor for the publishers of a writer of James' ilk, and for a full price book. Names are often mis-spelt which can make the story briefly confusing and interferes with the flow. The second half of the book is better as the plot develops and the pace picks up. The ethical dilemma presented is an interesting one and I wish Peter James had written this more recently now that his skills are more finely honed!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Enjoyed book but wish Amazon would provide epub format.
Published 3 days ago by PD
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourite authors, bought it to complete my list
One of my favourite authors, bought it to complete my list, haven't read it yet but will gat round to it soon and expect it to be up to his normal standard.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Host
Once again an amazing story told by a really amazing man with so much detail and information about his subject.
Published 1 month ago by Viceroy
5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed this book
Really enjoyed this book. The suspense was great. There was one particular part that I was almost trying to read through my fingers - very scary and no idea what was going to... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Val Bluebell
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story, I enjoy most of his books
Good story , I enjoy most of his books,
Published 1 month ago by Betty Mary Pearson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant book. Thoroughly enjoyed it.
Published 1 month ago by MISS ELAINE ETHERINGTON
4.0 out of 5 stars Unusual book for Peter James but still good
Not as good a Roy Grace series but an unusual storyline, still enjoyed it
Published 2 months ago by E Rosier
4.0 out of 5 stars Edge of the seat supernatural thriller!
I loved this book, only dropped a star as I prefer some of the authors other books.
It's the stuff of science fiction, but it's easy to imagine it could happen. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Cf74
4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping and Chilling
Another gripping and chilling book by Peter James. Chilling because of the storyline of how in 1993 we viewed technology and now 20 plus years later, having read the book on my... Read more
Published 2 months ago by TracyF
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
Stephen Hawkins is right. Man is not ready to deal with the realities of AI. The best of Peter James yet. Truly outstanding read.
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