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  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; New Ed edition (7 July 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752837451
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752837451
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 4.2 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 214,066 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 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 By H Pedder VINE VOICE on 26 Aug. 2004
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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 By Ms. J. Harding on 16 Aug. 2006
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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 By A Dawson on 3 Aug. 2009
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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 By J. Bonello on 27 Oct. 2007
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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 By Glencairn57 on 7 Mar. 2012
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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 By JM VINE VOICE on 17 Mar. 2009
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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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I read this book while I was on a snowboarding trip in Canada, it kept me completetly hooked throughout the plane/bus trips, seriously loved it, Peter James books tend to be good, especially his older work, for me, this is the best of the lot, (or at least the best of the books not related to the roy grace series)

Its essentially the story of a guy who has made an amazing computer which develops its own personality and becomes obsessed with him, whoever it see's as a threat, it starts to 'deal with'. This book was wrote quite a long time ago, but its actually more relevant now.

Again, cant recommend this book highly enough.
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