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  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1629232815
  • ISBN-13: 978-1629232812
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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DANIEL SUAREZ is the author of the New York Times bestseller Daemon, Freedom (TM), Kill Decision, and Influx. A former systems consultant to Fortune 1000 companies, he has designed and developed software for the defense, finance, and entertainment industries. With a lifelong interest in both IT systems and creative writing, his high-tech and sci-fi thrillers focus on technology-driven change. Suarez is a past speaker at TED Global, MIT Media Lab, NASA Ames, the Long Now Foundation, and the headquarters of Google, Microsoft, and Amazon -- among many others. Self-taught in software development, he is a graduate from the University of Delaware with a BA in English Literature. An avid PC and console gamer, his own world-building skills were bolstered through years as a pen & paper role-playing game moderator. He lives in Los Angeles, California. -- For more information and engagement, please visit: www.daniel-suarez.com -- social: https://plus.google.com/+DanielSuarez/posts

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By PT Cruiser on 30 May 2014
Format: Hardcover
Il loved Daemon and Freedom, Daniel Suarez's first two books. So I jumped at the chance to read this one. I enjoyed all the twists and turns as well as the cinematic type action, much like his other two books. The only thing I didn't like was that much of it was just too unbelievable, more fantasy than what I like in science fiction novels. There's nothing wrong with that if you like a lot of fantasy, and I do enjoy that too sometimes, but it's not what made me choose this book. Although this started out with a lot of seemingly logical tech talk and action, Suarez soon went too far with scenes that had me rolling my eyes and not believing that they could sorta-somehow take place.

I've often compared Suarez with Michael Crichton. Crichton is one of my all time favorite science fiction writers because his books were so believable with just a few leaps of faith here and there. Daemon was like that, plus it had a lot of computer high tech and AI stuff in it which I loved. This book may have been a page turner for me, but it was missing the "Oh yeah, this could really happen" quality which I loved in his first two books.

I was provided with a review copy of this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sam Tyler on 18 May 2015
Format: Paperback
We are told to never judge a book by its cover and that certainly includes any quotes that should adorn the front. Since his debut novel, all the Daniel Suarez books that I have read had a quote suggesting that he was the legitimate heir to Michael Crichton. To compare your work with one of the best techno thriller writers of all time is never going to be easy and time after time, Suarez fell short. That is until ‘Influx’, a book that finally puts Suarez in the same illustrious company as Crichton.

When physicist Jon Grady invents a mirror that reflects gravity he imagines a world that will have cheaper energy and the ability to travel through space. However, unbeknownst to him there is a shadowy government organisation whose job is to quash any technological advancements they believe society is not yet ready for. Therefore, rather than finding himself on stage receiving a Nobel Prize, Grady is thrown into an advanced prison with seemingly no means of escape.

In previous Suarez outings, such as ‘Daemon’, it sometimes felt that the author took a bunch of great ideas, put them in a bag, shook it and then let them all spill out onto the page. The same can be said of ‘Influx’, but for the first time all these great ideas are wrapped up in a coherent action adventure with characters you can really root for. Grady is a maverick scientist who can smell colour and see music. His unique outlook on life makes him an unusual scientist, but a very interesting character. Behind the science, is also a good man; Grady’s strong morality really enhances the novel as he chooses prison over giving his ideas over to an organisation he does not trust.

The entire world of ‘Influx’ is an intriguing one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Blueboy808 on 9 Mar. 2014
Format: Hardcover
I'm a fan of Daniel Suarez's previous 3 books and very much looked forward to this one. Didn't seem to have quite the gravitas of Daemon but all the same, nailed this in 2 sittings! He seems to get that balance between technical content (to a lay man anyway) and good sci if fiction paced storytelling just right. Can I gave another please?
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I've read all four of Daniel Saurez's books to date and this is the first that doesn't make the grade for me. With his previous three books (Daemon, Freedom and Kill Decision) he combined an entertaining and well-planned plot with interesting characters and a writing style that sucked me in and kept me reading.

However the best way to sum up Influx is that it feels... rushed. The writing style is still there but the characters feel under-developed in comparison to his earlier books. I have to level a similar criticism at the plot too. This moves at an inconsistent (and sometimes much too rapid) pace and introduces several convenient twists that allow the storyline to be resolved in the way the author intended. However I was left with the impression that too many deus ex machina were harmed (OK, used) during the writing of this story.

The strength of Daemon, Freedom and Kill Decision is that they were all well researched, well developed, and based on technology that is only a generation or two away at best. Unfortunately Influx is none of these. I'm hoping for better next time.
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I read Daniel Suarez's previous 3 novels and enjoyed them. Influx has clearly benefited from good editing - the story runs along at a great pace, the characters are clearly defined, and the plot is developed without any needless sidetracks.

There are some interesting ideas in the book - both big-picture and more technical. Is technological progress always good? Who benefits, who loses - and do those wins and losses add up to a net benefit? However, rather than explore the ideas, the book became a fast-paced techno-thriller. That's okay - it's what the jacket promises - but it leaves the book at "airport purchase", rather than something more engaging.

The characters are interesting - but again, the traits that made them interesting weren't really explored in any depth.

So, an okay book to while away a long flight, but I doubt I'll remember much of it in a few weeks time.
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