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Nexus (Angry Robot) [Paperback]

Ramez Naam
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)

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Book Description

3 Jan 2013 Angry Robot
In the near future, the nano-drug Nexus can link mind to mind. There are some who want to improve it. There are some who want to eradicate it. And others who want to exploit it. There's more to Nexus than meets the eye...

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Angry Robot (3 Jan 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857662929
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857662927
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 359,876 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Any old writer can take you on a roller coaster ride, but it takes a wizard like Ramez Naam to take you on the same ride while he builds the roller coaster a few feet in front of your plummeting car... you'll want to read it before everyone's talking about it. - John Barnes, author of the Timeline Wars and Daybreak series. --John Barnes, author of the Timeline Wars and Daybreak series.

NEXUS is a gripping piece of near future speculation, riffing on the latest developments in cognition enhancement. With all the grit and pace of the Bourne films, this is a clever and confident debut by a writer expertly placed to speculate about where we re heading. Unlike a lot of SF, this novel dares to look the future square in the eye. --Alastair Reynolds, bestselling author of Revelation Space and Blue Remembered Earth

About the Author

Ramez Naam is the H.G. Wells Award-Winning author of More Than Human: Embracing the Promise of Biological Enhancement.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Near Future SF Thriller 15 Nov 2013
Nexus is an nano drug that takes the mere human and make them into a transhuman; able to interconnect with others, is far more aware and is permanently connected to the web.

Kade, the main character has just upgraded it to Nexus , and is trailing it when he is pulled in by the ERD, an American organisation charged enforcing the Copenhagen agreement and stopping these technologies becoming widely available. Three of his friends are pulled in, by an ex special ops guy escapes. As part of the plea bargain he agrees to help them spy on a Chinese researcher who has developed a similar technology. His partner in this sting operation has also taken the drug, and they are always in conflict as to whether it should be released to the public, or restricted. Other parties are looking to use his knowledge and after surviving an attempted abduction, the pace and action starts to increase until the explosive final scene.

I really enjoyed this. The technology is really cool, from the weapons that are linked to the DNA of the user, to the stealth items. I found that the technology was plausible, even though we are a few years away from realising it. The pace was fantastic, after some of the scenes I'd need to take a breath before ploughing on with the next.

Great book, will be getting the next one soon.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun story let down by editing/proofreading 8 Feb 2013
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This book is right up my street. Essentially a technothriller set in the near future where nano-based drugs have enabled people to build an OS on top of the brain and interconnect. From that setup we're sent around the world in an international espionage mission. There's a few subplots too addressing various issues centred around the military. Throughout the characters are put into difficult situations and tested to the maximum. Ramaz Naam clearly knows his science and manages to squeeze in a lot of 'could happen' extrapolations without bogging the story down too much with dull facts or explanations.

I would have given the book 4 stars, but I'm afraid I was annoyed by the editing and formatting. I'm used to a few errors in ebooks as it seems most publishers still haven't nailed the process yet, but this one had so many errors within it (I can't speak for the print), that I was frequently pulled out of the story.

For the benefit of the publishers the errors were: typos, inconsistent formatting of internal/nexus dialogue, hyphens where there shouldn't be any, and sometimes none where there should, missing words, and inconsisten italics. The hyphens were mostly a problem in the Thai names; sometimes they were there, other times they weren't (in the same name).
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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A stunning "what if" view of future human development and evolution and a morality tale about modern "security" concerns regarding the web and internet free speech issues.
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A solid near-future action thriller, with some nice techomagickery (indistinguishable from science), well-written fight scenes featuring badass augmented superspies, some cursory philosophising and a cast of engaging characters. It's easy to read and a lot of fun, if not nearly as profound as it seems to be trying for.

For a little light reading, it's worth checking out.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, what a page turner. 6 Jun 2013
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Naam paints a fantastic picture of what the world might be like in 2030 in this sci-fi thriller. The plot moves quickly and gathers a lot of pace as it moves. The characters are fairly well developed and believable. Usually I read books in small bursts, but this was such a page turner I could hardly wait to read the next part. Well recommended
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A high tech Pandora's Box? 16 Feb 2013
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Came across this browsing in Waterstones. I hadn't heard of the author before, which isn't surprising as it's his first novel. The concept looked interesting so I thought I'd take a chance on it. I wasn't disappointed.

The author does have a lot of real life experience in the IT field (working for Microsoft and Apex Nanotechnologies) so I guess he's well placed to write this book.

By and large the book is well written. There are a few points where the plot does drag a bit, but in my experience there are few books that avoid this! The technology is well integrated into the plot without getting too technical, and the action sequences make the most of it. Ultimately it's the story of the battle between those who believe that enhancements to human brains (via Nexus) are to be supported and further developed and those (in authority) who oppose them. The age old plot of human advancement verses those who fear change.

I suggest that it would make an excellent movie too.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read. 12 July 2014
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Definitely a good read and worth my time and money. Explored an interesting area but as usual could have been much longer. The bad guys could have been portrayed as being more strategically complex, with more pragmatic objectives. I hate when the baddies have one single minded goal. The hero/heroine adapts but the bad guys don't.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unusual, gripping and interesting 30 Jun 2014
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I liked this book very much. A real page-turner and sometimes so intense I had to put it down for a rest! A book based on software and action sounds an unhappy mix, but actually works extremely well. The action sequences are outstanding.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A great book!
Published 1 month ago by Dan Atkinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Near-future tech and authoritarian politics
Great fiction book exploring the possibilities and consequences of near-future tech and even-nearer-future authoritarian politics.
Published 1 month ago by Denny
3.0 out of 5 stars Page Turner
Its definitely a page turner and has a lot of the elements of early William Gibson books but I couldn't really connect to it (unintended pun). Read more
Published 2 months ago by C. Jack
5.0 out of 5 stars very good indeed
Liked this a lot, right balance of ideas and story telling skill, some un-put-downable moments. Transhumanism is on its way and unsurprisingly, will be much more complex than we... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mr. David Mason
5.0 out of 5 stars Gave me a set of new ideas.
Connect ecstasy, nano technology, club culture, add 20 years to the date.

Add hints of morpho-genetics and the buddhist idea of interdependence. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Corin
5.0 out of 5 stars SF with modern insight
Believable characters, action that sucks you in and spits you out exhausted. Near future tech that combines minds and machines, scares governments, liberates people and empowers... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Patrick L Dey
2.0 out of 5 stars Meh
Writing style is a bit A-Level, and it feels dated. Could have been written by a teenage boy - I didn't even get halfway before putting it down.
Published 3 months ago by Charlotte Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Best near future Sci-Fi since Neuromancer or Nano Flower.
This is a great book. The science is believable and the people likeable. It's not often a book comes along which gives you a glimpse of the future. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Shane
5.0 out of 5 stars A thought provoking, well crafted fictional debut
I picked up Ramez Naam's "Nexus" on a whim after an Amazon recommendation pointed me in its direction. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mr M J Cummins
5.0 out of 5 stars Provocative
The challenge of this book is to accept the probabilities without fear. Fast moving. Hugely entertaining.
I recommend this book without qualification.
Published 5 months ago by P G Barlow
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