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Greg Bear
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Book Description

3 July 2006

Three FBI agents. One armageddon. It's the near future – sooner than you might hope – and the war against terrorism is almost lost.

Nuclear and biological weapons are in the hands of Islamic radicals, and new weapons are being spawned in remote labs that can be used against entire populations. These are some of the problems facing three young agents as they finish their training at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia.

And still the threat is escalating to ever crazier heights. The Dome of the Rock has been blown to pieces by terrorists, and in retaliation thousands have died in another major attack on the United States, the equal of 9/11. Rumours fly through international capitals of a plague targeted to ethnic groups—Jews or Muslims or both. No one feels safe.

Like the Anthrax terror that followed 9/11, the new plague results from domestic terror, the province of the FBI. The FBI seeks one man who appears to be on a bitter mission to wipe history's slate clean and close the curtain on the last act of the modern world.

But the FBI itself is under threat of political extinction. There is a good chance the new agents will be part of the last class at Quantico, ‘Cop Valhalla’. As investigations reveal horror upon horror in the US and the rest of the world, the agents join forces with a veteran bioterror expert to foil attacks on the world's greatest religious cities—Jerusalem, Rome, and Mecca.

In the second decade of the War on Terror, victory may be hard to define.

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (3 July 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007129793
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007129799
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 11.8 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 746,005 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Whatever Bear touches turns epic… rarely have I felt so much the presence of great events' The Times

‘Darwin’s Radio is a tense technothriller in the Michael Crichton vein… But it's got a disturbing twist… profoundly unsettling.’ New Scientist

'Greg Bear's Darwin's Radio is one of the most intelligent and original thrillers of recent years’ Locus

About the Author

Greg Bear was born in 1951 and published his first short story sixteen years later. His first novel was published in 1979, and his most famous novels, Darwin’s Radio, Blood Music and Eon, have now become established classics. He is also a illustrator and a journalist. In 2000, he lectured at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia, on the nature and future of crime and criminal justice.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok, but not brilliant 21 Aug 2006
I always get nervous when an author moves out of genre. More often than not it's a mistake. I thought long and and hard about buying the book because recently I've read several novels by authors who should have stuck to writing what they know about.

In the event I needn't have worried. It's a near future thriller and handled with all the style that Bears readers will already know and he makes the transition from SF to thriller with ease.

Characterisation is slim, but given the books breadth of scope and (comparative) lack of pages he does what he can. If it was a film, I could have imagined some of the actors asking 'what's my motivation' when they were reading the script. The story moves along briskly carried from several viewpoints and with no real holes in the plot. There's technology there, but it's not too far removed from what we know and therefore isn't the star of the show.

There'd have been 4 stars if the ending had been better. It's not that it's implausible or exactly disappointing, but perhaps from my perspective it's a bit abrupt and not the one I'd have written :-) as it seems out of place with the tone of the rest of the book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read 29 Aug 2006
Greg Bear has certainly written a page turner with Quantico.

A quite beleivable story of bio-terrorism that fairly races along. The synopsis explains all you need to know so I won't repeat it. Just buy the book and enjoy a good read.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A Liberal Tom Clancy 11 Mar 2008
A liberal Tom Clancy, and I don't use the phrase in a complimentary manner. I've read Greg Bear before and this is distinctly lackluster compared to quality work such as EON. As in so much of this genre, the plot only holds together by coincidence and revelation, the characters whilst engaging are unsophisticated and the politics particularly insipid. All in all a disappointment from an author that is capable of delivering more.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 25 Aug 2006
I have read a lot of Greg Bear's novels and liked them all. This one is no exception. The review above pretty much tells the story. There are a lot of shenagigans going on between various factions both within and without the FBI that sits well within the overall storyline.

I read this in one sitting, just could not put it down. The characters are well formed and the story itself quite beleivable. If you enjoy a good thriller this could well do it for you.
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