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The Deaths of Tao (The Lives of Tao Book 2)

The Deaths of Tao (The Lives of Tao Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Wesley Chu
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For The Lives of Tao: "Filled with non-stop action and brilliant asides on the history of our species, the book is sure to thrill and amuse." - Ken Liu, Nebula Award winning author of The Paper Menagerie "Wesley Chu is my hero - he has to be the coolest science fiction writer in the world." - Lavie Tidhar, World Fantasy Award winning author of Osama and The Bookman Histories "In The Lives of Tao, newcomer Wesley Chu delivers an action-laced scifi thriller filled with clever ideas and witty, engaging characters. A thoroughly enjoyable ride." - John Marco, Author of The Inhumans and The Tyrants And Kings trilogies "A fast-paced, high-action SF mix of Jason Bourne meets the Hero's Journey, jam-packed with dark conspiracies, wild romance, ancient aliens, and a secret, globe-spanning war. Loved it!" - Matt Forbeck, author of Amortals and Hard Times in Dragon City "Just your usual 'I've got an immensely wise alien in my head who wants me to become and international man of mystery' story. Which is to say, a page-turning homage to other classic SF like Hal Clement's Needle. Recommended." - Steven Gould, author of the Jumpers series "In Wesley Chu's debut novel you meet an unlikely hero in the form of Roen, an out-of-shape, self-loathing, under-achieving computer geek. He is soon transformed into a confident, lean, mean fighting machine under the guidance and influence of the ancient alien Tao, who has inhabited his body and is now working hard to get Roen in shape for an important mission - nothing less than to take on the Genjix and save the planet from an evil plot of destruction. This book is high-octane spy vs spy action with a sly sense of humor. Pure pleasure from beginning to end. Highly recommended!" - Ann Vandermeer, Hugo winning editor of Weird Tales and British Fantasy Award winning publisher of Buzzcity Press "I would highly recommend this book to fans who like their espionage tinged with sci-fi, or vice-versa." - Scott at Being a Big Sandwich "I think The Lives of Tao was very well done and I will definitely keep my eye out for the next one. Between the humor and the originality of the story, I would certainly recommend reading it." - Lisa at Wilder's Book Reviews "The Lives of Tao marvelously casts all of war, science, politics, religion, and economics into a stark new light. It switches well between action-packed scenes and philosophical discussions about human nature and the pitfalls of manipulation, even guided by the best of intents." - Josh at "By the end of the books I was close to tears, which proves my emotional investment in the characters and their fates. I wish every book made me care about the characters as much as The Lives of Tao." - I Will Read Books "We get the full sci-fi feeling combined with the spy genre without either side getting diluted or ignored. We get the full effect and in turn get a character we care about." - Tome of Geek

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The Prophus and the Genjix are at war. For centuries they have sought a way off-planet, guiding humanity's social and technological development to the stage where space travel is possible. The end is now in sight, and both factions have plans to leave the Earth, but the Genjix method will mean the destruction of the human race.

That's a price they're willing to pay.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2166 KB
  • Print Length: 375 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Angry Robot (28 Oct 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00G9XJJX6
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #54,235 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Wesley Chu was born in Taiwan and immigrated to Chicago, Illinois when he was just a pup. It was there he became a Kung Fu master and gymnast. With a degree in Information Systems, he made the logical career choice of becoming a stuntman, a member of the Screen Actor's Guild, and a contributing writer to the Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine.

Wesley currently lives in Chicago with his wife Paula Kim and their Airedale terrier, Eva.

His debut novel, The Lives of Tao, is out now.
The sequel, Deaths of Tao, will be released Oct 29th, 2013.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but a slight let down on the first 10 Mar 2014
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I still loved this book but was a bit disappointed as the first book was SO good. However, I would still fully recommend buying it, would have been five stars if I was able to give the first one six.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the first 4 Dec 2013
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This is the sequel to a very fine first novel, I think it was overly long, and did'nt have the action or motivation in the characters to thrill like the first. The continuation of the war, but very little in the way of action. It plods rather than speeds along. The ending leaves an opening for yet another book which may or may not happen. Enjoyable enough but not to the same standard as the first.
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5.0 out of 5 stars No super heroes here 8 Aug 2014
By Richard Griffiths VINE VOICE
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Deserves five stars Wes, original notion, well executed and without rose tinted spectacles. No super heroes here, everyone is fallible and bleeds. Enough action and thought to keep me going, so when are the rest coming out?
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Lighthearted, funny, doesn't take itself too seriously but got me completely hooked. A fantastic follow up to the Lives of Tao (which you need to read first. Real quality sci-fi/fantasy
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5.0 out of 5 stars More of Tao and Roen 29 Oct 2013
By Scott Knight - Published on
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The Deaths of Tao is the sequel to Wesley Chu's The Lives of Tao. It is every bit as entertaining as the first, although in an entirely different way. The buddy cop interplay between Roen Tan and Tao, the Quasing that lives inside him, is still there. The humor and secret history of the world run throughout this book, as well. Zoras, Tao, or Baji open each chapter with a little more history of the Quasing.

One difference, though, comes in the fact that The Deaths of Tao is a second book, and not an origin tale like the first one. This allows Chu to expand the scope of the story. Roen's training and introduction to the world of the Quasing, including the war between Prophus and Gengix (the two Quasing factions), take up the majority of the first book. Now the reader sees the larger story taking place and is exposed to a more in-depth look at the Gengix's plans and the Prophus' attempts to thwart them.

There are also three characters providing the perspective. In addition to Roen and Tao, Jill (Roen's wife) and Baji take a lead role. This is a nice change, because Roen's view tends to be skewed. The Gengix view is shown through the eyes of Enzo and Zoras, who played a part in the first book. Using three point-of-view characters lets Chu take the action around the globe. It also allows him to show simultaneous events playing out as the war between the Quasing reaches critical level.

Another change in this book is that Chu was able to show how the relationship between Quasing and human host was different for each pairing. The personality of the human played a part in this, but so did the personality of the Quasing. A secondary character demonstrated what would happen if the wishes of the Quasing did not line up with the human.
Finally, the tone of this book is much more serious, or darker, than its predecessor. The serious moments in the first book were often offset by the humorous exchanges between Roen and Tan. In The Deaths of Tao, we see how three years of undercover and marital strife take their toll on Roen. Roen is less of the off-the-cuff smart-aleck and understands the consequences of his actions. His dedication to Tao begins to affect his standing in the Prophus command structure. This is a nice, and realistic, development for the character.

The main storyline in this book is sufficiently resolved, but Chu drops a game-changer at the end, and then follows that up with an added scene on the last page that reminds me of some of the post-credit scenes Marvel has been putting into its movies. If he decides to write another sequel, he is set up to take the story on in a new direction.

I enjoyed The Deaths of Tao, and would recommend it to readers who enjoy espionage tinged with sci-fi. Chu's writing style is very easy to read, and the action flows steadily on. I look forward to seeing what he does in the future.

I received a preview copy of this book from Angry Robot Books in exchange for an honest review.
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5.0 out of 5 stars More contemporary sci-fi, please! 29 April 2014
By Jennifer L. Jones - Published on
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When I read The Lives of Tao, I noted there didn't seem to be much difference in the moralities of the two warring factions. In the second book, that becomes all too clear. The bad guys are horribly, world-endingly bad. And it's awesome.

The text isn't without problems (like when someone jumps from a second story height and just rolls easily to their feet as they land) but I was having too much fun to care about those minor points (you know it's good when you notice a detail like that and think, oh who cares, keep reading!). The end unveils a few twists that really caught me off guard. More awesome.

I'm a big Wesley Chu fan, in no small part because he's one of the very few authors writing contemporary science fiction right now. The only other book that I've seen coming close to that is Brandon Sanderson's Steelheart. Personally, I would love to see contemporary/urban science fiction become a much more popular subgenre. And I think Wesley Chu could help make that happen.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this series. I love the premise. I love the characters. I love the writing style, the dialogue... 16 April 2014
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A return to Wesley Chu's incredibly entertaining universe of ancient aliens, secret agent human hosts and a covert war that has been waged since the beginning of time. This time we are following Roen Tan's wife Jill and her Quasing Baji almost as much as we are riding along with Roen and Tao. The relationship between Roen and Jill is a major element of the story; it is interwoven into the ongoing secret war with all the action and humor of the first book.

I tore through the second book faster than the first; I am torn but I think I actually enjoyed it more. The familiarity with the major players certainly allowed me to jump in with both feet, and I was actually sad when I finished it. I take some small solace in the fact that I expect a sequel; I won't risk ruining the experience by explaining why.

I love this series. I love the premise. I love the characters. I love the writing style, the dialogue between the aliens & their "hosts", it's all so well done. I highly recommend The Deaths of Tao to anyone that enjoyed The Life of Tao. If you haven't read the first book, you will not regret giving it a read. It's excellent as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rock on, Wesley! 26 Mar 2014
By Hank Ross - Published on
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Just read the first two books over a stretch of late nights—an exercise that has affected my ability to earn a living. Fast-paced, engrossing, fun, disturbing, and lots of other adjectives. All the things that make great SF. Well done, my friend. And hats off to your Quasing as well!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The ending... 16 Mar 2014
By SonnyfromPa - Published on
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Jeez, what an ending. Here I was enjoying this really good book, when all of a sudden it ended.

Mr. Chu, sir, you got me with the best ending that I have read in my recent memory.

Wonderful book, this one built on the first in ways that I didn't expect, weaving a rich compelling alternate reality. I highly recommend this one and hope it is at least part of a trilogy. For a first try these first two are incredible!
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