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Robert J. Sawyer
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28 Mar 2013

The president of the United States is shot in the head by a would-be assassin. Rushed to hospital and barely saved from death, he discovers that he has new memories - memories that are not his own.

A scientific experiment has gone awry, and a small group of people now remember each others' lives. And when one of those people's lives involved access to the most secret and dangerous information in the world, everything will change.

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (28 Mar 2013)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0575129603
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575129603
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 13 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 935,916 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robert J. Sawyer has been described as Canada's answer to Michael Crichton. Critically acclaimed in the US he is regarded as one of SF's most significant writers and his novels are regularly voted as fan's favourites. He lives in Canada.

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From the bestselling author of FLASHFORWARD, a chilling thriller about the power of the mind.

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On the eve of a secret military operation, an assassin's bullet strikes President Seth Jerrison. He is rushed to the nearest hospital, where a team of surgeons struggle to save his life.

At the same hospital, Professor Ranjip Singh is experimenting with a device that can erase traumatic memories.

Then a terrorist bomb detonates. In the operating room, the President suffers cardiac arrest. He has a near-death experience - but the memories that flash through Jerrison's mind are not his own...

The electromagnetic pulse generated by the bomb has amplified and scrambled Professor Singh's equipment, allowing a random group of people from within the hospital access to one another's minds. And now one of those people can access the President's memories - including classified information regarding the upcoming military mission which, if revealed, could cost countless lives.

But the task of determining who has switched memories with whom is a daunting one - particularly as some of the people involved have something deadly to hide...

A writer of boundless confidence and bold scientific extrapolation - New York Times

[Sawyer is] a brilliant thinker pondering some of the most fundamental questions we face today. - National Post

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not on parr with his usual stuff. 21 May 2012
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
I've read a lot of Roberts work since he blasted onto the scene (or rather my scene with Flashforward), it's always been wonderfully constructed, has a realm of believability about it and when added to his characters made compulsive Sci-Fi reading for me.

So I was a little disappointed with this title that I felt was flat and didn't quite follow through on a lot of the idea's within. Don't get me wrong, the pace was there, the prose reasonable but the overall concept felt like it fell flat on its face more than once within the pages almost as if this was a short story extended way beyond its timeline.

All in, whilst I do love Robert's writing, this isn't one that I'd recommend to others looking to try him for the first time and I suspect a number of fans will feel the same way. That said, everyone is entitled to an off day so here's hoping it picks up with the next one.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best work of Sawyer but a good book! 25 July 2013
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I would recommend this book even if this is not one of the best works of Robert J. Sawyer. Good story but it lacks that futuristic-insight that usually accompanies his books. Good book anyway. I love this author.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Didn't Quite Pull My Trigger 3 Feb 2013
President gets shot and is taken to hospital, where a scientific experiment goes wrong,
and many people in the hospital begin picking up on other people's memories.
Sad to say after that little bit of excitement this tale slowly descends into a kind of
mini-soap opera, and I found myself getting itchy and bored with it.

Carried on reading to the end to see what happened, but even that sent me scurrying for
the local supermarket, to get some excitement back into my life!
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"Triggers" is a thought-provoking, compelling read full of suspense and intriguing characters. Robert J. Sawyer's latest meets and exceeds his standard of excellence in writing and story-telling.

In the midst of home-grown terror and a major national defensive initiative, there is an assassination attempt on the American President. At the same time the President is the operating room, Doctor Singh is attempting a new proceedure to treat the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder of an Iraq War Vet by altering his memories. The White House is bombed and the electro-magnetic pulse affects Dr. Sighn's treatment process. Minds and memories are linked, including the Iraq War Vet and the President.

Set against the backdrop of a political thriller, Sawyer masterfully weaves in discussion of racism, abuse, the affects of war on our soldiers, and political responsibility. And once again, in true Sawyer fashion, he shows us that there is an acceptable, preferred alternative to what we know and the direction society is going.

"Triggers" is filled with non-stop action and touching interpersonal moments between characters. I couldn't put it down. If you've read any of Sawyer's previous books, you will love this one. If you've only started reading Sawyer after watching "FlashForward", you will love this book. Whether you love thrillers or Science Fiction, or interpersonal drama, you will love this book.
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When the President of the United States, Seth Jerrison, is shot and almost killed during a speech at Washington DC's Lincoln Memorial, he is rushed to the local hospital where Professor Ranjip Singh is conducting experiments to eradicate traumatic memories, focusing on war veteran Kadeem Adams. Jerrison is on the operating table when terrorists blow up the White House with a new type of bomb, one that generates an electromagnetic pulse. When this pulse hits the hospital and Singh's experimental technology, 21 people are contaminated. The result is that each of these people can now remember the memories of one of the others in that group of 21, meaning that their own memories can also be read by someone else. What makes this more complicated is that the person who can remember your memories is not the same person whose memories you can remember. The task of Singh and Secret Service agent Susan Dawson, themselves affected, is to work out exactly who is linked to whom. Because someone among the 21 has access to the memories of the President of the United States, including details of an imminent and deadly top secret military mission.

Triggers operates on several levels, each of which is extremely intriguing: there is the mystery surrounding the shooting of the President - Jerrison knows it was organised by someone close to him; there is the shock of the devastating attack on the White House; there are then all the individual stories, revealed by memories, of these people who have been linked together by accident, some of whom are hiding dark, painful or even dangerous and suppressed secrets, passions and prejudices.
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