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5.0 out of 5 stars A thought-provoking, compelling read full of suspense and intriguing characters
"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...
Published on 26 July 2012 by Sherry Peters

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not on parr with his usual stuff.
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...
Published on 21 May 2012 by Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog


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3.0 out of 5 stars Not on parr with his usual stuff., 21 May 2012
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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
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Mr. John Frank Herbert (Greenwich, London) - See all my reviews
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars A thought-provoking, compelling read full of suspense and intriguing characters, 26 July 2012
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Sherry Peters (Winnipeg, MB CANADA) - See all my reviews
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars A suspense-packed, thought-provoking scifi thriller! What would it be like if your memories belonged to somebody else?, 7 May 2012
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Kate (Oxford, Oxon United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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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. Everything is certainly personal but each must suffer the indignity of having a previous stranger know their most intimate memories while being subjected to visions they can't turn off from a past that isn't their own. Each person deals with this affront in a different way and that is a big key to the success of this novel. Each of these people is as important as the next, even if that next is the President of the United States.

This does, however, make for a complicated story, at least for me who has difficulty remembering names in a novel at the best of times. But here we have more than twenty, each of whom is linked to two others. But all credit to author Robert J Sawyer because I was able to make it through the book being able to recall all these relationships. There are non-intrusive reminders throughout so the reader does keep on top of this mountain of potential confusion. It does, though, give a real impression of what this bedlam and intrusion would be like to endure.

On the surface, Triggers may be classified as a science fiction novel but there is little science here. The thriller element is exciting but that also doesn't dominate. Triggers is mostly a novel about human awareness, identity, prejudice and consciousness and, as it goes on, the philosophical element increases, focusing on individualism and the ties that bind humanity together and the forces that rip it apart.

Suspense, though, we have by the bucketload as Sawyer cleverly winds our way through a twisty, complicated path, walked upon by one after another of interesting and perplexing characters, some good, some bad. The pace doesn't let up for a moment and I admire the way in which Sawyer held it all together, constantly moving from one person to another, still giving each of the characters a unique voice. While I felt that the ending may have been a little rushed, especially compared to the events leading up to it, it succeeded in making me think and made me want to know much, much more about this just-in-the-future world. It also made me want to read other books by Robert J Sawyer as soon as possible.
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