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Triggers Hardcover – 3 Apr 2012

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  • Hardcover: 342 pages
  • Publisher: Ace Books; 1 edition (3 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781937007164
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937007164
  • ASIN: 1937007162
  • Product Dimensions: 23.3 x 16.1 x 3.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,226,191 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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""Triggers" is constantly gripping on the surface and seriously provocative deep down."--"Wall Street Journal"
"Enthralling. Despite the near-dystopian setting, "Triggers" is haunting in its optimism. It was a joy to read." --"San Francisco Book Review"
""Triggers" has the hard-core military/political insights of Robert A. Heinlein, and the compassion of Theodore Sturgeon."--Jonathan Vos Post
"No one digs into a sci-fi thought experiment with quite the zest that Robert J. Sawyer does. Sawyer doesn't stint the thriller framework, but the story's real joy is the care he takes in exploring the details of the memory-sharing."--"Milwaukee Journal Sentinel"

"First and foremost, Robert J. Sawyer is a rip-roaring good storyteller...There are few authors writing today that bring such a strong combination of literate storytelling and complex ideas to the page. Robert J. Sawyer is one of the best in the business right now, and "Triggers" is him at his finest."--"The Maine Edge" (Bangor, Maine)

"Robert J. Sawyer pulls together elements of a gripping political thriller with cutting-edge psychological insights to create a story that works on many levels. "Triggers" has the pacing of an episode of "24" and the philosophical sensibilities of an Isaac Asimov novel, so any readers who were introduced to Sawyer through his television series "FlashForward" will find it particularly interesting."--"Black Gate" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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From the bestselling author of FLASHFORWARD, a chilling thriller about the power of the mind. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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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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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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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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"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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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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