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Robert J. Sawyer.
edition
1st ed.
imprint
New York : Ace Books, 2012.
description
viii, 342 p. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
1937007162, 9781937007164
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imprint
New York : Ace Books, 2012.
isbn
1937007162
9781937007164
abstract
When an experimental memory-modification device goes awry and affects the president of the United States, the race is on to determine if someone has obtained the president's memories, including secret military plans.
catalogue key
8383338
 
Purchase; DSO; 2012; RB200706.
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Appeared in Library Journal on 2012-03-15:
An assassin's bullet lands U.S. President Seth Jerrison in the hospital, where doctors battle to save his life. In the same building, an experiment in curing brain trauma is in progress. The nearby detonation of a bomb triggers an electromagnetic pulse that almost kills the president and also redistributes the memories of everyone in the affected area. As he recuperates, Jerrison tries to make sense of memories that belong to someone else. Meanwhile, Secret Service Agent Susan Dawson realizes that someone now possesses the president's memory, including the knowledge of a top-secret military operation that could change the global political balance. VERDICT The Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author of Calculating God and "The WWW Trilogy" (Wake; Watch; Wonder) delivers a tense, race-against-the-clock adventure with a surprise ending. It should appeal to mainstream thriller readers as well as its target market. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 2012-02-06:
Canadian futurist Sawyer (Flashforward) builds a turbo-charged techno-thriller around an experimental memory-altering machine. After an assassination attempt, U.S. President Jerrison is rushed into surgery. Minutes later, a bomb explodes at the White House. Dr. Ranjip Singh is working with a veteran recovering from flashbacks when an energy surge from the explosion overloads his equipment and puts his patient's into Jerrison's mind. The event also swaps around the memories of the surgeon, Dr. Singh, Secret Service agent Susan Dawson, and several others-including someone who now has access to Jerrison's memories on the eve of a major secret military operation. Interleaving the stories of 21 people suddenly involved more intimately than spouses, Sawyer offers an escape from the recent run of near-future dystopias in a combination of classic and contemporary science fiction. Agent: Chris Lotts, the Lotts Agency. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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Library Journal, March 2012
Wall Street Journal, March 2012
Globe & Mail, April 2012
Kirkus Reviews, April 2012
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Library of Congress Summary
When an experimental memory-modification device goes awry and affects the president of the United States, the race is on to determine if someone has obtained the president's memories, including secret military plans.
Main Description
On the eve of a secret military operation, an assassin's bullet strikes President Seth Jerrison. He has a near-death experience--but the memories that flash through Jerrison's mind are not "his" memories.
Main Description
On the eve of a secret military operation, an assassin's bullet strikes President Seth Jerrison. He is rushed to the hospital, where surgeons struggle to save his life. At the same hospital, researcher Dr. 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 memories. It quickly becomes clear that the electromagnetic pulse generated by the bomb amplified and scrambled Dr. Singh's equipment, allowing a random group of people to access one another's minds. And now one of those people has access to 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 when some of the people involved have reason to lie...
Main Description
On the eve of a secret military operation, an assassin's bullet strikes President Seth Jerrison. He is rushed to the hospital, where surgeons struggle to save his life. At the same hospital, researcher Dr. 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 hismemories. It quickly becomes clear that the electromagnetic pulse generated by the bomb amplified and scrambled Dr. Singh's equipment, allowing a random group of people to access one another's minds. And now one of those people has access to 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 when some of the people involved have reason to lie...

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