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Dead Lines By Greg Bear Dead Lines With his acclaimed novels Darwin s Children and Vitals award winning author Greg Bear turned intriguing speculation about human evolution and immortality into tales of unrelenting suspense Now he ven

  • Title: Dead Lines
  • Author: Greg Bear
  • ISBN: 9780345448385
  • Page: 277
  • Format: Paperback
  • Dead Lines By Greg Bear With his acclaimed novels Darwin s Children and Vitals, award winning author Greg Bear turned intriguing speculation about human evolution and immortality into tales of unrelenting suspense Now he ventures into decidedly frightening territory in a haunting thriller that blends modern technology and old fashioned terror, as it charts one man s inexorable descent intoWith his acclaimed novels Darwin s Children and Vitals, award winning author Greg Bear turned intriguing speculation about human evolution and immortality into tales of unrelenting suspense Now he ventures into decidedly frightening territory in a haunting thriller that blends modern technology and old fashioned terror, as it charts one man s inexorable descent into a world of mounting supernatural dread.For the last two years, Peter Russell has mourned the death of one of his twin daughters who was just ten when she was murdered Recent news of his best friend s fatal heart attack has now come as another devastating blow Divorced, despondent, and going nowhere in his career, Peter fears his life is circling the drain Then Trans comes along The brainchild of an upstart telecom company, Trans is as its name suggests a transcendent marvel a sleek, handheld interpersonal communication device capable of flawless operation anywhere in the world, at any time A cell phone, but not transmitting with crystal clarity across a newly discovered, never utilized bandwidth and poised to spark a new technology revolution When its creators offer Peter a position on their team, it should be a golden opportunity for him If only he wasn t seemingly going mad.Everywhere Peter turns, inexplicable apparitions are walking before him or reaching out in torment After a chilling encounter with his own lost child he begins to grasp the terrifying truth Trans is a Pandora s box that has tapped into a frequency not of this world but of the next And now, via this open channel to oblivion, the dead have gained access to the living For Peter, and for humankind, a long, shadowy night of the soul has descended, bringing with it the stuff of a horrifying nightmare from which they may never awaken.By turns spine tingling, provocative, and heart wrenching, Dead Lines marks a major turning point in the consistently dazzling storytelling career of Greg Bear Alongside its hero, Dead Lines peers into the darkest place we can imagine and wonders fearfully what might be peering back.From the Hardcover edition.
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    1. Aly on said:

      I have mixed feeling about this book It is written with a guy audience in mind, I think, from the porn aspect I didn t really like any of the characters in the book and for me the book was hard to follow I received a copy of the book free from NetGalley and this is my honest review

    2. Pat Cummings on said:

      For those who would dine on old, dead dreams of glory, Hollywood is always willing to set a place at the table In his house in the Glendale Hills, Peter Russell has been dining for years on his defunct dream A one time creator of nudie films and Playboy cartoons, he planned novels, plays, short stories that somehow never were completed Peter s creative stream was first diverted by the easy sex of his heyday, and then dammed up by the murder of one of his twin daughters.Now he retains just enough [...]

    3. Thom on said:

      The blurb on the author s site is a sparse A high tech ghost story The main character is pushed around by the plot, by the other characters, and eventually by ghosts as well A lot of the story is learning how he is going to react next.While science fiction ish, the mechanism behind these new phones is not explained terribly well Deeper than atoms or something like that So it s not great sci fi, and I didn t find it particularly great horror either.I listened to the book as read by Jason Culp He [...]

    4. Cheryl on said:

      A ghost is a role without an actor This is a re publication of this book that was originally published in 2004 I am glad that it is being re introduced to readers.I buy quite a few of Greg Bear s books because the book summaries always sound so good whoever writes his summaries deserves a raise And then I end up usually being disappointed always forgetting that hard science fiction is not my cup of tea But not this time This book is exceptionally good BUT it s not hard sci fi so that s probably [...]

    5. tENTATIVELY, cONVENIENCE on said:

      review of Greg Bear s Dead Lines by tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE December 4, 2017 Greg Bear s Quantico followed this one In my review of that I wrote Ok, I ve previously drawn parallels between Greg Bear s Blood Music Michael Crichton s Prey that were unflattering to Crichton see book show 34 then I HATED Crichton s State of Fear see book show 15 SO, I credited Bear w being original discredited Crichton w being a paltry 2nd or 3rd or whatever THEN Bear writes this a novel not that dissimilar from [...]

    6. Bonnye Reed on said:

      GNab I received a free electronic copy of this novel from Netgalley, Greg Bear, and Open Road Integrated Media in exchange for an honest review Thank you for sharing your hard work with me This book was originally published by Ballantine Books in 2004.I am always tickled when I run across a Greg Bear novel and am thrilled to see them being re issued Thank you, Open Road Integrated Media, for keeping the oldie s but goodies accessible This is not a Bear tale that I had run across before I can tel [...]

    7. Benjamin Stahl on said:

      Reading this crap was similar to waking up with a hangover and moping around the house wanting to have a wank but not being able to get hard I just couldn t get settled into the story it was all over the place and lacked any depth or realism whatsoever Clearly, Greg Bear had little idea where he wanted this story to go because through the ramblings of some three hundred pages, the story doesn t go anywhere Things that are meant to be creepy but aren t, just seem to happen They have no relevance [...]

    8. Plum-crazy on said:

      Not really the horror tale I was expecting hoping for of a supernatural mystery While the initial idea of this book sounds good it doesn t really fullfil it s potential By the end of the book I found myself flicking back to conversations situations to see if I d missed something as the continuity didn t seem to be there I was finding it muddling I m therefore left with too many unresolved questions for my liking.ah, well.

    9. T.W. Fendley on said:

      Interesting concept, fast paced, with a nice blend of action and supernatural More of a guy book insofar as identifying with the protagonist porn film producer.

    10. Tim Martin on said:

      _Dead Lines_ is a bit of a departure for Greg Bear, not at all like his better known works such as _Eon_, _Queen of Angels_, and _Hammer of God_ Though it seems to be usually labeled as science fiction in bookstores I am not sure I would call it that, as it is akin to horror or even fantasy, in many ways the tone broadly similar to the much superior earlier work of his, _Songs of Earth and Power_, which was an excellent modern fantasy and one I highly recommend.The main character of the book is [...]

    11. Steven Brandt (Audiobook-Heaven) on said:

      Two years ago, one of Peter Russel s twin girls was the victim of a brutal murder Since then, his life has been a wreck A brief bout with alcoholism ended his marriage and effectively ruined his career as a low budget film director The only thing keeping Peter afloat these days is running errands for his extremely wealthy friend, Joseph.While visiting Joseph one day, Peter meets David Weinstein, a representative of a new telecommunications company called Trans David is trying to get Joseph to in [...]

    12. Daniel Rudge on said:

      Bear s Dead Lines was neither very scary nor very entertaining While Bear has a way with prose, not one character was in any way likeable and the story line just dragged on in its own disjointed way Another great premise that tried to be too ethereal and lost the reader before the second half began to heat up For the last two years, Peter Russell has mourned the death of one of his twin daughters who was just ten when she was murdered Recent news of his best friend s fatal heart attack has now c [...]

    13. Reecie on said:

      or the last two years, Peter Russell has mourned the death of one of his twin daughters who was just ten when she was murdered Recent news of his best friend s fatal heart attack has now come as another devastating blow Divorced, despondent, and going nowhere in his career, Peter fears his life is circling the drain Then Trans comes along The brainchild of an upstart telecom company, Trans is as its name suggests a transcendent marvel a sleek, handheld interpersonal communication device capable [...]

    14. T. on said:

      A macabre tale about the unexpected and most definitely unwanted side effects of a miraculous new communications technology that also contains some interesting musings on the afterlife It was a nice book, but it was not, in my opinion, really in the same class as some of Bear s earlier works such as Eon or Darwin s Radio Accordingly, I gave it three stars because when you rank it next to those earlier works you have to give Eon five stars and Darwin s Radio four stars, which means Dead Lines get [...]

    15. James on said:

      Yikes This is pretty bad Certainly not up to Mr Bear s usual standards I m not sure where to begin, but the basic premise of the novel is unbelievably bad In it a new form of communication somehow opens up a channel to the spirit world It s not really explained how this happens, why the spirits are appearing, or what the consequences of this phenomenon are This is interspersed with a bad murder mystery This is supposed to be a horror novel but ended up just being boring If it was a movie, it wou [...]

    16. Mark Isaak on said:

      Although it has science fiction trapping, this is essentially a ghost story, and it suffers from a problem I have seen before in ghost stories The author seems to think that weird stuff is happening is enough to carry the plot Simply finding the book in the SF Fantasy section already signals the reader to expect weird stuff Fortunately, there are plenty of interesting characters to keep one interested, and some actual menace finally appears in the plot near the end The author, through his charac [...]

    17. Janet on said:

      I really liked the first 2 thirds of this book There were good characters, the story started with a reasonable premise, the atmosphere was suitably normal to set the stage for the spooky stuff that was introduced slowly enough to be as believable as spooky stuff can And then came the last third of the book It was as if a completely different writer finished the story a writer who hadn t read the beginning Spooky became just bizarre and characters became I don t know what they became but it was a [...]

    18. Sid Redlin on said:

      This book is rife with red herrings, plot twists, and imagination.In an attempt to solve the increasing problem of band width scarcity, a scientist has discovered a device to exploit quantum transference of information Trans, similar to a cel phone, is crystal clear, instantaneous, and alters time and space with every use The lines between the past, present, and future are blurred Worse, the dead and their companions in the hereafter have a toe hold into our reality And it doesn t help that the [...]

    19. Kevin Groosalugg on said:

      I am a huge Greg Bear fan but was hesitant to try this one as it seemed out of his niche I was very pleasantly surprised There were elements of science fiction present in the novel, but it was basically a sad horror ghost story He handled the subject matter very well and was able to convey Peter s sense of loss to me very convincingly The descriptions of Peter s emotions gave a very vivid picture of the turmoil he was experiencing, and I myself felt as if I had experienced the loss Slightly pred [...]

    20. D.A. Cairns on said:

      Very promising idea which fizzled in large sections of the book due to the author s preoccupation with the sexual escapades of his key character Too much backgrounding of the key character, and his spoiled the flow of the narrative in my opinion Dead Lines was at is chilling best when dealing with the supernatural and the way the main character dealt with a world which he had denied all his life.The climax was worth wading through all the other stuff to get to Would make a great movie this one.

    21. B.W. Ginsburg on said:

      Dead Lines is by far my favorite book Greg Bear creates a scary story that keeps you both interested and curious Of all the ghost stories I ve read, Dead Lines is the novel that, if any, would have me questioning the reality of all things supernatural Bear is a genius at imagery and paints amazing pictures with his words As someone who finds it especially vital for a reader to feel part of the story, I think that the author does a fantastic job at keeping his readers on edge If you want to read [...]

    22. Deb Wilson on said:

      Let me say that Greg Bear is one of my favorite science fiction authors Now let me say that I felt this book was ghost story soft horror then sci fi, and its just not up to par with what I expect from Mr Bear Was it a bad story No, but it wasn t great either I feel this was Stephen King s style and I m not so much a fan of his I did get sucked in a bit and I read most of it in one sitting, so I ll give it two stars for it keeping me drawn in long enough to bang through it, but it just wasn t w [...]

    23. Peter on said:

      What Happened Greg Bear has to be my favorite SF author he bowled me over with Eon, his intrigued me with Darwins Radio and he has severely disappointed me with Dead Lines It read like a horror story than anything else the only seemingly SF bit lasted for all of 2 pages I can only hope this was written to fill a gap in hs schedule and I look forward to something fantastic in the near furture.

    24. Adam Heine on said:

      The whole ghosts are scary, so you should be scared thing didn t work for me It wasn t until p 243 out of 295 that I felt like a character s life was actually in danger, so the thriller aspect didn t work for me.That, and I felt like everything I knew about how ghosts worked was based on the protagonist s uneducated conjecture I kept wondering, How does he know this and the only answer I came up with was because the author told him It kept pulling me out of the story.

    25. Falbs on said:

      One of those books where I was far enough along when I realized it was shit that I just kept reading Greg Bear s science fiction is excellent, his horror is just awful Give me ideas, stories, music Forget booze and diamonds, forget women Pages filled with printed words and grooves in vinyl are a guy s best friend.

    26. Tom on said:

      Curiously, there is a lot about this book s prose and Bear s expression that I really liked, at least for the first 75% or so of the book However, the premise is super flimsy and then the wildness toward the end just reads like a cheap C grade horror flick I kept reading on, hoping to like it, but was really just disappointed by the end.

    27. Jon Riehl on said:

      Huh Another book where the setting is interesting than the plot The West coast remains a mystery to me, and books like this and Bradbury s A Graveyard for Lunatics just add to a mystique that I sense lurking behind the facades of California s big cities Maybe R yleh will surface off the coast following the next big quake.

    28. Robert Vazquez Pacheco on said:

      A really interesting horror story It s a story about science screwing up again My only disappointment was figuring out what was happening pretty early on That s only because I read so much maybe even too much LOL Great characters Really interesting premise For some reason, when Peter meets Sandaji, I was reminded of Juilette of the Spirits when she meets the psychic.

    29. Stacy on said:

      Interesting and fairly creepy story It was definitely Greg Bear s homage to a number of classic horror authors At times, it felt like he was trying to write like them, in their voice, rather than his own Sometimes it worked and was cool, but sometimes it felt a little cheesy But overall, it was a good ghost story probably like 3.5 stars.

    30. Dave on said:

      An interesting concept, exactly why I read Bear He comes up with some fantastic ideas, sometimes his characters aren t the best, but his stories rarely disappoint This one had some great spooky moments

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