"Think Thomas Harris, Will Graham and Clarice Starling rolled into one and pitched on the knife's edge of a scenario that makes Jurassic Park look like a carnival ride. Another rip-roaring, deeply paranoid thriller about the reasons to fear the future." (Kirkus Reviews, starred review)
Hannah Stander is a consultant for the FBI - a futurist who helps the agency with cases that feature demonstrations of bleeding-edge technology. It's her job to help them identify unforeseen threats: hackers, AIs, genetic modification, anything that in the wrong hands could harm the homeland.
Hannah is in an airport, waiting to board a flight home to see her family, when she receives a call from Agent Hollis Copper. "I've got a cabin full of over a thousand dead bodies," he tells her. Whether those bodies are all human, he doesn't say.
What Hannah finds is a horrifying murder that points to the impossible - someone weaponizing the natural world in a most unnatural way. Discovering who - and why - will take her on a terrifying chase from the Arizona deserts to the secret island laboratory of a billionaire inventor/philanthropist. Hannah knows there are a million ways the world can end, but she just might be facing one she could never have predicted - a new threat both ancient and cutting-edge that could wipe humanity off the earth.
©2016 Chuck Wendig (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers
Gadget Geek/Bug Guy
Chuck Wendig has struck entomological gold here. Lock in and listen to this excellent scifi thriller that will make you want to pay more attention to those little critters around you. Wendig has a unique writing style in that the story is first person perspective written in third person language. Xe Sands does an excellent job reading the story and I'm now going to look for more by her thanks to discovering her voice and style with this book. I'll admit I have a large biased for stories with genetics and you throw in insects and you've got me hooked. BUT if you get too much science wrong I'll not enjoy the story. So when I say this was fun from beginning to end, know that the science presented is researched enough to make it plausible and enjoyable. As for the story, well Wendig is really good at drawing you in and taking you on a ride. I won't give away anything, because I think it's best to jump in a discover it on your own. I will say if you have read Zer0es you'll enjoy the cameos, but this book can stand all on its own for anyone who hasn't read anything by the author before.
So yes, well worth the credit and time! Enjoy!!!
"Very engaging kept driving extra to keep listening"
Yes. Compelling, well paced story, but largest reason I would listen to it again is Xe Sands does a phenomenal job narrating the story. Felt like sitting around a campfire listening to someone tell a tale of legend and years gone by.
Ez Choi. For a somewhat minor character she had a lot of depth, seemed very real.
When Ez Choi is attacked in her lab. I liked the idea of the lab 'villan' the OBT being her savior.
Small creatures, big terror.
Must have audio book. This book would be a great read for anyone. But, it was made even better through the narration of Xe Sands. Perfect pairing of art and performer. She took the already compelling story and characters to another level.
Loved this story, filled with realistic science horrors!
Swarming ants in your pants and eating your skin off, ekk!
Not recommended for nighttime light reading..
This is a good story, if a little formulaic. I liked that the hero is a level headed woman. The genetically engineered insect as villainous weapon is great. The ants are even named appropriately! There are some serious plot holes, where normal suspension of disbelief is untenable. Like most of these stories, it always goes 3 chapters too long, with more action following what should have been the conclusion. And there is a lot of filler (how many times do we need to know that the characters ate protein bars made of crickets? And why are they constantly eating? And where are they going to the bathroom?) This reminded me of some of Lincoln Childs and Douglas Preston's earlier books, in a good way. I would listen to another of this woman's adventures.
Invasive definitely isn't the best audiobook I've listened to, but it's a solid thriller. The third act sort of drags on, but it held my interest even listening to it in a single 16 hour road trip session.
The descriptions were extremely detailed.
In general, she did, but many of the male characters were hard to tell apart. I found that there were a number of sections that ended in a mumble that I couldn't quite understand.
It's extremely gory, but not gratuitously.
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