Flash [NOOK Book]

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Return to the future of Archform: Beauty. In the twenty-fourth century, Earth is vastly changed. Ecological and biological catastrophe have raged across the planet, but for the survivors, it is a world of plenty. Even the poorest live in abundance, and the upper class -- the ascendant -- command technological marvels.

Ten years ago, Jonat deVrai was a rising star in the Marines. But he shocked his superiors by walking away from the Corps ...
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Overview


Return to the future of Archform: Beauty. In the twenty-fourth century, Earth is vastly changed. Ecological and biological catastrophe have raged across the planet, but for the survivors, it is a world of plenty. Even the poorest live in abundance, and the upper class -- the ascendant -- command technological marvels.

Ten years ago, Jonat deVrai was a rising star in the Marines. But he shocked his superiors by walking away from the Corps after witnessing atrocity and hypocrisy during the Reclamation of Guyana. Starting his life over, he established himself as the world's expert on the effectiveness of "prod"-- product placement, the only advertising which viewers will allow through the sophisticated filters they all use against unwanted intrusions on their electronic link networks. Prod, reinforced with sublims and the "res" -- resonant frequencies, a form of sonic branding -- is the wave of the future.

Jonat now advises multinational corporations on their prod campaigns, his busy life only occasionally disturbed by vivid flashbacks to his military years. Then his comfortable world is upset when the Centre for Societal Research approaches him to study the effects of res and prod on political campaigns.

After a res-heavy political rally for Laborite Republican Senatorial candidate Juan Carlismo, armed thugs jump deVrai in a parking garage. A day later, a sniper ambushes him. What looked like a safe, lucrative contract has suddenly turned dangerous. The stakes raise further when deVrai foils a remote-controlled cydroid assassination attempt on a Popular Democrat candidate. Cydroids built from deVrai's stolen DNA are turning up dead throughout NorAm.

Suspicion and conspiracy race around Jonat. Who wants him dead? Candidate Juan Carlismo's use of prod is skirting the limits of legality. The Centre has its own obscure agenda and may want deVrai as a martyr. The terrorist group PAMD is targeting ascendents in deVrai's family. And one of his clients is known for holding legendary grudges - could he have gone over the edge?

With his life on the line, deVrai must sort flash from fact before it's too late.

Flash is a blend of all-out thriller and thoughtful social, political, and technological exploration that that gets into your mind in a way even res and prod could never match.

At the publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management software (DRM) applied.


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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Down the mean streets of a future Denver a man must go, in this Chandleresque tale of corporate and political scheming and murder. Fantasy bestseller Modesitt (the Spellsong Cycle) returns to his SF setting of a federated post-U.S. North America ("the Commonocracy") run by large companies ("multilaterals") as much as by governments. Jonat deVrai, ex-Marine colonel, tries to navigate among the corporate clients who seek his product placement ad analyses. When the Centre for Societal Research asks for a similar report on a political campaign, deVrai becomes part of an elaborate plot to further corporate controls over the indentured Martian colonies. Having quit the Marines to stop being used as company muscle, deVrai turns the tables on the executives who try to exploit him, with the help of a law-enforcement AI, Central Four, and "her" humanoid clone bodies, known as cydroids. DeVrai's campaign, as befits a noir hero, has personal costs, leaving him to care for his orphaned niece and nephew. It also comes with benefits, as Central Four's principal cydroid, Paula Athene, grows to self-awareness, independence and romantic attraction. Modesitt strives for emotional rather than intellectual satisfaction. His future has much eye-pleasing chrome, but it lacks infrastructure, making the book seem more contemporary techno-thriller than SF (parents queuing up in hydrogen-powered cars to pick up their kids after school). (Sept. 15) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Another political SF yarn set in the future world of Modesitt's superior Archform: Beauty (2002). Ex-marine colonel Jonat deVrai-straight-arrow Jonat resigned his commission after witnessing atrocities, unable to stomach government duplicity and hypocrisy-is now the world's leading analyst of product-placement effectiveness. Though the effectiveness of "prod" is notoriously difficult to evaluate, Jonat is completely honest-and his system really works. A commission from the Centre for Societal Research requires him to analyze Juan Carlisimo's Senate election campaign. Perhaps illegally, Carlisimo uses "rez" (the resonant amplification of music's emotional impact) and prod to beef up his ads and campaign appearances. Thugs, apparently tied to the campaign, attempt to beat up Jonat while he investigates. After Jonat evades the lethal intentions of a sniper, he receives a deadly threat from prod biggie Abraham Vorhees, whose highly touted and expensive services Jonat's work has shown to be utterly worthless. And, while cooperating with Central Four, the intelligent computer that runs the police, Jonat exposes a powerful security firm's attempt to smuggle illegal weapons to Mars so that the ubiquitous MultiCor can suppress the revolt there. Four illegal cydroids-programmed clones that can be controlled from a distance-try to murder Jonat; another cydroid, wearing Jonat's face, assassinates his beloved sister Aliora and her husband Dierk-leaving their children in Jonat's care. The only person he can trust is an independent cydroid, Officer Paula Athene. The other officers have been suborned by the malefactors and prefer to see Jonat dead. Modesitt's abundant novelistic virtues-great charactersand plotting, impressive attention to detail-aside: this is smart, aware, provocative, and engrossing on several political, economic, and professional levels.
Booklist
"Nonstop action . . . never sidelines good world-building and characterization. . . . A marvelous thriller ...Modesitt-at his best."
Romantic Times
"Resonates with current ethical dilemmas...plenty of plot twists to satisfy the most critical mystery fan."
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Praise for Flash

"Another political yarn set in the future world of Modesitt's superior Archform: Beauty (2002). Modesitt's abundant novelistic virtues — great characters and plotting, impressive attention to detail — aside: this is smart, aware, provocative, and engrossing on several political, economic, and professional levels."-Kirkus (Starred Review)

"Nonstop action, which . . . never sidelines good world-building and characterization. . . . A marvelous thriller that plausibly extrapolates from current possibilities in IT, AI, media, and crime, it also constitutes the way for newcomers to get acquainted with Modesitt-at his best."—Booklist

"Modesitt returns to the future world of Archform: Beauty for a stand-alone tale that resonates with current ethical dilemmas. DeVrai, with his troubled past, is far more than your average one note SF hero, and his interior landscape is nearly as complicated as his adventures. There are plenty of plot twists to satisfy the most critical mystery fan, and more than enough nifty futuristic technology for hardcore SF readers. This novel doesn't fall into the trap of making futuristic Earth denizens less than human or creating complicated technology just for show....Corporate conspiracies, rigged elections and the ubiquity of advertising are just a few of the issues Modesitt takes on, and he deftly handles the complicated plot threads."

-Romantic Times

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429913959
  • Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
  • Publication date: 9/1/2004
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 197,838
  • File size: 557 KB

Meet the Author


L. E. MODESITT JR., is the bestselling author of the fantasy series The Saga of Recluce. His science fiction includes Adiamante, the Ecolitan novels, and Archform: Beauty. He lives in Cedar City, Utah.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

    more from this reviewer

    Great sf

    In the twenty-fourth century, observing his government lie and condone atrocities, former Marine officer Jonat deVrai resigned his military commission; he became an expert on product advertising. The Centre for Societal Research hires Jonat to analyze the election campaign of Juan Carlisimo to become a Senator. Jonat quickly questions the ethics and perhaps the illegal use of ¿rez', resonant amplification of music to enhance the candidate¿s message through emotional manipulation. The simple case turns nasty when thugs try to drive Jonat off the investigation.......................... At the same time Abraham Vorhees, whose services were exposed as a sham by Jonat threatens to kill his adversary. Jonat also becomes involved in a dastardly plot to smuggle illicit weapons onto Mars to smother a revolt. So when four illegal cydroids attempt to kill Jonat; he has no idea who is behind the assault that has led to the homicide of his sister and her husband. No one even his clients is trustworthy, but he must rely on someone for help so he turns to cydroid law enforcement officer Paula Athene in hopes of staying alive to raise his deceased sibling¿s children........................ Though all over the place, science fiction fans will full enjoy this wild futuristic crime thriller which condemns big government and big business as being an incestuous team interested in the furthering of their own personal needs at the cost of the masses. The story line is exciting with non-stop action as the ethical Jonat keeps landing in one deadly scene after another. Fans will appreciate this law-enforcement thriller peopled with terrific characters (A.I. included) while seeking the author¿s fabulous ARCHFORM: BEAUTY (same time, same place, same terrific writing).............................

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2014

    Ooooh

    Its good. Enjoied

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2014

    TO FLASH I LOVE IT

    1 suggeston; rarity + spike. Se.x.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2014

    Flash - Chapter Three

    Fluttershy moaned loadly as the stallion plunged into her. "Like it?" He growled. She nodded helplessly. "Good." He continued to thrust into her. Finally, he removed himself. Fluttershy glanced at him, confused. He grinned as he settled himself, his mouth right behind her sl it. He growled superiorly as his tongue grazed her cl it. Fluttershy shuddered. He started carressing her roughly, hitting her g - spot. Then, he sat up. "No! Don't go!" She protested. "You want me to make more love with you?" She nodded. "But if l spend all your love now, you won't have any more for later," the stallion grinned. "But one more thing before l spend another pony's love," he growled menacinglly. He tied her up, her pink sl it wide open and available. "Have fun with the next stallion," he laughed cruelly. He left, leaving Fluttershy, who felt public and humiliated. Suddenly, another stallion, a black one, barged in through the open door. "Ah, what have we here?" He grinned widely. "What's your name, se xy?" "Flu-Fluttershy," she stammered. "Well, l'm Caman. And you're my next stop. And your pus.sy is my di.ck's next stop," he grinned wickedly. He sniffed her sore flower. All the while Fluttershy sniffiling. "This won't do at all," he stated. He pulled out a vial filled with an unknown concoction. "Drink up," Caman ordered. "B-but, l don't want to," she argued. He put his face in hers, so close Fluttershy could smell his breath. "If you don't, l will show you no mercy, and l can't promise to leave your safety intact," Caman hissed. "Let's try that again. Drink up." This time, Fluttershy obeyed. "Good. Now just wait for it to take effect." A minute later, she got dizzy. She realized she was drugged. "You're so drugged that you will think l'm showing you mercy, but such is not the case. And that cordial also dims your senses a lot. So you can't fight back," Caman laughed cruelly. Fluttershy wondered what would become of her.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2014

    To the flash person

    Thunderstrikw is chained up at res 6 she is very new to this and doesnt have an rp place so go on and fu<_>ck her.

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  • Posted January 13, 2013

    I've read Flash twice. Better than Archform: Beauty, and not rel

    I've read Flash twice. Better than Archform: Beauty, and not related at all by characters or plot. Both books, however, had the same interesting take on impact of global warming &amp; the end of cheap oil/gas.  A good story. Many of Modesitt's heros are described as caring, but it is never really shown how that affects their actions. deVrai was a more realized character, in what is basically a SF suspense story. it. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2005

    It's already out....

    I just read this book about two days ago, and I have to admit it's far better then most of his work. I never enjoyed the Chaos and Order sagas very much, and this is far more in my taste. The book flashes between the man DeVrai working on his consulting business and his fighting life (which comes from flashbacks and current problems). Although some of the terms used such as NorAm (standing for North America) seem a little confusing at first. I found his knowledge of the Denver and Colorado region to be quite acurate. Although this isnt a romance, DeVrai's relationship with an AI and Paula are quite entertaining. Most likely one of the better books I've read so far this year.

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