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Meet Dr. Gideon Wolfe, expert criminologist of the new millennium. A professor at New York's John Jay University in the year 2023, he lives in an era that has seen plague, a global economic crash, and the 2018 assassination of President Emily Forrester. In this turbulent new world order, Wolfe's life and everything he knows are turned upside down when the widow of a murdered special-effects wizard enters his office.

The widow hands him a silver disc from her husband's safety deposit box, hoping that Wolfe's expertise in history and criminology will compel him to track down her husband's killers. The disc contains footage of President Forrester's assassination, the same video that has been broadcast countless times on TV and over the internet-with one crucial, shocking difference: This version shows that before the video was released, it was altered with sinister special effects.

This explosive discovery will lead Gideon Wolfe on an electrifying journey from a criminal underworld of New York to the jungles of Africa and on a quest to find the truth in an age when all information can be manipulated. With this novel, Carr has boldly established a new genre-future history-combining the best elements of mystery and thrillers with unique historical insight. Breathtakingly suspenseful, Killing Time unfolds as the work of a master novelist.

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History in the Making
Though his background is in military history, with his bestselling thrillers The Alienist and The Angel of Darkness, Caleb Carr proved he could walk the historical-fiction walk on the streets of old New York. In Killing Time, a high-stakes technothriller that will leave your head spinning, Carr turns a new corner, conjuring up a haunting vision of the future that is as much a meditation on modern technology as it is an ominous glimpse of technology's consequences.

The year is 2023. Since the E. coli breakout of 2021, hamburgers have become a luxury, the oceans have become lifeless masses of brown sludge, and the air in New York has grown so polluted the mayor advises citizens to stay indoors for anything less than an emergency. But that's not all: A staphylococcus epidemic decimated 40 million people worldwide in 2006, and a devastating stock market crash leveled global economies in 2007. More importantly, the information age has not made good on its promise of a "free exchange of knowledge." Instead, societies have fallen victim to a "love affair with information technology," and their citizens have been virtually brainwashed by information under control of the nations' leaders. The structure of society itself has undergone an immeasurable shift, and only those countries whose poverty has kept them unwired have been spared.

But even a world in chaos can be turned upside down. Dr. Gideon Wolfe, a successful criminal profiler and professor of psychology at John Jay University in New York, is visited by the widow of John Price, the famed special-effects wizard who was murdered only days earlier. Mrs. Price gives Wolfe a computer disc with now-famous footage of President Emily Forrester's assassination, proving the footage had been tampered with and the Afghani accused of killing the president was nothing more than a digital image concealing the true culprit's identity.

A few short hours after Wolfe brings the evidence to his old friend Max Jenkins, a private detective, Jenkins is murdered. Wolfe is then swept onboard the amphibious ship of a small group of resistance fighters led by Larissa and Malcolm Tressalian, who soon catapult him into a new understanding of the world. The Tressalians reveal to him their responsibility for a number of historical "discoveries" that in recent years have discredited everything from the New Testament to human evolution to Winston Churchill. What began as mischievous tampering now threatens to yield disastrous global effects.

Reminiscent of George Orwell's 1984, with a tip of the hat to The Matrix, Killing Time combines traditional elements of the mystery and thriller with Carr's unique historical and psychological insight. Although at times Carr lapses into preaching about the dangers of runaway technology, this novel is ultimately a reflection on the vulnerability of history under the control of those in power. And although we can't predict the future for Caleb Carr, we can certainly commend him for offering us this terrifying glimpse of history in the making.

Elise Vogel is a freelance writer living in New York City.

George Magazine
Caleb Carr's mindblowing Killing Time has ruined the future for me. Now I'm going to spend the next 25 years waiting for the world to turn out exactly the way Carr eloquently imagines it in this twisted, hilarious, touching yarn that involves so many mysterious threads that I'm reading it again. Killing Time is an intimate family drama told against a global backdrop, from a born storyteller who's invented a new way to write.
George
Mind-blowing...twisted, hilarious, touching...an intimate family drama told against a global backdrop, from a born storyteller who's invented a new way to write.
Denver Post
Startling...a daring step...a book of ideas and an allegorical warning against a future that must be avoided.
Washington Post Book World
Fast-moving...a high-velocity tour of the year 2023.
USA Today
A non-stop thrill ride...Carr is a master of the cliffhanger.
Carol Memmott
Fans of Caleb Carr will be astounded by Killing Time, a techno-terrifying tale of the information age run amok. It's a high-speed connection to our most paranoid thoughts about where our wired world is heading.
USA Today
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Famous for his bestselling thrillers re-creating old New York (The Alienist; The Angel of Darkness) and trained as a military historian (The Devil Soldier), Carr leaps into the future for his third novel--and lands with a thud. Set about 25 years ahead, the first-person narrative describes the grim adventures of Gideon Wolfe, a bestselling author who joins forces with a band of outsiders intent on alerting the world to the dangers of excess information untempered by wisdom. By 2023, the Internet has multiplied wildly the ability of power possessors to deceive the general populace, resulting in a globe devastated by ecological blight and filled with near-zombies glued to computer screens. Some groups have escaped this fate--particularly those living in unwired if disease-ravaged areas of Africa and Asia--and a few, led by the enormously wealthy and brilliant brother-and-sister team of Malcolm and Larissa Tressalian, have vowed to fight it. These two, with a small crew, bring Gideon aboard their fantastic flying/diving fortress vehicle. They explain that for years they've seeded world-shaking disinformation--for instance, that Winston Churchill plotted the outbreak of WWI and that St. Paul advocated lying about the life and miracles of Jesus in order to spread the faith. They've planned to reveal these hoaxes as such, to warn about the power of disinformation, but they're stymied by both the cleverness of their own lies and by a new threat that sees one of their hoaxes lead to possible nuclear Armageddon. This book is as much didactic essay as novel, filled with preachy talk. Characters are broad but memorable, and there's some brisk action, but the suspense relies too much on forebodings and cliffhangers--no doubt because the text originally appeared as a serial in Time magazine, from November 1999 to June 2000 (it's been slightly revised for this edition). The prose Carr uses is elaborate, near-Victorian--perhaps a holdover from his other novels--and ill suits a futuristic tale. As readers navigate it, they won't be quite killing time, but they'll be wounding it for sure. (Nov.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
VOYA
In 2023, Gideon Wolfe, psychiatrist and historian, receives a disk from the widow of a famous special effects wizard. Wolfe takes it to a detective friend, and while discovering that the disk contains altered footage of the president's assassination, the detective is killed. Shocked, Wolfe begins seeking answers. During his quest, he is abducted by an invisible air (and water) craft headed by Malcolm Tressalian, the brilliant, physically handicapped son of the creator of the satellite system that supports the twenty-first century Internet. Malcolm's beautiful sister, Larissa, also on board, instantly falls in love with Wolfe. He learns that he was selected to join the members of the group and assist in their quest to alter the world by creating and manipulating information. Malcolm and Larissa, horribly abused by their parents (whom they murdered), use their father' s wealth and their talents to outwit the ruling political and economic powers that have destroyed the environment and caused worldwide wars and devastation. What follows is a hodgepodge of hectic chases and pursuits, international intrigue, and political diatribe, interspersed with Malcolm' s periodic seizures and the obligatory Wolfe-Larissa love moments, all leaving the reader asking, "What happened?" and sometimes, "Who cares?" Every conceivable science fiction device is in this novel. Additionally, the adolescent prose and caricature—not character—development are quite disappointing. The transparent ending is no improvement. This is, as one young reader stated, a "bore of a book." Although Carr's previous novels, The Alienist (Random House, 1994) and The Angel of Darkness (1997), are widely enjoyed, sympatheticfans should discourage his further attempts at science fiction. VOYA CODES: 2Q 2P J S A/YA (Better editing or work by the author might have warranted a 3Q; For the YA with a special interest in the subject; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12; Adult and Young Adult). 2000, Random House, 274p, . Ages 14 to Adult. Reviewer: Laura Woodruff SOURCE: VOYA, June 2001 (Vol. 24, No. 2)
Library Journal
Historical novelist Carr moves from the past to the future in his latest novel. The year is 2023, and narrator Dr. Gideon Wolfe, a noted criminal psychologist, has just been asked to solve the murder of a special-effects man. The victim left behind an encrypted computer disc that revealed the existence of conspiracies at the highest level. Someone out there has been manipulating information to mislead and even terrorize the public. Who are they, and why are they doing this? During the course of his investigation, Wolfe makes some unusual allies who are experts in advanced technology. Perhaps they can shed some light on the matter, before Wolfe's enemies catch up to him. As usual, Carr's well-written prose deftly combines character development and a fast-paced plot. Fans of The Alienist and Angel of Darkness won't be disappointed by this futuristic adventure. Highly recommended for all libraries. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 5/1/00.]--Laurel Bliss, Yale Univ. Lib. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
And now for something (almost) completely different from the author of the popular literary thrillers The Alienist (1994) and The Angel of Darkness (1997). Carr's bizarre cautionary tale, subtitled "A Novel of the Future" (and reminiscent of both H.G. Wells's tough-minded speculative romances and Jack London at his most engagingly deranged), examines the consequences of information overload and "image manipulation" in a craven new world in which two percent of the US population is in prison, the Balkans have re-erupted, and an ongoing war between India and Pakistan complicates international diplomacy and threatens the global community's stability, if not its survival. It's all a bit much for renowned criminologist Dr. Gideon Wolfe, whose employment by the widow of a murdered "special effects wizard" leads him to the discovery that the Afghani "terrorist" accused of the murder of US President Emily Forrester was framed by powerful anonymous vested interests. Dr. Wolfe is taken aboard an "airship" commanded by wheelchair-bound genius Malcolm Tressalian (images of Peter Sellers as Dr. Strangelove instantly leap to mind) and his gorgeous sister Larissa (an accomplished scientist and phlegmatic assassin). Wolfe gradually deciphers the full connotative meaning of the Latin epigram (Mundus vult decipi) that motivates the Tressalians' highly skilled crew, but finds he cannot share Malcolm's obsession with "the deceptions of this age, and my own attempts to reveal them through deception." The ensuing melodrama moves (in and out of earth's orbit, with the greatest of ease) from the uninhabited island of St. Kilda off the coast of Scotland to Kuala Lumpur in search of Israeli terrorist DovEshkol,thence to Moscow, and darkest Africa. Carr whizzes quickly through this entertaining nonsense in a hit-or-miss manner that's perhaps a little too compressed, especially at the rather hurried close, which (just barely) manages to suggest that Malcolm—far and away the most potentially interesting of the book's paper-thin characters—"had actually succeeded in his quest to conquer time." Fun, but awfully sketchy. Carr seems more at home in the past than in the future. Connelly, Michael A DARKNESS MORE THAN NIGHT Little, Brown (400 pp.) Jan. 2001
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780743505895
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
  • Publication date: 11/1/2000
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Abridged
  • Product dimensions: 4.98 (w) x 5.71 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Meet the Author

Caleb  Carr
CALEB CARR was born in Manhattan and grew up on the Lower East Side, where he still lives. In addition to fiction, Mr. Carr writes frequently on military and political affairs. He is the series editor of the Modern Library War Series, and is a contributing editor of MHQ. He has also worked in television, film, and the theater.

Biography

Caleb Carr was born in Manhattan and grew up on the Lower East Side, where he still lives. He attended Kenyon College and New York University, earning a degree in history. In addition to fiction, Mr. Carr writes frequently on military and political affairs and is a contributing editor of MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History. His previous books include The Alienist, The Angel of Darkness, The Devil Soldier, and The Lessons of Terror. He has also worked in television, film, and the theater.

Author biography courtesy of Random House, Inc.

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    1. Hometown:
      New York, New York
    1. Date of Birth:
      August 2, 1955
    2. Place of Birth:
      New York, New York
    1. Education:
      Attended Kenyon College, 1973-75; B.A. in history, New York University, 1977

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CHAPTER 1

SOMEWHERE IN THE MITUMBA MOUNTAIN RANGE OF CENTRAL AFRICA, SEPTEMBER 2024

We leave at daylight, so I must write quickly. All reports indicate that my pursuers are now very close: the same scouts who for the last two days have reported seeing a phantom airship moving steadily down from the northeast, setting fire to the earth as it goes, now say that they have spotted the vessel near Lake Albert. My host, Chief Dugumbe, has at last given up his insistence that I allow his warriors to help me stand and fight, and instead offers an escort of fifty men to cover my escape. Although I'm grateful, I've told him that so large a group would be too conspicuous. I'll take only my good friend Mutesa, the man who first dragged my exhausted body out of this high jungle, along with two or three others armed with some of the better French and American automatic weapons. We'll make straight for the coast, where I hope to find passage to a place even more remote than these mountains.

It seems years since fate cast me among Dugumbe's tribe, though in reality it's been only nine months; but then reality has ceased to have much meaning for me. It was a desire to get that meaning back that originally made me choose this place to hide, this remote, beautiful corner of Africa that has been forever plagued by tribal wars. At the time the brutality of such conflicts seemed to me secondary to the fact that the ancient grievances fueling them had been handed down from generation to generation by word of mouth alone; I thought this a place where I might be at least marginally sure that the human behavior around me was not being manipulated by the unseen hands of those who, throughmastery of the wondrous yet sinister technologies of our "information age," have obliterated the line between truth and fiction, between reality and a terrifying world in which one's eyes, ears, and heart can no longer be trusted.

There are no newspapers here, no televisions, and above all no computers, which means no damned Internet. Dugumbe forbids it all. His explanation for this stance is simple, though no less profound for its simplicity: information, he insists, is not knowledge. The lessons passed on from one's elders, taught by the wisest of them but recorded only in the mind, these, Dugumbe has always said, represent true knowledge. The media I've mentioned can only divert a man from such wisdom and enslave him to what Dugumbe calls the worst of all devils: confusion. There was a time when I—a man of the West, the possessor of not one but two doctorates—would have laughed at and disdained such beliefs; and in truth, during the time I've been here the laws and folklore of these people have come to trouble me deeply. Yet in a world stuffed full of deliberately warped information, of manufactured "truths" that have ignited conflicts far greater than Dugumbe's tribal struggles, I now find myself clinging to the core of the old king's philosophy even more tightly than he does.

There—I've just heard it. Distant but unmistakable: the thunderous rumble that heralds their approach. It'll appear out of the sky soon, that spectral ship; or perhaps it will rise up out of the waters of Lake Albert. And then the burning will begin again, particularly if Dugumbe attempts to forcefully resist the extraordinary brother and sister who command the vessel. Yes, time is running out, and I must write faster—though just what purpose my writing serves is not quite so clear. Is it for the sake of my own sanity, to reassure myself that it all truly happened? Or is it for some larger goal, perhaps the creation of a document that I can feed out over what has become my own devil, the Internet, and thereby fight fire with fire? The latter theory assumes, of course, that someone will believe me. But I can't let such doubts prevent the attempt. Someone must listen, and, even more important, someone must understand . . .

For it is the greatest truth of our age: information is not knowledge.


From the Hardcover edition.

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First Chapter

Somewhere in the Mitumba Mountain
Range of Central Africa, September 2024

We leave at daylight, so I must write quickly. All reports indicate that my pursuers are now very close: the same scouts who for the last two days have reported seeing a phantom airship moving steadily down from the northeast, setting fire to the earth as it goes, now say that they have spotted the vessel near Lake Albert. My host, Chief Dugumbe, has at last given up his insistence that I allow his warriors to help me stand and fight, and instead offers an escort of fifty men to cover my escape. Although I'm grateful, I've told him that so large a group would be too conspicuous. I'll take only my good friend Mutesa, the man who first dragged my exhausted body out of this high jungle, along with two or three others armed with some of the better French and American automatic weapons. We'll make straight for the coast, where I hope to find passage to a place even more remote than these mountains.

It seems years since fate cast me among Dugumbe's tribe, though in reality it's been only nine months; but then reality has ceased to have much meaning for me. It was a desire to get that meaning back that originally made me choose this place to hide, this remote, beautiful corner of Africa that has been forever plagued by tribal wars. At the time the brutality of such conflicts seemed to me secondary to the fact that the ancient grievances fueling them had been handed down from generation to generation by word of mouth alone; I thought this a place where I might be at least marginally sure that the human behavior around me was not being manipulated by the unseen hands of those who, through mastery of the wondrous yet sinister technologies of our "information age," have obliterated the line between truth and fiction, between reality and a terrifying world in which one's eyes, ears, and heart can no longer be trusted.

There are no newspapers here, no televisions, and above all no computers, which means no damned Internet. Dugumbe forbids it all. His explanation for this stance is simple, though no less profound for its simplicity: information, he insists, is not knowledge. The lessons passed on from one's elders, taught by the wisest of them but recorded only in the mind, these, Dugumbe has always said, represent true knowledge. The media I've mentioned can only divert a man from such wisdom and enslave him to what Dugumbe calls the worst of all devils: confusion. There was a time when I--a man of the West, the possessor of not one but two doctorates--would have laughed at and disdained such beliefs; and in truth, during the time I've been here the laws and folklore of these people have come to trouble me deeply. Yet in a world stuffed full of deliberately warped information, of manufactured "truths" that have ignited conflicts far greater than Dugumbe's tribal struggles, I now find myself clinging to the core of the old king's philosophy even more tightly than he does.

There--I've just heard it. Distant but unmistakable: the thunderous rumble that heralds their approach. It'll appear out of the sky soon, that spectral ship; or perhaps it will rise up out of the waters of Lake Albert. And then the burning will begin again, particularly if Dugumbe attempts to forcefully resist the extraordinary brother and sister who command the vessel. Yes, time is running out, and I must write faster--though just what purpose my writing serves is not quite so clear. Is it for the sake of my own sanity, to reassure myself that it all truly happened? Or is it for some larger goal, perhaps the creation of a document that I can feed out over what has become my own devil, the Internet, and thereby fight fire with fire? The latter theory assumes, of course, that someone will believe me. But I can't let such doubts prevent the attempt. Someone must listen, and, even more important, someone must understand . . .

For it is the greatest truth of our age: information is not knowledge.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2001

    New Place for a Wonderful Author

    Caleb Carr's third novel grabs the reader's attention with its first page. Although the subject is decidely new for Carr, his writing style remains similar to the novels The Alienist and The Angel of Darkness. Killing Time grabs you from the start, and doesn't seem to let go until long after you've finished reading it. Not only does it have a fascinating story line, it also exposes the dangers that could come along with people's continued use of the internet. Some of the characters lack depth, however, which is a little sad because Carr's other novels were so detailed. My only other complaint with Killing Time is that it is too short. The ending will surprise you and make you question not only your role in this new information age, but also the ever rising cynicism about the human race. As with all of Carr's novels I recommend reading it slowly. Though it is tempting to let it become a page turner, a lot will be lost if thought is not put into the reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2000

    Good but no 'Alienist'

    I thoroughly enjoyed Carr's other fiction works, 'The Alienist' and 'Angel of Darkness' both dealing with early 20th century serial killers. His foray into Science Fiction however left me wanting for another sequel to the two earlier books, instead. 'Killing Time' was not bad and I suppose for SciFi Readers maybe it was better. To be fair, I am not a big Sci Fi enthusiast. If yoiu are like me and enjoyed 'Alienist' and 'Angel of Darkness', consider 'The Poet' by Michael Connelly, instead.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2006

    Not Carr's best

    I am a tremendous fan of Caleb Carr's, yet this did not live up to my expectations. It is quite different from The Alienist and the Angel of Darkness. Not only is this science fiction as opposed to history (note: i'm not a big fan of 'time travel' books), the plot and characters were not as captivating as his previous work. If you enjoy futuristic novels, perhaps you'll appreciate this more than me. I'll look forward to Carr's next historical thriller.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Exciting dark futuristic SF

    By 2023, the force of the Internet lies in misinformation and outright lies that easily fools the general public into accepting what it says as Gospel truth. Many individuals stare at their monitor in the same manner couch potatoes watched TV in the previous century. The world is a bad place where excesses have gored the environment and Mother Nature seems bushed. Few places seem pure of the IT disease, but those isolated spots mostly in Africa and Asia are breeding grounds for deadly outbreaks. <P>Historian and best-selling writer Gideon Wolfe learns that the assassination of President Emily Forrester five years ago was digitally altered to trick the public. The widely viewed web page containing the killing is very popular but has split an already divided nation further. Gideon tries to prove his contention only to meet a group of scientists and military experts who were the professional liars behind much of the official public misinformation floating on the Net. Now they fear their web of deceit has released the nuclear genie and unless they can rebottle it, Armageddon will follow. <P>The concept of KILLING TIME is brilliant with the Internet serving as an information source that contains many misleading items and outright lies that seem veracious. The 1984-like story line slows down a bit due to too many cliffhangers (sort of like a nineteenth century serial novel) disjointing the pace. However, the description of the future world and the players surfing the Internet are intelligently described and provides the entertainment that makes Caleb Carr¿s dark tale worth reading by futurologists. <P>Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2013

    From the brilliant Alienist to this trash

    How could the man who created The Alienist write so badly. Not only bsd writing but horrendous story. Could pass for an offering from a high school creative writing class. What professional writer keeps saying: And what happened next will astound you? Caleb, come on!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2012

    Doucher

    Total doucher

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2007

    A good concept but fell short...way short.

    'I really liked the premise of this book. It was based on a thought provoking question: have the information age and technology become the major downfalls of our civilization? Can we use those same technology and information abilities to show mankind how we have been decieved? Although the author's story revolved around these 'information terrorists' and their escapades I kept wondering, 'Where was the editor?' and I wondered why he portrayed the main character, Gideon, as decisionally incompetent when the author seemed to think he was the common sense strain of the story. I don't feel the story was very thought out. The book was originally intended as a serial story in a publication and possibly that is why it seemed very jumbled with too much information crammed into a tiny space. I read as far as 75 pages from the end. My fellow book club members did not care for it either and they all stated it seemed the author ended the book with a 'it's time to end it, what is a quick way I can do it?' manner.'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2004

    A Change of Pace

    Mr Carr picks up the ponderous pace of his historical novels to warn us about the uncritical love of information. Malcolm is remniscent of Captain Nemo, but several social issues are reasonably extrapolated. The quick pace makes for an easy read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2003

    Carr should stick to history.

    I hadn't read a Caleb Carr book in a while and was pleasantly surprised to run across 'Killing Time' in the local library. Things became less pleasant once I started reading. It was quite apparent throughout the book that Carr was simply wrapping his own social commentary in trite science-fiction devices. It's the closest I've come in a very long time to putting a book down before I finished it. One can only hope that Carr has given up on writing serial science-fiction and is tucked away somewhere working on his next brilliant historical piece.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2002

    WHEN CAN WE EXPECT THE MOVIE?

    AFTER THE FIRST FEW PAGES, IT SEEMED TO ME THAT CALEB CARR WROTE THIS BOOK IN HOPES IT WOULD BE MADE INTO A MOVIE. I COULD ALMOST VISUALIZE THE SCENES OF DESTRUCTION AND HIGH-TECH GADGETRY THAT HAVE BECOME POPULAR IN TODAY'S MOVIES. I FINISHED THE BOOK, BUT WAS OVERALL DISAPPOINTED, ESPECIALLY THE IMPLAUSIBLE ENDING WHICH SEEMED INCONSISTENT WITH THE BEGINNING. I'TS HARD TO BELIEVE THAT THIS IS THE SAME AUTHOR THAT WROTE 'THE ALIENIST'.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2002

    Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah

    Carr is an exceptional historian, but really lousy at this furturistic stuff

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2002

    At last! A new version of 7000 leagues under the sea

    This book, at first interesting and alarming, is extremely dissapointing at the end. Essentially, it is a rewrite of Verne's 7000 leagues under the sea, with sex. It is also a little like other pulps of years ago. But the ending is just awful, and ruins the somewhat promising dystophian future story. I was caught up in it, but very annoyed at the ending.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2002

    Very disappointing

    I couldn't wait to read this book after reading Carr's Alienist and Angel of Darkness. I loved those books but was very disappointed in this one. Carr seems to have a knack for writing historical novels and should stick to them. I would not recommend this book to anyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2002

    Not Like the First Two

    I was very disappointed with this book. Nowhere near the quality of his first two novels, Mr. Carr's vision of the future makes for a fast read, but not much else. There is, however, an eerie undertone given the recent events in Afghanistan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2001

    A disappointing junior try

    I have been an avid fan of Caleb Carr's from the moment I picked up The Alienist making it difficult for me to admit I found this book to be disappointing. Carr breaks format creating a story about our future. In doing so, he lacks the ability to create the in-depth historical pictures that he presented so well in his first two novels. The reader does not get the level of intimacy with the characters as previously accomplished. I can't say I cared about any of these characters or what happened to them. Overall, the story was not awful, but I did not find it to be up to par with his previous work. I wouldn't deter Carr's fans from reading this book, but I do advise that you may be disappointed by the expectation.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2001

    Huh! I Don't Get It?

    Did I miss something? In the beginning I was intrigued by this book, wondering where it was going and what it was going to say. Well, I¿m still wondering. Mr. Carr must have wanted to shake he reputation for writing stories set in the past really bad! Well he did get the last of that sentence right, really bad. There is no real point to this story. The writing is not bad and he does have a good beginning characterization. But, for the most part, the reader only gets a superficial look at the characters. The ending was dismal. Almost like the author say, ¿well that is enough pages, I need to end this thing `. I really hope that Mr. Carr doesn¿t plan on another one of these ¿future¿ books. Please Mr. Carr, go back to the 1800¿s. Those books are wonderful. You are at your best in that time. And please readers don¿t waste your time on this book. Let alone your money.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2001

    AUTHOR'S READING ADDS TO UNDERSTANDING

    Ofttimes, when an author reads his or her own work a heightened understanding, a richer intent is added. Such is the case with Caleb Carr's latest, 'Killing Time.' Mr. Carr imbues his rendering with a chilling sureness. The author's first two novels, 'The Alienist' and 'The Angels Of Darkness' were set during New York City's Gilded Age. This time out Mr. Carr takes the reader some years hence - the year 2023 to be exact when Dr. Gideon Wolfe, a professor and criminal profiler comes upon a photo of a recent presidential assassination that has been digitally altered. In Dr. Wolfe's day public opinion is largely dictated by the Internet. Opposing sides are vying for popular favor. 'Information,' as Mr. Carr has pointed out, 'is a double-edged sword. You have to know how to look underneath it.' In addition to information and its dispersal, 'Killing Time' also tackles financial uncertainty, a depletion of natural resources, and mass murder. It's a rather fearsome but fascinating take on the Information Age - read superbly by the author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2001

    Extremely Disappointing

    I expected more from Caleb Carr after his other two works of fiction. This one reads like Jules Verne meets Sheri Tepper. Both lose. He took a short story premise and spun it into narrative that does not work on any level. This is just not worth reading. On this one, Carr was the victim of bad advice from his editors.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2001

    the book is one to share

    the characters and information are very realistic ,the book is one you couldn't get enough off ,i hope these character reappear in another novel soon,excellently writtn

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2001

    A Good Writer Fails

    I absolutely loved The Alienist and The Angel of Darkness, so I rushed out to get the hardcover of this latest Caleb Carr novel. Would that I had waited and saved myself the money. Reading like a mix of '20,000 Leagues Under the Sea' and a sixth grade creative writing project, with cardboard characters and simplistic science, the novel moseys along and goes no where. The plot is moved along by neat things that the good guys ship can do. Not enough to make a story, Caleb. This book is trite and boring. I am incredibly surprised to see ANY positive reviews from other readers. Everyone should avoid this book like the plague. I won't even lend this to anyone. I would feel awful subjecting anyone to the torture of this book. And, to be quite honest, in all the time I have had this book I have still not reached the end. I don't think that I ever will -- time is too precious to waste on something so awfully, awfully bad.

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