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Zed is an agent from the future. A time when the world's problems have been solved. No hunger. No war. No despair. His mission is to keep it that way. Even if it means ensuring every cataclysm throughout history runs its course-especially The Great Conflagration, an imminent disaster in our own time that Zed has been ordered to ...
Zed is an agent from the future. A time when the world's problems have been solved. No hunger. No war. No despair. His mission is to keep it that way. Even if it means ensuring every cataclysm throughout history runs its course-especially The Great Conflagration, an imminent disaster in our own time that Zed has been ordered to protect at all costs. But what will happen when Zed's present begins to take precedence over a perfect future? One that may have more cracks than he realizes?
THE REVISIONISTS puts a fresh spin on today's global crises, playing with the nature of history and our own role in shaping it. It firmly establishes Mullen as one of the most exciting and imaginative writers of his generation.
"An imaginative, elegant work of literary sci-fi, set in modern-day Washington, D.C....What transpires in the final act is as powerful for its well-paced revelations as it is for the ethical questions it raises."—Los Angeles Magazine
"An extraordinary trip to the near future ... Questions of fate vs. free will, utopia, versus reality, and the implications of a world without racial and ethnic lines add terrific human depth to the whiz-bang gadgetry of Mullen's imagined world ... a very highbrow spin on the spy novel and science fiction."—Atlanta Magazine
"The Revisionists is a devious and absorbing novel that challenges the reader at every turn. I loved it."—Olen Steinhauer, author of the New York Times bestsellers The Tourist and Nearest Exit
"Sharp as razors, savage and immense in its power and weird beauty."—Warren Ellis, author of RED, Crooked Little Vein, and Transmetropolitan
"Mullen is a skilled storyteller ... [THE REVISIONISTS is] much more than a page-turning techno-thriller. It also serves as a vehicle for ... an indictment of avoidable human folly leading to wars year after year, decade after decade, century after century."—The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"A compelling and complex page-turner, a paranoid thriller for the post-9/11 age."—CNN.com
"Mullen explores the ethical implications of time travel in this excellent thriller set in the near future...The complex concatenation of events that follows make this book a one-sitting read despite its length."—Publishers Weekly, starred review
"An outstanding dystopic novel."—Library Journal (starred review)
"Award-winning novelist Mullen's intriguing thriller...serves up a heaping helping of paranoia."—Booklist"Such a unique, original story could only come from a unique, original mind--Thomas Mullen's."—Alex Tse, co-screenwriter of Watchmen
"A peek at a future that is both exciting and terrifying."—Brian Wood, Eisner Award-nominated author of Channel Zero, Demo, and DMZ
"Remarkable ... Brilliant ... nerve-shredding ... time and again, Mullen's suspenseful storytelling pulls us forward."—The New York Times Book Review, on The Last Town on Earth (Editor's Choice)
"Extraordinary."—People, on The Last Town on Earth (Four stars out of four)
"Stunning, intense, and deeply satisfying."—Los Angeles Times, on The Many Deaths of the Firefly Brothers
"Mullen . . . wraps up this evocative Depression-era gangster tale in an unexpectedly surrealistic package, elevating it far above recycled melodrama status . . . Mullen is to be commended for taking literary risks in this genre-bending crime thriller."—Booklist, on The Many Deaths of the Firefly Brothers
You might think Zed is a light-skinned black guy. In fact he's from a future world in which race, ethnicity and the attendant conflicts have been eliminated. He's time-traveled back to our post-9/11 world to blend in with the "contemps" and execute his mission. Zed's job is to stop other time travelers ("hags," or historical agitators) from revising history. He will protect the Events that lead to the terrible but inevitable Great Conflagration. This is all very portentous, but you don't have to take it seriously. Eventually Mullen tires of straddling two worlds, the hags fade away and he focuses more on the contemps and a very conventional tale of corporate machinations. The opening finds Zed in Washington, at a parking lot near the Potomac. He takes out two hags who are trying to prevent the abduction of an investigative reporter. From here on the story takes baby steps. The reporter's disappearance will not surface in the media until the halfway point, and the identity of his abductors will only be revealed at the end. Besides Zed, Mullen introduces three other protagonists. Leo, ex CIA, is a spy with a conscience, tracking WikiLeaks-type subversives for a shadowy corporate outfit. Tasha is a corporate lawyer determined to ferret out the circumstances of her brother's death in combat overseas. And Sari is a virtual slave, an Indonesian maid for a Korean diplomat and his abusive wife. The four will bump up against each other. Along the way there will be misunderstandings, tailings and more abductions.
Mullen's novel has attracted, magnet-like, all the clichés of the genre.
Posted November 30, 2011
Thomas Mullen creates a frightening world where the government has outsourced so much of its intelligence work that the outsourcees maybe have just a bit too much power and no oversight. So if they are going to use their knowledge for bad, who can stop them? One thing is for sure- this book will make you think while it entertains you with a fascinating story.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 16, 2011
The government insures history does not repeat the mistakes of the past. Thus when agent Zed's wife and daughter die in an accident, he is granted two months to grieve his loss. When his allowed mourning time ends, operatives arrive at his apartment to remove any hint they lived.
Zed understands the importance of prevention as his job is to insure the past happens but not repeated in the present. His current assignment is to go back in time to insure the early twenty-first century great Conflagration occurs by protecting the Events that led up to this calamity from the Revisionists time traveling historical agitator Hags who want to rewrite history. At a parking lot overlooking the Potomac he eliminates two Hags trying to prevent the abduction of a reporter. However, he soon finds himself butting heads with Leo the former CIA agent, Tasha the corporate lawyer grieving her loss, and Sari the Indonesian maid enslaved by a nasty Korean couple.
This thriller is a super tale in which the "perfect" future is protected at all costs to the past. Rather than trying to prevent the Event that shapes the future, Zed and the government protect the Events leading to the big one. Although there is stereotyping and hyperbole in the modern day, the spin on the world's problems is fascinating as to the victors go the Revisionists history books in which the masses numbly accept as truth even when it is harmful to those individuals. Readers will appreciate the present and future converging in DC.
Posted February 21, 2012
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Posted November 13, 2011
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Posted November 7, 2011
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