The Revisionists : Library Edition

The Revisionists : Library Edition

by Thomas Mullen, Robert Fass
     
 

A fast-paced literary thriller that recalls dystopian classics such as 1984 and Fahrenheit 451, from the award-winning author of The Last Town on Earth.

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

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A fast-paced literary thriller that recalls dystopian classics such as 1984 and Fahrenheit 451, from the award-winning author of The Last Town on Earth.

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.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal - Library Journal
"The past was gone." When Zed's wife and daughter die in a car accident, the government gives him two months to mourn. Then agents appear at his apartment and remove all trace of them—their pictures and clothing, computer files, his daughter's teddy bear. They even take the clothing his wife had bought him. Zed lives in a world that is traumatized by memories of a terrifying past and determined to prevent that past from occurring again. Through time travel, Zed is sent back to our present time to ensure that nobody gets in the way of a soon-to-happen conflagration that ultimately leads to his own amnesiac future. This is either a novel about a horrifying future in which dissent is crushed before it starts and history is altered to fit the present, or an equally horrific present in which corporate interests and lawmakers collude and the apparatus of enforcement is progressively outsourced. Maybe it's about both. VERDICT Mullen (The Many Deaths of the Firefly Brothers) has crafted an outstanding dystopic novel, but, surprise!, the dystopia includes today. [See Prepub Alert, 3/14/11.]—David Keymer, Modesto, CA
Kirkus Reviews - Kirkus Reviews
Mullen (The Many Deaths of the Firefly Brothers, 2010, etc.) ventures into espionage for his creaky, overly ambitious third novel.

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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781611133240
Publisher:
Sound Library
Publication date:
10/01/2011

Meet the Author

Thomas Mullen is the author of The Last Town on Earth, which was named Best Debut Novel of 2006 by USA Today and was awarded the James Fenimore Cooper Prize for excellence in historical fiction, and The Many Deaths of the Firefly Brothers. His books have been named Best of the Year by such publications as the Chicago Tribune, USA Today, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Onion, and Amazon.com. He lives with his wife and sons in Atlanta.

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