Philip K. Dick Award Finalist
Bioengineer Peter Bernhardt has dedicated his life to nanotechnology, the science of manipulating matter on the atomic scale. As the founder of Biogineers, he is on the cusp of revolutionizing brain therapies with microscopic nanorobots that will make certain degenerative diseases a thing of the past. But after his research is stolen by an unknown enemy, seventy thousand people die in Las Vegas in one abominable moment. No one is more horrified than Peter, as this catastrophe sets in motion events that will forever change not only his life but also the course of human evolution.
Peter’s company is torn from his grasp as the public clamors for his blood. Desperate, he turns to an old friend, who introduces him to the Phoenix Club, a cabal of the most powerful men in the world. To make himself more valuable to his new colleagues, Peter infuses his brain with experimental technology, exponentially upgrading his mental prowess and transforming him irrevocably.
As he’s exposed to unimaginable wealth and influence, Peter’s sense of reality begins to unravel. Do the club members want to help him, or do they just want to claim his technology? What will they do to him once they have their prize? And while he’s already evolved beyond mere humanity, is he advanced enough to take on such formidable enemies and win?
About the Author
PJ Manney writes the same way she lives—with an abiding passion for exploring new, exhilarating, and utterly unique experiences. A devotedly positive futurist, she was on the board of directors of Humanity+, an international nonprofit organization that advocates the ethical use of technology to expand human capabilities. PJ has also been active in communications, public relations, and film production. To date, she has written numerous scripts for television pilots, as well as worked on shows such as Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Xena: Warrior Princess. She has lived as far afield as New York and New Zealand, and loves delving into the cultural landscape of wherever she finds herself. Whenever she’s not working on her novels, she continues to expound on her perspective of a technology-driven posthumanity while encouraging hopeful visions of the future. She lives with her husband of twenty-five years and their two children.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book intrigued me but I had to back burner it because I needed to be in the mood to read it. Sometimes you can tell a book is going to require a lot of your attention and time. This was one of those books. Peter Bernhardt thinks he has the biggest breakthrough in science in eons. His father has Alzheimers and he feels helpless because nothing that modern science does can help. He thinks his nanotechnology will correct that. What he doesn't count on is someone stealing his tech and turning it into a bio-weapon, killing thousands of people. Peter is tried in the court of public opinion and spends his time trying to hide from the media and the detective that believes he's guilty. He decides that he has to try to fix the problem and solve the case himself. In order to do that, he needs a little help from his tech. Peter gets caught up in his tech and becomes estranged from his friends, his wife, his colleagues, etc. He becomes "enhanced" and it's addicting. No one understands what he feels, sees, thinks when he's hooked in. He feels like he can become something else, become more, and in essence help his dad and other people with Alzheimers. However, he seems a little addicted and can't function without his nanobots. This book was hard to follow at times with the technical stuff. But, I took my time and re-read sections if I needed to. I didn't think it was over my head, but I think you have to have a solid grasp of technology and science to understand better. I really was blown away by the ideas that P.J. Manney uncovered. I'm sure it's not far fetched and it's in the works or parts of it already are here. It's kind of scary to think about this kind of tech, especially in the hands of terrorists. It would be amazing to be able to help people with brain diseases and disorders with the science and technology.