by Robert J. Sawyer

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BN ID: 2940154717523
Publisher: SFWRITER.COM Inc.
Publication date: 02/23/2017
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 727,793
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Robert J. Sawyer is the Hugo Award-winning author of Hominids, the Nebula Award-winning author of The Terminal Experiment, and the Aurora Award-winning author of FlashForward, basis for the ABC TV series. He is also the author of Calculating God, Mindscan, the WWW series—Wake, Watch and Wonder—and many other books. He was born in Ottawa and lives in Toronto.

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Frameshift 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
TadAD on LibraryThing 10 months ago
This is the only one of Sawyer's books I've tried that I can recommend. It has some wooden moments and a bit of his preachiness but, unlike some of his other works, the latter doesn't completely displace the story line. It's got a fair bit of excitement surrounding the hunt for a Nazi war criminal plus some fairly sympathetic characters.
Guide2 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
ANother good quick read, but the number of coincidences required for this book to work is a bit hard to swallow. If you can get over that, then definitely enjoyable.
kleos_aphthiton on LibraryThing 11 months ago
An entertaining story, but along the lines of one of those Law & Order episodes where a bizarre series of coincidences obscures the truth until it all becomes clear at the end. Definitely not my favorite of Sawyer's work, but not bad either.
ttavenner on LibraryThing 11 months ago
Frameshift is a bit of a slow starter. The mystery begins on the first page, but then devolves into backstory for the next 200 pages. At this point Book II begins and the story really gets complicated. The characters are engaging and endearing. You will care about them by the end of the story. and the last 50 pages contain more surpise turns than should rightfully be in one book. All of this makes Frameshift a gripping story and an exciting read.
baubie on LibraryThing 11 months ago
Frameshift is one of the poorer books I've read from Sawyer (and I've read a fair number of his books). The story follows a French Canadian geneticist who becomes entangled in Nazi war criminal, a telepath, and other crazy occurrences. Frameshift was weak in that the story required a lot of random coincidences and events for the story to flow (another review here likened it to The DaVinci Code and I'd have to agree). Furthermore, some items are just bizarre. The biggest one is that a main character can read other people's minds (this is revealed right at the start). Wow! However, it is hardly treated as anything bizarre at all. In fact, about half way through the book, her husband (the lead character) mentions that he wants to study her ability but hadn't pursued this earlier as he didn't want to prey. Um... SHE CAN READ MINDS! Furthermore, there are really two primary stories that are only loosely intertwined throughout the book. It was almost as though Sawyer had two story ideas, both based in genetics, and then just intermingled them into a single story to get a full length novel.As with all of Sawyer's books, the Canadiana is over the top in several places, although, not nearly as bad as his latest books that spend more time on Canadian soil (this book takes place primarily in California). There is also his token paragraph or two discussing whether or not there is a god.I'm on a quest to read all of Sawyer's books because I've enjoyed several of them, met him in person, and I like to support a Canadian author. Since every author has to have a "worst" book, I'm so far electing this book to fill that spot. It would be the last Sawyer book (that I've read) that I would recommend to anybody else.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Berkley, California, French-Canadian research molecular biologist Pierre Tardivel works on the Human Genome Project even as he expects to die soon due to the probability that he suffers from terminal genetic Huntington's disease. His girlfriend psychologist Molly Bond knows Pierre cares deeply for her especially since she has limited telepathic skills. When someone attacks Pierre, Molly realizes that an unknown person hired the assailant to kill Pierre. --- Both wonder why he would be the victim of an assassination attempt. Pierre does what he does best, conduct research seeking trends. He soon learns that his health insurance provider Condor has had an abnormally high number of deaths of those members with potentially expensive health costs that they would have to cover. At the same time Molly, wanting an offspring of Pierre, but unable to conceive naturally accepts the kind offer from Pierre's boss, Nobel Prize winner Burian Klimus to have an IVF impregnation. However, Burian uses the opportunity to test something different as he impregnates Molly with DNA extracted from the remains of a Neanderthal at the same time the Justice Department Agent Avi Meyer warns Pierre that his superior may be Ivan the Terrible of Treblinka infamy. --- This is a reprint of an exciting action-packed medical thriller that grips the audience from the moment readers meet Pierre and never slows down until the final twist. The story line in some ways will remind the audience of Rosemary¿s baby except the devil is am amoral human using modern science to impregnate the innocent woman. Though the ties back to Treblinka seem forced and add nothing (Klimus can be a modern day scientist with no ethics without the concentration camp résumé), readers will finish this thriller in one exciting sitting. --- Harriet Klausner
Guest More than 1 year ago
A good read up until about halfway through. The science and tech parts are just right, and no punches are pulled. But after then, Sawyer's desire to make a political point about the health care system entirely hijacks the book, and murders the plot's plausibility. There were also a few too many convenient plot holes (good thing for the plot that Pierre happened to pick that very HMO, instead of the umpteen million others...). But not a bad book, and worth a read.