The Human Blend (Tipping Point Series #1)

The Human Blend (Tipping Point Series #1)

by Alan Dean Foster
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The Human Blend (Tipping Point Series #1) by Alan Dean Foster

BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Alan Dean Foster's Body, Inc.

In this first novel of a thrilling new series set in our near future, New York Times bestselling author Alan Dean Foster reveals a place where criminals are punished through genetic engineering and body manipulation—and poses profound questions about what it means to be human.


Given his name because radical surgery has reduced him to preternatural thinness, Whispr is a thug. In a dark alley in Savannah, Whispr and his partner in crime, Jiminy Cricket, murder what they take to be a random tourist in order to steal his artificial hand. But the victim is also carrying an unusual silver thread, which Whispr and Jiminy grab as well.

Chance later deposits a wounded Whispr at the clinic of Dr. Ingrid Seastrom. Powerful forces have been searching for Whispr since he acquired the mysterious thread, and Jiminy has vanished. All Whispr wants to do is sell the thread, and when he offers to split the profits with Ingrid, she makes an astonishing discovery. So begins the formidable partnership between the Harvard-educated physician and the street-smart thief—as long as they can elude the enhanced assassins that are tracking them.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345523051
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/23/2010
Series: Tipping Point Series , #1
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 273,266
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Alan Dean Foster has written in a variety of genres, including hard science fiction, fantasy, horror, detective, Western, historical, and contemporary fiction. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller Star Wars: The Approaching Storm and the popular Pip & Flinx novels, as well as novelizations of several films including Transformers, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Star Wars, the first three Alien films, and Alien Nation. His novel Cyber Way won the Southwest Book Award for Fiction in 1990, the first science fiction work ever to do so. Foster and his wife, JoAnn Oxley, live in Prescott, Arizona, in a house built of brick that was salvaged from an early-twentieth-century miners’ brothel. He is currently at work on several new novels and media projects.


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The Human Blend (Tipping Point Series) 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Mankind bickered over whether climate change was voodoo until it became too late to stop the catastrophes that placed major port cities under the sea. In this new world order that includes Mars and Titan, still dependent on personal finances, humans choose between remaining a "natural" unmodified person and a "meld" altered with natural or mechanical augmentations. Two thieves work with a body parts dealer by killing victims and harvesting parts for resale on the black market. Their latest kill looks worth a fortune as the victim had an expensive prosthetic hand and a metallic thread attached to a data port. However, the cops interrupt their dealing, which leads to the two thugs fleeing separately; one with the hand and the other the thread. Dr. Ingrid Seastrom remains a natural whose career is thriving. She also performs the government mandated house calls where she treats a teenage girl with a bad meld; however, during her fixing the botched job Ingrid finds a miniature device implanted in the teen. She begins to study the gizmo that her patient did not know was inside her when she meets a patient Whispr the thief who has Police micro-tracking units and a thread inside him. The odd couple teams up on an investigation to learn the truth while also eluding the cops who are coming for them. The first Tipping Point futuristic science fiction mystery provides a strong world view, but that proves a two edged sword as Alan Dean Foster's vision is incredibly deep reaching literally to the bone marrow, but in turn it takes up more than half the book before accelerating. Whispr and Ingrid are a fascinating pairing, but so far obviously are not Pip and Flinx. Still in spite of the slow early pace, readers who prefer a fully developed setting will want to join the doctor and the thief as they investigate what is going on.
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matrixh2 More than 1 year ago
Alan Dean Foster hits the mark yet again with "Human Blend", proving why he's been a NY Times best selling author. The story line plays off modern fears of Global Warming, genetic manipulation and the ever-present journalistic theme of "big bad corporations". ADF's writing style lends itself to an enjoyable, rather "easy' reading experience ... although the multiple global location settings sometimes result in quite a lot of characters to keep track of. Overall, I really liked this book. Rushed to read #2 in the "Tipping Point Trilogy" (Body, Inc.) and can't wait to read book #3 "The Sum of Her Parts" when it's released next year.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The premise is awesome, the story line is good. I am glad I did not pick up the first book until a couple weeks ago. It will become a three volume single story. Book 2 does not hold up by itself as a single story. Even with it all I can hardly wait for book 3 to come out. I hope this story line closes out, I also hope there is a book 4, 5 and more, each a separate plot fitting into the whole. I
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heyne614 More than 1 year ago
In what essentially is an unfinished mystery novel, Alan Dean Foster creates an intricate and fascinating world where body augmentation, both functional and aesthetic, is accepted. The book does not end in a tidy manner, but as it is billed as the first of a series, this could be expected. Looking forward to #2.
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Stinkypants More than 1 year ago
A book has an ending. Not this book, but all OTHER books in the world. A trilogy consists of 3 parts of a continuous story. The author always (as far as I know until NOW), has a mini wrap up ending to the individual books while still leaving the story open for the next one. Not here. I just finished The Human Blend and spent a good 20 minutes first yelling that I thought the book was defective and missing pages, then infuriated that I'd wasted my time getting into a story that's not done, then looking online to see if anyone else has this problem. I mean, it JUST ENDS. And the author, on his website, says he MEANT TO DO THAT. I quote, "It's always difficult when a trilogy is written as a single continuous narrative and the first and second books are not written with individual endings. " Yeah, because THAT'S NOT HOW YOU DO IT! I mean, if the first and second book have no individual endings, all you have is an incomplete book that somehow you managed to get published. Like, 'oh, I could use some money but I can't wait to FINISH this book, I'll just publish the first bit, say it will be a trilogy, write no ending, and collect a paycheck.' So, in short, if you MUST read this, wait till all three are out unless you're a glutton for abrupt and terrible non-end endings.
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