Killing Time

Killing Time

by Caleb Carr
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Killing Time by Caleb Carr

November 2000

Killing Time

It's clear that Caleb Carr hasn't just been killing time since the overwhelming success of The Angel of Darkness -- he's been looking toward the future. His latest, Killing Time, is a big shift in direction for Carr, for instead of conjuring the past to prowl the streets of Victorian-era New York City in search of a killer, Carr delivers to readers a dark vision of the future -- the year 2023.

Even though 1984 has come and gone, it's not too late to follow in the tradition of George Orwell and H. G. Wells, by evoking the world that is to come while commenting on society today. In Killing Time, Carr imagines a world in which rampant development of technology and abuses of power have propagated misinformation and historical revision. By 2023, the world is turned upside down -- disease has blighted Africa and Asia, the global economy has crashed, and the United States has seen the assassination of a female president, Emily Forrester, in 2018.

In this turbulent new world order, Dr. Gideon Wolfe, a professor at New York's John Jay University and an expert criminologist of the new millennium, has his own world turned upside down when the widow of a murdered special-effects wizard enters his office. She hands him a silver disc from her husband's safe deposit box, hoping that Wolfe's expertise in history and criminology will compel him to track down her husband's killers. The disc contains footage of President Forrester's assassination, the same video that has been broadcast countless times on TV and over the Internet -- with one crucial, shocking difference. This version shows that before the video was released, it was altered, with sinister special effects.

This explosive discovery will lead Gideon Wolfe on an electrifying journey from the criminal underworld of New York to the jungles of Africa, on a quest to find the truth in an age when all information can be manipulated. With this novel, Carr has boldly established a new genre -- future history -- combining the best elements of mystery and thrillers with unique historical insight. Breathtakingly suspenseful, Killing Time unfolds as the work of a master novelist. You won't want to waste another second - join Caleb Carr to chat about Killing Time.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780679463320
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/01/2000
Edition description: 1 ED
Pages: 274
Product dimensions: 6.45(w) x 9.58(h) x 1.15(d)
Lexile: 1240L (what's this?)

About the Author

CALEB CARR was born in Manhattan and grew up on the Lower East Side, where he still lives. In addition to fiction, Mr. Carr writes frequently on military and political affairs. He is the series editor of the Modern Library War Series, and is a contributing editor of MHQ. He has also worked in television, film, and the theater.

Hometown:

New York, New York

Date of Birth:

August 2, 1955

Place of Birth:

New York, New York

Education:

Attended Kenyon College, 1973-75; B.A. in history, New York University, 1977

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Killing Time 2.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Caleb Carr's third novel grabs the reader's attention with its first page. Although the subject is decidely new for Carr, his writing style remains similar to the novels The Alienist and The Angel of Darkness. Killing Time grabs you from the start, and doesn't seem to let go until long after you've finished reading it. Not only does it have a fascinating story line, it also exposes the dangers that could come along with people's continued use of the internet. Some of the characters lack depth, however, which is a little sad because Carr's other novels were so detailed. My only other complaint with Killing Time is that it is too short. The ending will surprise you and make you question not only your role in this new information age, but also the ever rising cynicism about the human race. As with all of Carr's novels I recommend reading it slowly. Though it is tempting to let it become a page turner, a lot will be lost if thought is not put into the reading.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed Carr's other fiction works, 'The Alienist' and 'Angel of Darkness' both dealing with early 20th century serial killers. His foray into Science Fiction however left me wanting for another sequel to the two earlier books, instead. 'Killing Time' was not bad and I suppose for SciFi Readers maybe it was better. To be fair, I am not a big Sci Fi enthusiast. If yoiu are like me and enjoyed 'Alienist' and 'Angel of Darkness', consider 'The Poet' by Michael Connelly, instead.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a tremendous fan of Caleb Carr's, yet this did not live up to my expectations. It is quite different from The Alienist and the Angel of Darkness. Not only is this science fiction as opposed to history (note: i'm not a big fan of 'time travel' books), the plot and characters were not as captivating as his previous work. If you enjoy futuristic novels, perhaps you'll appreciate this more than me. I'll look forward to Carr's next historical thriller.
harstan More than 1 year ago
By 2023, the force of the Internet lies in misinformation and outright lies that easily fools the general public into accepting what it says as Gospel truth. Many individuals stare at their monitor in the same manner couch potatoes watched TV in the previous century. The world is a bad place where excesses have gored the environment and Mother Nature seems bushed. Few places seem pure of the IT disease, but those isolated spots mostly in Africa and Asia are breeding grounds for deadly outbreaks.

Historian and best-selling writer Gideon Wolfe learns that the assassination of President Emily Forrester five years ago was digitally altered to trick the public. The widely viewed web page containing the killing is very popular but has split an already divided nation further. Gideon tries to prove his contention only to meet a group of scientists and military experts who were the professional liars behind much of the official public misinformation floating on the Net. Now they fear their web of deceit has released the nuclear genie and unless they can rebottle it, Armageddon will follow.

The concept of KILLING TIME is brilliant with the Internet serving as an information source that contains many misleading items and outright lies that seem veracious. The 1984-like story line slows down a bit due to too many cliffhangers (sort of like a nineteenth century serial novel) disjointing the pace. However, the description of the future world and the players surfing the Internet are intelligently described and provides the entertainment that makes Caleb Carr¿s dark tale worth reading by futurologists.

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How could the man who created The Alienist write so badly. Not only bsd writing but horrendous story. Could pass for an offering from a high school creative writing class. What professional writer keeps saying: And what happened next will astound you? Caleb, come on!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
'I really liked the premise of this book. It was based on a thought provoking question: have the information age and technology become the major downfalls of our civilization? Can we use those same technology and information abilities to show mankind how we have been decieved? Although the author's story revolved around these 'information terrorists' and their escapades I kept wondering, 'Where was the editor?' and I wondered why he portrayed the main character, Gideon, as decisionally incompetent when the author seemed to think he was the common sense strain of the story. I don't feel the story was very thought out. The book was originally intended as a serial story in a publication and possibly that is why it seemed very jumbled with too much information crammed into a tiny space. I read as far as 75 pages from the end. My fellow book club members did not care for it either and they all stated it seemed the author ended the book with a 'it's time to end it, what is a quick way I can do it?' manner.'
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mr Carr picks up the ponderous pace of his historical novels to warn us about the uncritical love of information. Malcolm is remniscent of Captain Nemo, but several social issues are reasonably extrapolated. The quick pace makes for an easy read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I hadn't read a Caleb Carr book in a while and was pleasantly surprised to run across 'Killing Time' in the local library. Things became less pleasant once I started reading. It was quite apparent throughout the book that Carr was simply wrapping his own social commentary in trite science-fiction devices. It's the closest I've come in a very long time to putting a book down before I finished it. One can only hope that Carr has given up on writing serial science-fiction and is tucked away somewhere working on his next brilliant historical piece.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Carr is an exceptional historian, but really lousy at this furturistic stuff
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book, at first interesting and alarming, is extremely dissapointing at the end. Essentially, it is a rewrite of Verne's 7000 leagues under the sea, with sex. It is also a little like other pulps of years ago. But the ending is just awful, and ruins the somewhat promising dystophian future story. I was caught up in it, but very annoyed at the ending.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was very disappointed with this book. Nowhere near the quality of his first two novels, Mr. Carr's vision of the future makes for a fast read, but not much else. There is, however, an eerie undertone given the recent events in Afghanistan.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I couldn't wait to read this book after reading Carr's Alienist and Angel of Darkness. I loved those books but was very disappointed in this one. Carr seems to have a knack for writing historical novels and should stick to them. I would not recommend this book to anyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been an avid fan of Caleb Carr's from the moment I picked up The Alienist making it difficult for me to admit I found this book to be disappointing. Carr breaks format creating a story about our future. In doing so, he lacks the ability to create the in-depth historical pictures that he presented so well in his first two novels. The reader does not get the level of intimacy with the characters as previously accomplished. I can't say I cared about any of these characters or what happened to them. Overall, the story was not awful, but I did not find it to be up to par with his previous work. I wouldn't deter Carr's fans from reading this book, but I do advise that you may be disappointed by the expectation.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Caleb Carr, author of such incredible time-bending murder mysteries as 'The Alienist' and 'Angel of Darkness', tries travelling again, only this time forward...into a world that is ripe for war and gullibility, it seems. 'Killing Time' is based on the premise that the world depends almost solely on the internet and television for its information and news, and that every individual is gullible enough to believe all that they find in their apparently endless thirst for knowledge and the latest information. And of course, these poor souls depend on the infallibility of the world wide web to be truthful, even as easily manipulated as it is. That a band of renegades, zipping through space, is messing with the world's news sources by digital reconfiguring of historical 'facts, turning information into propaganda, misinformation and nasty rumour, is the plot device that Carr uses to lure us in. Unfortunate for the reader, because while this literary ploy allows the author to create numerous interesting situations in a relatively small number of pages, it never allows the reader to fully grasp the emotional depth of the characters themselves, nor care about them in the manner one wants to. Carr's writing ability is still one of the best around, this fatal flaw in the story itself is what causes ultimate disbelief and disinterest from those he relies on to sell books. The story poses a lot of intriguing 'what if's', but those are shallow points to be able to hang onto with any real interest..and it makes the story seem shallow and somewhat pointless. The tale does serve as a prophetic warning to the souls who reside in this day and age...don't believe everything you read. Too bad that this adage applies as well to 'Killing Time'.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Did I miss something? In the beginning I was intrigued by this book, wondering where it was going and what it was going to say. Well, I¿m still wondering. Mr. Carr must have wanted to shake he reputation for writing stories set in the past really bad! Well he did get the last of that sentence right, really bad. There is no real point to this story. The writing is not bad and he does have a good beginning characterization. But, for the most part, the reader only gets a superficial look at the characters. The ending was dismal. Almost like the author say, ¿well that is enough pages, I need to end this thing `. I really hope that Mr. Carr doesn¿t plan on another one of these ¿future¿ books. Please Mr. Carr, go back to the 1800¿s. Those books are wonderful. You are at your best in that time. And please readers don¿t waste your time on this book. Let alone your money.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I expected more from Caleb Carr after his other two works of fiction. This one reads like Jules Verne meets Sheri Tepper. Both lose. He took a short story premise and spun it into narrative that does not work on any level. This is just not worth reading. On this one, Carr was the victim of bad advice from his editors.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved The Alienist and The Angel of Darkness, so I rushed out to get the hardcover of this latest Caleb Carr novel. Would that I had waited and saved myself the money. Reading like a mix of '20,000 Leagues Under the Sea' and a sixth grade creative writing project, with cardboard characters and simplistic science, the novel moseys along and goes no where. The plot is moved along by neat things that the good guys ship can do. Not enough to make a story, Caleb. This book is trite and boring. I am incredibly surprised to see ANY positive reviews from other readers. Everyone should avoid this book like the plague. I won't even lend this to anyone. I would feel awful subjecting anyone to the torture of this book. And, to be quite honest, in all the time I have had this book I have still not reached the end. I don't think that I ever will -- time is too precious to waste on something so awfully, awfully bad.
Guest More than 1 year ago
the characters and information are very realistic ,the book is one you couldn't get enough off ,i hope these character reappear in another novel soon,excellently writtn
Guest More than 1 year ago
Captain Nemo meets the Time Machine might be a better title for this major disappointment from Caleb Carr, who set my head to spinning with his magnificent historical thrillers The Alienist and it's sequel, The Angel of Darkness. Apparently, Carr penned this details-lacking novella to be some sort of series ofpublished installments in a magazine but someone got the not bright idea to print it in book form. BAD mistake. The characters lack substance and the techtronics referenced lack any substantive basis in scientific reality or detail. We are given many realities but no explanation why a thing is so, how it occurred or even why. Your average, creative high school writer could have come up with the details lacking plot of a semi-mad super brain and his flying Nautilus. Even details of what the super ship looks like are vague. Carr has tried and failed to build on the master, Jules Verne. For super sci-fi time travel, try Timeline by Michael Crighton. For good, period mystery and detectiving, look towards Owen Parry and Faded Coat of Blue. Caleb....for all our sakes, please get back to the genre you're so good at.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ofttimes, when an author reads his or her own work a heightened understanding, a richer intent is added. Such is the case with Caleb Carr's latest, 'Killing Time.' Mr. Carr imbues his rendering with a chilling sureness. The author's first two novels, 'The Alienist' and 'The Angels Of Darkness' were set during New York City's Gilded Age. This time out Mr. Carr takes the reader some years hence - the year 2023 to be exact when Dr. Gideon Wolfe, a professor and criminal profiler comes upon a photo of a recent presidential assassination that has been digitally altered. In Dr. Wolfe's day public opinion is largely dictated by the Internet. Opposing sides are vying for popular favor. 'Information,' as Mr. Carr has pointed out, 'is a double-edged sword. You have to know how to look underneath it.' In addition to information and its dispersal, 'Killing Time' also tackles financial uncertainty, a depletion of natural resources, and mass murder. It's a rather fearsome but fascinating take on the Information Age - read superbly by the author.