State of Mind

State of Mind

by Sven Michael Davison

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ISBN-13: 9780966614923
Publisher: Bedouin Press
Publication date: 03/01/2011
Pages: 402
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)

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State of Mind 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
ChristaJLS on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In order to save his career Detective Travissi sign on the lead the Enhanced Unit for Homeland Security. The implantation of the P-Chip allows his to access information in a way that previously has only been dreamed of. Crimes that would've taken months, if not years, to solve are now taken care of in a couple of days. Sounds fantastic, until Jake starts experiencing some pretty vivid and horrific images. As he continues his work for Homeland Security, he realizes these may not be random images and he discovers a conspiracy that goes deeper than he (or the reader) could've possible imagined.This book takes place in 2030. Since that is less that twenty years away, a number of the characters were alive in our current time period. As a result there are a number of references to current pop culture (ex: Lady Gaga's Poker Face is referred to a cheesy oldie). I found these references a little silly and unnecessary. I also found that they took away from the futuristic setting the novel takes place in. Thankfully, however, as the plot thickens these references seem to stop and it becomes much easier to get lost in the story. The story centres around Jake Travissi, a man that fulfils all the characteristics of an everyday man turned hero. Though he's not perfect you find yourself rooting for him and hoping he discovers the truth in time. His fellow agents ¿ Parks and Koren are also excellent characters, relate-able and engaging. Alternatively, the ¿bad guys¿ don't have as much depth as the aforementioned characters so they feel interchangeable and dispensable. It would've been nice if a little more time had been spent developing them and their motives.Though a long time science fiction fan, this is really one of my first experiences in the cyberpunk genre and I thoroughly enjoyed it. There are quite of few turns and surprises. Make sure you're paying attention because it would be easy to miss some important clues. The depiction of our future, though extreme, strikes a few familiar cords. The eerie world, in which technology rules, seems to fit with the current way our society is heading. It makes you question how much faith we put in technology and how much we're willing to give up our free will and decision making power to ¿the machine¿.
hyperpat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Computer-Mind Meld As a near future techno-thriller, this book does a decent job of holding you in your seat, trying to follow all of its twists and turns while racing along through some tough, gritty, and very bloody crime scenes. Jake Travissi is our main character, a disgraced rule-bending cop who gets a chance to redeem himself by being one of the very early adopters of the P-Chip, an device implanted directly into the brain which, besides being wired up to the net, allows direct and conscious control of many of the body¿s autonomous functions, such as thermal regulation and adrenaline control. Jake loves his dog and grieves mightily for his wife and daughter, whom he witnessed being blown to bits by a bomber on a carnival merry-go-round. With his new P-Chip, Jake has the opportunity to do major damage to other creeps like his bomber, and he launches into his new career with Homeland Security with gusto. But there are some flies that quickly appear in this rosy view: are his memories real? Is he really the person he thinks he is, or is the P-Chip¿s web connection an avenue that will allow others to completely control not just his body, but his very recollections of what his body is doing?Around this scenario Davison creates a very good picture of a future world with lots of new high-tech gizmos coupled with a much higher degree of government control than currently exists, as global warming¿s effects have finally gotten serious attention and moves to ameliorate the condition, such as practically mandating the end of the gasoline driven car and laws restricting the use of air-conditioning. Beyond the world scene, Davison is bringing to the fore the question of personal freedom versus control by either the government or by those who think they are the elite and therefore have the only right answers to how the world should be run. His characterization of not just Jake but those around him is quite good, especially in the area of showing just how many people are quick to take the easy road and leave personal morality behind them. There are some areas that I thought could have been better. For the early third of the book, there is a general level of confusion about what is really going on, and a lack of definition that would have made me `see¿ the scenes, while at the same time having almost too much detail about the scientific gadgetry. Sanchez, the main player behind the manipulations, doesn¿t really become visible as more than a talking head till almost halfway in. Some of the plans that Sanchez comes up with seem overly complicated and unnecessary to achieve his goals, so much so that they started to strain my suspension of disbelief. Public acceptance of general use of P-Chip seems to happen too easily and too quickly, even with the shown heavy advertising and the positive news generated by successful crime busting by P-Chip enhanced police. This area could have used some more exposition, showing just how those who question its use are side-lined and how most people¿s fear of invasive surgery is overcome. As both a warning about loss of personal control and a promise of what might be possible in the future, this book comes across very well. It¿s a quick, page-turning read, but might have been a little better with more philosophizing and scene exposition. Reviewed by Patrick Shepherd (hyperpat)
plappen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is set in 2030 Los Angeles. It is about government mind control, and one man's attempts to fight back.Jake Travissi was thrown off the police force for upsetting the wrong people. He is let back on the force after he is implanted with a P-Chip. It lets a person do practically anything with their mind; access the Web, see things through the eyes of another P-Chip recipient, record video on to a computer hard drive and talk to other P-Chip recipients telepathically. A person can even regulate their metabolism so that they can eat and drink whatever they want and not gain weight. Jake is part of a three-man squad working for Homeland Security.Their first case is to investigate the very public murder of Dr. Veloso, a co-creator of the P-Chip. The shooter's eyes, teeth and fingerprints have been removed, making identification nearly impossible. While Jake is there, he has split-second flashes of his hands destroying the evidence. On another raid, taking out an alleged terrorist cell, Jake has more flashes of he and his colleagues doing very illegal things. He also hears voices in his head, which are the God Heads.Sandoval, the Director of Homeland Security, who commands the three-man squad (the Enhanced Unit), also runs a super-secret squad of P-Chip hackers. It is possible to take a person "offline," to shut down their higher brain functions, controlling them to do or say whatever you want, then plant false memories to make up for it. Jake begins to push back against the God Heads, killing one of them. In retaliation, Jake is kept offline for several weeks, and controlled to resign from the Enhanced Unit. He is constantly filled with feelings of depression and suicide by the God Heads. He is also turned into something of a donut addict, becoming a fat, lazy parody of a cop. Sandoval's intention in pushing the skyrocketing popularity of P-Chips is to become one of the elite who actually rule the world, while everyone else is kept happy in some artificial P-Chip world. With help from Dr. Morris, the P-Chip's other co-creator, Jake is able to do a lot more pushing back against Sandoval and the God Heads.This one is very plausible, it's more than a little spooky and it's really good. How long will it be before a cell phone, or Web browser, can be miniaturized enough to fit inside a human brain?
ForSix on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Right off the bat I¿m telling you that this novel is not my usual cup of tea. Yeah, I¿ll watch the occasional futuristic cop action/drama movie, but read a novel about the same thing? Nah, I don¿t think so. Yet here I am reviewing one.The idea of the installation of a Personal Chip directly attached to the human brain was fascinating to me. Imagine the possibilities of having the world and all its knowledge within seconds of thinking it. Imagine how amazing life could be. The P-Chip could control my emotions, adjust my metabolism so I could eat what I want and never gain a pound. It could make me sleep less, do more. Then imagine having someone hack into my brain to make me do things like murder or arm wrestle giants without my knowledge. It gave me the creeps and totally made me want to read State of Mind.There are some crazy twists and turns in this novel and the ending? One word¿WOW. I totally blew me away. There are plenty of shocking, hanging on the edge of my seat moments. My favorite part of the novel came close to the end with the mother of all twists. I¿m pretty sure I knew exactly how Jake felt, heck I didn¿t see it coming either. I really enjoyed the cast of characters. Most notable for me are Jake, the Jackhammer, our hero and overall bad ass; Parks, he idolizes Jake and whose humor is his greatest asset; Marta Padilla, the ice queen with a secret sweet spot for Jake; and Lakshmi, Jake¿s faithful dog.Overall, I really enjoyed State of Mind. Mr. Davison took the care to describe the future in a way that was very easy to visualize. I loved how some things never go out of style like a Camaro. I loved that you can¿t really break the human spirit no matter how many God Heads you have controlling you. Jake was a fighter through and through. There is a lot more in store for him and frankly, I can¿t wait to read it. As someone who doesn¿t normally read (or even like) this genre, I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. I liked the fast-paced action, the undertones of good vs. evil. I liked the conspiracy of it all, how the US is not the powerhouse of old. This is definitely the kind of story that made me think and keep thinking long after I put the book down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So you get a chip installed in your head and think it is going to make your job 100% easier...only to find out that you have been hacked and have done some terrible things. Good action, plot and characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Without any notification from nook, i un-archived this book. That put it in my library. The first pages still will not turn. But I used the page slider bar. Thus skipping to the first page in the first hapter, I am able to read & the pages now turn. I have not read enough to know if I will like thebook yet. Looks good though.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reminded me of Gibson. Highly recommend.
plappen More than 1 year ago
This book is set in 2030 Los Angeles. It is about government mind control, and one man's attempts to fight back. Jake Travissi was thrown off the police force for upsetting the wrong people. He is let back on the force after he is implanted with a P-Chip. It lets a person do practically anything with their mind; access the Web, see things through the eyes of another P-Chip recipient, record video on to a computer hard drive and talk to other P-Chip recipients telepathically. A person can even regulate their metabolism so that they can eat and drink whatever they want and not gain weight. Jake is part of a three-man squad working for Homeland Security. Their first case is to investigate the very public murder of Dr. Veloso, a co-creator of the P-Chip. The shooter's eyes, teeth and fingerprints have been removed, making identification nearly impossible. While Jake is there, he has split-second flashes of his hands destroying the evidence. On another raid, taking out an alleged terrorist cell, Jake has more flashes of he and his colleagues doing very illegal things. He also hears voices in his head, which are the God Heads. Sandoval, the Director of Homeland Security, who commands the three-man squad (the Enhanced Unit), also runs a super-secret squad of P-Chip hackers. It is possible to take a person "offline," to shut down their higher brain functions, controlling them to do or say whatever you want, then plant false memories to make up for it. Jake begins to push back against the God Heads, killing one of them. In retaliation, Jake is kept offline for several weeks, and controlled to resign from the Enhanced Unit. He is constantly filled with feelings of depression and suicide by the God Heads. He is also turned into something of a donut addict, becoming a fat, lazy parody of a cop. Sandoval's intention in pushing the skyrocketing popularity of P-Chips is to become one of the elite who actually rule the world, while everyone else is kept happy in some artificial P-Chip world. With help from Dr. Morris, the P-Chip's other co-creator, Jake is able to do a lot more pushing back against Sandoval and the God Heads. This one is very plausible, it's more than a little spooky and it's really good. How long will it be before a cell phone, or Web browser, can be miniaturized enough to fit inside a human brain?
maxnightjar More than 1 year ago
June,1, 2011 by Max Nightjar The year is 2030 and life as we know it is drastically changed. Mind wise we are basically self serving and collective, and our brains have replaced the smart phone thru the act of implanting a P-Chip. Guess what the "P" in the P-chip stands for? Jake Travissi, committed a faux-pas against the powers that be. Namely he botched the arrest of the governor'son. He's fired for his brazen actions. Now he must make amends. Jake agrees to be implanted with a P Chip and to work for HLS. The government wants to make sure no one in this country or the world ever attacks them or even thinks about it-ever again. How? By creating the most proficient man made security system in the world - with the help of a P chip. The book is less than a 500 word count. The prose are tight and accurate. The action is constant,and the answers to the mysteies are well hidden. The page turning to the end is guaranteed. Virtual mind control, cyber jocks, deception, and black space. You'll never look at humanity the same way, again. Young or old, male or female, the story puts U in that kind of State of Mind. 'Technology Is In The Saddle And It Rides Mankind.' Max Nightjar
Black_Lagoon_Reviews More than 1 year ago
This edgy futuristic techno-thriller will lead you through a bleak new world where nothing is as it seems and you can no longer trust even your own mind. Brutally realistic, chillingly plausible, this novel is manages to be both thought evoking and highly entertaining A must read! While the subject matter may be dense for those of us technologically impaired, it managed to capture the true question that we should all be asking ourselves: How much freedom are we willing to give up in the name of convenience? Truly, with technology becoming ever more dominant in our lives, this novel shows a chillingly plausible outcome of a time when humans are willing to merge themselves with technology simply for the luxury and convenience it can provide. The disconnect from effort, morals and even ethics was staggering as the world seems to collapse in on itself with the mass public acting as nothing more then mere cattle. And as always there is a shadow government looming in the wings to take control of the country and even the world as it seems the desire for total control and power is something that will never fall out of favor. The world Davison created, while plausible was also quite vast. The minute attention to detail was highly enjoyable and helped to keep those of us who are ignorant of all things technology up to speed. There are lots of complex threads and plot line surging through the book to keep readers on their toes as nothing is ever as simple as it appears. In fact, you come to find that you can't even trust the characters' own thoughts or memories. This added a dizzying aspect that made this novel more engrossing on a psychological level, something I was more able to sink my teeth into. The broad cast of characters were wonderfully created and brought to life. Jake, the main character of the novel, is extremely interesting with a very deeply ingrained code of ethics. While not the typical hero, there is a still a more deeply ingrained sense of right and wrong within him then any of the others. In fact, I found him utterly engrossing as we follow his rise back into the ranks of the LAPD only to be turned into a poorly controlled puppet and finally disgraced by those who sought to use him. The inner struggle shows the strength of his will as he fights for control of not only his body, but his mind. Likewise, Koren and Parks, the two other members of the P-Chipped 'Enhanced Unit', are just as wonderfully captured. However, unlike Jake, these two men are marionettes to their God Head controllers unable to decipher fact from fiction and unaware even that they are being manipulated. While good men at heart, these two lack the more ingrained convictions and set a nice contrast to Jake's struggle. The scope of this novel was also quite intriguing. The conspiracies run deep as facts are slowly leaked into the plot. Conflicting moments are flashed by the readers and while at first this seemed a little odd, if not confusing, these moments come to show just how strong the manipulative hold on the P-Chipped officers, or Pin Heads, really is. The memory distortion adds to the suspense as every moment and experience can be called into question. Overall, this was a wonderful read that I really enjoyed. Eerie in it's theme, this complex novel is filled with action and suspense and I highly recommend it to any fan techno-thrillers or science fiction.
COfilmlover42 More than 1 year ago
I was fortunate enough to stumble across the Kindle edition of this in early February. It usual takes me weeks to get through a book but I couldn't put this one down and read straight through it in a weekend. Remarkably fresh and original in a genera becoming more and more derivative of itself. I really hope is gets made into a movie because it would make a great film as well!! Write more Mr. Davison!!!