The Digital Dead

The Digital Dead

by Bruce Balfour

Paperback(Mass Market Paperback)


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ISBN-13: 9780441010844
Publisher: Ace
Publication date: 07/28/2003
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 4.34(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.08(d)

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The Digital Dead 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Balfour's latest thriller combines suspense, science, marketing, and politics into a new threat for the human race. Balfour writes great, fast-paced stories that have a knack for explaining complicated concepts in simple terms. It's a compelling read for anyone intrigued by cutting-edge technologies, and it's rife with opportunities for the discussion of ethics in scientific research and politics.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I liked THE FORGE OF MARS, but Balfour's new book THE DIGITAL DEAD really delivered the goods. His style reminds me of William Gibson because it's a thriller set in the near future and it has a more literary tone than a lot of books of this type. He takes a new spin on the concept of immortality and injects an extrapolation of how powerful politicians would make use of such life-changing technology for their own benefit. Although he refers to his last book, and uses a couple of the characters from last time, this one is mostly set in San Francisco and has only a few connections to the previous story. But this one was great, and I just bought two more to give to some people who really ought to be thinking about these subjects. Balfour's vision of a world in the making promises to become a classic, and may even become a reality sooner than we think.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Balfour has composed another intelligent and intriguing work of science fiction. His complex heroes, Tao and Kate, return with a host of creative new characters. The novel calls to mind the grandeur of the great science fiction authors without being derivative. This book is a true page turner; once picked up it cannot be put down. I would recommend it both to long term science fiction fans, who will find it a breath of fresh air from the cliches of the genre, and to new readers, who will find it a fascinating introduction.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've been waiting anxiously for this book since last fall, when I read and loved *The Forge of Mars*. I'm happy to say my anticipation has been rewarded and my expectations exceeded. This book is NOT a sequel. Some of the main characters reappear, but the plot doesn't depend on the events of *Forge* -- you can read *Dead* without knowing a thing about *Forge* and still 'get it.' Tau and Kate are back, but they're joined by new characters who drive the action to a great extent. Everyone is caught up in a conspiracy to control the minds of Americans in an attempt to stage a bloodless coup (sound familiar?). Oh yes, and my favorite character, Yvette, is back and badder than ever. Balfour's women characters are strong and sassy, and his men are average guys, not cardboard cut-out superheroes who have to win because they're so superior to everyone else. Tau is endearing and funny, and his adoration of Kate is touching and perfect. The events in *Dead* are chilling because they're so plausible. The science is based in reality, and so is the ruthlessness of powerful men. The book is a cautionary tale, but it's also a lively, entertaining read. I'm already looking forward to Balfour's next one.