The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.

The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.


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The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. by Neal Stephenson, Nicole Galland


Goodreads Choice Awards Semifinalist!

B&N Editor's Pick - Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of 2017 

From bestselling author Neal Stephenson and critically acclaimed novelist Nicole Galland comes a captivating and complex near-future thriller combining history, science, magic, mystery, intrigue, and adventure that questions the very foundations of the modern world.

When Melisande Stokes, an expert in linguistics and languages, accidently meets military intelligence operator Tristan Lyons in a hallway at Harvard University, it is the beginning of a chain of events that will alter their lives and human history itself. The young man from a shadowy government entity approaches Mel, a low-level faculty member, with an incredible offer. The only condition: she must swear herself to secrecy in return for the rather large sum of money.

Tristan needs Mel to translate some very old documents, which, if authentic, are earth-shattering. They prove that magic actually existed and was practiced for centuries. But the arrival of the scientific revolution and the Age of Enlightenment weakened its power and endangered its practitioners. Magic stopped working altogether in 1851, at the time of the Great Exhibition at London’s Crystal Palace—the world’s fair celebrating the rise of industrial technology and commerce. Something about the modern world "jams" the "frequencies" used by magic, and it’s up to Tristan to find out why.

And so the Department of Diachronic Operations—D.O.D.O.—gets cracking on its real mission: to develop a device that can bring magic back, and send Diachronic Operatives back in time to keep it alive . . . and meddle with a little history at the same time. But while Tristan and his expanding operation master the science and build the technology, they overlook the mercurial—and treacherous—nature of the human heart.

Written with the genius, complexity, and innovation that characterize all of Neal Stephenson’s work and steeped with the down-to-earth warmth and humor of Nicole Galland’s storytelling style, this exciting and vividly realized work of science fiction will make you believe in the impossible, and take you to places—and times—beyond imagining.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062409157
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/17/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 768
Sales rank: 34,655
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Neal Stephenson is the bestselling author of the novels Reamde, Anathem, The System of the World, The Confusion, Quicksilver, Cryptonomicon, The Diamond Age, Snow Crash, and Zodiac, and the groundbreaking nonfiction work In the Beginning . . . Was the Command Line. He lives in Seattle, Washington.

Nicole Galland's five previous novels are The Fool's Tale; Revenge of the Rose; Crossed; I, Iago, and Godiva. She writes a cheeky etiquette column for the Martha's Vineyard Times. She is married to actor Billy Meleady and owns Leuco, a dog of splendid qualities.


Seattle, Washington

Date of Birth:

October 31, 1959

Place of Birth:

Fort Meade, Maryland


B.A., Boston University, 1981

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The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.: A Novel 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Excellent characters, wonderful 'what if' plot.
Anonymous 8 months ago
I enjoyed this book. Full of details. Jumps into doing things quickly without defining the why but keeps you interested still.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Overall a fun read. Got a little tedious in the middle when the writing style changed. Once it got back to the original flow it moved along nicely.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Easily the best I've read in years! My only problem is that it ended. The different presentations were original and if completed as a normal narrative, the story would have been incomprehensible. Please inform me if other stories such as this are available. Loved it,
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hard to put down from the start. Boggles the mind with all the possibilities.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While it never quite reaches the ridiculous heights that Reamde achieves (Russian mobsters, Chinese hackers, terrorists and hostages all at the same place) it does have the same level of intelligence and humor while also managing to strike a blow for those suffering under excessive bureaucracy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting story but drags through a lot of details where I forget the why it's interesting. DODO could end DOA.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A bit slow at parts, but overall a very fun read. Really great blend of magic and quantum physics.
BenT-Gaidin More than 1 year ago
Amid this book's numerous sins, the greatest is probably that it ends not with a fall, but a whimper. Setting aside the sexism, the unnecessarily incorrect scientific detail, and the romance between two people with no chemistry, the story is a series of bigger and bigger missteps, larger and more cumbersome bureaucracies, solutions that require every more complex solutions bolted on... all of which ends in a side-step and a shuffle; we get setup for a (please, no) sequel, a page or two of 'and finally they had sex!', and a whole lot of 'wait, that was it?' The title promises a fall, but the book itself is unwilling to give us a proper cataclysm, and it's all just a little pointless and unsatisfying.
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