Flashback by Dan Simmons

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For me, this book was the equivalent of a knife. It started well, but soon passed my pain threshold. I did finish it by skimming to see what happened, but it’s relentlessly dull and politically naïve. Flashback is the author as shock-jock, i.e this book is only for right-wingers who want their worldview confirmed by one of their own.
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The United States is near total collapse. But 87% of the population doesn't care: they're addicted to flashback, a drug that allows its users to re-experience the best moments of their lives. After ex-detective Nick Bottom's wife died in a car accident, he went under the flash to be with her; he's lost his job, his teenage son, and his livelihood as a result.

Nick may be a lost soul but he's still a good cop, so he is hired to investigate the murder of a top governmental advisor's son. This flashback-addict becomes the one man who may be able to change the course of an entire nation turning away from the future to live in the past.

A provocative novel set in a future that seems scarily possible, FLASHBACK proves why Dan Simmons is one of our most exciting and versatile writers.
 

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In his twenty years of publication, DAN SIMMONS has won more than 50 major American and international awards for his fiction. He lives in Colorado.
 
Published July 1, 2011 by Reagan Arthur Books. 572 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction
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Reviewed by David Marshall on Oct 17 2011

For me, this book was the equivalent of a knife. It started well, but soon passed my pain threshold. I did finish it by skimming to see what happened, but it’s relentlessly dull and politically naïve. Flashback is the author as shock-jock, i.e this book is only for right-wingers who want their worldview confirmed by one of their own.

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