Triggers by Robert Sawyer

75%

12 Critic Reviews

...Mr. Sawyer brings back an old sci-fi gimmick: telepathy. This was a big idea long ago...Mr. Sawyer refreshes the premise with a new explanation.
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Synopsis

On the eve of a secret military operation, an assassin’s bullet strikes President Seth Jerrison. He is rushed to the hospital, where surgeons struggle to save his life—and where Professor Ranjip Singh is experimenting with a device that can erase traumatic memories.

Then a terrorist bomb detonates. In the operating room, the president suffers cardiac arrest. He has a near-death experience—but the memories that flash through Jerrison’s mind are not his own. The electromagnetic pulse generated by the bomb amplified and scrambled Professor Singh’s equipment, allowing a random group of people to access one another’s minds.

One of those people can retrieve the President Jerrison’s memories—including classified information regarding the upcoming military mission, which, if revealed, could cost countless lives. But the task of determining who has switched memories with whom is a daunting one—particularly when some of the people involved have reason to lie…

 

About Robert Sawyer

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Robert J. Sawyer was born in Ottawa and lives just outside of Toronto, Canada. He has won both the Hugo and Nebula Awards for best novel.
 
Published April 3, 2012 by Ace. 351 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, War. Fiction
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All: 12 | Positive: 10 | Negative: 2

WSJ online

Good
Reviewed by Tom Shippey on Mar 30 2012

...Mr. Sawyer brings back an old sci-fi gimmick: telepathy. This was a big idea long ago...Mr. Sawyer refreshes the premise with a new explanation.

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The Maine Edge

Excellent
Reviewed by Allen Adams on Apr 04 2012

There are few authors writing today that bring such a strong combination of literate storytelling and complex ideas to the page. Robert J. Sawyer is one of the best in the business.

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Winnipeg Free Press

Below average
Reviewed by Rebecca Walberg on Apr 07 2012

Triggers will appeal to sci-fi readers who don't mind settling for a neat idea that could be executed better, and Sawyer's fans will find the novel serviceable

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33rd Square

Excellent
Reviewed by Blog on Apr 03 2012

Sawyer demonstrates a tremendous ability to write compelling characters that cannot be ignored and a knack for pace.

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Mississauga Ligfe

Excellent
Reviewed by Leo Graziani on Mar 20 2012

And really, the entire book is centred around an amazing experiment, the results of which are 100 percent SF.

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For Winter Nights

Good
Reviewed by Blog on May 07 2012

It succeeded in making me think and made me want to know much, much more about this just-in-the-future world.

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FireStarBooks

Good
Reviewed by Fire Star Books on Jul 19 2012

Pure gold! Great suspense. Mr Sawyer, were you are Secret Service agent? Characters were distinct but connected beautifully. Would be a GREAT movie!

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RazOrBill

Good
Reviewed by Blog on Apr 04 2012

An enjoyable and fast paced novel that I would recommend to science fiction fans as well as those who enjoy mysteries and thrillers.

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Odd Engine

Good
Reviewed by Blog on Apr 22 2012

Despite the flawed ending, I found the premise to be intriguing and the characters likable, holding my interest on every page.

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Starmetal Oak Reviews

Below average
Reviewed by Blog on Apr 10 2012

My only reservations are caused by what I believe is the fact I didn’t connect too well with the characters.

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The Back of the Envelope

Good
Reviewed by Blog on Apr 18 2012

I just think SF fans should know this Hugo, Nebula, and Campbell award-winner hasn’t gone over to the dark side. There’s still plenty of food for thought here, nestled between gun-fights and explosions.

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Shelf Monkey

Good
Reviewed by Blog on Apr 05 2012

Triggers is fast and fun, with just enough inherent plausibility to the shenanigans to keep me glued to my seat.

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