Change is dangerous, technology lethal. So what if our civilization is more advanced than we know?
Particle physicist Jon Grady is ecstatic when his team achieves a major breakthrough: a device that can reflect gravity. Their research will revolutionise the field of physics. But at Grady's moment of triumph, his lab is locked down by a shadowy organisation whose mission is to prevent the social upheaval caused by sudden technological advances - advances they use to retain total command.
They are living in the future we were promised.
Now Grady finds himself in a nightmarish high-tech prison built to hold other rebellious geniuses. Can he and his fellow prisoners escape? And even if they can, is it possible to defeat an enemy that wields a technological advantage half a century in the making?
The dark ages are ending. Our future is here...
With this terrifying thriller, Suarez (Kill Decision) provides further support for the proposition that he's a worthy successor to the late Michael Crichton. Scientist Jon Grady and his colleagues have just invented a device that can reflect gravity, a major breakthrough that has the potential to revolutionize physics. But Grady's moment of triumph is short-lived. A Luddite terrorist, Richard Cotton (whose group is winningly described as "a branch of militant Amish who had settled on the mid-1980s as their permissible technological level"), captures Grady's team and sets off explosives to destroy them and their creation. To Grady's surprise, he survives the blast, only to find himself in the clutches of a seemingly omniscient U.S. government agency, the Federal Bureau of Technology Control, which monitors innovations and assesses their "social, political, environmental and economic impacts with the goal of preserving social order." That brief requires the BTC to suppress advances, like the gravity reflector, for what it perceives as the greater good. Suarez once again mixes science and fiction perfectly.