Are smart phones really humanity’s most significant innovation since the moon landings? Or can something else explain why the bold visions of the 20th century–fusion power, genetic enhancements, artificial intelligence, cures for common disease, extended human life, and a host of other world-changing advances–have remained beyond our grasp? Why has the high-tech future that seemed imminent in the 1960′s failed to arrive?
Perhaps it did arrive…but only for a select few.
Particle physicist Jon Grady is ecstatic when his team achieves what they’ve been working toward for years: a device that can reflect gravity. Their research will revolutionize the field of physics–the crowning achievement of a career. Grady expects widespread acclaim for his entire team. The Nobel. Instead, his lab is locked down by a shadowy organization whose mission is to prevent at all costs the social upheaval sudden technological advances bring. This Bureau of Technology Control uses the advanced technologies they have harvested over the decades to fulfill their mission.
They are living in our future.
Presented with the opportunity to join the BTC and improve his own technology in secret, Grady balks, and is instead thrown into a nightmarish high-tech prison built to hold rebellious geniuses like himself. With so many great intellects confined together, can Grady and his fellow prisoners conceive of a way to usher humanity out of its artificial dark age?
And when they do, is it possible to defeat an enemy that wields a technological advantage half a century in the making?
I put Influx on my secret-societies-cults shelf because it revolves around a secret govt agency. Such a secretive agency that the president doesn’t even know about it and it’s been on its own power for so long that it only recently comes back to the attention of Homeland Security,etc. everyone who works within the agency is very much in their own sphere of the world so for me it fits the notion of a secret society – they’ve been hoarding technological innovations for so lomg that they no longer even fit in with our normal society.
I loved Influx; I have to admit when I first started reading and realized how much physics and scientific jargon was being thrown around that I was overwhelmed and I wondered if I’d be able to continue reading. I decided that since I was riveted to the story at heart – even so short in – that I wanted to give it a try and as long as I could understand the gist of what was going on that I wouldn’t focus on the minute details. That worked for me and I was able to slip into the story.
This is a thrill ride! You never could guess what was around the next corner, who was going to be with you or against you and I was fascinated by all the futuristic tech! The characters also grab you by the heart and don’t let go. You feel so much for the main character as he struggles to grasp the system he’s trapped in and how he can fight back. I felt so much pride as he refused to give in or give up.
So I would suggest Influx to anyone who loves a good futuristic read, but yet set in the “now” (in a way) and if you love SciFi this one is definitely for you! And even if you – like me, like SciFi as long as it’s not to hardcore with the jargon – give this one a try, if you can enjoy the story itself without trying to completely understand all the jargon – and the author does a good job of helping readers get the gist, read this! I tell you Influx will have you within it’s grasp from the outset!
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