Vitals is the latest in a long line of solid science fiction novels from Seattle native Greg Bear. It’s not as strong a book as Darwin’s Radio, which deservedly picked. Vitals [Greg Bear] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Blending fierce, fast plots with vivid characters and mind-bending ideas, Greg Bear has. The novel ‘Vitals’ by Greg Bear was published for the first time in Hal Cousins is a scientist who is working on biotechnology related to.
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And he kept away from the ridiculousness of the usual world domination plots, where you disbelieve because you wonder why someone doesn’t stumble onto the communications between players and the levels of control – in this case it was just mad Maxim running everyone. Speaking of not-unlikely scenarios: More of a bio-medical spec fic thriller, it didn’t click any of my buttons.
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Banning, a historian, ran afoul of Silk and was sabotaged by them—but is that all he is? It’s unfortunate therefore that Bear felt the need to tell a small portion of his tale from a second viewpoint. Beria brought in truckloads of guns and gave them to every citizen. On the other hand, I’m more than a little disturbed by how much time-flies-when-you’re-becoming-a-decrepit-old-man.
If the writer had managed to at least try to tie together the loose ends at the end of the book, I might have at least been able to give him two stars. Even in books that aren’t primarily premised in biology, Greg Bear’s biological references are usually well crafted and imaginative, and confer richness to the world of the book as well as depth to the plot. It seemed too slow moving and after reading the first pages I still wasn’t quite sure where the plot was going.
This hidden history behind all of the 20th century was scarily possible. Dec 17, Lowed rated it liked it. The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in Goodreads In this one, Greg Bear has kind of abandoned the ideas for the thrill of the chase.
Hal’s twin brother Rob is shot, by someone who is later revealed to be Ben Bridger. The story develops from there, taking in his twin brother’s widow, Lissa; Rudy Banning, a once respected professor and writer turned into an anti-semitic conspiracy theorist by a brain-altering microbe; and a scheming group of immortals who want to stay unique.
Nov 01, Tina rated it really liked it. I like Greg Bear’s stuff. Jun 01, Mark Schomburg rated it really liked it Shelves: He returned his attention to the magazine. It makes me feel like I’m learning something even when I really don’t know shit. He is the son-in-law of Poul Anderson. The plot, whilst openly in the arena of the barely believable, never pushed into ‘that’s just ridiculous’ territory.
With these microbes, they can “control” people via a catalyst the book called this getting “tagged”. If all this sounds far-fetched, it is, though the science is sound, and Bear doesn’t make it more believable with flourishes such as a spooky Silk research facility in the middle of Manhattan hiding the immortal bodies of Russian elite including Stalin, and a book-ending assault on the seaborne headquarters of Silk; these and other narrative gambits smack of the Bond ethos at its hokiest.
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AY stands for Apollo Yeardating from the first moon landing, approximating his hoped-for life span. Unfortunately its central science fictional concepts, concerning microbial information transmission and immortality, seemed uninteresting and perhaps better explored by Greg Bear himself in some of his other books.
However, midway the story starts to rotate the central character, and although this is a vehicle to accelerate the gref an I’ve been a fan of Bear for a while, but Quantico failed to engage me, and unfortunately Vitals left me cold about half way through.
It was told from multiple points of view, with some overlapping time lines, an awful lot of auxiliary characters, and very many venues. It’s hard to stomach all the poor reviews of Greg Bear, especially for this book which is really great.
The novel is further undercut by Bear’s confusing choice to alternate narrative duties between Hal and the former naval intelligence officer whom he turns to for help. Unlike a couple of other Greg bear books I’ve read, this book just didn’t keep my attention. Creepy as hell, more so than any horror novel I’ve ever read precisely because it’s a hard-SF novel, even though it was packaged and feels like a thriller.
It clarifies things a bit, and provides the last answers, but I don’t like them very much! I was seeing a pattern here, all members of the Monosyllabic Verb club.
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The plot get “Vitals” started with an interesting premise and some promising characters. This was vitalss first and last book by Greg Bear that I will read. There are a bunch of other characters, many of them alternately lucid or crackpot. I had been through too much to disbelieve. Hal finds his Vendobionts, but as the sphere carrying him and his pilot ascends toward the surface, the pilot inexplicably attacks Hal, then the sphere.
What disheartened me was how Bear tried to put in so many great ideas, but left them behind as he tried to shift from being a really-good-sci-fi-book to a lousy-thriller-trash. Then, the mysterious Rudy Banning brings a package of information from Rob. Does that mean that anarchy leads to immortality? Feb 27, Mitch rated it really liked it Shelves: The twists, turns, and thrills of the plot stem from the fact that other people are vigals working on detecting this secret, including some people who grev worked on it for years.
Fortunately, no president in the US can rule for more than 8 yrs. But then random people started going crazy, and they were on the run, and there was this whole 20th century Russian history thing going on, and I just couldn’t cope any more.
Hal and Rob cousins are twin scientists who are both engaged in trying to unlock the secret to stopping aging in humans, the key to immortality.
Bear goes a step further, perhaps, by having “Dr. Hal himself barely eludes a cold-blooded attack at sea, and when he returns home to Seattle, he finds himself walking into an eerie realm where voices speak to him from the dead. Picked gitals book because I had vitalx the author was good. A bunch of people are searching for the secret to The Best Books of While the science pieces are very intriguing, the thriller plot falls flat on its face.
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