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  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Signet (April 26 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451191692
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451191694
  • Product Dimensions: 2.9 x 10.5 x 17.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #453,390 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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I don't know about the book, but the audiotape was tedious and uninteresting, the only redemption coming from Dick Hill's narration....it's amazing how many voices he did on this audiotape....but that's how many characters there are, tripping over each other's feet, as it were. Well, there's Dr. Alan Gregory and his wife, Lauren, the protagonists sort of, but don't forget Emma, who is an intern under Laura in the Boulder (Colorado?) D.A.'s office, where Laura is a D.A. Then there's the polices, Scott Malloy and a veteran whose name I can't recall. Then there's Emma's private security, a guy who used to work for the Secret Service but ends up shot and run over by the villain, J.P. Morgan. Heard that name somewhere before, have we? J.P. Morgan is a financial partner with Ethan Hahn, an inventor who has found a way to transduce bodily movements into bits, which sounds something like EMR or tomography. But anyway, Ethan gets a little carried away and wears the transducer while he's making love to Emma (it's a long story). Then there's Raul Estevez and his wife, another shrink (like Gregory). Did I leave anybody out? Like I said, tedious and contrived. What ever happened to creativity? I don't mean dreaming up fantastic, totally improbable circumstances to drive a plot, but real inventiveness. Well, that's not Stephen White's concern, I suppose. And why should it be? In a 100 years, who will care one way or the other? Diximus.
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I'm just glad this wasn't the first of Stephen White's books that I've read; if it had been, I certainly wouldn't have read any more. What a let-down after some of the other enjoyable ones, such as Private Practices and Harm's Way.
This story was implausible from start to finish; the motivation just didn't convince. What lawyer, when held by the police, would be as maddeningly evasive as the one here - especially when a few words to trusted friends/colleagues would have sorted it all out? The complex ramifications of the plot and all the coincidences were incredible; the final unravelling left me open-mouthed at the author's chutzpah in expecting the reader to swallow it. The various flash-backs and flash-forwards only added to the the confusion. I was disappointed, too, that this one was written in the 3rd person (though I can see that the labyrinthine plot could never have been contained in the 1st-person format). For me, White's books work best when Alan Gregory is the narrator. We get to see his vulnerablities and humour, and his unintentional self-revelations in the way he tells the tale. For the same reason I thought Higher Authority (also written in the 3rd person and hardly featuring Alan at all) was one of the weaker ones in the series. But compared with Remote Control, Higher Authority was a gem!
What's more I found White's attempt to make a critique of the cult of celebrity both shallow and pretentious - as superficial as the celeb-cult he was attacking. Let's hope this is a one-off blip, and that White is back on track with Critical Conditions. Give Remote Control a miss!
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I have read all of Stephen White's books. This was the only one that I really didn't like and struggled to get through. Lauren was just too pathetic, the plot twists were absurd and even Alan (my favorite character) was a bit hard to take. If you're a Stephen White fan you have to read it just to do so, but definitely check this one out of the local library rather than purchasing it. If you're not a White fan, don't bother with it.
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As a long time White fan, I read this book shortly after it was released. I raced through it and my overwhelming reaction was "weird." I recently checked out the tape for my husband to read and decided to give the book a second chance. I suspect that the slower pacing of the tape forced me to pay attention to the many details that make this book make sense. The cyber part of the book is still pretty weird but now the mystery worked.
Alan Gregory's wife, Lauren Crowder, has center stage in this book. She's befriended Emma who has been blessed/cursed with Kennedy-like fame after the assassination of her father, the Surgeon General. Emma gets involved with a computer whiz and things start to turn ugly. The book is written in alternating chapters of present time and short-term flashback. In the present time, Lauren is standing outside of Emma's house during a blizzard. She fires her gun to warn off a stranger. The stranger is shot. Lauren is arrested -- and then goes into a medical emergency. Did Lauren shoot the stranger? What's going on in the first place?
This book is complicated. Alan and Lauren, who I normally love, are caught up in hiding too many secrets to be believed. Their refusal to confide in old friend, detective Sam Purdy, stretched their credibility considering all he's been through with them. Still, there are some truly page-turning moments and some good laughs along the way. The vision of the electric pink "bunny" on the snowplow is wonderful.
Bottom-line: This is definately NOT a book to read cold-turkey. Readers are strongly encouraged to have read at least two of the previous four Alan Gregory novels before attempting Remote Control. Then, my advice is to read this one slowly. It's not White's best work but can be a good read with the right approach.
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