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Veteran thriller writer Frank M. Robinson, who has been working in the genre since his 1950s classic The Power, approaches the millennium at full strength with a truly frightening and extremely plausible story. In Waiting, another race of human beings are about to take control of the earth. This alarming discovery was made by a Dr. Lawrence Shea--who must now pay a high price for his find. Shea is stalked on a journey to San Francisco by one of these "humans," and is then killed. From the very first step of this journey, Robinson grabs our attention with a combination of visceral and intellectual assaults.
Shea, we discover, was on his way to a meeting of the Suicide Club, a group of friends who gather regularly to discuss new developments in their particular area of expertise. Another club member, television journalist Artie Banks, begins to probe Shea's death and quickly finds it extremely suspicious--especially when more doctors involved in a routine autopsy are also killed. Other members of the club, as well as Artie's wife and disabled stepson, come under scrutiny. The horrible details of Robinson's alternate race of humans are gradually unveiled to Banks:
Our original plan was simple: Stay hidden until all of you died in wars or starved to death in a habitat you had ruined beyond saving. Unfortunately, it's our habitat as well.Robinson's creepy, credible tale will certainly have you looking much more closely at friends and associates. --Dick Adler --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Veteran thriller-writer Robinson (The Towering Inferno; The Power) approaches the millennium at full strength with a truly frightening and plausible story about another species of human beings, in hiding for 35,000 years and now ready to take control of the planet. Dr. Lawrence Shea finds himself stalked from Berkeley to San Francisco, then killed by a brutal, secretive telepath. Shea was a member of the Suicide Club, a set of professionals who give informal lectures for one another. TV journalist Artie Banks, a club member, probes Shea's death and finds it extremely suspicious?especially after more doctors are killed. Other members of the club, as well as Artie's wife and disabled stepson, come under scrutiny as the facts about the secret species emerge. "Our original plan was simple: Stay hidden until all of you died in wars or starved to death in a habitat you had ruined beyond saving," a secret-race member finally explains. "Unfortunately, it's our habitat as well. In the meantime, our chances of being discovered have grown... We want you gone. Now." Robinson grips his readers by combining visceral fear with intellectual inquiry. This creepily credible tale will have his readers looking more closely at their so-called friends.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This book was mentioned in Stephen King's reading list (as an appendix to his inspirational "On Writing"). Read morePublished on April 13 2004
This is one of those books that I picked up because I could not find the book that I came for. Cover art sells books for sure. Read morePublished on Aug. 13 2003 by William Black
I was given this book. Once I started I couldn't wait to finish it but for all the wrong reasons (I don't like to just stop reading a book halfway through). Read morePublished on Aug. 12 2003 by "yollo"
...that should have caused me to think twice about Waiting.
I found myself caught up in a lot of hype about Waiting. NPR likes it. Harlan Ellison likes it. Read more
Waiting has a good premise: homo erectus, a pre-human hominid, has survived and has been hiding among us, pretending to be human, waiting for the human race to go extinct from its... Read morePublished on April 21 2003
Artie Banks is part of a private club whose members get together periodically to share information about their respective fields. Read morePublished on April 19 2003 by "blissengine"
"Waiting" is another example of a book that has a great "hook" (ancient race of humanoids living underground lie in wait until mankind extinquishes itself) but never quite catches... Read morePublished on April 1 2003 by coachtim
Fans of Robinson's classic The Power won't be disappointed by this pretty good thriller, which for all practical intents and purposes could be taken as a sequel to that novel. Read morePublished on May 13 2002 by Bruce Rux