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WAITING (UNABR.) (7 CASS.) [Audiobook, Unabridged] [Audio Cassette]

Frank M. Robinson , Roger Dressler
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Book Description

April 1 1999
They are among us, and they've been here for a long time - waiting. They can make you love. They can make you die. One ordinary man in San Francisco, Arthur Banks, begins to find them out, and immediately his life and his family are in danger. It's a paranoid's worst nightmare. But that's just where it starts. Banks may well be fighting for the survival of the entire human race.

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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.

From Publishers Weekly

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.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Just defending a really good book June 7 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I would like to start out by saying that this is an exellent novel and I recommend it to anyone. Usually, after I read a book, I check the Amazon customer reviews just to see what other readers thought about it. What I saw about this book was expected, people going on and on about the rediculous environmental propaganda. While the book did mention some environmentalist views, I did not find it at all disturbing. Some of these reviews make it seem as if every page you look at will give you another reason to 'save the environment.' That simply is not true. There would be maybe a few paragraphs of it every few chapters, and even though I hate it when authors include political views in a book, I found it bearable, and anyway it was overshadowed by the book's plot which I found very intriguing.
(This is not a spoiler; it is the equivalent of what you will read on the back of a book.)
In Waiting, the main character, Artie, investigates the death of a friend and fellow "Suicide Club" member. He finds out about the existence of another species of human, dubbed the "Old People," who have the ability to send thoughts into the minds of others, and the plot goes on from there.
In another review I looked at, the reviewer argues that the "Old People" are not superior to humans, that they are just the same, and that even though they are supposedly so worried about the environment, they still drive cars and pollute. Well, the fact is that to Old People are superior; it is essential to the plot of the story. And Robinson, in my opinion, does not try to portray our race as evil, because in the story, both sides kill.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Clever concept March 6 2004
I really enjoyed this book. The beginning is strange but if you can make it to about the middle of chapter 2, you'll be hooked. What I was amazed with the most is the way Robinson created a sense of dread throughout the entire book. It was like hearing the low bass tones in a scary movie that gives you that sense of anticipation and dread. I don't know how he did it with words. Definitely have to tip your hat to Robinson on his writing style.
I had a hard time putting the book down, staying up late at night but not pushing myself like I have done reading Stephen Hunter. The ending was not completely predictable but I did have my suspicions by the middle of the book. The ending was a little bit of a let down, not for anything other than it seemed like Robinson was trying to meet a deadline and rushed to a conclusion, but it didn't ruin the book by any means.
I would definitely recommend this to any one who enjoys minor amounts of science fiction rooted in fact or counterfactual thought. It reads very fast and would be good for travel of vacation. The message regarding our environment is timely also.
For more details, go to aj.huff.org. Thanks.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Well-Intentioned Environmentalist Propoganda Aug. 8 2003
Here's the story: clueless t.v. journalist Archie's friend is killed in an alley by a pack of wild dogs. When this happens, Archie believes his death is NO accident and begins to search for the killer. During the course of his investigation, he learns about the existence of another race of beings which has been living amongst us for centuries. Archie's investigations uncover a vast conspiracy of epic proportions... Can Archie save humanity? Or is it already too late?
Okay, I am as concerned about the environment as the next person. But when I pick up a horror/thriller novel, I don't like to be bludgeoned over the head repeatedly with paragraphs and paragraphs of environmentalist propaganda. The novel assumes that all humans are idiots, care nothing about the environment and live in an ignorant vacuum. Not so. Some of us are scientist, researchers, anthropologist, or just plain concerned people. Robinson goes a bit too far in my opinion with the sermonizing, and , painting humanity with a broad-brush as possible, while portraying his created race, 'the old people' as being 'good, kind, and saintly.' Please. I mean, we get it already, humanity= evil 'the old people' = good. What I don't get is if the 'old people' are so concerned about the environment.... Why do they drive cars? Don't cars pollute the environment? And what about killing people? Isn't that wrong? I mean, come on. This novel practices an alarming pseudo-science. Humans are mammals of the Primate order. So are Robinson's 'old people.' Primates (especially males), of most species are violent. I find it extremely difficult to believe the 'old people' are somehow SO much superior.
While I really liked the characters, and some of the concepts, I got tired with the author's soapboxing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well-Written Thriller June 5 2003
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
"Waiting" takes place in San Francisco, California, where Artie Baker, a middle-aged TV newswriter, and a handful of his friends (dubbed The Suicide Club since young adulthood--long story) are trying to solve the brutal murder of one of their members. Not only that, but Artie's wife and stepson have suddenly disappeared, just at the crucial moment when someone has been trying to kill him, as well as the people he associates with because of what they know.
After some time, what Artie and his friends soon discover is that a centuries-old species of human (called the Old People) have been waiting all this time for Homo sapiens to exterminate themselves off the planet. But for fear of being revealed and destroyed themselves, the Old People decide to declare a covert war on Homo sapiens in order to reclaim domination of the world.
When I started reading "Waiting," I checked out a few reviews at Amazon beforehand to see what others thought of it. I was only a few chapters into it, but I really liked it so far and was quite surprised by all the low reviews of it. When I picked the book back up, I kept expecting it to get worse like several reviewers had said. However, it didn't. I thoroughly enjoyed it from beginning to end. It's not very high on action, but it is quite thought-provoking on our existence in the next century or so, as possibly the next endangered species on Earth.
"Waiting" reminded me a little of something Dean Koontz would write, minus any sci-fi nonsense, which I kept expecting since it was published by Tor, a sci-fi-heavy publisher. It's a well-written thriller, and if you like such novels, then you'll probably like "Waiting."
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1.0 out of 5 stars Premise with potential nullified by clichés
This book was mentioned in Stephen King's reading list (as an appendix to his inspirational "On Writing"). Read more
Published on April 13 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars What a find!
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 more
Published on Aug. 13 2003 by William Black
1.0 out of 5 stars a very poor 'thriller'
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 more
Published on Aug. 12 2003 by "yollo"
2.0 out of 5 stars When the author said he was a fan of didactic novels...
...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
Published on May 12 2003
3.0 out of 5 stars Seriously flawed for fans of good sci-fi
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 more
Published on April 21 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars Among us
Artie Banks is part of a private club whose members get together periodically to share information about their respective fields. Read more
Published on April 19 2003 by "blissengine"
1.0 out of 5 stars Waiting...yeah I kept waiting for an interesting plot !
"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 more
Published on April 1 2003 by coachtim
3.0 out of 5 stars The Power, Part 2
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 more
Published on May 13 2002 by Bruce Rux
1.0 out of 5 stars Still waiting for a good book.
The main character discovers the existence of Old People, a 35,000-year-old cousin species to man with the ability to share racial memories and control the thoughts and actions of... Read more
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