Flashback Hardcover – Jul 1 2011
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About the Author
Dan Simmons is the award-winning author of several novels, including the New York Times bestsellers Olympos and The Terror. He lives in Colorado.
Top Customer Reviews
Here's the basic setup: Nick Bottom, failed detective, longtime addict of a new drug called "Flashback" (supposedly invented by the Israelites, but that proves to be false), is asked by billionaire Hirosho Nakamura to reopen the case into his son's murder. The mystery surrounding why Nakmura would ask a drug addict (one who failed to his job right the first time) to cover old ground turns out to less interesting than the over-the-top, far-right political histrionics that dog nearly every chapter (Obama? He was responsible for the economic downturn -- not Dubya or Cheney. Global warming? A hoax! Muslims?Read more ›
Sadly, Flashback is an entirely different beast altogether. The amount of overt racism and bigotry in this novel is so staggering; it's hard to believe that in this book, at last, some of Simmons' own political proclivities aren't shining through. I tried really hard to enjoy the story (which I suppose isn't bad although a tad far fetched) but when the racism is lathered on so thickly that every other paragraph is some outrageous dig at another minority, this because frankly impossible. I especially have a hard time understanding all the official critics that describe this book as a "realistic vision of the future". Really? A United States overrun by Islam, with 24 hour decapitation channels, a super-mosque built on Ground Zero and 9/11 celebrated as a national holiday of Martyrs (the bombers, not the victims) is somehow "realistic"?
Nor are Muslims the only group to feel the wrath of Dan Simmons' extreme xenophobia - native Americans, Mexicans, the Japanese.. none are spared and all are just gunning for those "poor oppressed white Anglo-Saxons".
I have a hard time understanding what Simmons was aiming for here? It almost feels like he was trying to write a 21st Century version of "Mein Kampf"; complete with it's own Dolchstoßlegende (dagger-in-the-back, a popular meme between the two World Wars that supposedly explained Germany's defeat in WWI and helped bring Hitler to power) - in the form of American soldiers betrayed by a largely Muslim run resupply chain.
The whole book feels like Fox-on-steroids. About the only redeeming thing I could say about it is that if you want to know exactly how crazy some of the lunatic fringe on the right is, this is a good overview.
Author: Dan Simmons
Type of Book: Paperback
Genre: Dystopian Fiction, Science Fiction, Thriller
Length: 708 pages
Re-Release Date: July 2014
Original Release Date: 2011
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
My response to reading this book is "Holy Moly". Dan Simmons has quite the imagination and this fictional version of America's future is truly frightening. What makes it so terrifying is it's realism and potential for becoming fact rather than fiction. He has taken current events and foreseen a potential future. With the current focus on ISIS in the middle east this book becomes even more scarily plausible. Wow!
Not only is this book s commentary on where America could be headed, it is also an amazingly wonderfully written work of science fiction and a terrific mystery.
The character of Nick Bottom is so well realized that it is easy to picture him as a real person rather than just a character in a book. His grief over his wife's death will draw readers in. Anyone who has ever lost a loved one can relate to his pain and to his wanting to retreat into the world of Flashback.
Flashback is a drug that allows the user to re-experience a moment (or moments) in their lives that they wish to revisit and relive. Who could resist the allure of being able to go back and live the happiest day (or days) of their lives over again?
FROM THE BACK COVER:
"Twenty years from now, the United States is in the midst of total collapse: economic, social and political. But most of the population doesn't care - they're addicted to flashback, a drug that allows its users to reexperience the best moments of their lives.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Dan - can you and your editors and publishers do a product recall on this one? Read more
This book is little more than a far right wing, racist diatribe. It is so bad that I am not sure I want to read anything by this author again - which is sad because the Hyperion... Read morePublished on Jan. 15 2014 by gogglianna
I'm a bit late to this party... however, I thought I had read all of Simmons' work but a friend loaned me a copy of Flashback. Before reading it, I had the utmost respect for Mr. Read morePublished on May 22 2013 by sci fi fanatic
This was a good read, a bit too political at some points but... over all a good story and worth the read.Published on Jan. 12 2012 by Kindle Customer
Simmons' The Terror, Black Hills, and Drood made for amazing reading. Flashback's depressing view of America's future presents an interesting premise. Read morePublished on Dec 31 2011 by Jeffrey Swystun
There was another flashback in this story besides the drug in qiuestion. I saw glimpses of the eerie, post-human future of Illium/Olympus, from the hints of a final conflict... Read morePublished on Nov. 29 2011 by R. Dowsing
There is little to add to the cogent reviews already posted. A nasty, racial paranoia saturates the text and sanctimonious, libertarian nonsense fills any interstices that remain. Read morePublished on Nov. 9 2011 by Doc1495