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Flashback Hardcover – Jul 1 2011

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Reagan Arthur Books; 1 edition (July 1 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316006963
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316006965
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 5.1 x 24.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 816 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.1 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #526,577 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.

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Pedestrian, cliche-ridden prose, which seems mostly a Libertarian screed, it fails as satire, contains no new ideas, gets bogged down in irrelevant details and like most political pamphlets is just tedious. May I have my time back, please?
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In his introduction to PRAYERS TO BROKEN STONES, writer sui generis Harlan Ellison wrote that, if for nothing else, he believed he would be remembered for discovering Dan Simmons (Ellison entered an early Simmons short story in an important short story contest, and, most importantly, introduced Simmons to his agent). Like many others, Ellison was understandably blown away by Simmons's ability with prose and narrative. And novels (nay, classics, like HYPERION & THE FALL OF HYPERION, CARRION COMFORT, SONG OF KALI, PHASES OF GRAVITY, and THE CROOK FACTORY bore out his praise). But time will tell, and something -- gravity, a phsyiological imbalance, an "undigested bit of beef" -- changed the way Dan Simmons performed as a writer sometime just before, or just after, 2000 or 2001. And so it can be said, without exemption, that FLASHBACK is the second worst novel Dan Simmons has ever set loose on the public. The last two thirds of OLYMPOS, about half of THE TERROR, DROOD and BLACK HILLS, bad as they are, will have to fall in at shabby third in the really crummy Simmons novel sweepstakes -- and DARWIN'S BLADE is still uncontested as the absolute worst.

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?
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I've always thoroughly enjoyed Dan Simmons. Song of Kali was a brilliant book; the Hyperion/Endymion series was one of the best science fiction series ever written; and The Terror is without a doubt the best historical fantasy book I ever read.

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.
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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?


"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.
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