WAITING (UNABR.) (7 CASS.) Audio Cassette – Audiobook, Unabridged
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
(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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
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."
Most recent customer reviews
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
...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
"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
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