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Ten years ago in the twenty-fourth century future, Jonat deVrai was a rising star in the Marines. But he shocked his superiors by walking away from the Corps after witnessing atrocity and hypocrisy. Starting his life over, he established himself as the world's expert on the effectiveness of "prod" - product placement, the only advertising which viewers will allow through the sophisticated filters they all use against intrusions on their electronic link networks. Prod, reinforced with sublims and the "res"- resonant frequencies, a form of sonic branding-is the wave of the future. DeVrai's comfortable world is upset when the Centre for Societal Research approaches him to study the effects of res and prod on political campaigns. After a res-heavy political rally for laborite Republican Senatorial candidate Juan Carlismo, armed thugs jump deVrai in a parking garage. A day later, a sniper ambushes him. What looked like a safe, lucrative contract has suddenly turned dangerous. With his life on the line, deVrai must sort flash from fact before it's too late.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 536 pages
  • 106.7 x 177.8 x 30.5mm | 272.16g
  • St Martin's Press
  • Tor Books
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0765349922
  • 9780765349927
  • 830,542

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Praise for "Flash""Another political yarn set in the future world of Modesitt's superior "Archform: Beauty "(2002). Modesitt's abundant novelistic virtues -- great characters and plotting, impressive attention to detail -- aside: this is smart, aware, provocative, and engrossing on several political, economic, and professional levels."-"Kirkus" (Starred Review) "Nonstop action, which . . . never sidelines good world-building and characterization. . . . A marvelous thriller that plausibly extrapolates from current possibilities in IT, AI, media, and crime, it also constitutes the way for newcomers to get acquainted with Modesitt-at his best."--"Booklist""Modesitt returns to the future world of" Archform: Beauty" for a stand-alone tale that resonates with current ethical dilemmas. DeVrai, with his troubled past, is far more than your average one note SF hero, and his interior landscape is nearly as complicated as his adventures. There are plenty of plot twists to satisfy the most critical mystery fan, and more than enough nifty futuristic technology for hardcore SF readers. This novel doesn't fall into the trap of making futuristic Earth denizens less than human or creating complicated technology just for show....Corporate conspiracies, rigged elections and the ubiquity of advertising are just a few of the issues Modesitt takes on, and he deftly handles the complicated plot threads."-"Romantic Times"
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About L. E. Modesitt

L. E. Modesitt, Jr., is the bestselling author of the fantasy series The Saga of Recluce, Corean Chronicles, and the Imager Portfolio. His science fiction includes "Adiamante," the Ecolitan novels, the Forever Hero Trilogy, and "Archform: Beauty." Besides a writer, Modesitt has been a U.S. Navy pilot, a director of research for a political campaign, legislative assistant and staff director for a U.S. Congressman, Director of Legislation and Congressional Relations for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a consultant on environmental, regulatory, and communications issues, and a college lecturer. He lives in Cedar City, Utah.
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670 ratings
3.79 out of 5 stars
5 25% (169)
4 37% (248)
3 30% (204)
2 6% (42)
1 1% (7)
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