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the Aremac Project Save a Bomb-Shattered Chicago from Terrorists Bent on Destruction
out, read The Aremac Project, a new sci-fi techno-thriller by award-winning
author Jerry Weinberg that pits technology against terrorism in a body-strewn
race against time.
Drawing on neuroscience and nanotechnology, grad students
Roger Fixman and Tess Myers develop the software and machinery to take pictures
of a person's memory. Unwittingly, these earnest researchers provide the US government
-- and its enemies -- with a new and deadly form of interrogation.
Aremac Roger and Tess develop is just what FBI agents Don Capitol and Lucinda
Duke need as they attempt to identify and pursue a terrorist group that is bombing
landmarks in Chicago and attempting to extort millions from the city.
for clues, Agents Capitol and Duke hire Roger and Tess to delve into a suspect's
mind. But just as their prisoner's defenses start to crumble, a murderer puts
an end to their progress.
The Aremac holds the key to identifying the murderer,
which makes the machine -- and its developers, Roger and Tess -- the next terrorist
. . a near-future thriller built around neuro-science and nanotech by one of the
giants of the IT revolution. . . . he has plenty of ideas, and a way of making
them convincing. He has a likeable pair of protagonists, a supporting cast that
manages to avoid stereotyping, and he contrives to keep a few plot surprises up
his sleeve. . . . Probably the closest comparisons among established SF writers
would be Robert Forward and James P. Hogan. If that's your kind of reading fare,
I suggest you give Weinberg a try."
double-dealing agents, atypical terrorists and a dash of humour Weinberg's proficiency
in physics and communication sciences comes to the fore. As with all good thrillers
readers are kept guessing for a while until it comes time to sit back, hold on
and enjoy the final run home. . . . This makes for a feast of ideas that come
at a pace that is sure to keep the pages turning."
". . . the source
of my joy reading The Aremac Project - finding the gems of technical advice
woven into the story of terrorists and hero technologists . . .
advice serves authors and others (like computer programmers) well, and for us
this is worth the price of the novel. I recommend The Aremac Project for
anyone wishing entertainment and consultation with one of the technical world's
. an action-packed, science fiction novel about a mind-reading machine, one that
can not only extract mental thoughts but mental images . . . a good read. The
plot is fast paced and gripping . . ."
L. Glass, The Software Practitioner
Weinberg loves to tell a good story, and the proof is his fast-paced new science
fiction thriller THE AREMAC PROJECT. From its first provocative premise
to its explosive ending, THE AREMAC PROJECT is a novel to read and remember.
Not only does it have memorable characters and an intriguing plot, it also has
warmth and humanity leavened with humor.
takes chutzpah to write straight to the heart of America's sorrow and anxiety
over Islamic terrorist attacks within the United States. Weinberg handles this
loaded topic with grace as he tells his story of researchers racing to recover
accurate images from the human memory. His scientist and secret agent heroes are
people you'd want to know, and his prime villain is an academic plodder that far
too many of us have already met.
doesn't stoop to cardboard villains or cutout heroes. Each character in THE
AREMAC PROJECT, of whatever ethnic origin or faith, is fully human. If we
all lived with the compassion and wisdom Weinberg brings to his fiction, this
would be a better world.
"I had only
one problem with THE AREMAC PROJECT. Its exuberant tour of Chicago's superb
ethnic cuisinekosher-style, Polish, Italian, Chineseleft my mouth
watering every time! Bring on the Mongolian beef and latkes and zuppa, but especially
let's have more fine stories from Gerald Weinberg."
Mayse, award-winning author of Awen (EWU Press)
Weinberg's THE AREMAC PROJECT is a page-turning science fiction/technological
thriller that successfully combines wish-I-had-that futuristic technology with
today's political and security climate. Smart characters, ingenious science, and
plenty of twists and turnsthis is a book you won't be ready to put down
until the last clever move is played out."
AREMAC PROJECT combines the best of thrillers and science fiction in slam-bang
near future action-adventure. Technology, love, and the underpinnings of our society
intersect in Weinberg's fast-paced story. Now I just wish he'd go ahead and invent
the real thing."
author of Mainspring (Tor Books)
enjoyed THE AREMAC PROJECT. The science is so real I felt like I could
go out tomorrow and buy an Aremac-controlled wheelchair. Way cool. The characters
were every bit as interesting as the science. Gerald gives an unbiased, inside
look at a culture that many misunderstand and fear. This is a great book."
Rebecca Shelley (R.D. Henham)
author of The Red Dragon Codex, coming January 2008
you like science fiction, mysteries or thrillers, I highly recommend this book.
I couldn't put it down. . . . The technology is futuristic and believable and
the short chapters keep it moving at a rapid pace. A great read!"
THE AREMAC PROJECT. It was original and compelling with vivid details and
memorable characterscharacters I cared about. It was one of those books
that kept me turning the pages late at night when I should be sleeping."
Nikolas Phoenix author of A Rush of Wings, coming January 2008
(Pocket/Simon and Schuster)
. . the chapters are short and this makes for a fast-paced read. There is also
humour interwoven in a plot with many twists and turns that should keep you engrossed
"I loved the
illustrated cover of this book, it one of those things that captures your attention
and imagination. It is cunningly done so it reflects many of the aspects of this
enthralling story. . . ."
"What would it be like to capture
people's memories and thoughts on a computer? What could the far reaching implications
be? I've recently read somewhere that this type of machine may be a present possibility.
Gerald Weinberg's new book, The Aremac Project, is a "fiction" thriller which
cleverly presents such a possibility.
. . Is the technology presented in this book really fiction . . . or could it
be established fact? An invention such as this could change the world, for better
or for worse. I suggest reading The Aremac Project to decide for yourself."
". . . immensely readable. . . . the
characters are vivid and likeable, the science is meticulous, and the writing
style is very compelling. Roger and Tess were particularly well done, sympathetic
story ripped from tomorrow's headlines. A great cast of characters, not one of
them afraid to be smart . . . and with 'tude to spare. A fun read as a familiar
name in books takes his first swing at the novel . . . and scores a home run!"
Shepherd national best-selling author of Kris Longknife -- Defiant
"It's hard to easily peg this fast-paced
plot: science fiction, romance, and mystery readers alike will be attracted to
a techno-thriller with fast action and powerful characterization. Public lending
libraries will find it a popular pick."
am a long-time fan of Jerry Weinberg's non-fiction writing, and was pleased to
hear he was moving into fiction. . . . The last fifty pages had me nailed to the
chair, flipping pages, unwilling to get up for any reason - it's that good. .
. . If you like cyberpunk or techno-thrillers, I suspect you will love it, but
it's an enjoyable read even if that isn't your favorite genre. If Weinberg can
produce this level of quality on his first novel, I suspect we have much to look
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