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Vitals [Download] ➹ Vitals ➾ Greg Bear – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk Blending fierce, fast plots with vivid characters and mind bending ideas, Greg Bear has mastered a powerful alchemy of suspense, science, and action in his gripping thrillers Darwin s Radio was hailed Blending fierce, fast plots with vivid characters and mind bending ideas, Greg Bear has mastered a powerful alchemy of suspense, science, and action in his gripping thrillers Darwin s Radio was hailed across the country as one of the best books of the year His newest novel, Vitals,begins with a harrowing descent to a netherworld at the very bottom of the sea and then explodes to the surface in sheer terrorHal Cousins is one of a handful of scientists nearing the most sought after discovery in human history the key to short circuiting the aging process Fueled by a wealth of research, an overdose of self confidence, and the money of influential patrons to whom he makes outrageous promises, Hal experiments with organisms living in the hot thermal plumes in the ocean depths But as he journeys beneath the sea, his other world is falling apartAcross the country, scientists are being inexplicably murdered including Hal s identical twin brother, who is also working to unlock the key to immortality Hal himself barely eludes a cold blooded attack at sea, and when he returns home to Seattle, he finds himself walking into an eerie realm where voices speak to him from the dead where a once brilliant historian turned crackpot is leading him on a deadly game of hide and seek and where the beautiful, rich widow of his twin is than willing to pick up the pieces of Hal s life and take him places he s never been beforeSuddenly Hal is trapped inside an ever twisting maze of shocking revelations For he is not the first person to come close to ending aging forever and those who came before him will stop at nothing to keep the secret to themselves Now every person on earth is at risk of being made an unsuspecting player in one man s spectacular and horrifying master planFrom the bottom of Russia s Lake Baikal to a billionaire s bionic house built into the cliffs of the Washington seashore, from the darkest days of World War II and the reign of Josef Stalin to the capitalist free for all that is the United States, Vitals tells an astounding tale of the most unimaginable scientific secret of all exposed by the quest for immortality itself From the Hardcover edition.

    Download PDF books research, an overdose of self confidence, and the money of influential patrons to whom he makes outrageous promises, Hal experiments with organisms living in the hot thermal plumes in the ocean depths But as he journeys beneath the sea, his other world is falling apartAcross the country, scientists are being inexplicably murdered including Hal s identical twin brother, who is also working to unlock the key to immortality Hal himself barely eludes a cold blooded attack at sea, and when he returns home to Seattle, he finds himself walking into an eerie realm where voices speak to him from the dead where a once brilliant historian turned crackpot is leading him on a deadly game of hide and seek and where the beautiful, rich widow of his twin is than willing to pick up the pieces of Hal s life and take him places he s never been beforeSuddenly Hal is trapped inside an ever twisting maze of shocking revelations For he is not the first person to come close to ending aging forever and those who came before him will stop at nothing to keep the secret to themselves Now every person on earth is at risk of being made an unsuspecting player in one man s spectacular and horrifying master planFrom the bottom of Russia s Lake Baikal to a billionaire s bionic house built into the cliffs of the Washington seashore, from the darkest days of World War II and the reign of Josef Stalin to the capitalist free for all that is the United States, Vitals tells an astounding tale of the most unimaginable scientific secret of all exposed by the quest for immortality itself From the Hardcover edition."/>
  • Paperback
  • 416 pages
  • Vitals
  • Greg Bear
  • English
  • 17 May 2019
  • 0345423348

About the Author: Greg Bear

Greg Bear is one of the world s leading hard SF authors He sold his first short story, at the age of fifteen, to Robert Lowndes s Famous Science Fiction A full time writer, he lives in Washington State with his family He is married to Astrid Anderson Bear He is the son in law of Poul Anderson They are the parents of two children, Erik and Alexandratp uscmillan author gregbear.



10 thoughts on “Vitals

  1. Kevin Kuhn Kevin Kuhn says:

    Greg Bear has won multiple Hugos and Nebulas He published this book in 2002 I think it s my fourth or fifth book by Bear For some reason, after reading the inside flap, I believed that this book would follow a man s search for immortality and involve sinister forces attempting to steal or prevent his achievement of life everlasting I thought it would be a thriller where the immortality provided the speculative fiction and the rest would be a traditional cloak and dagger story I was wrong I Greg Bear has won multiple Hugos and Nebulas He published this book in 2002 I think it s my fourth or fifth book by Bear For some reason, after reading the inside flap, I believed that this book would follow a man s search for immortality and involve sinister forces attempting to steal or prevent his achievement of life everlasting I thought it would be a thriller where the immortality provided the speculative fiction and the rest would be a traditional cloak and dagger story I was wrong I should have known better Greg Bear does not hold back He takes his books way past any traditional plot.I was partially on the right track Hal Cousins is nearing a breakthrough in his quest for immortality And, sure enough, sinister forces are preventing his progress But the plot gets farcreative and weirder from there At first, I was annoyed with some techniques and key plot points We switch character perspective five different times I found that annoying but not a deal breaker More frustrating, the aforementioned sinister forces employ an unusual technique to attempt to murder Hal and other good guys For a group that exerts so much control and power, why not just poison, or shoot, or stab our heroes Why try again and again with a highly ineffective technique that fails over and over again So, from my perspective, there is a bit of check your brain at the door in terms of the plot However, balance that with several positives The plot is extremely complex We are setup to believe some characters are chasing delusional conspiracy theories, only to learn the truth is much stranger than the delusions The plot spirals deeper and deeper until everything we know is called into question There are some surprising twists and turns And the tension and conflict never lets up I also really enjoyed the occasional biotech science that Bear weaves into the story He also provides some talented insights in the quest for immortality and who really controls humanity However, I was let down with the ending, a continuously rising story line ends with a somewhat ambiguous whimper.In the end, I did enjoy this story, with the positives outweighing the negatives bad guys that are nearly all powerful, but incredible incompetent at the same time A speculative, biotech, conspiracy laden, edge of the seat thriller that holds up eighteen years after it was published Four stars

  2. Megan Baxter Megan Baxter says:

    In this one, Greg Bear has kind of abandoned the ideas for the thrill of the chase It s muchtechnothriller than science fiction, although I suppose the science is enough out there it could sort of qualify But it s the speed at which everything happens, the plot racing by too fast for there to be real consideration of the ideas, that I find a pity I know he can do better, and I d much prefer a novel of ideas.Note The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in Goodreads In this one, Greg Bear has kind of abandoned the ideas for the thrill of the chase It s muchtechnothriller than science fiction, although I suppose the science is enough out there it could sort of qualify But it s the speed at which everything happens, the plot racing by too fast for there to be real consideration of the ideas, that I find a pity I know he can do better, and I d much prefer a novel of ideas.Note The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement You can read why I came to this decision here.In the meantime, you can read the entire review at Smorgasbook

  3. Milele Milele says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here This is a thriller set in a slightlycapable present day setting The best part of the book was recognizing one location after another in Seattle, Palo Alto and Berkeley The book sets and keeps a fast pace Spoiler alert now as I talk about what I didn t like It became horribly grating as each female character turned out to be one dimensional and untrustworthy Sure, the book is about biologically induced paranoia and unreliable behavior, so there s some plot justification for every This is a thriller set in a slightlycapable present day setting The best part of the book was recognizing one location after another in Seattle, Palo Alto and Berkeley The book sets and keeps a fast pace Spoiler alert now as I talk about what I didn t like It became horribly grating as each female character turned out to be one dimensional and untrustworthy Sure, the book is about biologically induced paranoia and unreliable behavior, so there s some plot justification for everybody being untrustworthy, but the female characters were really bad The worst was the wife of Rob Cousins, who, after Rob s death seeks out Rob s twin Hal, for the same reasons she initially married Rob She s a beautiful spy who can biologically control men via sex I mean, really When the bad guys can control everybody by spritzing their food or just the air they breathe, why create this artificial seductress and send her out with her mind control skin cream which she rubs on her body before rubbing her body all over her target Really That is a paranoid wet dream, not a plot After that, I perfunctorily finished the book, but didn t really enjoy it anyI can t tell if the cruise ship scenes and the ending were truly terrible or if I d just lost all interest in the plot and characters

  4. Gendou Gendou says:

    In this book, bacteria cause aging and are used for mind control This is why I hate Greg Bear he perverts science fiction.He s forcing nature to fit in his weirdo fantasy world.This makes for especially poor science fiction.The end is confusing and vague.Why do I punish myself by reading Greg Bear s books

  5. Josh Josh says:

    As a huge fan of Greg Bear s various wonders of the universe, but I found this to be very dull and disappointing I love science fiction that is grounded in biology, and Greg Bear has some fantastic biology driven novels Blood Music is my favorite, but see also

  6. Spencer Spencer says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Picked the book because I had heard the author was good While the style was decent, and the readability good, the story itself was poor It had a decent core premise, the engineering of bacterial strains released through the population which could later be triggered Unfortunately, it failed to stop or at least reign itself in somewhere within the realm of possibility, and instead went completely off the deep end.If the writer had managed to at least try to tie together the loose ends at the en Picked the book because I had heard the author was good While the style was decent, and the readability good, the story itself was poor It had a decent core premise, the engineering of bacterial strains released through the population which could later be triggered Unfortunately, it failed to stop or at least reign itself in somewhere within the realm of possibility, and instead went completely off the deep end.If the writer had managed to at least try to tie together the loose ends at the end of the book, I might have at least been able to give him two stars Instead, he lets them accumulate at an alarming rate, only to leave you completely hanging in nearly every regard I will give at least oneof his books a try, based on the readability shown here, but I cannot recommend this particular book

  7. K. K. says:

    Plot summary A bunch of people are searching for the secret tonot immortality, but living for a REALLY long timein bacteria Only then there s a big conspiracy, and they re running for their lives.Thoughts Look, it sounds really interesting And when it starts with being in a mini sub heading for the bottom of the ocean, it SEEMS really interesting But then random people started going crazy, and they were on the run, and there was this whole 20th century Russian history thing going on, Plot summary A bunch of people are searching for the secret tonot immortality, but living for a REALLY long timein bacteria Only then there s a big conspiracy, and they re running for their lives.Thoughts Look, it sounds really interesting And when it starts with being in a mini sub heading for the bottom of the ocean, it SEEMS really interesting But then random people started going crazy, and they were on the run, and there was this whole 20th century Russian history thing going on, and I just couldn t cope anyThere didn t seem to be anything tying the plot together, it was just a jumble of topics that would periodically overlap Made it as far as page 183 and couldn t take it anyDNF

  8. Mark Schomburg Mark Schomburg says:

    It s hard to stomach all the poor reviews of Greg Bear, especially for this book which is really great I ve found his angle on science fiction to be acutely amazing and convincing probably closer to reality than most readers will admit I guess he is just way over the heads of readers of typical sci fi scenarios With Bear, the science is not just a dumb prop or setting to writecrap, it s actually where the crux of the whole plot is centered The fantasy is in thinking that the science j It s hard to stomach all the poor reviews of Greg Bear, especially for this book which is really great I ve found his angle on science fiction to be acutely amazing and convincing probably closer to reality than most readers will admit I guess he is just way over the heads of readers of typical sci fi scenarios With Bear, the science is not just a dumb prop or setting to writecrap, it s actually where the crux of the whole plot is centered The fantasy is in thinking that the science just might be true or pretty close to being true might as well be true, since we live in a world of unknowns just as great I pity the reader who finds these scenarios unbelievable or too fantastic

  9. Kristin Cicciarella Kristin Cicciarella says:

    If I could give this book 5.5 stars I would It s a lot like Darwin s radio but less dense It has the same technomedical sci fi slant but you could easily finish it in a few days Instead of discussing human evolution, Bear using genetics as a weapon for espionage and a great freaking story.

  10. Lowed Lowed says:

    This one s good What disheartened me was how Bear tried to put in so many great ideas, but left them behind as he tried to shift from being a really good sci fi book to a lousy thriller trash.Still, this will not hinder me from picking up his other works.

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