“Influx” by Daniel Suarez (Dutton, 2014)


It seems logical that if movie rights to a book are sold before the book is even published, then the book must be pretty good. Such is the case with Daniel Suarez’s latest book, Influx, rights to which have been acquired by Twentieth Century Fox. Another book that went through similar motions was Justin Cronin’s The Passage, before it was released, which went on to become a huge bestseller and was also a great book. But perhaps the key to Influx is that it is not only a riveting thriller that the likes of Michael Crichton or Tom Clancy might have written, but it is a book that is uniquely Daniel Suarez and sets the stage for his ability as a great writer and talented storyteller. There aren’t many books when one reads the last page, one feels compelled to flip back to the first page and start reading again, but Influx is definitely one of them.

What if our world was in fact way more advanced technologically than we thought possible? What if fusion power, true artificial intelligence, anti-gravity or even immortality had already been invented but had been kept hidden from humanity because of the possible harm it could cause the human race and the planet? This is the premise for Influx, which opens with particle physicist Jon Grady trying out his newly invented technology with his colleagues as they wrap their minds around the reality that is a gravity mirror. The possibilities are endless! And then they find themselves under attack by a terrorist group who tie them up and leave them in the warehouse to be killed by the bomb that has been left for them.

The bomb goes off and then Grady awakens to find himself in the office of the Bureau of Technology Control, a supposed government watchdog group that snatches up advanced technologies that pose too great a risk for the world. Grady is given the option to continue his work for the bureau or be imprisoned. Refusing to give up, Grady options for the latter and thus begins his tough times that will push him to the limits if he wants to fight back against this clandestine nonexistent government group.

Influx has the techno-thrill of a book that the late Michael Crichton might one day have written, as well as the jargon and complexity of the late Tom Clancy, posing the question as to whether Daniel Suarez is the author to step into these bestselling authors shoes? But the book also has a human side to it with its characters, with a moral to be learned and appreciated, as well as a story filled with cutting edge science that leaves one wondering if they’re reading fiction or nonfiction?

Daemon and Freedom™ were Daniel Suarez’s start as an author, as he told a particular story he wanted to tell. Kill Decision was his follow up book that was a story seizing on the hot topic of drones that were about to make headline news worldwide. Influx is the quasi science fiction thriller that Suarez was destined to write, that shows his full ability and scope not just as a great writer, but as a visionary storyteller that sets the stage for his future books that will no doubt match and exceed Influx in scope and potential. Suarez is a writer you should take note of, because he’s got some very important things to talk about, things that in all likelihood may one day come to pass.

Originally written on February 16, 2014 ©Alex C. Telander.

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Daniel Suarez will be doing a reading and signing at Copperfield’s San Rafael on February 25th at 7pm. CLICK HERE for more information.

I had the opportunity to interview Daniel Suarez in 2009 with the release of Daemon which you can listen to here.

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Daemon  Freedom  Kill Decision

Daniel Suarez @ Copperfield’s Books San Rafael February 25th

Be sure to clear your schedule on the evening of Tuesday, February 25th, as you’re in for a real treat at Copperfield’s San Rafael, where we will be welcoming bestselling author Daniel Suarez for a reading and signing. I first learned about Daniel Suarez in early 2009 with the release of his debut thriller, Daemon. I then had the opportunity to interview him and learned that as well as being a great writer, he’s a fascinating guy.

Daemon  Freedom

In the interview he said after the duology of Daemon and Freedom, he wasn’t sure if he’d do any more books. Thankfully, that never came true, as he followed with Kill Decision in 2012, all about those meddlesome drones flying the skies above us, long before they were in the everyday news.

In February 5th, the Wall Street Journal ran an interesting article on Daniel Suarez and where he is headed as a thriller writer and the big shoes he is skillfully filling. The subtitle of the article alone would pique anyone’s interest:

‘Influx’ may propel the sci-fi writer into the void left by Tom Clancy and Michael Crichton.

Suarez’ new book, Influx, will be released on February 20th. I’m already over a hundred pages into it, and in addition to already been the best thing he’s written yet, it’s some great science fiction in the style of Michael Crichton, William Gibson, and Neal Stephenson. It’s a great book that should be the book that launches Suarez to the big author stage known around the world.

So mark this day and time down in your calendar if you live or will be in the Bay Area – Tuesday, February 25th at 7pm – and come meet a great writer who is changing the face of science fiction.

Copperfield’s Books San Rafael is located at 850 Fourth St. in downtown San Rafael. For more information, call 415-524-2800.