Signal

Signal

Book - 2015
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"From the bestselling author of RUNNER comes the next thriller featuring Sam Dryden, in the series that has captured the imagination of readers worldwide. In the middle of the night, ex-Special Forces operative Sam Dryden gets a urgent call from an old colleague, desperate for his help in a last-minute secret mission. Without a moment's hesitation, Dryden agrees. The two race to a remote shack in the foothills of the Sierra Nevadas, where they break in, rescue four kidnapped girls, then flee into the hills just seconds ahead of the arriving police and FBI team. It's then that Sam Dryden learns the real secret behind this mission. His former teammate has been working security for an old friend whose company discovered something, and developed a device around that discovery, which had the power to change the course of history. But, as Newton's laws predict, for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. There are some very bad people determined to get their hands on this device, and will stop at nothing to do so. This hidden group apparently has the money, the connections, the men, and the material to accomplish anything they want. Now the only thing standing in their way is Sam Dryden"-- Provided by publisher
Publisher: New York : Minotaur Book, 2015
Edition: First Edition
ISBN: 9781250030788
1250030781
Characteristics: 311 pages ; 25 cm

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abcedmillered
Feb 23, 2017

I give this book five neutrinos and a pop-fly on baseball radio. I devoured this book like an old Star Trek episode. The thing I like about Lee's breakneck thrillers is how they're slightly ridiculous, but completely plausible. I know that sounds crazy, but when you read it, you'll get it. Now I want to see Lee put Dryden up against a cthulhu and explain it. Cause he can. Some people hate time travel explanations. Not me. Everything was appropriately lined up. Lee knocked it out of the ballpark.

AL_NANCYG Nov 14, 2016

Signal is a fast read. I enjoyed the main character and even though it is about learning the future before it happens and the consequences of being able to manipulate the future for good or bad, it reads like an espionage novel. I highly recommend it for time travel and espionage aficionados

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bettywangman
Aug 25, 2016

Good read, but be aware it is the same book as ''Only to die again'.

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gtct
Dec 02, 2015

Runner made me want to read this. Now I want to read Lee's earlier works.

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jimg2000
Oct 23, 2015

A credible mix of action and SciFi that is heavy on the "ripple effect" of time. A good thriller if you accept the paradox that if you change the future, you change the past. See hints in quotes.

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Reads_A_Lot
Sep 06, 2015

I don't usually read or watch anything that has to do with time travel -- it messes with my head. So started reading this 2nd Sam Dryden book unaware of this aspect. Since I like Sam's character and his mystery/thriller/adventures, I tried not to dwell too much on the time continuum and just accept it. Overall I enjoyed it, but liked Runner better.

MedinaReads Aug 12, 2015

Part thriller, part adrenaline, part mystery, with a good dose of speculative science makes Lee's second Sam Dryden novel a fun and fast paced summer read. A mysterious device that can pick up radio signals 10 hours into the future sparks a race to keep this technology out of the hands of a mysterious group who would use it to manipulate the future. Lee Child fans will want to pick this one up! Recommended by E.L., Lodi Library, MCDL

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jimg2000
Oct 23, 2015

"Did you ever read Stephen Hawking? A Brief History of time? ... I'm probably going to mangle some of this," Claire said, "but the main parts are about time itself. What time actually is. It's a physical thing; it's not just some human construct to measure hours and years. Time is something tangible, like gravity and light. And it's not just like those things---it's tied to those things. People like Einstein and Lorentz worked out the basics a hundred years ago. Things like time dilation -- how the closer you get to the speed of light, the more time slows down for you. That's a nailed-down fact, No one disputes it."

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jimg2000
Oct 23, 2015

"They can get the answers to questions, if they can think of the questions." "That's a pretty good advantage."

The unexpected:
"Hayden, come to bed," xxyz said.

How many times had the tack of humanity been shifted by some one-off event, some unheard-of person? Like Gavrilo Princip. Like Vasil Arkhipov. The future was no different. History was a surprisingly workable medium, before it was written down.

The third shot passed close enough that he felt its heat across his forehead, as if someone had waived a lightbulb two inches from his face.

Two vehicles doing 60 or 70 in opposite directions. The math got uglier by the second.

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jimg2000
Oct 23, 2015

Caution was like money: More was more.

My father used to say power has a good memory for bad ideas.

"They do seem to come in with their minds already made up," Chatham said. "Made up for them."

"But anyway, yes, everything seemed fine at the beginning."
"Seemed," Dryden Said. Claire nodded, "And then it didn't"

But it wouldn't tell them anything they didn't already know about him: unidentified male, white, average height and build.

Her life had taken on a distinctly hitchhiker kind of feeling lately. Like her future was no more plotted than that of a paper cup in the wind.

You know how things get covered. What passes for journalism now. Send us your tweets, America, tell us what you think happened.

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jimg2000
Oct 23, 2015

Maybe they thought she looked too soft for the job. That was fine. Their thoughts were their business.

Some people call us a movement, they said, but that's the wrong word. We're something purer than that. We're an idea --

There was a big dustup in the scientific community, all over the world. There was an experiment that seemed to suggest neutrinos can travel faster than light. ... Neutrinos barely interact with most other matter; they're emitted by the sun, and the ones that hit the earth usually pass through it without striking so much as an atom.

He said he felt like he was in that Steinbeck book, The Pearl.

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