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Dead Lines ❰PDF❯ ✪ Dead Lines Author Greg Bear – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk With his acclaimed novels Darwin s Children and Vitals, award winning author Greg Bear turned intriguing speculation about human evolution and immortality into tales of unrelenting suspense Now he ven With his acclaimed novels Darwin s Children and Vitals, award winning author Greg Bear turned intriguing speculation about human evolution and immortality into tales of unrelenting suspense Now he ventures into decidedly frightening territory in a haunting thriller that blends modern technology and old fashioned terror, as it charts one man s inexorable descent into a world of mounting supernatural dreadFor the last two years, Peter Russell has mourned the death of one of his twin daughters who was just ten when she was murdered Recent news of his best friend s fatal heart attack has now come as another devastating blow Divorced, despondent, and going nowhere in his career, Peter fears his life is circling the drain Then Trans comes along The brainchild of an upstart telecom company, Trans is as its name suggests a transcendent marvel a sleek, handheld interpersonal communication device capable of flawless operation anywhere in the world, at any time A cell phone, but not transmitting with crystal clarity across a newly discovered, never utilized bandwidth and poised to spark a new technology revolution When its creators offer Peter a position on their team, it should be a golden opportunity for him If only he wasn t seemingly going madEverywhere Peter turns, inexplicable apparitions are walking before him or reaching out in torment After a chilling encounter with his own lost child he begins to grasp the terrifying truth Trans is a Pandora s box that has tapped into a frequency not of this world but of the next And now, via this open channel to oblivion, the dead have gained access to the living For Peter, and for humankind, a long, shadowy night of the soul has descended, bringing with it the stuff of a horrifying nightmare from which they may never awakenBy turns spine tingling, provocative, and heart wrenching, Dead Lines marks a major turning point in the consistently dazzling storytelling career of Greg Bear Alongside its hero, Dead Lines peers into the darkest place we can imagine and wonders fearfully what might be peering back From the Hardcover edition.


10 thoughts on “Dead Lines

  1. Pat Cummings Pat Cummings says:

    For those who would dine on old, dead dreams of glory, Hollywood is always willing to set a place at the table In his house in the Glendale Hills, Peter Russell has been dining for years on his defunct dream A one time creator of nudie films and Playboy cartoons, he planned novels, plays, short stories that somehow never were completed Peter s creative stream was first diverted by the easy sex of his heyday, and then dammed up by the murder of one of his twin daughters.Now he retains just e For those who would dine on old, dead dreams of glory, Hollywood is always willing to set a place at the table In his house in the Glendale Hills, Peter Russell has been dining for years on his defunct dream A one time creator of nudie films and Playboy cartoons, he planned novels, plays, short stories that somehow never were completed Peter s creative stream was first diverted by the easy sex of his heyday, and then dammed up by the murder of one of his twin daughters.Now he retains just enough charm to get by He provides the likable face of business for a misanthropic millionaire, and charms the trophy wife of his employer, his remaining daughter, and just about every woman he meets except his ex wife And even though he is not in the movie business any, he does still have connections.Those connections bring him an innovative new cell phone, a hefty commission check, and an exciting chance to get back in the game He will create a complete marketing campaign for the Trans, an eerily clear communication device that, according to the inventor, taps into a space below our world, lower than networks used by atoms or subatomic particles, to where it is very quiet What if some of the things you see every day aren t really there What if they just look normal You seldom compare notes with anybody, do you You don t bring along a video camera and record every minute of your daily life to see what you might have seen that wasn t there after all.Even as he dreams of revived glory, the spirit of Rod Serling is waiting to detour him into nightmare Peter s signpost up ahead is a phone call to let him know his best friend is dead After that call, his life becomeslike a Twilight Zone episode with each passing day His dead daughter, his deceased friend, and a host of other ghosts , living and not, begin to haunt his life.Peter s efforts to understand these things take him from one memorable extreme to another he consults a charismatic psychic, takes a funereal road trip to San Francisco to dump his friend s ashes in the sea, and visits a famous prison turned office bloc where the death chamber is now the server room for a telecommunications startup Phone calls from Prague and an invisible chess opponent come to seem equally mundane in Peter s new world, as the tale moves in increments from creepy understanding to real horror, ending in a crashing climax of fire and discovery.Greg Bear s Dead Lines is truly spooky, in the way ghost stories seldom are after we enter our cynical middle years Peter, like most of Bear s readers, does not believe in psychics, ghosts or paranormal powers He may not be happy, but at least he is content with his life and himself The power of Bear s story is that we understand how Peter loses both that easy contentment and his disbelief.We travel with him on his downhill path to the queasy realization that Hamlet was right There arethings in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in our philosophies And if we re lucky, none of them have our cell phone numbers


  2. Aly Aly says:

    I have mixed feeling about this book It is writtenwith a guy audience in mind, I think, from the porn aspect I didn t really like any of the characters in the book and for me the book was hard to follow I received a copy of the book free from NetGalley and this is my honest review


  3. Lisa Lisa says:

    Peter, Peter, Peter I guess I don t understand the bad and mediocre reviews for this book I thought it was great Maybe it worked so well for me because I ve not read any Greg Bear books I m not big on sci fi, but I do love the scary stuff This wasn t horror, but it was a ghost story, of sorts Truth is, it gave me a big dose of the wollygaggins Which is an odd way of saying that occasionally my hair was standing straight up, noises were heart attacks just waiting to happen, and shadows see Peter, Peter, Peter I guess I don t understand the bad and mediocre reviews for this book I thought it was great Maybe it worked so well for me because I ve not read any Greg Bear books I m not big on sci fi, but I do love the scary stuff This wasn t horror, but it was a ghost story, of sorts Truth is, it gave me a big dose of the wollygaggins Which is an odd way of saying that occasionally my hair was standing straight up, noises were heart attacks just waiting to happen, and shadows seemed to dance around For me, the whole book was moody, and that s what I like in a ghost story In this case GHOSTS story Peter was at times difficult to like, but very easy to love That ending was kind of incredible I was smiling and teary eyed too All in all a darn good story, and one I d recommend to folk who like an off beat murder ghosts story My thanks to the publishers and Netgalley for the free e book


  4. Thom Thom says:

    The blurb on the author s site is a sparse A high tech ghost story The main character is pushed around by the plot, by the other characters, and eventually by ghosts as well A lot of the story is learning how he is going to react next.While science fiction ish, the mechanism behind these new phones is not explained terribly well Deeper than atoms or something like that So it s not great sci fi, and I didn t find it particularly great horror either.I listened to the book as read by Jason The blurb on the author s site is a sparse A high tech ghost story The main character is pushed around by the plot, by the other characters, and eventually by ghosts as well A lot of the story is learning how he is going to react next.While science fiction ish, the mechanism behind these new phones is not explained terribly well Deeper than atoms or something like that So it s not great sci fi, and I didn t find it particularly great horror either.I listened to the book as read by Jason Culp He did a pretty good job with the main character and the narrative, but some of the supporting cast especially the women were not the best.I ll stick with Greg Bear for science fiction, but will likely give his future horror titles a pass


  5. Cheryl Cheryl says:

    A ghost is a role without an actor This is a re publication of this book that was originally published in 2004 I am glad that it is being re introduced to readers.I buy quite a few of Greg Bear s books because the book summaries always sound so good whoever writes his summaries deserves a raise And then I end up usually being disappointed always forgetting that hard science fiction is not my cup of tea But not this time This book is exceptionally good BUT it s not hard sci fi so that A ghost is a role without an actor This is a re publication of this book that was originally published in 2004 I am glad that it is being re introduced to readers.I buy quite a few of Greg Bear s books because the book summaries always sound so good whoever writes his summaries deserves a raise And then I end up usually being disappointed always forgetting that hard science fiction is not my cup of tea But not this time This book is exceptionally good BUT it s not hard sci fi so that s probably the key.Peter Russell is 58 years old He used to direct soft porn movies, has tried rather unsuccessfully being a writer and also failed as a husband He has been doing errands for his millionaire neighbors for quite a few years But life has dumped a load of bad happenings on him over the last couple of years and when he s offered a job with a start up tech company, he needs the money and the distraction But his troubles are far from over.The book I always hold up as my standard for spooky stories is GHOST STORY by Peter Straub I loved that book and periodically re read it But I liked this book a lot It is a creepy what if tale that had me turning on lights to chase away the shadows in the corners of the room I liked protagonist Russell I liked the pacing of the story Don t go into it expecting explanations of some of the happenings Just relax and prepare to be disturbed.I received this book from Open Road Media through Net Galley in exchange for my unbiased review


  6. Louis Louis says:

    I listened to this book during a longish road trip I took a week ago.I ve enjoyed Greg Bear s science fiction work in the past With this book as the summation noted he has written a technological horror novel.Sadly, the only horror I felt was that it was not better He honestly is a good writer and I didn t feel this story showed off his strengths I hesitate to even think of it as horror I ve seen other reviewers state that it sof a light ghost story Agreed The setup is the intr I listened to this book during a longish road trip I took a week ago.I ve enjoyed Greg Bear s science fiction work in the past With this book as the summation noted he has written a technological horror novel.Sadly, the only horror I felt was that it was not better He honestly is a good writer and I didn t feel this story showed off his strengths I hesitate to even think of it as horror I ve seen other reviewers state that it sof a light ghost story Agreed The setup is the introduction of a new style of mobile phone that gives folks access to the ghostly realm Folks start seeing people that have passed onI was hoping that as he s done with his science fiction, he d provide a nice explanation of the other world, how the phones broke the barrier, a peek into this other dimension but nope It just tied to be scary and I just didn t feel it Honestly I just didn t care The story just seemed to meander about I do see other reviewers that really like it so while I didn t, if this is the sort of the story that may interest you, I say give it a try It might work better for than for me From now on, I ll stick with his science fiction


  7. Tracy Tracy says:

    Interesting storyline, but not engrossing


  8. Taylor Bright (BuriedInBookland) Taylor Bright (BuriedInBookland) says:

    Thank to Netgalley and the publisher for giving me this ebook to review Actual rating 2.5 stars.I had such high hopes for this novel It was one that really caught my attention and I was thrilled when I received it The plot just didn t click with me and the characters, especially our MC, were just too bland and two dimensional.I forced myself to read until the ending and I was just all around underwhelmed by everything that happened.As someone who loves horror and is just dipping into Sci Fi, t Thank to Netgalley and the publisher for giving me this ebook to review Actual rating 2.5 stars.I had such high hopes for this novel It was one that really caught my attention and I was thrilled when I received it The plot just didn t click with me and the characters, especially our MC, were just too bland and two dimensional.I forced myself to read until the ending and I was just all around underwhelmed by everything that happened.As someone who loves horror and is just dipping into Sci Fi, this one left me upset by the lack of substance it brought.The only reason it s a 2.5 is because the concept is one that is very interesting to me, it just didn t get executed to my liking


  9. tENTATIVELY, cONVENIENCE tENTATIVELY, cONVENIENCE says:

    review of Greg Bear s Dead Lines by tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE December 4, 2017 Greg Bear s Quantico followed this one In my review of that I wrote Ok, I ve previously drawn parallels between Greg Bear s Blood Music Michael Crichton s Prey that were unflattering to Crichton see then I HATED Crichton s State of Fear see SO, I credited Bear w being original discredited Crichton w being a paltr review of Greg Bear s Dead Lines by tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE December 4, 2017 Greg Bear s Quantico followed this one In my review of that I wrote Ok, I ve previously drawn parallels between Greg Bear s Blood Music Michael Crichton s Prey that were unflattering to Crichton see then I HATED Crichton s State of Fear see SO, I credited Bear w being original discredited Crichton w being a paltry 2nd or 3rd or whatever THEN Bear writes this a novel not that dissimilar from Crichton s State of Fear but coming out a yr or 2 later The reason why I start this review off this way is because Dead Lines, as the predecessor of Quantico, puts Quantico somewhat in perspective I speculate does that makes this SR instead of SF Speculative Reviewing that Bear was trying to makemoney by writing in established popular genres. Who knows Maybe everyone in his family had flesh eating disease the bubonic plague, I mean he might ve been desperate for money Dead Lines has a list of writers that it s FOR J Sheridan Fanu Henry James M R James Arthur Machen H P Lovecraft Shirley Jackson Fritz Leiber Richard Matheson, Kingsley Amis Peter Straub Bruce Joel Rubin Ramsey Campbell Dean Koontz Stephen King Clive Barker Scary people, all. p vii I ve heard of most of those authors, some of them are popular horror writers, others a bitambiguous I read an entire Dean Koontz novel found it to be a bit predictable in its chain pulling, I read one Stephen King short story have never had the desire to read anything else by him since although I ve seenmovies based on his bks than even a hypnotist cd ferret out I don t think of either authors as being worth emulating but, having worked in the bkstore biz for 8 yrs, I can say that King was the most popular writer I ve ever known of so if you want to make money that s apparently the way to go, or the road to hoe, or the road to ho , heck a goshen , King even endorses Dead Lines on the back cover A REALLY EXCELLENT NOVEL I hope he didn t think too hard about that Bear, even at his worst, wch is what I d say Dead Lines is, still has interesting ideas that put his stories a notch above the furthest my belt can stretch In this case, a new post cell phone technology taps into some unexpected places The pre story flash forward of sorts hints at the ambitious plot We were all there in that city that draws its paycheck from the manufacture of ghosts We were there when one man started handing out free talk And we are there now, sad little dolls made of dust. p 1 Ain t it the truth But what is all this free talk stuff I ve been hearing about Is it like Freedom Fries If you take the damned thing, turn it off while you re here They don t turn off, the young man explained to Peter, drawing closer His wide blue eyes assessed Peter s character and the size of his wallet You can turn the ringer down, however Peter smiled as if at a half heard joke What is it he asked Free talk, Joseph said But it doesn t work p 12 That s b c freedom isn t free It is on sale this wk only tho Buy 2 get 1 free Unfortunately, all 3 of them are ghosts With Baslan out of the doorway, Peter had a clear view through an arch to the dining room, about thirty feet from the porch A little boy in a frilled shirt and knee stockings stood there He looked sick not sick, dead worse than dead, unraveling His face turned in Peter s direction, skin as pale and cold as skim milk The head seemed jointed like a doll s The grayish eyes saw right through him, and suddenly the outline blurred, precisely as if the boy had fallen out of focus in a camera viewfinder pp 35 36 Oh, he probably just came back from the dr s You know what I say A highwayman said Your money or your life , a dr just thinks Your money then you life Business is business Maybe the dr just gave him a steroid shot in the hip The next thing you know, a mere 23 pp later, you re seeing another ghost Through his tears, he saw that the woman s face was like a flat sheet of mother of pearl Her eyes opened to quizzical hollows Less than solid, she resembled a paper doll frayed by careless snipping Peter could actually see her edges ripple pp 59 60 If I don t write something here before I move on to the next quote it ll seem that the ghost above is the she The wd be funny but I ve decided against misleading YOU, dear reader, in that way She introduced the guests to Peter Two he had met long ago, writers from a group Phil had belonged to for almost thirty years, the Mysterians p 69 Now, maybe that s a take off of The Futurians , an early to mid 20th century SF group Or maybe Peter s the question mark Get it Question Mark the Mysterians HahahAHAhahA. Another good touch is to have Peter be a former sexploitation Psychotronic moviemaker a little down on his luck Out of the onetime slammer comes a promo campaign headed by Peter Russell, the edgiest sexploitation director ever Weinstein s face grew serious And to be honest, Russ Meyer turned us down But then he suggested you, one Russell to another p 101 The clues fall into place like glue traps raining from heck In less than twenty years, world will run out of bandwidth Radio, TV, cell phones, wireless, all will halt screeching growth He smiled But world s problem is solvable, I have solved it Kreisler rose and started to move his arms, slowly at first, then describing large arcs No need for waves, for radiation I discover new source of bandwidth, forbidden information channels, not truly radiation at all, unknown until now Channels in what I call Bell continuum p 105 I call it the Taco Bell Continuum but it s basically the same thing Like cell phones, Trans units always tie into network They are always on What isremarkable, as they work, they actually change surrounding space, perhaps permanently They alter information permittivity p 107 Hence, Free Love Yes, but we use term as a metaphor, Kreisler said A capacitor stores up charge Space stores up information, but over time, it fades, dissipates When Trans accesses the forbidden channels, she increases space s permittivity Information does not fade, but builds up until it jumps like a spark p107 It s like when you go to hug someone you get shocked by static electricity the next thing you know their whole life story flashes in front of you you realize they re a serial killer they know that you know they stab you to death Happens all the time As a non Psychotronic moviemaker myself I appreciated this next bit I presume I m going to shoot HD video, he continued, his tongue gluey I ve never used a Betacam, or whatever it is now I d like to see some of the equipment, just to know what to rent Karl shrugged Hell, with what s in Circuit City right now, you might as well buy Only cost you a couple of grand for something pretty terrific Peter shook his head This is professional, Karl That s what I m saying, Peter Something the size of your hand, locked onto a hundred dollar tripod, will give you great results What kind of budget p 142 A couple of grand Pshaw I use a 35 sports camera bought at another famous chain store I m the best moviemaker in the world Peter stopped at an old pay phone near an Asian grocery, one of the last pay phones in Los Angeles they were being dismantled everywhere Everyone was going wireless p 231 True dat The reader reading this might not even remember pay phones They were the things that rival drug dealers pissed on the mouthpieces of that, gentle wo men , concludes today s PowerPoint on sails


  10. Bonnye Reed Bonnye Reed says:

    GNab I received a free electronic copy of this novel from Netgalley, Greg Bear, and Open Road Integrated Media in exchange for an honest review Thank you for sharing your hard work with me This book was originally published by Ballantine Books in 2004.I am always tickled when I run across a Greg Bear novel and am thrilled to see them being re issued Thank you, Open Road Integrated Media, for keeping the oldie s but goodies accessible This is not a Bear tale that I had run across before I GNab I received a free electronic copy of this novel from Netgalley, Greg Bear, and Open Road Integrated Media in exchange for an honest review Thank you for sharing your hard work with me This book was originally published by Ballantine Books in 2004.I am always tickled when I run across a Greg Bear novel and am thrilled to see them being re issued Thank you, Open Road Integrated Media, for keeping the oldie s but goodies accessible This is not a Bear tale that I had run across before I can tell you that it is massively scary and a good bit funny, if you can laugh at yourself successfully We only look old on the outside, us boomer babies Well, except for Michelle, but she had a deal going with the devil, I think No one should look that good pushing 60 I promise you that you will look at your convenient cell phone in a much different way in about 5 hours read time, and nothing about this tale is dated pub date Aug 22, 2017 orig pub Ballantine Books 2004Open Road Integrated Media


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