Flashback

By Dan Simmons (Audiobook, 2011)
The United States is near total collapse. But 87% of the population doesn't care: they're addicted to flashback, a drug that allows its users to re-experience the best moments of their lives. After ex-detective Nick Bottom's wife died in a car accident, he went under the flash to be with her; he's lost his job, his teenage son, and his livelihood as a result.

Nick may be a lost soul but he's still a good cop, so he is hired to investigate the murder of a top governmental advisor's son. This flashback-addict becomes the one man who may be able to change the course of an entire nation turning away from the future to live in the past.

A provocative novel set in a future that seems scarily possible, FLASHBACK proves why Dan Simmons is one of our most exciting and versatile writers.

The United States is near total collapse. But 87% of the population doesn't care: they're addicted to flashback, a drug that allows its users to re-experience the best moments of their lives. After ex-detective Nick Bottom's wife died in a car accident, he went under the flash to be with her; he's lost his job, his teenage son, and his livelihood as a result.

Nick may be a lost soul but he's still a good cop, so he is hired to investigate the murder of a top governmental advisor's son. This flashback-addict becomes the one man who may be able to change the course of an entire nation turning away from the future to live in the past.

A provocative novel set in a future that seems scarily possible, FLASHBACK proves why Dan Simmons is one of our most exciting and versatile writers.

Dan Simmons is the award-winning author of several novels, including the New York Times bestsellers Olympos and The Terror. He lives in Colorado.
  • "[Simon Prebble] effortlessly shifts among the story's many characters, imbuing each not only with a voice and dialect but also with a distinct personality." -- AudioFile Magazine on Drood

  • "[Simmons is] a master of otherworldly suspense."--The New Yorker

  • "Welcome to my mind, which for better or worse has been colonized by this insanely prolific, multi-genre writer. So when Paha Sapa turns out also to be channeling Crazy Horse and Mount Rushmore sculptor Gutzon Borglum in addition to Custer, and to be capable of visions that carry him from the Pleistocene to well into the 21st century, I barely flinched.  One of the attractions, for those who crave outdoor adventure, is that Simmons does physical distress better than anyone -- whether it's freezing to death in the Arctic, wrestling with laudanum addiction in 19th-century London, or hauling dynamite to blow up Mount Rushmore, that appalling symbol of white power. . . . So what does Simmons need the supernatural for? Couldn't he be content writing carefully researched historical fiction in beautiful prose? My guess is that he's using his monsters and ghosts to impress on us that the historical novelist's business of bringing the dead to life involves a kind of magic."--Barbara Ehrenreich, The Washington Post

  • "I would follow Simmons to the ends of the earth-which is fortunate, because often that's just where he takes us...Simmons is a wonder."--Julia Keller, Chicago Tribune

  • "Simmons, an astonishing literary jack-of-all-trades, continues to surprise and delight with a rich mix of history and virtuoso storytelling."--Michael Berry, San Francisco Chronicle

  • "Simmons' ventures into historical fiction all contain a startling supernatural element neatly folded into a factual, scrupulously researched backdrop... In Black Hills, the author's resolution of Paha Sapa's dilemma, involving sculptor Gutzon Borglum and the presidential faces at Mount Rushmore, is a brilliant stroke in this thoroughly absorbing, mystical work."--Dale L. Walker, The Dallas Morning News

  • "Simmons is always good but Drood is a masterwork of narrative suspense."--Stephen King, Entertainment Weekly on Drood

  • "A dazzling journey through a crooked, gaslit labyrinth and a tenebrous portraiture of the tortured minotaurs that dwell within.  Genius is the true mystery, and at its edge--the abyss."--Guillermo del Toro, writer and director of The Devil's Backbone and Pan's Labyrinth on Drood

  • (Publishers Weekly).

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Product Details

Flashback
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio
  • Price: $24.98 US/$27.98 CAN
  • Audio Run Time: 1320
  • ISBN-13: 9781609419745
  • On Sale Date: 07/01/2011
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