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Garner Nanotechnology is developing nanotech-enhanced protective suits and autonomous first-aid nanobots.  It’s cutting-edge stuff, and when it saves Brent Cleary from a pipeline explosion that killed hundreds, the Army takes notice. Near-death experience changes a person, so no one is entirely surprised when easy-going Brent turns somber and studious, focused and cold.  NGarner Nanotechnology is developing nanotech-enhanced protective suits and autonomous first-aid nanobots.  It’s cutting-edge stuff, and when it saves Brent Cleary from a pipeline explosion that killed hundreds, the Army takes notice. Near-death experience changes a person, so no one is entirely surprised when easy-going Brent turns somber and studious, focused and cold.  Not at first.  But Kim O’Donnell, Brent’s best friend, cannot get past some of the changes.  This just isn’t her friend, and she wonders what’s gotten into him. With an Army field trial imminent and the company’s future at stake, possible nanotech side effects aren’t something anyone wants to discuss.  The bad news is, Kim’s right.  Something has gotten into Brent – and he isn’t the only one changing. If Kim can’t stop them … maybe we’ll all change....

Title : Small Miracles
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ISBN : 9780765320940
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 352 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Small Miracles Reviews

  • Magdelanye
    2018-11-23 03:39

    It's a small miracle I managed to finish this rather clumsy take on the modern nightmare, the invasion of the mind. Larry Niven claimed, on the front jacket to be royally entertained,and Robert Sawyer (on the back cover) found it fascinating and compelling, but I found it a true grind.The pedestrian writing irritated me and it was especially annoying to have to wade through pages of overly technical details only to come up against a glaring inconsistancy. I did not find the pace or the events credible and therefore did not fully engage.so why keep reading... The theme of mind parasites and riders does fascinate me. This book may not be well written, but it does explore some key ideas especially in the genesis of an overmind.The foolish but devoted, resourceful and plucky heroine reminded me quite a bit of a dear friend so I began to care about her fate. I liked it that the romantic element was nil.The writing did get a little better about halfway through the book,and the ending contained a neat twist.And I approve of his final sentiment"The one way he knew how to cope was to do some good here, whatever the governments agenda." pp362

  • Stefan
    2018-12-13 00:38

    Edward Lerner's 'Small Miracles' was a fast-paced techno-thriller about nano bots that go rogue. Lerner shaped the silly-sounding premise into a tense and intelligent race against time. Furthermore, this novel had some of the creepiest scenes I've ever read & an great ambiguous and thought-provoking ending.

  • Matt
    2018-12-17 21:23

    Reads a bit like Robin Cook or Crichton, but with a nod toward more geeked-out sf styling. The pacing is decent until the end, which comes way too soon and without nearly enough punch. Lerner does great dialogue and characterization, and makes nanotechnology seem both cool and dangerous.

  • Scott Shjefte
    2018-12-13 23:24

    Twas a good action adventure, bit of a let down in some ways... It did consider in the plot some of the pros and cons of personnal incorporating nano tech from both the individual's point of view while still showing most of the big picture.

  • Marc
    2018-12-08 04:49

    I really enjoyed this science fiction technothriller set in the years 2015-2017. What keeps the reader’s attention is a race between the good guys and bad guys with each side learning information about the other side that may close out the race in their favor while also not knowing how far ahead the other side really is in critical areas. The bad guys are super-intelligent nano-robots. They are body snatchers that re-wire the host human’s brain.A second thread involves corporate intrigue within a technology based company with the engineers constantly dealing with issues, managers dealing with finances, relationships, and inter-departmental issues.One unusual aspect is the apparently platonic relationship between the two main characters in the book. I suspect the author wrote this with an eye towards a movie down the road as there are plenty of explosions and other visually interesting scenes.

  • Eero
    2018-11-30 00:40

    This book was originally published in 2009 and set in the near future - so near that its beginning date has now passed. Already the world it describes has diverged from reality enough to strain today's reader's willing suspension of disbelief. The plot involves runaway nanotech, but in a more limited and thus more "realistic" way than in "Blood Music" and such (essentially, the medical nanites in this book are not self-replicating, but they can stimulate changes in the central nervous system and thus take over their host). The prose is rather flat and often very technical, which can alienate some readers.I could see this as a miniseries on TV, if the background was updated and it was set a bit further down in the future.

  • Chip
    2018-12-06 04:33

    I was a bit disappointed with this book. I was thinking since Lerner has collaborated with Niven on three prequel books in the Ringworld series that he must have some pretty good talent. The pace and the characters of this book are forced and confusing. I felt the computer science portions were not realistic at all. And the ending is not satisfying. Read "Blood Music" if you want a much better book with similar themes.

  • Sean Randall
    2018-11-19 05:20

    This is a hugely thoughtful take on the nanotech event horizon. Lerner writes with scientific acumen, technical aptitude and personable characters. It's a pretty scary look into a future; and the prologue and epilogue both hooked me and made me want more. If you're a hard sci-fi fan, this is one not to miss.

  • Selina
    2018-12-13 23:33

    Good read, interesting near future tale that addresses the nature of humanity, consciousness, life, and morality. Good sci-fi, and the author really did his research! Other than a couple tiny potential flaws, his explanations seem sound and well thought out.

  • Donald
    2018-11-21 22:49

    An interesting sci-fi story about what makes us human, a basic thing in sci-fi. The author got across the highly-technical stuff without making it boring, which is always a good thing for a sci-fi book to do.

  • Chris Jackson
    2018-12-06 01:31

    Met the brilliant Edward Lerner at a convention, and let me tell you, the guy can write...

  • Karen
    2018-11-24 03:36

    A chilling take on nanotech. Good reading in spite of the one-loose-thread ending leaving an opening for a sequel.

  • Claire
    2018-11-25 00:46

    Fairly rambling and slow with a lot of repition. Also, I found I couldn't connect with any of the characters enough to care about them or their cause.

  • David
    2018-11-17 01:49

    Terrific near future thriller. Impossible to put down.

  • John
    2018-12-04 05:26

    Mostly this was really good science fiction but there was a big hypnosis part that felt completely out of place and kind of dumb in what was otherwise a really sharp book.

  • Carolyn
    2018-12-01 01:35

    A fun, twisty story - sort of like Star Trek meets Invasion of the Body Snatchers. First book in a while that was actually hard to put down. Definitely recommend it for the sci-fi geeks out there.