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Triggers by Robert J. Sawyer
Cover Artist: Stephan Martiniere
Review by Ernest Lilley
Ace Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9781937007164
Date: 03 April 2012 List Price $25.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK

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Robert Sawyer, the eternally optimistic Canadian science fiction author, turns from saving humanity from itself through AI oversight in his recent WWW trilogy (Wake, Watch, Wonder) to a story where we bootstrap ourselves through a psychic connection that spreads like a virus. Science fiction has tended to shy away from stories involving telepathy or cosmic connections, but Sawyer takes the classic setup; an experiment gets interrupted by a powerful outside surge, and spins it into an acceptable premise involving quantum mechanics, brain stimulation, and a fair sized EMP (Electro-Magnetic-Pulse) bomb going off all at once. A small group of people become mentally connected, but instead of flashing forward as he did in his 1999 novel, they're getting flashbacks--just not their own.

From official release/information:

Product Description: On the eve of a secret military operation, an assassin's bullet strikes President Seth Jerrison. He is rushed to the hospital, where surgeons struggle to save his life.

At the same hospital, researcher Dr. Ranjip Singh is experimenting with a device that can erase traumatic memories. Then a terrorist bomb detonates. In the operating room, the president suffers cardiac arrest. He has a near-death experience-but the memories that flash through Jerrison's mind are not his memories.

It quickly becomes clear that the electromagnetic pulse generated by the bomb amplified and scrambled Dr. Singh's equipment, allowing a random group of people to access one another's minds. And now one of those people has access to the president's memories- including classified information regarding the upcoming military mission, which, if revealed, could cost countless lives. But the task of determining who has switched memories with whom is a daunting one- particularly when some of the people involved have reason to lie...

(Source: Ace)

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