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Interrupt [Format Kindle]

Jeff Carlson

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In the distant past, the leader of a Neanderthal tribe confronts the end of his kind.

Today, a computational biologist, a Navy pilot, and an autistic boy are drawn together by the ancient mystery that gave rise to Homo sapiens.

Planes are falling from the sky. Global communications have ceased. America stands on the brink of war with China—but war is the least of humankind’s concerns. As solar storms destroy Earth’s electronics and plunge the world into another Ice Age, our civilization finds itself overrun by a powerful new species of man...

This brilliant thriller takes readers to an all-too-plausible tomorrow that’s as scientifically rigorous as it is wildly imaginative.

Jeff Carlson is the internationally bestselling author of Plague Year and The Frozen Sky. With Interrupt, he brings his forward-thinking fiction to a contemporary setting with this edge-of-your-seat thriller.

Biographie de l'auteur

Jeff Carlson was born on the day of the first manned moon landing and narrowly escaped being named Apollo, Armstrong, or Rocket. His father worked for NASA-Ames at the time. His granddad on his mother’s side was a sci fi fan whose library included autographed copies of Isaac Asimov’s Foundation trilogy. Both men were strong, early influences—and in the high tech 21st Century, it’s easy to stand with one foot in reality and the other in thriller novels.

Jeff is the internationally bestselling author of Interrupt, Plague Year, and The Frozen Sky, hailed by Publishers Weekly as “Pulse pounding.” To date, his writing has appeared in fifteen languages worldwide. Readers can find free fiction, videos, contests, and more on his web site at

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Jeff Carlson is the international bestselling author of "Plague Year" and "The Frozen Sky." His next novel is apocalyptic thriller "Interrupt," coming July 2013 from 47North. To date, his work has been translated into fifteen languages worldwide.

Readers can find free fiction, videos, contests, and more on his web site at

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great Page-Turner! 6 juin 2013
Par B. McEwan - Publié sur
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Interrupt is firmly rooted in the latest research on the human genome, as well as evolutionary biology and the earth sciences. As such, its premise is utterly plausible, and that's what makes this novel a fine, intellectual thriller.

The time is right now and the place is just outside your window. Earth's sun suddenly begins shooting out huge magnetic pulses, bursts of energy so powerful that they trigger long-dormant Neanderthal genes in the bodies of you and your neighbors.

Some people are highly sensitive to these pulses, so their systems change, and this gives them special powers. Whether a person finds those powers positive or negative depends on several factors, the most pressing being to what extent, if any, a particular person is affected.

Soon, the humans are loosely grouped into three camps -- the "normal" people who hide indoors and go out only when they have special head gear to protect themselves from the pulses, the "primitives" who are humans that have become zombie-like due to exposure, and the hybrid human/Neanderthals who thrive unprotected under the sun's rays. Naturally, there is fighting, mating, scheming and killing -- and lots of action.

But for me the real attraction of this novel is the science that makes such a plot credible. Carlson is good at explaining how his fictional world might come to exist and then weaves a good yarn around such a possibility. The result is a page-turner that is both entertaining and satisfying.

At 460 pages, Interrupt is a relatively long novel, yet I finished it in two days even though I read only during lunch hours and in the evenings after work. I just had to keep reading until the book literally fell from my hands as I slept. Highly recommended.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Right Up My Alley! 12 mai 2013
Par Karen Joan - Publié sur
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I have not read any Jeff Carlson before, but INTERRUPT convinces me that I should definitely read more. INTERRUPT is my kind of book! Part thriller, part apocalyptic disaster, part sci-fi, part ancient mystery, INTERRUPT is an exciting ride from the prehistoric past to a possible near future. And I loved it!

What really killed the Neanderthals? Do Neanderthals still exist? What would happen if they reappeared in the present day? What would that mean for "humanity?" And what, exactly does it mean to be human? INTERRUPT investigates all these questions and more. In INTERRUPT, the human race has experienced a significant increase of genetic "anomalies" or changes in the last 50 years, and the sun is undergoing a major, possibly cataclysmic, metamorphosis. Will the human race survive? Or will we become something...else?

INTERRUPT is a fast-paced and exciting. It keep me turning the pages long after I should have been asleep, completely absorbed by the world Jeff Carlson creates. There is just enough hard science to make his plot plausible, but not so much as to make it inaccessible. His writing style is comfortable, which makes it very easy for the reader to sink into the story and to care about the characters. And there are enough twists and turn to keep you guessing to the very end. In many ways, it reminded me of one of my favorite books, "Lucifer's Hammer" by sci-fi legends Jerry Pournelle and Larry Niven. I mean this as the highest of complements. Both books take a present day apocalypse and posit how humans will survive. INTERRUPT and "Lucifer's Hammer" are very different stories, but have a similar feel. Which is exactly what I loved about INTERRUPT - it feels possible.

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3.0 étoiles sur 5 A Big Story, but Some Pain Along with the Gain 23 juin 2013
Par Js Banks - Publié sur
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I love it when an author has a big, hard-science concept and explores it thoroughly, yet creates characters and a story arc eventful and rich with humanity. This is an apocalypse story, and a Zombie story... but not. I mean, no Zombies, but an "us against them" theme that strikes that chord. I want to avoid spoilers, but Neanderthals are coming back, and they are noble--- and deadly. It's a genius idea, and Jeff Carlson has created a marvelous species here. There is a lot of science stuff that I find fun, and believable. The central idea, the "brain scramble" is not so believable, but makes for a GREAT story and a big problem to be solved.

My three star rating is kind of meld of my personal reaction to the way the story unfolds and a less idiosyncratic disappointment in what I feel to be a slapdash ending that just ties everything up in a sloppy knot.

My personal problem with the story is that it is so darned unhappy. Sure, what's to be happy about when civilization is falling apart? But people are not always frustrated, stymied, arguing and troubled. This is a gloomy story, and the tension and pressure and unhappiness are unleavened by the natural human ability to have some fun once in awhile (the "Bugle" character notwithstanding). So I found the book tiring after awhile.

The ending? China is involved in this story, and it is the exception to the fleshed out characterization. It is a HUGE straw man, offstage, menacing, unexplained, and finally swept under the rug. The action scene underground at the base? Exciting, well written, and ridiculous.

So for those who can take it, I say 4 stars. For those of you who found the movies "Pursuit of Happyness" (sic) and "Flash of Genius" worthy but ultimately too much pain for the gain: this might be reminiscent; stay away.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Atrocious 5 décembre 2013
Par J. Greene - Publié sur
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I somehow managed to get through this book. I think I deserve an award for doing so.

The sun becomes more active, the Chinese set off an EMP weapon, and the woo begins. The autistic become normal, regular humans become savage, and characters are killed before one even has the chance to get to know them and care.

This book attempts to tie together some fascinating Internet ideas (that autistic people might have more neanderthal DNA than average people, that EMP pulses could affect rational thought processes, that the sun suddenly becoming more active might have been what wiped out the dinosaurs...), and falls flat on its face doing so.

I'm really good at suspending disbelief, but in order to maintain that condition, I can't be stopping a couple of times per chapter muttering "that's simply not TRUE!", and that's exactly what happened here.

Definitely not worth the time and money.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Interruptions are in More Than Daily Lives! 30 avril 2013
Par Jerry N. - Publié sur
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Well, I think Jeff Carson will have another hit. This alternate today/near future novel takes the apocalypse SF genre on an unusual turn. It mixes in one novel the stink of modern warfare and China, a new twist on solar astronomy, an alternate "theory" of genetics and human evolution and of course, wraps up the loose ends into a mostly happy ending. It is fast, twists hard and is throughly enjoyable.

The main sidebar brings a 4th dimensional time slip for Neanderthal minds into all modern people not protected from the solar flares in basements, hardened buildings and with newly invented headcaps. When the flares stop, at intervals, the normal modern minds of people return. Simply there is chaos everywhere and an almost war with China over their EMP attacks.

There are a host of characters. Emily, the heroine, the mid-20-something post-doc with a prickly personality is a divorced, hard core research scientist with lots of ideas. Drew, the hero and navy officer rescued after his fighter went down in the first solar flares and EMPs has a variety of roles - internal and external spy, protecting military and scientific folk and later Emily in rescuing her family. He also gets side tracked into a armed mutiny that fizzles, but not before his capture and rehabilitation. There are radio astronomers with their theories left asunder after the electronic world collapses and brings destruction to all society except the few protected. Marcus, their leader, goes back and forth from modern human to Neanderthal. Jailed, escapee or not, he becomes more shrill and more calculating. P.J., Emily's 8 year old autistic nephew becomes the sharp thinker and Neanderthal leader in LA. His apparent survival for much of the novel expands Emily's theories and turns her searching sideways. Most confusing, but in a more or less straight line...

My only concern, and it is peripheral, is that in a world-wide destruction of civilization and action thousands of miles apart, there is little real mention of the rest of the world's horror and the near shadow military gov't and soldiers who try to hold the thing together. Also, what hangs together... However, this is background and not the heart of the novel - which moves.

Recommended. I like Jeff's thinking.
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