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"Marlow's debut is a real page-turner." Kirkus Reviews
"Marlow's fast-paced debut, a near-future thriller, features the latest thing in tech menacesnanotechnology."
Paul Goat Allen, [Official] Barnes & Noble Review
Nanotechnology promises all things: immortality, invincibility, wealth beyond imaginationand the utter destruction of Mankind. One man has itand no one knows who...
Mitchell Swain is the richest man in the worlduntil he announces "the ultimate technological breakthrough." The world stops for the press conferenceand sees him assassinated.
No one knows what he was going to say.
Almost no one.
Jennifer Rayne intends to find out. A leading high-tech journalist, she was scheduled to interview Swain after the press conference. Instead, she investigates his murder.
What she finds is a scientist to whom Swain has funneled billions... A desperate U.S. government following the same clues... And a bizarre technology which promises invincibility, immortality, and the ability to destroy any enemyor the earth itself.
Mankind has entered the final arms race.
It will last two days...
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[Official] Barnes & Noble Review
Mike Deering (Singularity Awareness)
Harriet Klausner (amazon.com's #1 reviewer)
"If you haven't read Nano by John Robert Marlow, I strongly encourage you to add it to your listat the top. It is plausible, scientifically accurate, and timely.
While I certainly believe it will be the next blockbuster movie, more importantly this exceptional work is a wake-up call for those who do not yet understand the tremendous potential (good and bad) of advanced nanotech. Marlow understands both the science and the politics governing advanced technologies, and accurately depicts several near-future potentials of nanotechnology.
Where Michael Crichton uses extremely unlikely and largely debunked theories as the basis of his latest novel (Prey), Marlow uses simple extensions of known science. Nano is a plausible, fast-paced technothriller, and is destined to become one of the best of the best. While Crichton fans will love this book, don't mistake John Robert Marlow for Michael Crichton; Marlow employs cutting-edge technology in a believable manner, describing science within the bounds of the generally-accepted. While Nano is techno-fiction, it could one day be techno-fact. While simple, the characters are entirely believable, as is the characterization of the various government organizations.
Nano is crafted in such a way as to bring all the frightening potential of advanced nanotechnology to the mind's eye. I easily pictured the events as they transpired, and hung on every word and plot twist. Further, Marlow accurately details some of the ethics involved in the decisions we must begin making now, in order to minimize the potential downsides and maximize the benefits of nanotechnology.
Anyone who understands history will see that the politics he describes should be taken seriously. Anyone with even a modicum of understanding of nanoscale science and technology will rapidly come to the conclusion that this writer has done his homework. "Give me a lever and a place to stand, and I will move the earth," said Archimedes. Advanced nanotechnology is that lever, and Marlow's Nano describes the many ways in which it may be used.
From a "wake-up call" standpoint, this is the most important piece of fiction written to date."
Rocky Rawstern, Editor, Nanotechnology Now
in tech menacesnanotechnology." Publishers Weekly
"John Robert Marlow is exactly the kind of speculative fiction writer we desperately need, someone who wants to both tell a good story about our possible future and to shape our future for the better. Nano explores some of the possible military and transhumanist implications of nanorobotics in an exciting and accessible way."
James Hughes, Secretary, World Transhumanist Association
"John Robert Marlow's debut novel, Nano, leaves apocalyptic classics like Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle's Lucifer's Hammer and Stephen King's The Stand in the dust. A near-future technological thriller with terrifyingly feasible implications, Marlow's novel delves into the wondersand dangersof nanotechnology....
Impeccably researched, action-packed, filled with incredible plot twists (the ending will blow readers away!) and with pacing that can only be described as breakneck, this is a spectacular page-turner that demands to be read."
Paul Goat Allen, [Official] Barnes & Noble Review
"From the compelling opening to the mind-blowing conclusion, this is a novel that probes the breadth and depth of our relationship with the technology we create. It is truly a visionary admonition of what may lie ahead, not to mention a page-turner you won't want to put down. Marlow is a man to watch."
Steve Alten, New York Times bestselling author of Meg, The Trench, Domain, Goliath, and Resurrection.
"Wachowski brothers, watch out!"
Vernor Vinge, author of True Names (in which he invented the concept of cyberspace), A Fire Upon the Deep, A Deepness in the Sky, Marooned in Realtime, Across Realtime, The Peace War, and other books. [The Wachowski brothers wrote and directed The Matrix.]
"Finally, a realistic novel by an author who knows his nanotechnologyand his Singularity. John Robert Marlow's Nano is the scariest book I've read this millennium, because everything in it is completely plausible. If you want to know what the coming technological changes are going to feel like, read Nanobut make sure you have enough time to finish it, becuase you won't be able to put it down. Nano should be required reading for anyone planning to survive the next ten years, and the Singularity. It is, in fact, the most important Singularity fiction yet written. You cannot understand the Singularity without understanding the applications of nanotechnology. Marlow's Nano portrays many of this applicationsthe impending development of which will trigger Singularity."
Mike Deering, Director, Singularity Awareness.
"I could say, 'Watch this guy develop,' but I don't need to; you will anyway. A thoughtful read will repay you because Marlow's parting shots tend to be brainfood. He thinks BIG, and very very small... So who'll direct the movie?"
Dean Ing, New York Times bestselling author of Black Stealth Nine and Small Targets.
"Mr. Marlow writes with the confidence of a veteran, and he comes across as someone who knows what he is talking about in the exciting field of nanotechnology. But he didn't let his knowledge of the subject get in the way of the story, which I consider a first-rate thriller by any measure, with remarkable characters, a well thought-out plot, and the kinds of technological dangers that make my hair stand on the back of my neck. I'm a computer engineer with a discerning eye for high-tech thrillers and nothing turns me off more than technical inaccuracies beyond what I call our poetic license since we are, after all, writing fiction, not a tech manual. Mr. Marlow walks that fine line between technical accuracy and stretching reality like a pro, presenting what nanotechnology could bring to our lives and, most importantly, the dangers it poses if allowed to grow unchecked...
Nano is a well-told cautionary tale of the dangers of nanotechnology by one of America's newest voices. From its gripping opening to its powerful end, the story takes the reader on a roller-coaster of excitement guaranteed to keep you reading into the early morning hours, as happened with me."
R.J. Pineiro, author of Ultimatum, Retribution, Exposure, Shutdown, Conspiracy.com, Firewall, and others.
Simon Smith, Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Betterhumans.com
"This action-packed thriller never slows down.... John Robert Marlow provides a...cautionary reminder...on the pros and cons of nanotechnology. Nano just takes the reader on one heck of a fast-paced ride."
Harriet Klausner, amazon.com's #1 reviewer