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;... show more
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.
Publish date: July 1st 2011
Publisher: Reagan Arthur Books
Pages no: 554
Edition language: English
, Science Fiction Fantasy
, Science Fiction
, Post Apocalyptic
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America is broke, on the decline and hooked on Flashback, a drug that lets you relive past events. Nick is a former policeman, investigating the murder of the son of a highly placed Japanese leader in Los Angeles, and pining for his dead wife. Sobering look into what could be our future.
Nick Bottom, once a detective with the Denver Police Department, once a family man with a wife and young son and a beautiful little house set among greenery and mountain views, has been, for the last half decade, an addict. He, like 85 percent of the rest of the population of what's left of the Uni...