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Vitals av Greg Bear
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Vitals (utgåvan 2003)

av Greg Bear

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Deep in the Pacific Ocean, scientist Hal Cousins is looking for the fountain of youth, as are his fund-raisers, rich businessmen keen to live a thousand years. But when people start dying, triggered by his discovery, he discovers a trail of death stretching back into the past.
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Titel:Vitals
Författare:Greg Bear
Info:Ballantine Books (2003), Mass Market Paperback, 416 pages
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Bear, Greg. Vitals. Del Rey, 2002.
Sometimes a good premise just isn’t enough. Vitals begins with a crew exploring deep sea volcanic vents for hoping to find primitive forms of life that may provide clues to the human aging process. All this is well explained, but then, most unfortunately, the plot moves into high gear and the novel becomes a true mess. I can buy that our hero’s brother might be murdered to find the secrets hidden in the biological research, but super villains appear, and the action gets hard to follow. When you can follow it, you wonder why you wonder why bothered. Greg Bear has done much better—almost always. ( )
  Tom-e | Apr 18, 2020 |
Near future SF with a complex biological plot. Not one of my favourites of his ( )
  PDCRead | Apr 6, 2020 |
Vitals sets itself up as a novel about a scientist researching how to extend life through the use of certain bacteria, which is an interesting enough premise. Unfortunately, the book turned out to be a complete and utter mess, disappointing in so many ways. Hal Cousins is a scientist who seeks the favor of the super wealthy to fund his projects but things go haywire after his twin brother is murdered and his life begins to crumble around him. Ultimately the story becomes about this ancient scientist who was around in pre World War 2 Soviet Union and discovered bacteria that can mysteriously brainwash people and put them under his control. At least that’s what I think it was about, since it was so all over the place that I’m not even sure.

This novel is so utterly convoluted and hard to follow. It was almost as if the author was intentionally trying to confuse the reader, and after a while it caused me to lose interest. There is absolutely not a shred of believability to the novel. The premise is neat but the mechanics of the plot is groan inducing. The characterization in the novel is weak. There were loose plot points that were never resolved. It was solid for about the first quarter of the book before it became dreadful to read. I kept holding out hope that this novel would right itself and get better but that never came to fruition, and toward the end I just wanted it to be over. This was the first and last book by Greg Bear that I will read.

Carl Alves - author of Reconquest: Mother Earth ( )
  Carl_Alves | Jan 24, 2017 |
Good story with some interesting concepts. ( )
  gregandlarry | Oct 29, 2011 |
Good read, but kind of a downer. Inconclusive ending begs for a sequel.
  rondoctor | Nov 3, 2010 |
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