New Thriller Fiction for Theme Park Fans

Sunday, January 5, 2003 1:25 PM

Thought a number of you might be interested in a new book by Lincoln Child called Utopia. The jacket copy reads:

"Rising out of the stony canyons of Nevada, Utopia is a world on the cutting edge of technology. A theme park attracting 65,000 visitors each day, its dazzling array of robots and futuristic holograms make it a worldwide sensation. But ominous mishaps are beginning to disrupt the once flawless technology. A friendly robot goes haywire, causing panic, and a popular roller coaster malfunctions, nearly killing a teenaged rider. Dr. Andrew Warne, the brilliant computer engineer who designed much of the park’s robotics, is summoned from the East Coast to get things back on track.

"On the day Warne arrives, however, Utopia is caught in the grip of something far more sinister. A group of ruthless criminals has infiltrated the park’s computerized infrastructure, giving them complete access to all of Utopia’s attractions and systems. Their communication begins with a simple and dire warning: If their demands are met, none of the 65,000 people in the park that day will ever know they were there; if not, chaos will descend, and every man, woman, and child will become a target. As one of the brains behind Utopia, Warne finds himself thrust into a role he never imagined–trying to save the lives of thousands of innocent people. And as the minutes tick away, Warne’s struggle to outsmart his opponents grows ever more urgent, for his only daughter is among the unsuspecting crowds in the park."


I bought my copy yesterday and haven't put it down.

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Tuesday, January 7, 2003 8:01 PM
oh damn! i read this post the other day, and still no one's replied?!? wow, i knew we were a bunch of degenerates, but now we're illiterate ones... =P

really, i just didn't want David to feel bad. Let me know at least if the book's worth reading should you decide to tackle it.

~me

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Wednesday, January 8, 2003 4:06 AM

This sounds cool .I may buy the book. I'll take a look at it. If I find a picture of the book on the internet then I will put a link on.

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0385506686/qid=1042034808/sr=8-1/ref=sr_8_1/104-6845809-8806308?v=glance&s=books&n=507846

*** This post was edited by WILLDOG on 1/8/2003. ***

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Wednesday, January 8, 2003 4:35 AM
I saw the book at Barnes and Nobles the other day but it just didnt look all that interesting.

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"Sorry folks, park's closed. The moose out front should've told you."

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Wednesday, January 8, 2003 5:09 AM

I read a review of the book in one of the Detroit Papers and wrote it down as a possible purchase. I figured it will show up in the Science Fiction Book Club eventually.

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Wednesday, January 8, 2003 5:09 AM
Sounds to me like a silly variation of Westworld. Why bother?
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Wednesday, January 8, 2003 5:21 AM
For what it's worth, all the customer reviews on Amazon are positive. Sounds like a good read to me.

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Pinball and Coasters...Any Questions?

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Wednesday, January 8, 2003 6:11 PM
I ordered the book at barnes and noble at the store and it should come in 1 to 2 week. If I remeber, then I will tell if the book is any good

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It's coming: RCT 2

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Wednesday, January 8, 2003 7:27 PM

Hmmm... Sounds like the Basis for another crappy ABC made for TV movie.....

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"Grit Your Teeth, Bare The Load, Its Time To ride, Thunder Road"

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Thursday, January 9, 2003 5:07 AM

http://club.coasterbuzz.com/forums/thread.asp?ForumID=11&TopicID=27717

http://www.coasterbuzz.com/forums/thread.asp?ForumID=11&TopicID=27717

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--George H
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Sunday, February 9, 2003 9:24 AM
I just finished reading this. It's great!It does start a little slow. However once I hit about page 40 I had to finish the entire book without putting it down.

This has movie stamped all over it. Actually it would be a fantastic adaptation into a Die Hard movie.

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If your not the one, Then why does my soul feel glad today?
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Sunday, February 9, 2003 9:04 PM
Hey, is that one of the Tidal Waves on the front cover?

More on-topic, this sounds like a fun read. Nothing high-class, to be sure, but fun.

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Tuesday, February 11, 2003 8:14 AM
No offense, but I'm reading 2 Novels, a year book, and just finished reading a smaller book, so I don't have time to read a book that dosen't seem that origional or interesting. Not saying it won't be good, but I'm just not into this type of read (the last 4 books I read were: Red Dragon, Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal, and A Bad Beginning, Book the First by Lemmony Snicket. I'm currently reading Black Sunday, 1984, and the Year book of Jehovah's Witnesses, plus one of my best friends is letting me read Dune, 2001, 2010, and the one after that when I finish what I have now), so no, not illiterate, just no time for added reading.

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Tuesday, February 11, 2003 11:27 AM
No offense, but who's forcing you to read this? I don't think we need to start a list of everything we're all currently planning to read. Afterall I wasn't aware that enjoying this book immensely made anyone appear less than scholarly. For the record, except for one title I've read everything you've listed.

If you're not interested and/or haven't read the book, why post?
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*** This post was edited by coasterrod 2/11/2003 4:29:19 PM ***

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Tuesday, February 11, 2003 1:16 PM
Saw this book the other week at Waldenbooks. To me, it just doesn't sound that interesting (and I'm not gonna buy a book just because it has a coaster on the front of it.) The writer is one of the twosome that wrote THE RELIC. That was a decent book and a pretty good movie. I bought THE RELIC's sequel and a couple of books by the duo. They weren't that good. That's one reason I'm leery of it. This is definitely a paperback purchase. Hardcovers are so expensive anymore that I'm picky about what I get.

Max
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Tuesday, February 11, 2003 6:44 PM
coasterrod:

My post was in response to this post, asking why noone had posted:

nelson324 said:
oh damn! i read this post the other day, and still no one's replied?!? wow, i knew we were a bunch of degenerates, but now we're illiterate ones... =P

really, i just didn't want David to feel bad. Let me know at least if the book's worth reading should you decide to tackle it.


So CALM DOWN and stop acting like a Troll trying to start something. I had a valid post, and was only trying to make a point. I'm glad you have read what I have/am reading, but as you said, why post if it dosen't deal with the topic? Thats Hypocritical, and just trying to get something started. Don't come at me cause you don't like what I post, I stated that I wasn't trying to be rude, I was just going along with what everyone else was saying, so Why don't you rag on some others for what they said about the book? You did in your post exactly what you Told me I did wrong: POST OFF TOPIC.

Back on Topic, This does sound like something I've seen before, how old is the book?

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Tuesday, February 11, 2003 8:08 PM
TeknoScorpion, I think coasterrod has a valid point. Your post, coming where it did, sounded rather out of the blue, as if you were just butting in with random thoughts. When put in context with the fact that you were responding to the second post, it takes on a much nicer, calmer, and generally more understandable tone. So, just a little tip: When you're responding to a specific post that's many posts away, the Quote feature helps out a lot.

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Wednesday, February 12, 2003 3:54 AM
Tekno,

I agree with coasterrod and SFGreatAmerican, you came out guns blazing at the second post in this thread with quoting or stating to whom you were referring. Not to mention that that post was made over one month prior you your response...

Also the section where Nelson make his statement about Cbuzzers being illiterate was immediately followed by a "smilie" with its tongue out should have made it clear that he was being sarcastic...

That all being said, I will wait for this to come out in paperback. It sounds like a good book, but I only purchase hardcovers from ym favorite authors due to the amount that they are charging for them.

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--George H
---Superman the ride...coming to a SF park near you soon...
Currency tracking experiment... http://www.wheresgeorge.com (Referring to The "George" on the $1 bill - Not Me)

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Wednesday, February 12, 2003 6:37 AM
Thanks for the support guys. I wasn't trying to troll. I didn't get the connection to the month old post. Now it makes much more sense.

If anyone wants a cheap copy now, I found mine at half.com for only 3 bucks. I had to pre-buy it at that price, but it only took a week till someone accepted my offer.
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If your not the one, Then why does my soul feel glad today?
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