Flashback - Dan Simmons


By Dan Simmons

  • Release Date: 2011-07-01
  • Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Score: 4
From 45 Ratings


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.

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  • Wow, what happened to Dan Simmons?

    By CapJack77
    Well that was certainly a large steaming pile! I used to like Simmons, but this latest one seems like it could have been ghost- written by Glenn Beck. It showcases all the usual laughable right-wing paranoid fantasies, with a little greasy blob of blatant racism for seasoning. The story and characterizations had about the same quality as a Beck book as well. Too bad that Simmons has lost it so badly out there in Lesser Wingnuttia. I had to give it 2 stars though, because of the hilarious ending, in which Nick pays for Leonard's heart operation in the private-sector utopia of Texas with... His government job as a Texas Ranger!! Priceless!
  • Too easily believable; frighteningly so.

    By marknmore
    Great book; well worth it. And if it hadn't been for macwhizNY's whiney review, I might have passed it by. But with that kind of feigned outrage, I couldn't resist!
  • Unexpected

    By macwhizNY
    This is billed as a sic-fi thriller, but it quickly becomes a dystopian right-wing political polemic. The more Fox News you watch, the more likely you are to be entertained by it. I didn't expect this from Simmons.