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Triggers

A sci-fi novel from one of Canada's most successful writers, Robert J. Sawyer.

Robert J. Sawyer

On the eve of a secret military operation, an assassin's bullet strikes President Seth Jerrison. He is rushed to the hospital, where surgeons struggle to save his life.

At the same hospital, Professor Ranjip Singh is experimenting with a device that can erase traumatic memories.

Then a terrorist bomb detonates. In the operating room, the president suffers cardiac arrest. He has a near-death experience, but the memories that flash through Jerrison's mind are not his own.

It quickly becomes clear that the electromagnetic pulse generated by the bomb amplified and scrambled Professor Singh's equipment, allowed a random group of people to access one another's minds.

And now one of those people can retrieve President Jerrison's memories — including classified information regarding the upcoming military mission, which, if revealed, could cost countless lives. But the task of determining who has switched memories with whom is a daunting one — particularly when some of the people involved have reason to lie… (From Penguin Canada)

From the book

This is how we began...

Susan Dawson — thirty-four, with pale skin and pale blue eyes — was standing behind and to the right of the presidential podium. She spoke into the microphone hidden in her sleeve. "Prospector is moving out."

"Copy," said the man's voice in her ear. Seth Jerrison, white, long-faced, with the hooked nose political cartoonists had such fun with, strode onto the wooden platform that had been hastily erected in the center of the wide steps leading to the Lincoln Memorial.


From Trigger by Robert J. Sawyer ©2012. Published by Penguin Canada.

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