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Spring 1868, and the population of Boston is being terrorised by technological attacks: first a magnetic storm causes ships in the harbour to collide in flames, then in another bizarre catastrophe every piece of glass in the financial district spontaneously melts - clocks, windows, eyeglasses.
Nothing in nature can do this: these are man-made disasters. Someone has unleashed the destructive potential of science on an innocent population.
The city's fate relies on four young students of the recently founded Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Marcus Mansfield, a Civil War veteran determined to repay MIT's founder for taking a chance on him, brash Bob Richards, meticulous Edwin Hoyt and the eccentric but brilliant Ellen Swallow, the first woman at MIT, who experiments secretly in a basement laboratory. Together, they are The Technologists.
In a climate of rising hysteria, these four courageous individuals must unite against the forces of darkness to uncover the mastermind before he can stage his greatest outrage.
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THE TECHNOLOGISTS combines everything I love in a thriller: fascinating history, science, and a frightening mystery that demands to be solved. Matthew Pearl is one of my must-read authors. He never fails to intrigue and thrill (Tess Gerritsen)
The best yet from a true master of the historical thriller. I loved this novel (Joseph Finder, author of Buried Secrets and Vanished)
Pearl takes an unusual subject for a thriller and seamlessly weaves historical research and his own inventions into a satisfying story. (Sunday Times)
The social background is intriguing ... recommended. (John O'Connell Guardian)
[an] offbeat thriller (Nick Rennison BBC History Magazine)
A heart-stopping thriller set in nineteenth-century Boston - a city threatened by a madman hell-bent on destruction.
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Descrizione libro Vintage, 2012. Hardcover. Condizione: New. Next day dispatch. International delivery available. 1000's of satisfied customers! Please contact us with any enquiries. Codice articolo mon0000209332
Descrizione libro Harvill Secker, 2012. Hardcover. Condizione: New. Codice articolo DADAX1846550866