The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. by Neal Stephenson

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Read The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. Online Free - From bestselling author Neal Stephenson and critically acclaimed historical and contemporary commercial novelist Nicole Galland comes a captivating and complex near-future thriller combining history, science, magic, mystery, intrigue, and adventure that questions the very foundations of the modern world.

When Melisande Stokes, an expert in linguistics and languages, accidently meets military intelligence operator Tristan Lyons in a hallway at Harvard University, it is the beginning of a chain of events that will alter their lives and human history itself. The young man from a shadowy government entity approaches Mel, a low-level faculty member, with an incredible offer. The only condition: she must sign a nondisclosure agreement in return for the rather large sum of money.

Tristan needs Mel to translate some very old documents, which, if authentic, are earth-shattering. They prove that magic actually existed and was practiced for centuries. But the arrival of the scientific revolution and the Age of Enlightenment weakened its power and endangered its practitioners. Magic stopped working altogether in 1851, at the time of the Great Exhibition at London’s Crystal Palace—the world’s fair celebrating the rise of industrial technology and commerce. Something about the modern world "jams" the "frequencies" used by magic, and it’s up to Tristan to find out why.

And so the Department of Diachronic Operations—D.O.D.O. —gets cracking on its real mission: to develop a device that can bring magic back, and send Diachronic Operatives back in time to keep it alive . . . and meddle with a little history at the same time. But while Tristan and his expanding operation master the science and build the technology, they overlook the mercurial—and treacherous—nature of the human heart.

Written with the genius, complexity, and innovation that characterize all of Neal Stephenson’s work and steeped with the down-to-earth warmth and humor of Nicole Galland’s storytelling style, this exciting and vividly realized work of science fiction will make you believe in the impossible, and take you to places—and times—beyond imagining.

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ISBN : 0062409166
Edition Language : English
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Number of Pages : 768 pages


Will rated it ★★★★☆

November 15, 2017

We seem to be living in a period in which time travel has captured a considerable portion of the public’s attention, its attention for entertainment at least. There are several TV series on at present (that I know of) that deal in temporal backs and forths, (I really loved Flash Forward several y...

Philip rated it ★★☆☆☆

September 07, 2017

2ish stars. D.O.D.O. is a tiny, shady government entity that introduces us to the awesome combination of time travel and witchcraft. The organization starts out small with a lot of promise but then becomes mired in bureaucracy, more or less undermining its original intent. In parallel, Stephenson...

Morgannah rated it ★★★★★

November 13, 2017

4.75 Stars Above and beyond anything else this book was a satire of bureaucracy and corporate structure. Through journals, power point presentations, staff memos, and interoffice communications we get to see the rise of an operation called D.O.D.O. What begins as a small start up between two peopl...

Bradley rated it ★★★☆☆

September 07, 2017

Who likes naked Vikings? Raise your hand! I'm of two minds on this book. On the one hand, there are quite a few great ideas with the complications of surrounding witches with a humungous incompetent bureaucratic machine, especially when it turns out that they can do a lot of time travel. Not only...

Kemper rated it ★★★☆☆

August 07, 2017

What happens when you put time travel, magic, quantum physics, witches, a top secret military operation, alternate timelines, Vikings, a family of shadowy bankers, and government bureaucracy in one book? As you might expect, things get complicated. The story begins with the written account of Mels...

Liviu rated it ★★★★★

April 25, 2017

Assuming you buy its premise and do not throw it away disgusted when it is - close but not quite imho though opinions may differ about that in quite a few places - jumping the shark (among many oddities, the novel contains a viking saga poem in verse cca 930's about the sack of an Walmart (!!) cc...

Paul rated it ★★★★★

June 27, 2017

not a perfect novel but closer to five stars than 4 this story combined beautiful timey whammy stuff and is driven by overall a beautiful book and with an open end so we may get more.😁 please mr. stephenson and Ms. Galland may we have some more.

Joe rated it ★★★★★

February 07, 2017

This is the most fun I've had reading a Neal Stephenson novel since SNOWCRASH. Co-author Nicole Galland brings a nice light touch to the proceedings so that it doesn't delve too much into technobabble. Witches, time-travel, and governmental bureaucracy all combine to deliver a thrilling read that...

Lina rated it ★★★☆☆

March 15, 2017

Some general spoilers here, so that I am able to talk about what's troubling me with this novel. Dear reader, I am fucking heartbroken disheartened. Neal Stephenson is one of very few authors I drop everything for (quite literally). I dropped out psychology 101 to read the Baroque Cycle instead, I...

Maureen rated it ★★★★★

July 21, 2017

Neal Stephenson-Cyberpunk King writing about witches and magic. Neal Stephenson- Speculative Fiction King writing about time travel, witches and magic. Neal Stephenson-Historical Fiction King writing about turning the thought exercise Schrodinger's Cat into and actual experiment which leads to time...

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