The Fear Index

The Fear Index

Large Print - 2012
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A visionary scientist creates a revolutionary form of artificial intelligence that predicts movements in the financial markets with uncanny accuracy. His hedge fund, based in Geneva, makes billions. But after an intruder breaks into his home, he has to try to discover who is trying to destroy him.
Publisher: Thorndike, Me. : Center Point Pub., 2012
ISBN: 9781611733266
161173326X
Characteristics: 399 p. (large print) ; 23 cm

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Good plot idea but the two main characters, Hoffman and his wife are not well developed so we are 3/4 of the way through the book and really don't care much what is happening to people. The contact with the CERN scientist who warned Hoffman in the first place is left dangling, so what? Read it but don't expect to be engaged. One of Harris' weakest novels.

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VRMurphy
May 05, 2014

Might have been a good story in there, but I couldn't get past the first few pages due to the writing style. Makes Dan Brown look like F. Scott Fitzgerald.

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billmacrotarian
Nov 23, 2013

Robert Harris takes unique perspectives on historical events as his alternate history Fatherland demonstrated many years ago. The Fear Index is more recent and deals with hedge funds and the financial meltdown of recent years. This novel should be popular with the Occupy movement and its supporters. It works as a mystery and as a cautionary tale.

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StarGladiator
Oct 10, 2012

This book was a major disappointment --- guess the author was friends with all the blurb writers? Poor character development, couldn't care less if they were all killed off, you've read this same novel, thousands of times, seen the same movie hundreds of times --- old, tired and completely unoriginal and really poor writing. Strongly recommend Michelle Gagnon's "Don't Turn Around" -- although listed in Young Adult category, a real hackers novel, along with Brain Jack by the New Zealand author. (No stars rating for Harris)

VanessaCCL Oct 08, 2012

"Having designed a self-evolving algorithm that monitors fear to make investment decisions, artificial intelligence researcher and hedge fund manager Alexander Hoffman and his colleagues are making a mint - until a series of events makes Hoffman suspect that someone's out to get him and makes others think that he may be losing his mind. Increasingly paranoid, the reclusive genius takes off to defend himself and get to the bottom of the insidious plan to discredit him. Intricately plotted and intensely compelling, this novel from bestselling author Robert Harris offers science and philosophy in equal measures." Next Reads Thrillers and Suspense October 2012 Newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=556062

VanessaCCL Oct 08, 2012

"Having designed a self-evolving algorithm that monitors fear to make investment decisions, artificial intelligence researcher and hedge fund manager Alexander Hoffman and his colleagues are making a mint - until a series of events makes Hoffman suspect that someone's out to get him and makes others think that he may be losing his mind. Increasingly paranoid, the reclusive genius takes off to defend himself and get to the bottom of the insidious plan to discredit him. Intricately plotted and intensely compelling, this novel from bestselling author Robert Harris offers science and philosophy in equal measures." Next Reads Thrillers and Suspense October 2012 Newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=556062

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nannerl
Apr 29, 2012

Very Kafkaesque, dark paranoia, enjoyable read except a very weak ending.

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shapjul
Mar 29, 2012

This book was quite disappointing. I've read several others by him--liked Pompei the most. Here the characters are uninteresting, the details mind-numbing and the plot quite obvious. I really do not think it is worth the time (sad to say).

mjhartstein Feb 19, 2012

Excellent read but the very end was a bit disappointing since it left some questions unanswered.

RobertaJ Feb 14, 2012

I love Robert Harris, so was not surprised to love this novel. I WAS a little surprised how the suspense worked its way into my unconscious. The book talks about all the aspects of fear; personal, financial, group/mob mentality, fear of loss, etc. And Geneva, as a setting for a violent thriller, was also chilling. A cold, secretive, strangely tidy city. I struggled a bit with the financial content, but at least I now (sort of) understand what a hedge fund is.

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