Mulholland Books, Hardcover, 9780316176729, 448pp.
Publication Date: September 1, 2011
A fast-paced literary thriller that recalls dystopian classics such as 1984 and Fahrenheit 451, from the award-winning author of The Last Town on Earth.
Zed is an agent from the future. A time when the world's problems have been solved. No hunger. No war. No despair.
His mission is to keep it that way. Even if it means ensuring every cataclysm throughout history runs its course-especially The Great Conflagration, an imminent disaster in our own time that Zed has been ordered to protect at all costs.
Zed's mission will disrupt the lives of a disgraced former CIA agent; a young Washington lawyer grieving over the loss of her brother, a soldier in Iraq; the oppressed employee of a foreign diplomat; and countless others. But will he finish his final mission before the present takes precedence over a perfect future? One that may have more cracks than he realizes?
The Revisionists puts a fresh spin on today's global crises, playing with the nature of history and our own role in shaping it. It firmly establishes Mullen as one of the most exciting and imaginative writers of his generation.
Thomas Mullen is the author of The Last Town on Earth, which was named Best Debut Novel of 2006 by USA Today and was awarded the James Fenimore Cooper Prize for excellence in historical fiction, and The Many Deaths of the Firefly Brothers. His books have been named Best of the Year by such publications as the Chicago Tribune, USA Today, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Onion, and Amazon.com. He lives with his wife and sons in Atlanta.
"A tightly woven, deeply layered look at war, love, sacrifice, and loss."
-Julianna Baggott, author of Pure
"An imaginative, elegant work of literary sci-fi, set in modern-day Washington, D.C....What transpires in the final act is as powerful for its well-paced revelations as it is for the ethical questions it raises."
-Los Angeles Magazine
"An extraordinary trip to the near future ... Questions of fate vs. free will, utopia, versus reality, and the implications of a world without racial and ethnic lines add terrific human depth to the whiz-bang gadgetry of Mullen's imagined world ... a very highbrow spin on the spy novel and science fiction."
"The Revisionists is a devious and absorbing novel that challenges the reader at every turn. I loved it."
-Olen Steinhauer, author of the New York Times bestsellers The Tourist and Nearest Exit
"Sharp as razors, savage and immense in its power and weird beauty."
-Warren Ellis, author of RED, Crooked Little Vein, and Transmetropolitan
"Mullen is a skilled storyteller ... [THE REVISIONISTS is] much more than a page-turning techno-thriller. It also serves as a vehicle for ... an indictment of avoidable human folly leading to wars year after year, decade after decade, century after century."
-The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"A compelling and complex page-turner, a paranoid thriller for the post-9/11 age."
"Mullen explores the ethical implications of time travel in this excellent thriller set in the near future...The complex concatenation of events that follows make this book a one-sitting read despite its length."
-Publishers Weekly, starred review
"An outstanding dystopic novel."
-Library Journal (starred review)
"Award-winning novelist Mullen's intriguing thriller...serves up a heaping helping of paranoia."
"Such a unique, original story could only come from a unique, original mind--Thomas Mullen's."
-Alex Tse, co-screenwriter of Watchmen
"A peek at a future that is both exciting and terrifying."
-Brian Wood, Eisner Award-nominated author of Channel Zero, Demo, and DMZ
"Remarkable ... Brilliant ... nerve-shredding ... time and again, Mullen's suspenseful storytelling pulls us forward."
-The New York Times Book Review, on The Last Town on Earth (Editor's Choice)
-People, on The Last Town on Earth (Four stars out of four)
"Stunning, intense, and deeply satisfying."
-Los Angeles Times, on The Many Deaths of the Firefly Brothers
"Mullen . . . wraps up this evocative Depression-era gangster tale in an unexpectedly surrealistic package, elevating it far above recycled melodrama status . . . Mullen is to be commended for taking literary risks in this genre-bending crime thriller."
-Booklist, on The Many Deaths of the Firefly Brothers