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4400: Promises Broken [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

David Mack
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27. Oktober 2009 4400
4400 taken, 4400 returned. All were given startling new abilities. Now, if you are willing to risk it all, you too can be extraordinary. Is this what the future intended to ensure the survival of the human race?

Promicin -- which kills half of those who dare to inject it and grants paranormal abilities to those who survive -- is spreading across the globe and threatening to plunge the entire world into chaos.

One year has passed since Jordan Collier and his followers seized control of Seattle and renamed it Promise City. U.S. armed forces have surrounded Seattle, and each day brings Collier and his Promicin-Positive Movement closer to all-out war with the world's greatest military superpower.

However, the real threats are the Marked -- agents from the future whose identities are encoded into body-hijacking nanites. They were sent back to thwart the efforts of the 4400. The last three surviving Marked lurk in the shadows, working in secret as they prepare to deliver a deathblow to the planet.

Caught in the crossfire are NTAC agents Tom Baldwin and Diana Skouris. His son, Kyle, and her thirteen-year-old adopted daughter, Maia, are both more loyal to Jordan's movement than to them. And when the standoff between Collier and the U.S. military explodes into open conflict, Tom, Diana, and fellow agents wind up outnumbered and outgunned.

In the end, the fate of all mankind will rest in the hands of one man: Tom Baldwin.

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  • Taschenbuch: 336 Seiten
  • Verlag: Pocket Star; Auflage: Original (27. Oktober 2009)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1416543236
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416543237
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 17 x 10,4 x 2,3 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 3.5 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (2 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 240.944 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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David Mack is the national bestselling author of more than a dozen books, including Wildfire, Harbinger, Reap the Whirlwind, Road of Bones, and the Star Trek Destiny trilogy—Gods of Night, Mere Mortals, and Lost Souls. His first original novel, the supernatural thriller The Calling, debuted in July 2009 to critical acclaim. In addition to novels, Mack’s diverse writing credits span several media, including television, film, short fiction, magazines, newspapers, comic books, computer games, radio, and the Internet. He currently resides in New York City.

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April 3, 2008

Naked and shivering, Roger Keegan awoke bound to a chair. He sat in the center of a pool of harsh incandescent light, but the room around him was pitch-dark. His feet were flat on the cold concrete floor. Metal handcuffs bit into his wrists, which were secured behind his back. All he could smell was ammonia.

Looks like a cellar, he thought. Am I still at the casino? He had come to Las Vegas for a few days of well-earned vacation: some cards, some strippers, maybe some surfand-turf. Somewhere between his six Cuervo-and-Cokes at the Mirage and his visit to a nearby gentlemen's club, something had gone very, very wrong.

A door creaked open in the darkness, but there was no light to draw Roger's eye. Footsteps were answered by crisp echoes as they drew closer.

Roger swallowed in a futile effort to expel the sour taste of metabolized booze from his tongue, which was coated in a vile paste. Squinting, the forty-two-year-old middle manager saw three dark figures step into the ring of shadow just outside his circle of light. Two looked like men; the other had the appealing curves of a woman.

The man on the left lit a cigarette, illuminating his brown face with a flicker of orange flame. Then he flipped his lighter shut, and all that remained was the red pinpoint at the end of his cigarette. Roger winced at the pungent aroma of tobacco. Whatever the man was smoking, it was harsh and bitter.

"So," said the man in the center. "This is him?"

"Yes," the woman replied. "He's been prepared."

Throwing fearful looks at each member of the trio, Roger said, "Wait a second, there's gotta be a mistake! I'm just a sales rep! My name's Roger Keegan, I don't -- " The clack of a round being chambered into a semiautomatic pistol cut him off.

"We should get started," said the man in the middle. He and his two compatriots stepped into the light.

They were attired in casual business clothing -- suits without ties for the men, a simple gray skirt-and-jacket ensemble for the woman. She was pale and blond, and held an odd-looking device with a syringe and a needle. Roger didn't recognize her or the black man with the cigarette. Standing between them, however, was a man with a graying beard who looked familiar.

It took Roger a moment to dredge the man's name from his memory. Then it came to him. "Holy shit!" he exclaimed, eyes wide with disbelief. "You're George Sterling! Is this a movie?"

The famous Hollywood producer-director ignored Roger and extended a hand to his male colleague. "Let's get on with it."

The black man handed Sterling the pistol. He and the woman stepped back as Sterling released the weapon's safety and looked at Roger.

"You're a lucky man," Sterling said. Then the movie mogul lifted the gun, pressed the muzzle to his own grayed temple, and pulled the trigger.

The shot resounded off the floor and walls as the left side of Sterling's head vanished in a pulpy red spray.

His body went limp, fell face-first at Roger's feet, and landed with a meaty slap. The pistol tumbled from his hand and clattered across the floor.

Blood spread in a swift tide around Roger's bare feet. Trembling now with fear and adrenaline, he shouted at the blond woman and the black man, "What the hell's going on?"

They didn't answer him. The blonde stepped forward, kneeled beside the dead Hollywood titan, and jabbed the needle of her gadget into the base of his skull, into his spinal cord. She tapped a touchpad on the side of the device. A moment later, a shimmering silver fluid began filling the syringe behind the needle, drawn up and out of Sterling's neck.

Roger yelled, "Who are you people? What is that?"

"You'll find out soon enough," the black man said, stepping behind Roger's chair.

The blonde removed the needle from Sterling's neck, stood, and walked toward Roger. "Hold him," she said.

Her cohort wrapped one muscular arm around Roger's throat and jaw. With precision and force, he twisted Roger's chin and immobilized his head.

"Stop!" Roger begged. "Please, don't do this!"

The woman met his plea with a cold smirk and icy blue eyes. "What is it you think we're about to do?"

"I...I don't know," Roger said, too scared even to guess.

Stroking his cheek, she asked, "Then why be afraid?"

While he was still concocting an answer, she jabbed the needle into the nape of his neck. Piercing agony traveled down his spine like an electric jolt. Then a searing heat flowed into him, purpling his vision and filling his head with vertigo.

He felt himself scream, but he heard only silence.

Jakes hadn't felt any fear as he'd pulled the trigger. This death would be merely an interlude, and a brief one at that.

Putting a bullet through his brain had still hurt, though.

He inhaled sharply as he felt his consciousness take root in a new form. This body's senses were sharp. He caught the competing fragrances of cheap cologne and expensive perfume.

His eyes opened, and he saw his fellow agents of the Marked. "I'm all right, Wells," he said to his male colleague.

They were each two or three bodies removed from who they had been in the future, before their identities had been encoded into nanites for their perilous undercover mission into the past. When they had first hijacked new personas, they had agreed to call one another by their new names, to maintain their covers and avoid confusion. With so few of them left, however, there was no reason not to revert to their true names.

Pleased by his new voice, he asked, "How long did it take?"

"Less than two minutes," Wells said. He glanced at Kuroda, who put away the nanite-transfer device. "The upgrades to the bonding process worked better than we'd hoped."

Jakes nodded. "Good. Then you won't mind untying me."

"If we must," Wells joked. He stepped behind the chair and removed the handcuffs from Jakes's wrists.

While his comrade untied the rest of his restraints, Jakes massaged his new wrists, scowled at the glare of the light above his head, and wrinkled his nose at the lingering bite of sulfur in the air. He looked at George Sterling's bloody corpse. It galled him to give up an identity that had blessed him with such vast wealth and influence, but it was for the best.

The Marked had recently suffered brutal setbacks in their covert war against the 4400 -- people abducted from far-flung parts of the world over the course of nearly six decades of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, taken by agents of the future determined to alter the shape of things to come. Injected with the neurotransmitter promicin, which gifted them with extraordinary paranormal abilities, the 4400 had been returned en masse on August 14, 2004, in order to avert a catastrophe that would end the world as they knew it.

In other words, the returnees had been changed and sent back to erase the past and topple the future's last bastion of stable civilization, which the Marked were sworn to defend.

Unfortunately, the war had turned against the Marked. An assassination squad -- sent by Jordan Collier, the charismatic leader of the rapidly spreading promicin movement, and led by the ex-military telekinetic returnee Richard Tyler -- had killed seven of Jakes's fellow agents.

It was likely a matter of simple luck that Jakes had escaped Tyler's attack on Wyngate Castle, the opulent redoubt that George Sterling had built with his movie-industry millions. If not for a secret passage Jakes had added to the estate, he, Wells, and Kuroda would likely be dead.

They were now the last three agents of the Marked. They alone remained to save their future from Collier and his quasi-religious promicin movement.

As his bonds fell away, Jakes stood. "That's better," he said. Kuroda handed...

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3.0 von 5 Sternen Gelungen aber... 23. Juli 2012
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Gelungen und schriftstellerisch besser als der Erste Teil. Ich hatte viel Vergnügen beim Lesen dieses Buches allerdings muss ich sagen das es mich sehr ärgert dass dieses Buch ein "offenes" Ende hat. Wer die Lektüre genießen will ohne sich über ein offenes Ende ärgern zu wollen sollte das letzte Kapitel einfach auslassen. Ansonsten ist es wirklich sehr gut gelungen und ein muss für den Fan.
Die milde Bewertng von 3 Sternen basiert einzig und allein am Ende.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Guter Abschluss für 4400 29. Dezember 2010
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Die Bewertung hier gilt direkt für beide Bücher "Welcome to Promise City" und "Promises Broken".

Wer kein Problem mit der englischen Sprache hat und 4400 als Serie geliebt hat, für den sind die Bücher eigentlich ein Muss.

Man sollte mit Welcome to Promise City anfangen zu lesen, da einem ansonsten die Zusammenhänge in diesem Buch hier fehlen. Die Story fängt quasi dort an, wo die Serie aufgehört hat - bei der virusartigen Promicin Ausbreitung in Seattle. Wir haben nun die "4400" der US-Regierung gegenüber stehen und die Situation ist gereizt um es milde auszudrücken. Ständig kann ein Krieg ausbrechen, der viele Opfer auf beiden Seiten fordern kann.

Die Story führt dann auch durch diesen Konflikt und zeigt, wie die bekannten Charaktere darin versuchen zurecht zu kommen und zu helfen, den Konflikt zu beenden. Gleichzeitig haben auch die "Markierten" ihren Auftritt und sie schmieden Pläne um die Promicin Bewegung zu zerstören.

Das Ende der Bücher ist in meinen Augen gut gelungen und bietet Möglichkeiten die Story in neuen Büchern fortzusetzen.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Solid ending to a great series. 27. September 2010
Von Erin Tempest - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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As a huge fan of the series, I was disappointed when it was cancelled. However, the two 4400 books "Welcome to Promise City and this one "Promises Broken" did a good job of giving us a certain amount of closure, while still leaving us something to wonder about.
These are quick, fun reads. I believe that any fan of the show will enjoy both of these! Definitely worth the cost!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Everything A Book Based Off A TV Show Should Be 3. Februar 2011
Von Captain Jack - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
If you liked the show enough to watch it to the end, you should definitely read this. I read none of the other books, and that did not hinder my enjoyment of this book at all. Because of the freedom that writing a book provides, the scale of the threat and the action were way above what you'd expect from an episode. Even with all the motorcycle chases, explosions, and disasters that threaten all of mankind, it still managed to be consistent to the show. It's far from perfect, but that can be said of The 4000 as a whole. I considered giving it a 4, because there are some wonky, unresolved time inconsistencies and the end is a little cheesy, but if you were a fan of the series, this really is a must-buy. It will keep you on the edge of your... whatever is it is you read on, the entire way through.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen 4400 Continuing Saga 24. November 2009
Von SciFiChick - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Following the events in The 4400: Welcome to Promise City, tension is escalating between the US government and Jordan Collier promicin-positive followers. And the 4400's greatest foe, the Marked, have devised a plan to wipe out the p-positive, but countless innocents will die as well.

David Mack and Pocket Books have finally given fans of the show the resolution we have been waiting for, since its untimely cancellation. The characters have changed and developed, but not beyond reason. And suspenseful as ever, this latest installment has Agents Baldwin and Skouris making the most difficult decisions of their lives. They must choose sides and risk everything. And, ultimately, Kyle's prediction of the fate of the world lying with Tom Baldwin comes to a head.

With all of the characters we've come to know and love, Mack has skillfully rendered each with believability and soul. The story is gripping and fast-paced, with a climatic ending that no 4400 fan should miss. And while there is a satisfying ending to the overall story arc, there is plenty left open for future accounts and other avenues to explore. This was a fantastic conclusion to an incredible series. And I, for one, would love to see it continue on in further novels, particularly if the same authors return.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Awesome book, but still ends on a cliffhanger :( 25. März 2014
Von Nick Comstock - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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It ties up almost every problem we ran into with the series, but then decides to open up a new plot line and there aren't any more books :/
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Some Closure, but not much else. 1. Januar 2014
Von ManFromGanymede - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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It's great to finally bring the whole saga to an end. It's an exciting finale with big stakes and plenty of opportunities for your favorite characters to do awesome things.

That said, it's fairly by-the-numbers and much of the plot development occurs more out of convenience than anything else. The characters felt less true to their on-screen counterparts as compared to "Welcome to Promise City." Jordan Collier and Denis Ryland both seem particularly out of character without any good cause. It also leaves some rather key questions unanswered. What was the Catastrophe? Can't be bothered to tell anyone some minor detail like that. It skirts around much of the mystery that made the show compelling.

Oh, and the last chapter opens up a huge new can of worms. It's actually a pretty interesting premise, but it's very unlikely that it will ever be taken up again on screen or in print. It seems to rob the reader of a lot of the closure a book like this should provide.
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