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by Adam Fawer

Improbable: A Novel epub

ISBN: 006073678X

ISBN13: 978-0060736781

Author: Adam Fawer

Category: Thriller and Mystery

Subcategory: Thrillers & Suspense

Language: English

Publisher: HarperTorch (January 31, 2006)

ePUB book: 1424 kb

FB2 book: 1830 kb

Rating: 4.3

Votes: 459

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Adam Fawer holds undergraduate and master's degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and received an MBA .

Adam Fawer holds undergraduate and master's degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and received an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. During his corporate career, Fawer worked for a variety of companies including Sony Music, . Morgan, and most recently, About.

Improbable is a 2005 science fiction thriller novel by Adam Fawer, about a gambler who gains the power to predict the future. It was awarded the 2006 International Thriller Writers Award for best first novel. Improbable is the story of a gifted young man named David Caine, who has been troubled by debilitating epileptic seizures to the extent that his medical condition has thrown his life completely off track. He is a compulsive gambler, and heavily in debt to the local mafia.

by. Fawer, Adam, 1970-. A highly original debut novel by an aspiring new talent. Compulsive gamblers, Epileptics, Medicine, Experimental, Drugs, Visions, Compulsive gamblers, Drugs, Epileptics, Medicine, Experimental, Visions. New York : William Morrow. Библиографические данные.

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Adam Fawer holds undergraduate and master's degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and received an MBA .

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Improbable by Adam Fawer – book cover, description, publication history. Improbable is a science fzwer thriller novel by Adam Fawerabout a gambler who gains the power to predict the future. Cemile Kurt rated it did not like it Jan 10, Moreover, Fawer ends up with some rather strange blend of the determinism of Laplace and the popular notion of free will. Contributed by kenn Improbable improbavle Adam Fawer is a great read.

From a brilliant new talent comes a riveting novel of chance, fate, and numbers, and one man's strange journey past the boundaries of the possible.

David Caine inhabits a world of obsession, rich rewards, and rapid, destructive downfalls. A compulsive gambler and brilliant mathematician prone to crippling epileptic seizures, he possesses the uncanny ability to calculate odds of any hand in the blink of an eye. But one night at an underground poker club, Caine makes a costly mi scalculation, sending his life spinning out of control. Desperate, he agrees to test an experimental drug with unnerving side effects: inexplicable visions of the past, present, and future. Unsure whether he's perceiving an alternate reality or suffering a psychotic breakdown, Caine embarks on a journey that stretches beyond the possible into the world of the improbable. Gradually, he discovers the extent of his astonishing new ability -- but powerful, shadowy forces know Caine's secret. Now Caine must fight for his survival -- and his sanity . . .

Give first-time author Adam Fawer credit - he has succeeded in melding hopelessly arcane scientific theory and speculation with a bona fide non-stop action thriller. "Improbable" is an aptly discriptive title, but Fawer's plot and premise is no more improbable than "Jurassic Park", and nearly as entertaining. Fawer's writing is more hip than Creighton, more cerebral than Preston/Childs, and while less even and less polished than either, stands up to both when measured in terms of adrenaline-rich and thought provoking content.

"Improbable" is the story of David Caine who, as a poker playing, epileptic slacker, is hardly the typical pop fiction hero. But Caine is also a sometimes-professor of probability theory, which frames a refreshing unique tale that spans weighty topics ranging from Einstein's Theory of relativity to the writings of French mathematician LaPlace to the meaning of life itself. Sound convoluted - you bet - but deliciously so. By skillfully weaving a plot around it, Fawer pulls off the ultimate improbability - making quantum mechanics not only understandable, but also entertaining. To this, add the beautiful but lethal double agent, the Russian mob, the North Korean secret service, evil scientists, the CIA, NSA, a bunch of other alphabets, and some good-ole Texas Hold-em for good measure and, well, you get the picture.

All things considered, while clearly "improbable", this is top-notch fiction that is both informative and entertaining. A terrific first time effort for Fawer - hopefully he'll keep them coming.
I can't think of another book that made me want to immediately re-read it. It reminded me of Katherine Neville's The Eight (which, although gripping, did not make me want to start it over right away.)
What I found so interesting was Fawer's breakdown of probability factors and influences, and the history that he wove through the tale. The story made me want to Google everything from epilepsy to LaPlace's Demon, and I think it's hilarious and awesome that I couldn't put the book down long enough to do any research.
This second time through I will stop and research all the intriguing parts.

I particularly liked Nava's character. She's strong and resourceful and believable, and the more that her character was revealed, the more I admired her.
I love love love this book. I recommend it to all my friends and can read it again and again. It gives a brief description of really complex theories, but in an engaging and understandable way. So much so that I'm inspired to learn more. But, it's not a dense read! The story is fast paced, the characters are well developed and the plot has many turns with a satisfying conclusion.
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This book is similar to the premise of the movie Next. Well written - the kind of book where you want to keep reading to the end, and it comes to a somewhat satisfactory conclusion.
This is one of the best and engrossing science (and mathematics) thrillers I have read since I completed all of Michael Crichton's stories.
Went to a 2 and a half hour version of Hamlet by a visiting and competent English theater group in Shanghai. Sat through it, wondering if Tolstoy wasn't right after all when he declared Shakespeare as a minor and rather unimportant writer. The play is plain pulp, obviously. What makes it hot is mainly the fact that dramaturgists get the chance to be creative, and the plentyful recognizable lines. The audience sits there and waits for 'to be or not to be' and all the other best words. Had to nudge my wife a few times to keep her awake.
Got home and had enough of high literature for a day. Picked up a plain pulp thriller which had been recommended to me as a good science thriller. Alright, it is about brain and drugs research and probability theory and evil corrupt government agents and foreign services and all the usual of the genre.
The hero is an epileptic math genius with the added vice of gambling and calculating the odds. He becomes a research object for the brain and drugs guys and in turn a subject of interest for Russian Mafia and Korean secret service and all the other bad guys in the world.
Guess I will go back to Shakespeare next time, after all.
But I also needed some brushing up of my math knowledge after Jim Egolf mentioned that he thinks that I know math. OMG. And Gordon Brown comes up with negative likelihood. Need to do some brain research.
But let me share something that I took away from this actually very entertaining book. Do you know what is the basic conclusion from low probability analysis? S... happens! Now isn't that entirely in line with your intuitions? So who needs Heisenberg or Schroedinger?
This book is flawed. It tries too hard and misses. We have already seen this movie. His characters are unbelievable in the truest sense of the word.