WINNER OF THE 2013 MASSACHUSETTS BOOK AWARD FOR FICTION
THE FIRST CLASS AT M.I.T. THE LAST HOPE FOR A CITY IN PERIL.
Boston, 1868. The Civil War may be over but a new war has
begun, one between the past and the present, tradition and
technology. On a former marshy wasteland, the daring
Massachusetts Institute of Technology is rising, its mission
to harness science for the benefit of all and to open the
doors of opportunity to everyone of merit. But in Boston
Harbor a fiery cataclysm throws commerce into chaos, as ships’
instruments spin inexplicably out of control. Soon after,
another mysterious catastrophe devastates the heart of the
city. Is it sabotage by scientific means or Nature revolting
against man’s attempt to control it?
The shocking disasters cast a pall over M.I.T. and provoke assaults from all sides—rival Harvard, labor unions, and a sensationalistic press. With their first graduation and the very survival of their groundbreaking college now in doubt, a band of the Institute’s best and brightest students secretly come together to save innocent lives and track down the truth, armed with ingenuity and their unique scientific training.
Led by “charity scholar” Marcus Mansfield, a quiet Civil War veteran and one-time machinist struggling to find his footing in rarefied Boston society, the group is rounded out by irrepressible Robert Richards, the bluest of Beacon Hill bluebloods; Edwin Hoyt, class genius; and brilliant freshman Ellen Swallow, the Institute’s lone, ostracized female student. Working against their small secret society, from within and without, are the arrayed forces of a stratified culture determined to resist change at all costs and a dark mastermind bent on the utter destruction of the city.
Studded with suspense and soaked in the rich historical atmosphere for which its author is renowned, The Technologists is a dazzling journey into a dangerous world not so very far from our own, as the America we know today begins to shimmer into being.
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EXPANDED WORLD OF THE TECHNOLOGISTS
THE PROFESSOR'S ASSASSIN
The prequel to The Technologists exclusively
available for download. When the chairman of the faculty is shot by a
masked student, young professor (and future founder of M.I.T.) William
Barton Rogers must investigate the dark side of student life.
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Tech Forever: A novella featuring the characters of The Technologists.
When a laboratory explosion rocks the freshman class at the brand new
M.I.T., Marcus Mansfield must try to clear his friend of wrongdoing.
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Close Ranks: Short story following Technologist Edwin Hoyt.
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The Lady in the Basement: Short story in five parts about Ellen
Swallow, the first female student at M.I.T., as she plots her revenge
against one male student who tries to drive her out of the college.
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"THE TECHNOLOGISTS combines everything I love in a thriller:
fascinating history, science, and a frightening mystery that
demands to be solved. Matthew Pearl is one of my must-read
authors. He never fails to intrigue and thrill!" --Tess
Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author of The Silent Girl
"Fascinating, mesmerizing, and richly atmospheric, THE TECHNOLOGISTS is the best yet from a true master of the historical thriller. I loved this novel." --Joseph Finder, New York Times bestselling author of Buried Secrets and Vanished
"The Technologists is a marvel of moving parts. It creates a colorful portrait of Boston in the midst of modernization, provides all the twists and turns a mystery lover could ask for, and offers several thrillingly described scenes of destruction.” -- Washington Post
"Pearl's signature complex plotting, strewn with red herrings and populated with unlikely villains, leaves readers as shocked and intrigued as the Bostonians... Pearl's first three novels--The Dante Club, The Poe Shadow, and The Last Dickens--were all New York Times best-sellers. His latest, another literary-historical thriller, seems certain to join the elite club." -- Booklist
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