THE ORACLE YEAR by Charles Soule


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A man who can see the future—in cryptic fragments—wreaks havoc on the world stage as millions wait breathlessly for every single prediction.

This is Soule’s debut novel, although he’s spent years writing some of the most popular superhero characters for Marvel, DC, Image, and more. Here, he uses his keen eye to create a whip-smart thriller that employs the tiniest bit of speculative fiction, spinning an entertaining, keenly satirical tale about behavior and causality. In a clever twist, Soule starts his novel in the middle of the story, as “scruffy, underemployed” bass player Will Dando flirts with a woman at a bar, hinting that he’s the mysterious figure known in popular culture as “The Oracle.” In fact, Will does know some of the future, as revealed to him in 108 predictions in a dream. They can be as benign as a woman buying milk or as deadly as a bridge collapse. Will has been working with his best friend, Hamza Sheikh, and Hamza’s pregnant wife, Miko, to sell certain predictions to corporations for hundreds of millions of dollars while posting others on an incredibly popular website known simply as “The Site.” He has good intentions. “The predictions came to me. I’m using my best judgement about what to do with them,” he later tells spunky reporter Leigh Shore, who becomes an ally. But Will quickly draws the ire of a range of powerful and dangerous figures that include the president of the United States, a hypocritical televangelist, and the most interesting foe, a sly, grandmotherly assassin known only as “The Coach.” Soule finesses Will’s dilemma with a Byzantine plot in which Will and his companions can’t tell if the prophecies are coalescing into a dangerous endgame or their very lives are being manipulated by the arc of the predictions.

A thrilling, noodle-bending adventure that keeps readers guessing until the very end.

Pub Date: April 3rd, 2018
ISBN: 978-0-06-268663-3
Page count: 416pp
Publisher: Harper Perennial/HarperCollins
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1st, 2018


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