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I do so love books that make you think, and yet again, Ron Sanders has created yet another of those intellectual literary chasms for thought.
Sci-Fi is not my normal genre, so I had a bit of difficulty early on with the situational slang and the science-speak. Those who are used to reading in the genre should have little trouble, although I thought some of the terms used such as `snatchers' could have been defined earlier on to alleviate some confusion.
But as usual, Sander's writing is engaging, and by chapter three I was sucked into his futuristic world.
It's New Years Eve...and we are introduced to the cast of characters: Abe Joshua Lee, professor; Israel "Izzy" Weaver, psychoanalyst who has the verbally challenged lilt of a fifth grader; and Professor Moses Amantu. Yes, as in all Sander's works I have read so far, the names are not selected randomly. These men, fondly called "The Group" are intellectuals of remarkable insight and talents, but this group won't be having a mere night on the town for New Years Eve.
We have a lot going on in this story: Government intrigue and conspiracy, suppressed historical data, hard-wired memories, and 'carriers' - but carriers of what?
Suffering a minor medical incident and a few minor lapses of judgement, the group is detoured from their course and dumped into a wasteland at the edge of colonized civilization called the outs. And this is where the premise of the story hit home - the light switched on, and I was strapped in for the ride. This is intellectual Sci-Fi at its finest.
Suppose you could tap into the world's history from ghosted electromagnetic remnants left behind - the true history of man. Now that is a frightening thought.Read more ›
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