- Series: Forbidden Land
- Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Roc; First Edition edition (May 1, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0451458273
- ISBN-13: 978-0451458278
- Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 1 x 6.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,454,136 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Archangel Protocol (Forbidden Land) Mass Market Paperback – May 1, 2001
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None of this should work together, but it does. Wonderfully. Morehouse has woven all these elements with a deft hand. This is a novel where the action never stops, but at the same time she has characters who are more than cardboard and even tosses in some ideas for you to think about.
As I neared the end of the book I found my self in the reader's dilemma of wanting to read slowly so it would last longer and at the same time unable to slow down because I wanted to see how it was going to end. I definitely am putting Morehouse on my list of authors to watch for.
Deirdre, the viewpoint character, was a police officer. Now she is an excommunicate private detective eking out a bare existence doing work for barter. The story is told in first person so the reader begins as cut off from information about the current state of the culture as Deirdre is. As the story unfolds, Deirdre meets a cop named Michael who asks her to become involved in a risky investigation.
Deirdre already has her own risky connections though with the leader of a Jewish terrorist cell and Mouse, the owner of mouse.net, an illicit version of LINK that is available to the disenfrancised. Mouse is also the programmer of Page, an Artificial Intelligence that is one of the two recognized as closest to humanity. Page operates as Mouse's presense online hence the name-- as in Home Page.
Sly humor, fast paced action and the ability to convey suspence make this book one of the best reads I've had in Science Fiction this year.
Lyda Morehouse has developed a cast of wonderfully believable and fascinating characters, complete with goals, dreams, and, most importantly, flaws. Unlike some books with many key characters, the protagonist is well developed and likable, rather than simply relying on those in supporting roles to inspire interest and sympathy.
The world has a complex history and political system, all of which have been built without an excess of techno garbage usually associated with cyberpunk. The new and unfamiliar is explained smoothly and succinctly, keeping the story from getting bogged down in definitions and description. The pace of the story complements the rapidly unfolding plot, making it an extremely tough book to put down.
There are moments of beautiful imagery, giving the reader a vision of this future world and the people who live within it. It is a world which I hope to be able to visit again, and I strongly look forward to reading this author's next book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Starts like a well written book, then grows weary, and boring. Chapter 15 is probably the worst chapter in the book.Published 21 months ago by Ralph Lambiase
I'm not at all good at telling anyone why I like a book, but I liked this book and the 2nd in the series that I'm reading now. Read morePublished 23 months ago by V. POTTER
Dystopian future that is not that far-fetched, in both the science and the US culture, and I think of this book when I see the government make laws or rulings for everyone based on... Read morePublished on July 1, 2014 by KDNola
First published in 2001, Archangel Protocol has been brought back to life through the existence of a pirated electronic text. Read morePublished on February 25, 2013 by Sean the Bookonaut
This is an older novel that's been recently digitally published. The world building is fascinating. Morehouse got so much right with the way the web has taken over our whole... Read morePublished on February 8, 2013 by adrianne
This is the first book in a series that currently contains 4 books. The books are set in a sort of post apocalyptic United States of America, where everyone has the LINK and... Read morePublished on December 1, 2008 by Karissa Eckert
Well.... the cyberpunk isn't bad. She's no Melissa Scott (Trouble and Her Friends (although I wondered if the woman wearing matched mauve scarf and shoes was a nod in Cerise's... Read morePublished on October 27, 2008 by H Waterhouse
The gift Lyda Morehouse has for imaginative writing shines in ARCHANGEL PROTOCAL, her debut novel. A typical example is the way she describes this urban scene:... Read morePublished on December 6, 2006 by Byron C. Justice
While not my favorite book in the series, it's a great starting point. It gets even better as it goes on!
Lyda's concepts, like the LINK, are wonderful. Read more