- Series: Samuil Petrovich (Book 1)
- Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Orbit; Reissue edition (April 1, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0316125180
- ISBN-13: 978-0316125185
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 6.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 35 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #663,139 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Equations of Life (Samuil Petrovich) Mass Market Paperback – April 1, 2011
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Morden (The Lost Art) offers up an engrossing, if occasionally goofy, adventure that meshes theoretical physics and exciting action sequences. In a dark near future, the U.S. has become a theocracy, Japan has been destroyed, and the U.K. has devolved into near-anarchy. Ph.D. student and Russian expatriate Samuil Petrovitch, living in the decaying London Metrozone, foils an attempt to kidnap a mysterious woman called Sonja and finds himself caught up in a war between Russian mobsters and a ruthless tycoon. As things escalate, Harry Chain, an enigmatic cop, and Madeleine, a sexy, violent nun, are also caught up in the war. Morden occasionally gets too cute and there are a few moments that border on deus ex machina, but Samuil's mix of action and research makes him a fresh and engaging character, and the escalating scale of danger and violence moves the plot along briskly. Though pitched as the start of a trilogy, the book stands nicely alone. (Apr.)
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"Focused, fun, tale of heroes and gangster villains with a huge SF heart...only the start to something bigger―Gav Reads
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This is archetypical cyberpunk, perhaps a little long with a less surprising conclusion, but most readers will enjoy the romp. I'll be reading the sequels.
Just for icing on the cake, Petrovich is just about the ultimate geek, busily working on a Grand Unified Field theory as a sideline to running away from or confronting various goons, and is quite competent in all matters computer related.
There is mystery, action (and more action), a fine display of just what intelligence can do when applied to the real world, believable threats, a well-developed background world that has a nice gritty feel to it, and a fair amount of sarcasm and humor. It's a fun read, one you can become easily engrossed in, and will want to hurry back to its pages to find out what happens next. Petrovich himself is an intriguing character, with a lot hiding behind your initial impression of him, and the supporting characters range from a gun-toting giantess of a nun to a police chief who does nothing but plant bugs on people.
Some of the feats of derring-do that Petrovich performs do stretch the bounds of believability, and there were a couple of scenes that I don't think were completely thought through as to their possibility in a real world, but what I found strikingly real was a fairly short passage detailing his (and his partner's) work with a mathematical theory (don't worry, the reader is not expected to know any real math), showing just how engrossed and focused people who work at this level become and how insidiously a mathematical problem will grab your mind and will not let go, having some experience with this type of thing myself.
Although this book is the first of a trilogy, the story presented here is complete in own right, without any dangling cliffhangers at the end, which is a nice change from far too many multi-volume works. I will definitely be reading the rest of this series.
---Reviewed by Patrick Shepherd (hyperpat)
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