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Drew Townsend is dispatched to a remote station for punishment, to solve a crime, or to do a wholly different job for which he, as a genius among geniuses, is uniquely qualified. The trouble is that even he may not know who he is really working for and whether the job he is supposed to do is the right thing, or if he should follow the unintended path he created right into the center of a battle of powerful political forces.
This book is a well-written fast-paced humorous caper that just keeps delivering on all of its promises. As the crime investigation unfolds to explore the best and worst of human nature, the rest of the complex layers of the story and the characters are revealed. The people are individuals with their own stories to tell, and Daisy Hub becomes a character in its own right. The politics are believable, and the mystery is a worthy one.
This was a fun read, and I am looking forward to the rest of the series. Marks has a way of bringing the story to life.
A review copy was provided by Edge-Lite in exchange for an honest review. This review and more at annevolmering.com.
The book starts as a murder mystery with an undercurrent of unknown forces at work. As more is learned about the murder story line, the depth of the unknown political forces is revealed over time. Further, the main character starts off believing he is an insider in the political happenings – working undercover as a spy for one governmental group while also working for another. (Note that “governmental group” is not an accurate description since the “future” blends political control, economic administration, and geographic policing in ways that lead to turf battles and inter-agency oversight.) However, as the story unfolds the murder moves into the background story of inter-agency intrigue to identify and correct universal (bigger than global) corruption.
The only downside to the book is that it ends with the reader finally understanding the meaning behind the book’s title, but wanting to know how the master plan continues to unfold – stay tuned for the second book in the trilogy!
This is an excellent first outing in a book series that promises great things. Marks, the author, is a relatively new voice in the sci-fi world, but this is not the novel of a novice author. Well-written, tensely-plotted, and with great characterization, I think it would make a good TV series. I look forward to the next book in the series.
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