- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd (May 29, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 073225633X
- ISBN-13: 978-0732256333
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,583,360 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Top Customer Reviews
The main character, Phil Roads is one of those grizzled loners with a heart of gold and a guilty secret who skirts a taut line between anti-hero behaviour and unbelievable behaviour. And the technology is very much part of life, sparing us the "gee whiz look at this infrared pop-up toaster" garbage that less expert writers get lost in.
Overall this is an excellent thriller in a very real setting that happens to be sometime in our not too distant future. If you like Peter F Hamilton's Greg Mandel character ("Nano Flower", "A Quantum Murder" etc) or Iain M Banks more edgy stuff ("Consider Phelebas", "Use of Weapons", "Excession" etc) you are very likely to enjoy this book.
Our hero is a remnant of the times before the world fell apart. A member of the police, his job is to track down a killer, someone who is gruesomely murdering VIPs in the lead up to a very important meeting with a new coalition from the outside. This meeting has the chance of revitalising a decaying city, and saving those within, if only those who support the plan don't get killed first.
Nanotech, biomods, genetic engineering, this book has it all, and a halfway decent mystery. Sean Williams is Australian, [like me] and it shows in some of his themes. A good book.
The Metal Fatigue is referencing the fact that cut off from everything else, the technology they have is slowly failing, and is unable to be replaced.
They have been invited to come back, but deadly crimes are happening to hamper this. A grizzled investigator type has to work out why.