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Much of it reads like a Hollywood action film, so - Hollywood film producers take note!
Bruce is definitely an author to watch.
[Note for kindle readers: formatting, page numbers, chapter numbers, table of contents - all worked fine.]
The FBI agent assigned to the case, Daniel Marsden is one of a new breed of agents trained to use a hand held lie detector to rapidly interview suspects and determine on the spot if they are telling the truth. This makes him feared and despised not only by criminals but by the police who often have their own secrets to hide. The police have other high-tech tricks at their disposal with a huge network of cameras in the streets and buildings used for constant surveillance and powerful facial recognition software that can sift through thousands of faces for a match. When Daniel's investigations lead him to discover that the explosion in the dollhouse was not as simple as it seemed, he gets involved in the messy world of greedy and corrupt corporations.
This is a well written, fast paced thriller with many twists and turns in the plot. The futuristic aspects of the novel, such as the mega Church and the wide network of video surveillance were close enough to feel possible and a future robotic sex doll does not seem entirely out of the question either. Daniel Marsden is a well written character with a thirst for the truth and a wry sense of humour and one I hope we get to meet again. An excellent debut novel!
Beyond that, the systems aren't just landscape in this very enjoyable novel, they're also characters. In a way, this story is some kind of angry romance between these two systems - not opposed exactly, but not truly sympathetic either - policing and social church dance around each other, flirt at times, insult each other... It's like a period French romance where the protagonists can't decide to fall into bed or poison each other's wine. Neither one is very likable, you will probably end up eager for the human protagonists to prevail, but I doubt you'll feel much sympathy with any of the systems!
The last thing I want to add is that Dr McCabe has done his research - the technological setting of the novel isn't pure imagination, it's grounded in some sound technological forecasting. Things may not go the exact way he predicts, but it's a very plausible near-future.
If you want a glimpse of where things may be going very soon, animated by vivid, fascinating characters and plot that never stops or lets up, I must strongly urge you to read "Skinjob" immediately.
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The Bad: gender issues
The Ugly: gender issues (and I foresaw the twist at the end)
Setting: US in the near future...Read more