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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Baen (November 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743435702
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743435703
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,795,277 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Joshua Koppel on December 7, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The cover makes one think this will be high-tech action but that is far from the truth. The story reads like Damnation Alley with a twist.

Trennt is a courier. He carries sensitive material through the increasingly hostile country. On his last mission we never know if he succeeds with the delivery, only that he escapes with his life.

Now he has been hired, along with an on-again off-again partner, to shut down a secret research facility and bring back the research and staff. Nothing goes right with the mission, partly due to forces bent on destroying all evidence of the facility and its work. Soon Trennt is in the hostile wastelands where just about everything can kill you. He is still trying to complete some small part of his mission.

In the end I was quite unsatisfied (why didn't he at least check out the empty plane?). At first the wilderness is super-deadly but at the end it just takes a little mud to survive. Characters' motivations are spotting and often don't make sense. The non-romantic romance was seemingly just thrown in but might have been the main point. I will probably not even look at any new books from this author unless the style changes greatly.
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I've been reading SF for almost 50 years. This was a very good first novel, and I hope to read more from this author in coming years. The novel held my interest throughout.
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Overpopulated 21st-century Earth was an accident waiting to happen-then both the Sun and the Earth underwent convulsions, causing crop failures and global famine.
Trennt is a courier for what's left of the U.S. government, a hard man in a hard world, made bitter and cynical by the death of his wife. He has a sterling record of getting through roving packs of ruthless looters, traps set by hijackers, and mobs made desperate by starvation. Mow he has to reach a secret project in Wyoming and bring back a breakthrough discovery that can restore the U.S.A.-but what he doesn't know is that someone in the government plans to terminate the project and its personnel.
Trennt has to get the project files back to Washington in spite of a sabotaged aircraft and agents sent to eliminate him and his charges. But Trennt has never failed to get the job done before. And anyone who gets in his way is not likely to live to regret the encounter....
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I knew buying this that it was a first book and I think the only book from this author but suffering disappointment at Brandon Sanderson's ending of the WOT and just plain boredom after Terry Goodkind's book 4 in the Sword of Truth I needed something new.

This is a decent book. It may not be the best one I read this year but not the worst one either.

At times I felt that someone must have told the author to be more descriptive and use more metaphors and he proceeded to go a little overboard in sections making for a hard read at times but I have had the same problems with other books.

The overall story wasn't bad and covered a lot in a short book. Could have easily been a two or three book series and may have benefited from more time to hear some character back-stories.

In short pick it up for what it is.
A good story.
Something different and unique.
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