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Book 2 of 4 in the Samuil Petrovitch Series

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This is a series not to be missed, and as I've had a chance to read the other two books, I can promise you that it's only going to get better SFREVU A soaring narrative SCIFINOW This second outing is just as exciting and downright entertaining as the first and is one you too should consider putting on your To-read lists LEC BOOK REVIEWS --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Dr. Simon Morden holds degrees in geology and planetary geophysics. He was born in Gateshead, England and now resides in Worthing, England. Find out more about Simon Morden atwww.simonmorden.com.
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Product Details

  • Series: Samuil Petrovitch (Book 2)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit; 1 edition (May 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316125156
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316125154
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.2 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,272,866 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Samuil Petrovich is a scientist who has just discovered how to make anti-gravity. He works and lives in Metrozone, which used to be London, England before Armageddon changed the world. Unfortunately, Metrozone is being torn apart. Can Petrovich save his beloved city?

One of my main criticisms of Equations of Life was the difficulty in understanding the world set-up. As I expected, this is not an issue in the second book. Not just because I am familiar with it now, but the outside world plays a very small part in the book. It is really concentrated on the happenings in Metrozone itself.

This story is just as action packed as the first, maybe even more. It moved very quickly and had lots of heart-pounding moments. There were a few appearances of people from the first book, and I found it fun to be able to recognize them. I really loved Maddy, his love interest from the first book. It this one, they are newly married. She didn't feature prominently, but she was always on his mind, and everything he did was for her. It was very sweet.

My second criticism of the first book was the frequent use of Russian words and phrases. This was not an issue this time around. There were still a few Russian words, but I'm pretty sure they were all expletives, and not too difficult to figure out. Somehow having the profanity in a different language helped convey the meaning without being vulgar. Something I very much appreciated.

Overall, a very good story, and a great follow-up book. There is a third book coming out as well, and I am have to add it to my reading list. If only to discover the conclusion to the trilogy.
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Samuil Petrovich, the unlikely hero of Equations of Life, begins this novel by creating artificial gravity. At some point between Equations of Life and Theories of Flight, Petrovich married Madeleine who, when we last saw her, was a gun-toting nun. Madeleine apparently had a crisis of faith; she's now a gun-toting sergeant in the militia that is guarding the Metrozone from Outzone intruders -- including, evidently, Madeleine's own mother, who shoots Madeleine early on in the novel. Other key players who survived Equations (including Marchenkho, Sonja, and Chain) return in this one, although in lesser roles, and a couple of interesting new characters are introduced. The New Machine Jihad is also back, albeit in a somewhat different form. The plot involves Petrovich's more-or-less single-handed effort to prevent the "Outies" from invading the Metrozone.

Theories of Flight fleshes out the post-Armageddon world of Simon Morden's creation. The Metrozone (what's left of London, also called the Inzone) is shrinking; its residents are in danger of losing their relatively privileged lifestyles to the uncouth Outies who seek a share of the pie, or perhaps just want to stomp on the pie (sounds like class warfare, doesn't it?). The Outzone is expanding, encroaching on the Inzone; the Outies have devolved during the two decades since Armageddon, losing their culture and their language skills. Across the Atlantic, in Reconstruction America, cultural conservatism prevails: "you can't book even a twin room without a copy of your marriage certificate.
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Perfect story! Beautifully written! The Petrovick trilogy is superb! The twists and unexpected turns and humor will have you loving every minute! Don't ever think you know what will happen next -- it doesn't! Great read.
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This is the second book in a three book series and I loved the first book so much, I had to get the next two. However, this one wasn't quite as good as the first one, in my opinion. Still, it was pretty good and I enjoyed it.

Dr Samuil Petrovich is a scientist who has just discovered how to make anti-gravity. He works and lives in the Metrozone, which used to be London before Armageddon changed the world some 20 odd years ago. Before that, he lived in Russia. We're never told just how he came to the Metrozone from Russia, nor how he survived Armgeddon.

In the first book, he meets a great woman named Maddie who's an Amazonian nun with a huge gun who helps him defeat the New Machine Jihad. This book picks up four months later. And they're married. The romantic in me had hoped to see the two of them together and I'm thrilled that they're married. Unfortunately, the book starts out with his discovery of anti-gravity, only to have him receive a call that Maddy's been shot -- she's in the army now. His face is all over TV, but he can't stop to enjoy the fame -- he's got to get to the hospital. He does and she's generally OK and actually goes back to the front lines quite soon after. Meanwhile, Sonja contacts him, as does Chaim, the old cop he barely got along with from the first book. He tells Sam that the CIA is after the technology behind the New Machine Jihad and has sent agents to the Metrozone. Unfortunately, he's killed shortly thereafter. Then, the gist of the story starts. The Outties, the people who were barred from entering London during Armageddon and have lived in the outskirts in radiation ever since, are attacking with a force of some 200,000 people and the Metrozone army has to fight them off, and they don't have enough forces.
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