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Theories of Flight (Samuil Petrovitch) Mass Market Paperback – May 1, 2011
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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Wickedly fast wacky science-fiction. This whole series is smart and exciting. A scientist action hero falls in love and saves the world.
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I've read this series a few times now from start to finish, and they'll always have a place on my book shelf :)Published on April 15, 2014 by Lothos
Juvenile, muddled, frustrating, and inflated with a misplaced sense of "edge." Features frequent use/abuse of Yakov Smirnoff's old "In Soviet Russia, car drives... Read morePublished on March 25, 2014 by Jay Aitch
This is the second book of the Petrovitch Trilogy, which is also available in a single volume (The Petrovitch Trilogy (The Complete First Three Novels)), and which won the Philip K... Read morePublished on March 29, 2013 by Sitting in Seattle
While "Theories of Flight" starts off very well and quickly captures your interest, the book's major weakness only becomes apparent well into chapter four, when the book diverges... Read morePublished on September 16, 2012 by Neil G. Matthews
The meat of the series, lots of action and suspense, intertwined with love. I appreciated the real feelings and emotions that ran through Samuil's heart and mind. Read morePublished on January 16, 2012 by Val