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A well told spaceaged whodunnit,
This review is from: Spin State (Paperback)
I really must stop buying books this engrossing... the lack of sleep they're causing is slowly driving me mad!
The tale begins on an action-high, with a covert raid on an unlicensed "wetware" lab... a raid which goes wrong. Our heroine (a battle weary, genetically and cybernetically enhanced soldier) is given the classic get-out-of-jail-free suicide mission to investigate an unusual accident (and death) on the mine planet of Compson World. From this initial premise grows a complex and compelling tale of galactic politics, interplanetary espionage and secret agendas.
The characters and locations are elloquently described, providing the reader with a fully fledged mental picture of the scenes. The use of non-alien based lifeforms (purebred humans, genetically enhanced and modified humans and the ever popular AI characters) are well delivered although a good deal of page-inches are spent describing facial expression in an attempt to portray the underlying puppetmasters of the humanoid characters (under the control of almost any other character using the concept of "shunting").
Only one criticism on the story as a whole, which is the centralised concept of the quantum crystal structures which are the lifeblood of interplanetary travel - it all feels a little too Dune / Spice for comfort...
Overall, a very compelling read with fine pace, action, characters and a satisfying ending.