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I consider myself a fan of William Dietrich's novels, having enjoyed Napoleon's Pyramids (Ethan Gage 1), The Rosetta Key (Ethan Gage 2) and Ice Reich. I'm therefore disappointed to report that 'Getting Back' is something of a misfire from the author.
A strange mix of post-apocalyptic survival tale and dystopian satire on corporate excess it doesn't really work on any front. The survival-against-the-elements part feels wholly derivative; from the Australian outback setting to the challenges characters are confronted by it all feels like a weak rehash of a Mad Max movie or any other near-future survivalist tale. Equally the satirical elements don't go anywhere new or fresh. The 'giant corporations take over the world and turn people into drones' idea has been done numerous times before, better and far more plausibly.
It doesn't help that the book's characters are either insipid (Daniel) under-developed (Tucker), unsympathetic (Raven) or straight out of central casting (The Warden). Only some reasonably punchy action rescues the book and holds the attention.
Wrapped up with a final 'twist' that you can see coming a mile-off I will chalk 'Getting Back' up to the fact that even the most consistent author produces the odd stinker now and again. Its certainly not enough to put me off tackling the rest of Dietrich's back catalogue.