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The Curve of the Earth (Samuil Petrovitch Novels Book 4) by [Morden, Simon]
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Morden has a natural talent for a plot that keeps the reader guessing (GUARDIAN )

Filled to the brim with cybernetic enhancements to his body and sporting an artificial-intelligence companion who's with him wherever he goes, Petrovitch is as snarky, impulsive, and coarse as ever. He's also a genius who can manipulate computer systems without being anywhere near them and can access the most secret of top-secret files without moving a muscle.

But can he find his missing daughter before something horrible happens to her? Morden has built a fully realized, believable, postapocalyptic world and populated it with full-bodied characters. Sure, Petrovitch is a bit (well, a lot, actually) over-the-top, but so what? He's also completely engaging and so compelling you don't dare look away from him, for fear you might miss something.

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An action-packed new science fiction thriller set in the world of the Philip K. Dick Award-winning Samuil Petrovitch novels

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1017 KB
  • Print Length: 401 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (19 Mar. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0091LLF1M
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews
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Action? Check.
Stomach muscle (and bladder) threatening humour? Check.
Samuil Petrovitch doing what he does best? Check.

The Curve of the Earth is a welcome return to the world that Simon Morden introduced slightly less than two years ago with Equations of Life. You will find all of the good things from the original trilogy together with a look beyond the Metrozone into reconstructionist America.

The writing is well up to Morden's usual standard, pulling the reader along at a pace so frenetic you dare not put the book down for fear it will carry on without you.

I could praise this book for hours but am well aware that most readers of reviews won't get much further down the page than this ;-)

Suffice to say that this is a heartily recommended read. I hope that Morden has many more tales to tell of this foul mouthed Russian genius who must surely be one of the best characters in modern science fiction.

I for one cannot wait...
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One of the many satisfying things about this novel is that the usual everyman point of view character, FBI Agent Joseph Newcomen, as actually more of a nemesis. He’s an all-American jock but the America of the novel is a puritanical, reactionary state whose neo-Victorian values are depressingly easy to believe as a near future prospect. There is even a hint of authorly frustration here, especially in the raging humour about the absurdity of after-the-horse-has-bolted airport security. It is a measure of the hero’s humanity, despite being a cyborg, that he tries to engage this jackass in a kind of buddy-buddy trip. The hero, Doctor Samuil Petrovitch, manages to get inside Newcomen’s head as he does inside ours to the extent that during the reading of this book and for a while afterwards you will find yourself swearing in Russian and rationalising that odd tendency as no bad thing.
The background of the novel is Metrozone, a kind of information free trade area that is the antithesis of the novel’s depiction of America. Petrovitch and Newcomen personify the political and ideological oppositions without this division seeming clumsy, possibly because they are joined on a mission to find Petrovitch’s missing daughter. She is not his biological daughter; over the course of the novel we learn that the enhancements that make Petrovitch so cool have come at a perhaps predictably great cost. However, beneath its technical wizardry the story, like it’s protagonist, is rooted in very humane territory. In much the same way as Petrovitch helps Newcomen even as the latter tries to impede him, the good/not good/ambiguous doctor is ferociously protective of his strange clan.
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Whilst it's been a small wait for us, the humble readers, a decade has passed in the Freezone. As it turns out, Petrovitch still has the knack for getting in trouble when it really matters, and for doing whatever he needs to get his result.

The book moves fast, it's very difficult to find a spot to take a break as you're constantly being sucked back into the plot and wanting to know what happens next. If you've not read the previous books they're not utterly necessary but you'll be missing out on a lot of the backstory and references, if you have read the previous books then you're definitely going to enjoy it.

My only small quibble was it ended so suddenly, like it was slightly truncated by the necessities of print and time. However, it was still an excellent ending and leaves it set up nicely for a return of Petrovitch and the Freezone, hopefully very soon.
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A fourth tale about this particular character that I am rather fond of. Some real laugh out loud moments where I appreciated the author's humour and references very much. I do hope that Simon will continue to produce Samuil tales, but I am not sure if he has finally reached the end of this particular saga. Very well written as usual with some interesting and pithy comments on society today, never mind the future.
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After a shakey start this series is getting very good. Flaws from previous books dont even occur here. There aren't women falling ofer him, it makes sense that he is in all the action scenes, it generally fits together quite nicely to be honest. I am also looking forward to the next book to see how things progress.
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I really fell for Simon's Sci-Fi last year when I read his Metrozone trilogy and to be honest its felt like one hell of a long wait to see what he'd return with. After all when an author's writing style not only grabs you by the hand but by the unmentionables and threatens to crush you, you can't help but get taken along for the ride and boy, was it one of those within.

As with Simon's other titles, the prose is razor sharp, the character does his own thing and when the reader is treated to dialogue its snappy enough to make a crocodile worry. Back this up with a lead character that you can't help but like, some cracking action sequences and of course an author who knows what he's going to do the reader with the tale all round gives you not just an exciting story but one you just can't let go. Great stuff.
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