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Theories Of Flight: Metrozone Book 2 (Samuil Petrovitch Novels) Paperback – 28 Apr 2011

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (28 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841499463
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841499468
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.4 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 172,659 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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)

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The second instalment in this explosive trilogy of thrillers, set in the decaying urban jungle of a future London. Welcome to the Metrozone - mind the gap.

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I picked up 'Equations of Life' in a certain high street bookshop as the third book in a 2 for 3 offer with no great expectations.

The gun motif with the '1' in it had me puzzled at first over whether or not it actually was science fiction and the cover wasn't a great indicator. In the event I found that I enjoyed the book hugely and promptly ordered the rest of the trilogy on Amazon (I want the third one NOW). I read Theories of Flight in one sitting.

The bones of the plot don't sound hugely original at first assessment but there are enough details and touches that the little devices flow well and just work. A lot of genre fiction like this comes across as either working too hard or trying to cram too much in. There is a lot going on for sure and trying to explain the entirety of the book makes it sound very complicated but it works.

There are several threads from the activities of the supporting characters to advancements in science and the street politics of a dystopian England that are skilfully combined to make the story and the characters very three dimensional.

The writing style is sparse and the protagonist is superbly realised as a multilayered, complicated individual without the noir clichés that usually mark the norm.

Simon Morden has surprised me - if like me you're slightly put off by the hackneyed image the setting evokes prepare to be pleasantly surprised.

Whether the post apocalypse thing is your bag or not this is a well crafted and properly thought out novel that had me engrossed. The setting and the situation are integral to the story without being the story and I like that.
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*** Note: this is a review of the three volumes of the trilogy: it was first published at sciencefiction.com. ***

Book 1: Equations of Life

It's London, England after Armageddon. Europe has been nuked by Christian fundamentalists, Russia's a criminal kleptocracy, and America is in the hands of the extreme religious right; Japan has copied Atlantis and has sunk beneath the waves. It seems that every last refugee in the world has found their way to London, every park remade as a container-favela while the streets are an impenetrable tide of the dispossessed, desperate, and merely criminal.

Samuil Petrovitch is a Russian doctoral student (high-energy physics) who dwells in the shanty town where Clapham Common used to be. It's just another morning as he shuffles down the stairs, carefully so as not to catch anyone's eye en-route to his desk at Imperial College. He has survived the mafia wars of St. Petersburg by not getting involved but that's about to change. By happenstance he's at the scene of the attempted kidnapping of a young woman. Reacting fast, he helps her escape and is soon being pursued by the Ukrainian mob, the neo-Yakuzas, and Detective Inspector Chain of the Metropolitan Police. Luckily he has help - from an armored, tooled up Catholic nun. And did I mention that Petrovitch has a heart problem - it keeps stopping?

Morden is a writer who delights in turning your expectations upside down: the gun-toting religious sisters; the urbane and sophisticated Japanese crime boss; the quantum computer with nightmares. He writes punchy dialogue too:

"Is there anything I can do?"

He looked up into her big brown eyes properly, now that no one was trying to kill him.
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Samuil Petrovich has just invented anti-gravity and should be having one of the best days of his life. He is now married to Maddy the ex-nun and they are both trying to make life better in a newly broken Metrozone, but Petrovich has been keeping secrets from everyone, including Maddy and they are about to blow up in his face when the CIA comes to town determined to find them out whatever the cost.

This book is just as action packed as the first book in the series. However the world focus is now on London because it's frightened the world's lone superpower, the USA into thinking their security is compromised. Petrovich is going to find out that the Long Night of night so long ago is only a preview for the chaos that will erupt when his enemies plans come to fruition and he'll loose more than he ever imagined in the flare up.

I enjoyed this book and got through it remarkably quickly. The Metrozone is an alternate universe that diverges around the year 2000 with multiple terrorist nuclear strikes in Europe destroying much of the infrastructure there. Petrovich is a genius, but a flawed one and a really interesting character. Because these are single point of view books they really bring him into focus and I don't get the feeling that this is a place marker in this series. It has been nice for a change to have a full trilogy available to read in a short space like this and I've already started on the final book in the series Degrees of Freedom (Metrozone) and I know I'll miss Sam's adventures once it is over.
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