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Custodian takes as its underlying theme the growth in corporate power compared to that of governments. Steve Abrahams, an investigative journalist, is pushed by his boss towards a huge but seemingly benign corporation which, he's told, might not be as squeaky clean is it claims. Steve discovers that the corporation has been importing aliens from a distant planet and using them as slave labor and that discovery is sensationally broadcast on TV. He is, though, horrified to find that the very fact that he has made the discovery leads directly to the mass murder of the thousands of aliens used by the corporation. The climax of the book is tension-filled, but just as it all seems to be over the real, heart-rending, reason why Steve was pushed into the investigation is revealed.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 20%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 20%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 30% Tone of book    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Spying & Investigations    -   Yes What is main char. doing?    -   unraveling a conspiracy Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book If enemy is a group...    -   big corporation

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   journalist Age:    -   20's-30's


Terrain    -   Space, need spacesuit    -   Asteroid

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   none/very little science jargon needed How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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