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L. E. Modesitt, Jr.
Tor, Sep 2004, 25.95, 480 pp.
ISBN: 0765311283

In the twenty-fourth century, observing his government lie and condone atrocities, former Marine officer Jonat deVrai resigned his military commission; he became an expert on product advertising. The Centre for Societal Research hires Jonat to analyze the election campaign of Juan Carlisimo who is running for the Senate. Jonat quickly questions the ethics and perhaps the illegal use of ôrez", resonant amplification of music to enhance the candidate's message through emotional manipulation. The simple case turns nasty when thugs try to drive Jonat off the investigation.
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At the same time Abraham Vorhees, whose services were exposed as a sham by Jonat threatens to kill his adversary. Jonat also becomes involved in a plot to smuggle illicit weapons to Mars to smother a revolt. So when four illegal cydroids attempt to kill Jonat, he has no idea who is behind the assault. He turns to cydroid law enforcement officer Paula Athene for help.

This futuristic crime thriller portrays big government and big business as being an incestuous team interested in the furthering of their own personal needs at the cost of the masses.

Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 10%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 10% 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:    -   business executive Age:    -   20's-30's


Earth setting:    -   medium future 22-24th century Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   none/very little science jargon needed How much dialogue?    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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