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Hari Michaelson lives in a dystopia: a world with a rigid caste system, dominated by Big Business, where sedition can cost you not only your freedom, but your status and property as well. And he lives in a world where Actors are trained to carry out assassinations, thefts, etc., while carrying brain implants that record their every thought, deed, and sensation, and transmit them to thousands, millions, even billions of fans. But this is no virtual reality: rather, the Actors are sent to Overworld--an alternate-reality version of Earth with humanoid characters such as elves and trolls, and where magic is real. And Hari Michaelson is Caine, the greatest Actor of them all, who is growing tired of Acting. But he is forced to go to Overworld when his estranged wife, known as Pallas Ril, goes "off-line" in Ankhana, a city in Overworld: if he can't bring her back within seven days, she'll die. But the Studio that employs the Actors won't send Caine to rescue Pallas unless he also agrees to kill Ma'elKoth, the Emperor of Ankhana....
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 20%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 20% FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   part earth & part fantasy world Spying & Investigations    -   Yes What is main char. doing?    -   deposing an evil leader Repressive society story    -   Yes Repressive because:    -   controls your mind Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

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


Earth setting:    -   medium future 22-24th century A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:    -   humans in a primitive/fantasy society    -   neutral aliens    -   very controlled society Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes Planet outside solar system?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   very explicit references to deaths and torture Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   descript of touching personal anatomy    -   description of breasts    -   descript. of private male anat.    -   descript. of non-breast female anat. How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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