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Forge, Feb 2004, 25.95, 381 pp.
ISBN: 0765301296

During a press conference an assassin kills multibillionaire Mitchell Swain just prior to his announcing some incredible technological-scientific breakthrough that allegedly would change humanity forever. Technology reporter Jennifer Rayne saw the murder first hand. She decides to investigate the murder and learn what Mitchell was about to reveal.
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Jennifer's inquiries take her to a weird recluse, scientific inventor John Marrek, who quietly received funding for his projects from the dead Mitchell. However, others including the government follow the same clues that led Jennifer to John. These groups want the journalist dead and the recluse captured or dead, but his work stolen. However, John uses his invention, a self-replicating nanotechnologically based machine that destroys his foes on the molecular level. As John and Jennifer flee, the government follows because they want to use his invention as the ultimate weapon while he wants to help mankind.

Though the tale may seem to pre-Governor Schwarzenegger, fans will be hooked by this action-packed thriller that never slows down until the final confrontation. The characters except perhaps John are two dimensional, but no one will care as the story line is the key to this exciting tale. Surprisingly, within all the killings, John Robert Marlow provides an undercoating cautionary reminder (emphasized in an afterwards) on the pros and cons of nanotechnology. NANO just takes the reader on one heck of a fast-paced ride.

Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) Spying/Terrorism Thriller    -   Yes Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Who's the terrorist enemy here?    -   evil subgroup in own govt Search for technology?    -   nanotechnology

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   scientist Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American Unusual characteristics:    -   Super genius


United States    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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