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Tor, Mar 2003, 25.95, 464 pp.
ISBN: 0765302241

More than a century has passed since the disappearance of the legendary rebel outlaw Santiago, alleged killer of hundreds of planets and untold number of people. Over the years the fable of Santiago's feats have grown exponentially among the Inner Frontier to where he has become immortal and will one day return.
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Minor criminal Danny Briggs accidentally finds a manuscript of the Black Orpheus that records the deeds of Santiago the Revolutionary. Realizing what he possesses and the information the epic poems provide on Santiago, Danny concludes that the revolutionary outlaw tried to protect the Inner Frontier from the corruption of the human Democracy. Danny assumes an alias and adds new stanzas filled with heroes and villains to the tome while seeking amongst the toughest outlaws, someone to become the new Santiago.

Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 20%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 50%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 10% Tone of book    -   very upbeat FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Spying & Investigations    -   Yes What is main char. doing?    -   finding a killer (criminal) Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   champion of justice Age:    -   40's-50's


A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:    -   humans in a futuristic society Planet outside solar system?    -   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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