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By July 2069, plagues have destroyed most food supplies (forcing much of the world to turn to insects for sustenance), climatic changes have weakened the West and left Japan in control of much of the planet, and convicted felon laborers fill prison colonies on the moon. Most important, a dangerous new virus has killed 500 million people and infected 80 percent of the survivors; virus-free human blood is now the most valuable commodity, and virus-free humans are the new elite. When Dana Dallas, top designer for Teratechnology -- manufacturer of high-security facilities such as blood banks -- loses his job, and his wife and daughter are killed by his employer, he plans the ultimate crime . . . and revenge. He will rob the most secure facility in the solar system, the First National Blood Bank on the moon (which he himself designed), with a team of desperate virus-positive felons eager to get full transfusions and clear their systems of the parvovirus. Teratech security chief Rimmer, the man who killed Dallas's family, follows in hot pursuit. Toward the climax the tale gets a little too bogged down by its high-tech details and loses its grip on some excellent characters -- especially Dallas's personal assistant, a digital thought recording named Dixy; and a sleek, sharp, female security officer of Masai background named Ronica Oloiboni.
This report prepared by David Loftus








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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 20%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 30% Tone of book    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Repressive society story    -   Yes Repressive because:    -   strict rationing of freedoms/goods Tech./$$$/Info hunt    -   Yes Stealing/recovering/destroying    -   cure/disease/bioweapon Who's a slave/repressed?    -   humans are slaves of other humans

Main Character

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

Setting

Which planet?    -   Earth's Moon Earth setting:    -   near future (later in 21st century) Spaceship setting:    -   primative (present, near future) human spaceship Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes Takes place in spaceship?    -   Yes Not Earth, in Solar System?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   a significant amount of technical jargon Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   descript of touching personal anatomy    -   description of breasts    -   doing it with a robot/computer How much dialogue?    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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