An exciting, original and futuristic thriller set around the world of nanotechnology and biological computer chip possibilities! Beverly Laine is the heroine of this story, who invents the KRONOS nanochip which revolutionises technology. But when nasty accidents occur when the chips become infected, she launches her own investigations and discovers that billionnaire media tycoon Marshall Tate may be responsible. However, his chain of computerised casinos begins to catch a computer virus and people suddenly win massive amounts unexpectedly! Tying in with the mystery is a space probe to Mars and a gambling ship run by Tate. Follett also brings his previous work at the BBC into the plot when he flashes the story back to the 1960s and Tate's first hand at filmmaking which charts baddie Marshall Tate's rise to fame well. This was written around 1992, but set in the early 21st century - and Follett has a habit of predicting things as best he can. Digital satellite TV, nanotechnology, the Internet, virtual reality, mobile phones and their increasingly widespread use and even digital speed cameras to catch dangerous drivers are featured, one wonders whether in years to come Follett will be looked upon as another George Orwell. Well worth a read!
This report prepared by Nick Warren