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A survivor of a totalitarian Europe, but living under an army of occupation, following Europe's defeat by the rest of the world, Henry accidentally steals the funds of the defeated Soperites. Bankrolled by them he sets out, gradually, to avenge himself and wipe out all those remaining Soperite sympathisers still at large. Using first a knife, he progresses to an automatic weapon and from obvious functionaries of the totalitarian state to its more ambiguous collaborators. It is a gruesome read, Henry's story and the rise of the totalitarian state being linked together by means of quotes from various histories and commentaries.
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Plot & Themes

FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Spying & Investigations    -   Yes What is main char. doing?    -   finding a killer (criminal)    -   deposing an evil leader Political power play    -   Yes Inner Struggle    -   Yes War or Invasion    -   Yes Major kinds of combat:    -   mental powers battles Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Cultural problems, alien culture    -   Yes Culture clash-    -   one culture tries to impose its culture on another group

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   thief/con artist Age:    -   40's-50's


Earth setting:    -   near future (later in 21st century) Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   very explicit references to deaths and torture scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   none/very little science jargon needed How much dialogue?    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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