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This book is as much spy thriller as it is a sci fi book, which should appeal to fans of both Genres. When Luke Porterfield, a British intelligence agent undercover in Egypt, is badly injured and cover blown in a terrorist attack on the British Embassy, he thinks his career is over. His mentor offers him another chance to make a difference. Go into experimetal cold sleep and sleep until the technnology exists to heal his injuries, and use his experience to help stop the bad guys of the future. While discussing it at lunch, he passes out and is awoken 50 years laters, body fixed, into a much different England. An England of wall enclosed cities, where almost all arable land has been turned into farmland on the outside of the cities. A country increasingly tuned into their technology and Virtual reality, which isnt as benign as it seems. An England that is basically run by 5 corporations, led by the Timetronic corporation, and its egomanical leader. Luke is brought in to Help discover the terrorists that are blowing up corporate facilites. Along the way, he discovers all is not as it seems, that there is a grand conspiracy that he may be powerless to stop, or could be the key to stop, depending on if he can keep his freedom and his life. The story runs at breakneck pace to Luke's final confrontation with destiny, and his testing of skills 50 years out of date to try and stop a disaster for England.
The plotting is fast paced and well executed. The characters are 3 dimensional, and you grow really attached to Luke and Maria, his corporate Liason. It has the taut pacing and action I have come to expect from this author, and is as good as anything written by Brad Thor or Clive Cussler. This vision of future England and the tech that got Luke there are based on tech that is actually in the early stages of development, and is exceptionally well researched and integrated into the book. Very well executed indeed.
As far as narration, what can i say, I am a huge fan of James Langton, and this book is another reason why. He has great emotional rage, and his grasp of different accents and tones is superb. He is also great at pacing the narrative, keeping the reader interested throughout. All in all another 5 Star effort for these talented artists.
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