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I think I bought this book because it was on somebody’s must-read science fiction list. I’m not sure I’d included it on a must-read sci-fi list, but in fairness it was entertaining. It was the author’s first published book, and that might explain some of the issues I had with the story.
The story is an action-packed romp on a dark and grimy world set in a future following man’s triumphant expansion into the stars but after the collapse of man's initial, successful interplanetary society. There’s lots of intrigue and other cloak and dagger stuff. I was puzzled by the way the main character, an athletic monk acolyte quickly learns to be a super effective combatant, though. That might have been accounted for by the explanation of the main character’s special nature at the end of story. If so, though, that was never made explicit.
Anyway, I liked the overall philosophical thrust of the story. But it had a few too many dramatic rescues and easily-flummoxed bad guys for my taste. That said, I think the story would definitely appeal to a younger (male, sci-fi fan) reader.
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