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Publisher's Summary

John Ridley, the best-selling author of The Drift, is renowned for his gritty, violent tales and their razor-sharp dialogue. This foray into science fiction is an explosive thriller. In the near future, superheroes are very real. But so are supervillains. When San Francisco is toasted during a superbeing clash, America has had enough. All metanormals must leave the country, or face extermination at the hands of an elite new law enforcement branch.
© John Ridley; (P)Recorded Books, LLC
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Critic Reviews

"Readers will find themselves torn between sympathy, empathy, pity and disgust, often on the same page. With its lavish fight scenes, the book was clearly written with an eye on film adaptation. Yet Ridley...knows how to make his story work both as a novel and as a proto-screenplay. And as a novel, it works very well indeed." (Publishers Weekly)
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By Richard on 06-09-05

Terrific narration, story needs an editor...

This story needs brutal editing, it sounds like it was written on deadline and fueled by caffiene. A good editor would hack out huge chunks of redundant, mind numbing stuff. I found my mind wandering as the story went down the same roads over and over again. Some of the interesting plot lines were thrown away too quickly. Interesting characters and events in the story were abandoned, in favor or more useless atmosphere and scene setting.

Ms. Floyd's dramatic reading is the principle saving grace of the book. Her acting ability brought some depth to characters, that would have otherwise been flat. She gave a professional performance to material that really did not deserve her talent.

Too much focus was given to the wrong characters, we should have spent more time with the "bad guys" who were all much more interesting than the protagonist, Soledad. Too much meaningless atmosphere. Too much repetition in the narration -- like Mr. Ridley thought we would forget the motivations of his characters if we didn't hear them repeated often enough.

Trim it down, then sell it as a graphic novel or a TV movie script. It doesn't work in this medium.

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By Randy on 09-28-05

Good material for RPG players

I finished the book and just now found the audiobook for it.
This is a good book for people who grew up reading X-Men. It is a good source book for those who play role-playing games like d20 Modern. The twists in the story are good, though perhaps expected. It doesn't go into details about the biology of the mutants. But it does go deep into the relationship of police officers and how their work affects their life. I look forward to the sequel.

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