01/04/2010. Contributed by Geoff Willmetts
pub: Pyr/Prometheus Books. 506 page small enlarged paperback. Price: $16.00 (US. ISBN: 978-1-59102-792-8.
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I hate saying this about a new novelist but David Louis Edelman's trilogy is progressively getting worse after such a good start. 'Geosynchron', the third volume of Jump 225, is written entirely in past tense and lacks emotional content. Too many new characters are being introduced and the main characters, especially Natch, are being side-lined. It's also odd that when a new character is introduced, none of the experienced computer experts don't bother to use their database to at least confirm his identity.
I have a feeling that there was too much plot to put into a final volume and it ultimately ended up throwing out characterisation and worse, emotional content, to fit everything in. It comes over as a plot breakdown with the odd bit of dialogue to fill the gaps. Instinctively, I would put this down to inexperience because pruning the plot would probably have spared the story and give it somewhere to breath.
'Geosynchron' is mostly about seeking Natch, who was kidnapped at the end of the second book. He's found on an island society that is based on technology rings that gets more advanced the deeper you get in. I love the idea of this but it's so badly exploited. Even the Multi-Real cyberware that is supposed to allow access to alternative realities is swept to one side and mostly ignored. If you can't care for the characters and their dilemmas then there are serious problems.
I'm sure there is a story in here begging to get out. It's just a shame that Edelman is seeing the forest and not the trees and getting down to what really made it work in the first book. One can only hope he learns from this and does better in his next novel.
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