1/07/2011. Contributed by Geoff Willmetts
pub: Orbit. 371 page paperback. Price: GBP 7.99 (UK). ISBN: 978-1-84149-943-7.
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This is the final story of Avery Cates, nominal mercenary and now just a survivor in a devastated world that he helped to bring down. For those who can’t survive in the harsh regime, having your personality imposed into the monk avatars doesn’t seem a bad idea. However, Cates is made aware that his nemesis, Cainnic Orel, is still alive by this means and aided by yet another team, has to journey across the world to seek him out. Cates also has the personalities of a couple people imserted in his implants that crop up from time to time. All of this story, as with the previous books, is done in first person which limits seeing what else is left of the world. It is not a place anyone would want to go for a holiday.
I’m in a bit of quandary about how much to reveal here because so much is potential spoiler. Even the basics of the plot in the previous paragraph don’t really give the details of the evasive plot and the various obstacles Cates has to get past to achieve his goal. The build-up with his invasion of Takahashi’s land being a highlight.
I was a bit down on the previous book but this one does a lot better even if it resorts to elements of other stories where Cates leads a team that you don’t expect any survivors from so never get that concerned about any deaths. Well, there is one in this one but can’t tell you who just in case Cates takes offence. He doesn’t knock on doors only goes through them.
I’m not entirely sure if this is really should be the final novel though. I mean, Cates achieves his goal but the world is still going down the tubes and this is a world where absolute death is never certain. An odd post-apocalyptic war that would appeal to any of you who like the odds against devastation.
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