Full Tide Of Night
Copyright 1998 by
I first read this in November 1999.
Julia Amalfi is almost two hundred years old, her life extended by
nanotechnology within her body. She fled from Earth as the alien
Erinye invasion of the mother planet succeeded in unleashing a global
storm of destruction. Julia, a few friends and a powerful artificial
intelligence succeeded in colonising the planet Midgard and she's spent
her life in a benevolent but increasingly out of touch dictatorship of the planet.
Rising against Amalfi are a motley assortment of rebels loosely allied
with the Rigorists, a fanatical Maoist religious group.
Dan Cardnale, once an old comrade of Julia, leads the rebels and manages
the alliance with the Rigorists, but now he seems to be not quite up to
the job. He's made too many bad compromises and risks the destruction of
the rebels' hopes.
Antonio Ugen Perin is his right-hand man but now Tonio sees that it's
time for him to take over if there is to any hope of salvaging a humane
solution from the mess.
Cariola, the artificial intelligence no longer knows whom to trust and
is implementing her own plans. With her limited understanding of
humanity, and herself, she is compounding error with grievous error.
Finally, a powerful and technologically-advanced starship is on its
way from Earth, and no-one knows whether it contains humans or the
This is extremely good. I shall read more of J. R. Dunn. The book
is very well written, with real excitement and emotional power, and the
pace accelerates as the plot unfolds.
What's it got? nanotechnology, life-extension,
artificial intelligence, aliens, colony worlds orphaned by the destruction of
Earth civilisation, military engagements and immense hope for office
Loaded on the 3rd June 2001.