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I first read this on the 10th July 2002.
In the future FTL travel and an almost instantaneous FTL communications have been
discovered. Humankind has spread through at least a small part of the galaxy,
colonising planets and or simply living in space habitats.
There's an interstellar Internet, the Nexus Comnet, providing real-time communication
links between the human worlds.
Then there's Admiral Loren Cantrell with her trusty staff, TJ Briggs and Alexis
Fonteccio, ordered to make post-haste for the planetary HuteNamid, to the
American Indian colony there.
She's to escort a Network Special Investigator, Stephen Ridenour, to investigate
strange goings-on on that remote planet. In particular there's a scientist
whose work, previously disregarded, may in fact be massively significant to the future
of the Nexus Comnet.
The only problem is that our Network Special Investigator is already a bigger mess
than anything they could expect to find on the planet. Ridenour may be brilliant, but
he's so out of his depth, out of his head and out of his league, that he's unlikely to
hold together long enough to start his mission, let alone finish it. It's his first
job, and quite likely his last.
Furthermore the antipathy between spacers and planet-dwellers is so deep-seated that
there's little hope of any unbiased communication between himself and the colony.
This was, even with all the painful self-analysis that young Mr Ridenour puts himself
though, quite good. I did have a bit of a problem that, even by the end of of the novel, I still
didn't know what had been going on. Perhaps some final chapters had been cut, or simply
forgotten. So many things weren't explained, although of course,
personal problems are dwelt upon and explained in profound, excessive detail.
What's it got? Interstellar internet, American Indians, damaged goods and young love.
Loaded on the 19th August 2002.