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I first read this in 2008 and most recently on the 20th February 2017
Humanity has expanded into space and on those new worlds we've changed.
There are "post-human" cultures that differ dramatically from what has
been left behind on old Earth. Back on the home world the tecnology has
developed but politically it is frozen in time, with the same old hatreds
and unceasing conflict.
Now here comes a new opportunity for its extinction.
Catherine Li and Cohen meet Arkady, a member of the Syndicates, a post-human
culture based on cloning. Arkady, surprisingly for a clone, is unique: he
could destroy the human race.
A major disappointment in comparison to the excellent "Spin State". The
writing was good. Catherine Li and Cohen are still great characters. Arkady,
the Syndicate clone, is a convincing creation.
But somehow they seem to have been bolted on to a spy thriller about the
current-day Israeli conflict, albeit a convincing and gripping thriller.
I actually checked whether I'd mistakenly
picked up a different book (I hadn't). Not my sort of thing at all and
I was just bewildered as to how it had happened. "How did it happen?"
I asked myself, bewilderedly.
I'm still going to read "Ghost Spin" though. Embarrassed that I haven't already done so
but then, I've been busy.
Loaded on the 7th March 2020.