Resurrection Code (Angelink Universe)
by Lyda Morehouse
Review by Steve Sawicki
Mad Norwegian Press Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9781935234098
Date: 15 March 2011 List Price $14.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK
Mouse, once known as Christian El-Aref returns to North Africa after building an empire based on free access to an underground internet called Mouse-Net. He returns to right an old wrong and to track down a friend he'd abandoned long ago. As he returns he must deal with old memories, old enemies, and old situations made new. That the angel Lucifer lives in the area along with street rats, zombies and the remains of a flooded Cairo are all complications to the task at hand.
This is a story set in Morehouse's AngeLINK universe. It is an origin story, a tale of the man who became a mouse and created hope in a future so dystopian that even god seems to have turned away. I had not read any of the related works and still managed to find the piece enjoyable and understandable. Maybe there were subtexts that I simply didn't get but in terms of getting from the beginning to the end, everything I needed was there. And that path was also an enjoyable one.
Morehouse's skill as a writer is evident in her ability to create setting and develop character. The story is straightforward but Morehouse uses flashbacks which complicate what is otherwise a pretty simple tale. It does take a bit of doing to remember the past as you are learning it while reading about the present. Personally, I prefer linear story telling. But this was fine. I thoroughly enjoyed Lucifer and the other Angels. I think Morehouse adds a twist to them that both makes sense and creates dynamic tension.
I enjoyed the book/novella. It moved right along and contained a very interesting story. As noted above, I struggled a bit with the flashbacks as I thought they interrupted flow a bit too much. I can also see why she chose that way to do it as well. It does work. I think Morehouse does a great job of balancing character and story to make the whole thing very entertaining and enjoyable. Her subject matter is fairly complex and she manages that in a very skillful way. Highly recommended and now I'm going to need to track down a publisher and have them send me the rest of the series.