The Sons of Heaven (The Company)
by Kage Baker
Edited by Dav
Review by Harriet Klausner
Tor Books Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765317469
Date: 10 July 2007 List Price $25.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
The immortal cyborg botanist Mendoza is in 500,000 BCE with cyborg Edward Alton Bell-Fairfax, a former eighteenth century pirate. At one time he shared the body with sixteenth century Nicholas Harpole, also a cyborg and Alec Checkfield, seventh earl of Finsbury. They used to share one body but Edward managed to take over the body and separate himself from Nicholas and Alec who are files in Mendoza's brain. Also sharing their quarters is the AI known as the Captain loyal to Alec. While healing Edward he gets the code to unlock Alec and Nicholas and when Edward is well he believes he is superior to the other two immortal cyborgs and should rule the world and have Mendoza for himself, a view that when her memories are unlocked she inherently disagrees with. From official release/information:
This is the Kage Baker novel everyone has been waiting for: the conclusion to the story of Mendoza and The Company.
In The Sons of Heaven, the forces gathering to seize power finally move on the Company. The immortal Lewis wakes to find himself blinded, crippled, and left with no weapons but his voice, his memory, and the friendship of one extraordinary little girl. Edward Alton Bell-Fairfax, resurrected Victorian superman, plans for world domination. The immortal Mendoza makes a desperate bargain to delay him. Enforcer Budu, assisted by Joseph, enlists an unexpected ally in his plans to free his old warriors and bring judgment on his former masters.
Executive Facilitator Suleyman uses his intelligence operation to uncover the secret of Alpha-Omega, vital to the mortals' survival. The mortal masters of the Company, terrified of a coup, invest in a plan they believe will terminate their immortal servants. And they awaken a powerful AI whom they call Dr Zeus.
This web of a story is filled with great climaxes, wonderful surprises, and gripping characters many readers have grown to love or hate. It's a triumph of SF!
(Source: Tor Books)