by Maurice G. Dantec
Translated by Tina A. Kover;
Review by Harriet Klausner
Del Rey Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780345499936
Date: 20 May 2008 List Price $15.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
In the not so distant future, war destroys most of mankind, leaving one and a half billion survivors on the planet. Cities lie in ruins; water levels have risen, changing the shape of the continents; and there is one global government, UniWorld, that rules through a vast computer network. The monitors control the humans who created it to keep track of every facet of every person's life. In order to go from Russia to Grand Junction, one must cross checkpoints; so in order to complete his assignment, Sergei Diego Plotkin has been given false memories and a mind limited to a few basic facts to complete his mission. From official release/information:
From publicity material: Fifty years of warfare, disease, and strife have decimated the world's population. Those who remain are motes in the mind of the UniWorld, a superstate that monitors humanity via a vast computer metastructure that catalogs everything about everyone on the planet -- race, religion, genetic codes, even fantasies. Those who have the means escape UniWorld's tight control through the orbital Ring.
Though his memory has been wiped clean and his history fabricated in order to pass through UniWorld's check points, Sergei Diego Plotkin knows his name. And he knows his mission: to murder a man in the city of Grand Junction, a Vegas-like outpost that is home to the private launching pad to the Ring. But this sense of purpose is compromised by random memories that flash through Plotkin's brain. Now Plotkin is about to meet his maker. As his identity and mission incrementally resurface in his conscious mind, and in the presence of an eerily beautiful woman, Plotkin will soon discover that he has come here not just to kill but to be born.
(Source: Del Rey)