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Sly Mongoose by Tobias S. Buckell
Cover Artist: Todd Lockwood
Review by Bill Lawhorn
Tor Books Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765319203
Date: 19 August 2008 List Price $25.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK

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Author Tobias Buckell returns to the universe of Crystal Rain and Ragamuffin. Welcome to Chilo, it has unbreathable atmosphere, is extremely hot, and with pressures well above normal. Cities float above this desolate world. Yatapek is a poor dying city. Some citizens sacrifice much to help provide for their families and the city. These xocoytzin are the key to the cities survival, for only they can operate the suits that are needed to keep the mining machines operational. Although given many bonuses, their lives are at constant risk, and one misstep can cause the whole family to suffer.

From official release/information:

Product Description: Welcome to Chilo, a planet with corrosive rain, crushing pressure, and deadly heat. Fortunately, fourteen-year-old Timas lives in one of the domed cities that float 100,000 feet above the surface, circling near the edge of a monstrous perpetual storm. Above the acidic clouds the temperature and pressure are normal. But to make a living, Timas like many other young men, is lowered to the surface in an armored suit to scavenge what he can.

Timas's life is turned upside down when a strange man crash lands on the city. The newcomer is fleeing an alien intelligence intent on invading the planet and discovering the secret hidden deep inside the perpetual storm—a secret that could lead to interplanetary war.

As the invaded cities fall silent one by one, Chilo's citizens must race against time to stop the enemy. And Timas will find out what kind of man he has become in the harsh conditions of Chilo's surface.

(Source: Tor Books)

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