The Execution Channel
by Ken MacLeod
Review by Sam Lubell
Tor Books Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765320674
Date: 10 June 2008 List Price $14.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
[Note: This review was originally published in our June 2007 issue.]
The Execution Channel by Ken MacLeod is very hard to characterize. In part it is a novel set in an alternate present, with a historical change to the very recent past. In part it is a spy thriller, a satire of the post-9/11 world with a heavy warning of the "if this goes on" school. And hidden in all this is a classic science fiction idea that will catch the reader by surprise at the very end with the clues not being evident until the second or even third reading.From official release/information:
It's after 9/11. After the bombing. After the Iraq war. After 7/7. After the Iran war. After the nukes. After the flu. After the Straits. After Rosyth. In a world just down the road from our own, on-line bloggers vie with old-line political operatives and new-style police to determine just where reality lies.
James Travis is a British patriot and a French spy. On the day the Big One hits, Travis and his daughter must strive to make sense of the nuclear bombing of Scotland and the political repercussions of a series of terrorist attacks. With the information war in full swing, the only truth they have is what they're able to see with their own eyes. They know that everything else is--or may be--a lie.
(Source: Tor Books)