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Against a Dark Background by Iain M. Banks
Cover Artist: Illustrations by Blacksheep;
Central Boat image by Corbis; water image by Imagestate
Review by Benjamin Wald
Orbit Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780316036375
Date: 01 July 2009 List Price $12.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

Ian M. Banks has always had the trick of mixing riveting action sequences with moments of quite introspection. This ability is displayed to particularly good effect in Against a Dark Background. Banks keeps the plot gripping throughout its more than 600 pages while painting a sensitive picture of his strong but damaged protagonist. Along the way we are taken for whirlwind tour of a fascinatingly dysfunctional planetary system and its innumerable bureaucracies, cults, wars, and so on. It's an exhilarating, and touching, ride.

From official release/information:

Product Description: Sharrow was once the leader of a personality-attuned combat team in one of the sporadic little commercial wars in the civilization based around the planet Golter. Now she is hunted by the Huhsz, a religious cult which believes that she is the last obstacle before the faith's apotheosis, and her only hope of escape is to find the last of the apocalyptically powerful Lazy Guns before the Huhsz find her.

Her journey through the exotic Golterian system is a destructive and savage odyssey into her past, and that of her family and of the system itself.

(Source: Orbit)

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