"Another Exciting, Sensual Tale"
In 2021, humanity is on the brink of combining artificial
intelligence with a perfect robotic body that will lead to
Homo superior. Some conservative scientists fear the
future for mankind, but the Department of Defense believes
their superman is the ultimate operative. Robotics expert
Megan O'Flannery sees both sides of the issue, but
concludes that a hybrid is the best next step. Working for
cutting edge company, MindSim, Megan secures the assistance
of Raj Sundaram in teaching the prototype robot Aris how to
be human. However, Aris' circuits scramble and he takes
his mentors hostage. While in captivity, Raj and Megan
fall in love with one another, but what will happen to
their future once his secret is revealed to her?
One of the pioneers of science fiction romance, Catherine
Asaro creates another exciting, sensual tale that will
elate sub-genre fans. Cleverly, the author provides no
solutions to complex ethical questions that leave readers
with lingering thoughts about right and wrong. The romance
is hot, but this novel is clearly science fiction first
with a dynamic climax that will stun the unsuspecting
audience who will fail to break THE PHOENIX CODE before Ms.
Asaro reveals the ending of this keeper.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted August 29, 2001
Robotics expert Megan O'Flannery is the sole human contact with the new self-aware android project dubbed Aris. Programmed as part of a top-secret defense project, Aris proves to be resourceful and uncontrollable. Megan enlists the help of robotics genius Raj Sundaram. Aris soon becomes jealous of Raj, and Megan discovers that Raj may be a greater danger than Aris.