"Action-packed science fiction thriller"
By 2033, biomech research scientist Samantha Bryton tasted
success with the development of "forma" androids, but has
fled to Northern California to reconsider her values as the
wealth and fame she has accrued feels wrong. A badly
injured male washes up onto Sam's beachfront property. She
helps this humanoid flotsam as he heals. Turner Pascal
explains that renegade scientist Charon converted him from
a dying human into a forma with unique powers. He can
slightly modify his appearance and he can communicate
directly with machines hooked to the world wide "mesh".
As Sam ponders the rights of this unique soul, Charon and
his thugs come to repossess his property. The only hope for
this duo on the run from a brilliant criminal and his
minions as well as the military and Feds lies in Sunrise
Alley, legendary home of free AI androids. If they succeed,
will a human and a former human be accepted especially
since Charon's reach runs deep into Sunrise Alley and just
think of what he may have planted inside Turner before the
humanoid android washed ashore.
Though Charon's reach seems mighty far, readers will
appreciate this action-packed science fiction thriller that
crosses Frankenstein with Philip Dick asking the same
question of what is essentially a human. Sam is a terrific
heroine and Charon a wonderful villain, but the tale
belongs to Turner. When he was a purebred human he lazily
loped through life without a care, but his resurrection as
a forma includes powers that can either be abused or be
responsibly and accountably used for bettering society.
Still the bottom line remains does a former human turned
android dream of real sheep or forma sheep?
Reviewed by Harriet Klausner
Posted September 7, 2004
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted January 24, 2007