Theories of Flight by Simon Morden
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Returning to the Metrozone after the first book and several years in-between was NOT an issue. In fact, this one was pretty much awesome when it came to catching us up and re-building the world and heading us straight into the gee-whiz awesomeness of an anti-grav breakthrough and soon into the darker underbelly of a complete civil war.
Best features: cyberpunk, a great AI, super smart Samuil Petrovitch being rightfully egotistical and badass, and a truly great world to play in.
Oh, and it's quite Russian. With plenty of Russian humor. :)
This novel was pretty much a ramp-up in pacing and tons of streamlined action. The characters are pretty damn memorable, too. But what's the best part of this?
The resolution. It goes from an awesome flight to a massive turnaround with even more massive repercussions across the world. :)
I'm not letting this sit on the sidelines again. I'm going to enjoy the hell out of reading the other two. :)
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