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  • By Douglas M. Jamieson
    Feb 14, 2015
    This is part 2 of the book. In this radically changed world ravaged by floods and past conflicts—new in location (the Arctic) and in type (The Electronic Wars)—familiar landmarks have disappeared underwater or have been relocated to higher ground, such as Lisbon’s Belem Tower. It is also a world with the beginnings of what looks like linguistic conflation. English is dominant but French has lost its accents (Ligne coupe per motive de securite) and Portuguese has become italianised (Nuova Lisboa). But above all it is a world where but humanity remains the same, with its virtues and vices, specifically the religious fanaticism of an American Christian variety that has now created a new crusade: a huge fleet moving across the Atlantic and led by a crazed erratic leader determined to find the New Eden of the title, evoking other ‘News’ of the past: (New York, New Orleans, and perhaps most significantly, Newfoundland (new-found-land )? What is going to happen when this enormous military... More > force reaches a shrunken, apparently weakened Europe preparing for a showdown? The avant-garde occupies the Canary Islands and the rest of the force is making for the Straits of Gibraltar, with two ships trailing deliberately at the back. Why? No spoiler alert here. Suffice it to say that the rays of hope detected in the first volume are still visible, but under intensified threat. The narration has the pace to create and maintain an engaging anticipation of the outcome, and that is its strength. What matters is the imagining of how such a world is going to evolve given the known risks to its survival rather than the fate of the various characters that people it. They are representatives rather than individuals but they have sufficient flesh to interest the reader in what will ultimately happen to them.< Less
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First Edition
January 31, 2015
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.88 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
5.83 wide x 8.26 tall
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