April 12th, 2011
Skip Grison has been a lawyer for almost twenty years and is wealthy and successful. Returning soldier Chelle Sea Blue, Skip’s contracta (a neologism indicating the female partner in a civil union), has been away from the planet for a matter of months, fighting the alien species known only as the Os, but due to the relativistic effects of time travel is now twenty years younger than Skip. As Skip prepares for Chelle’s return, wondering what she will make of her youthful sweetheart turned middle-aged man, he chooses to download her dead mother Vanessa’s electronically recorded personality into a new body as a gift to Chelle. He also books the two of them onto a luxurious Caribbean cruise. Chelle, however, is quite literally a new person as well. Having been severely injured during her tour of duty, she was patched up with donor body parts and may well harbor a split personality. As the three of them attempt to put their lives back together and find a balance between old and new, darker happenings…including a hijacking, a bomb, mercenaries, and several attempted or accomplished murders…hint that someone, or something, isn’t done with Chelle. Or possibly they want Vanessa. Or Skip. Or something else altogether.
Genre-bending elements such as the multiple red herrings, fast-paced plot, layer upon layer of psychological and narrative complexity, and mistaken or hidden identities make this a good choice for those who don’t usually read science fiction. This title should have broad appeal for anyone who enjoys teasing open a particularly knotty plot.
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