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CBRIII Maneuver #4 – State of Fear

Target: Michael Crichton’s State of Fear

Profile: Speculative Fiction, Techno-Thriller, Hard Science

Summary: From the back cover, “In Paris, a young physicist performs an oceanographic experiment – then dies mysteriously after a romantic tryst with a beautiful stranger.  In the jungles of Malaysia, powerful hypersonic cavitation technology – capable of toppling mountains with sound – is purchased by a private interest for an unspecified purpose.  In Vancouver, a businessman leases a small research submarine for use in the waters off New Guinea.  In Tokyo, in Los Angles, in Antarctica, in the Solomon Islands… an intelligence agent races to put all the pieces together to prevent a global catastrophe.” 

Vital Stats:
Pages: 715 & a 20 page appendix
Difficulty: 4 out of 10
Rating 3/5 Read the rest of this entry

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CBRIII Maneuver #3 – The Windup Girl

Target: Paolo Bacigalupi’s The Windup Girl

Profile: Speculative Fiction, Environmental Crisis, Genetic Engineering

Summary: From the back cover, “Anderson Lake is a company man, AgriGen’s Calorie Man in Thailand.  Undercover as a factory manager, Anderson combs Bangkok’s street markets in search of foodstuffs thought to be extinct, hoping to reap the bounty of history’s lost calories.  There, he encounters Emiko…  Emiko is the Windup Girl, a strange and beautiful creature.  One of the New People, Emiko is not human; she is an engineered being, crèche-grown and programmed to satisfy the decadent whims of a Kyoto businessman, but now abandoned to the streets of Bangkok.  Regarded as soulless beings by some, devils by others, New People are slaves, soldiers, and toys of the rich in a chilling near future in which calorie companies rule the world, the oil age has passed, and the side effects of bio-engineered plagues run rampant across the globe.” 

Vital Stats:
Pages: 359
Difficultly: 5 out of 10
Rating: 5/5 Read the rest of this entry