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Book Title: Liege-Killer|
The author of the book: Christopher Hinz
ISBN 13: 9780812530759
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 2.37 MB
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Reader ratings: 7.6
Edition: Tor Books
Date of issue: October 15th 1995
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BE WARNED…THIS BOOK IS
5.0 stars. This is one of those hidden “gems” that makes Goodreads so worthwhile as I would probably never have otherwise come across this book. It is always great to rave about the books you really love and hopefully encourage your friends to check it out. Unless, of course, they end up hating it, but I don't think that will be a problem here.
First let me say that this is SCIENCE FICTION so for those of you that are not SF fans, this may not be your cup of tea. However, for my fellow science fiction lovers out there, I was seriously floored by how much I enjoyed this story and can not recommend it highly enough.
To begin with, I would describe this as a science fiction thriller with some significant doses of political intrigue and some significant and detailed world-building. Oh and action, action and more action. The author has constructed a very believably future that is both troubling and yet mesmerizing at the same time. The story is superbly well-paced and I do not think there was a boring moment in the entire 400+ pages of this terrific novel and there are moments of ultra violence that are layered in at well-timed intervals so that you are never able to relax and all of the horror of the violence is felt in full. Above all else….this is quite simply…AMAZING STORY-TELLING and I can’t believe this was a debut novel.
BRIEF SYNOPSIS OF BACKSTORY
The present of the story takes place in the 24th century above a radioactive Earth that resulted from a nuclear apocalypse. Back in the 21st century, technology had run amok, including biotechnology. The most fearsome product of this time were the “Paratwa.” The Paratwa are a genetically engineered race that were used as assassins and were virtually unstoppable. Each Paratwa is actually two individual bodies called “tways” that can function independently but can also function as one. What I found really cool about this concept is that each “tway” when acting independently has their own personality and when they are joined, a “third” personality different from the other two emerges. The description of the Paratwa was absolutely chock-full of awesomeness.
Anyway, the Paratwa were smarter, more cunning, more vicious and more ambitious than there human creators and eventually revolted against mankind. The Paratwa formed their own ruling counsel called the “Ash Ock” which was made up of a group of supremely powerful Paratwas. The Ash Ock coordinated the war against mankind with brutal efficiency and it eventually lead to the world-wide apocalypse which was humanity’s last ditch effort to destroy the Paratwa.
BRIEF PLOT OVERVIEW
The story begins 200 years after the holocaust that destroyed the Earth and the Paratwas are assumed to be extinct (but of course we know better). The survivors of the holocaust live above Earth on just under 100 orbiting man-made colony satellites that are governed by the Irryan Council. Due to fear of another holocaust or creating another menace like the Paratwa, all technology is strictly regulated by a powerful organization called E-tech.
Well after a series of brutal and horrific murders occur that appear to be the work of a Paratwa, despite their supposed extinction, the governing body is thrown into a panic regarding how to stop further murders from occurring. Eventually it is decided to revise from stasis two individuals who back in the 21st century were responsible for stopping Paratwas. Oh, this is where the fun really begins because these two awakened super cops from the 21st century are absolutely amazing characters. Nick is a brilliant, but wise-cracking dwarf who reminded me a lot of Tyrion Lannister (from George R.R. Martin’s A Song of ice and Fire) and Gillian is just your basic definition of a bad-ass super killer.
To sum it up, I thought the plotting was excellent, the characters (especially Nick, Gillian and the main bad guy, who shall remain nameless to avoid spoilers) were well-drawn and the world-building was absolutely top-notch. Best of all, this is only the first book of a trilogy so if you love it as much as I did you still have two more fun filled installments to read after you finish this one. HIGHEST POSSIBLE RECOMMENDATION!!
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Read information about the authorChristopher Hinz is an author of science fiction thrillers – novels, comic books, screenplays and more.
Born in 1951 in Reading, PA, USA, his early passion for all things SF led to the writing of his first “book” in elementary school. A four-page epic, it featured a giant monster brought back from Mars who escapes and climbs the tallest building in Chicago, only to be blasted from that perch with a nuclear cannon. The inevitable fallout, along with other youthful digressions, steered Hinz away from science fiction writing – and Chicago – for many years.
His first mature work,LIEGE-KILLER, was originally published in 1987 by St. Martin’s Press. ANACHRONISMS, ASH OCK and THE PARATWA soon followed. The latter two novels, together with LIEGE-KILLER, form “The Paratwa Saga.”
A subsequent foray into comic books led to a number of publications, including creator-owned GEMINI BLOOD (with artist Tommy Lee Edwards) and DEAD CORPS (with artist Steve Pugh) for DC Comics, and BLADE for Marvel Comics, also with Pugh. An evolution into screenwriting resulted in the sale of BINARY, a script based on LIEGE-KILLER.
In addition to other SF projects, he has worked a variety of Earth-based jobs, including picture framer, turret-lathe operator, TV technical director and newspaper staff writer. He has played in rock bands, modeled dioramas and designed and marketed an auto racing board game. He currently creates new stories from the semi-seclusion of a wooded realm in Berks County, Pennsylvania.
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