By James P. Hogan
During this modest SF-mystery hybrid, set on Mars circa the twenty second century, Kieran Thane (aka the Knight), a type of futuristic Saint or Travis McGee, and his girl better half, June, who's no longer relatively an entire associate yet greater than a sidekick, take on the secret of a teleportation test long gone unsuitable. rather than teleporting, the method duplicates the person, with unlucky outcomes for one of many scientists concerned, Dr. Leo Sarda. One Dr. Sarda is left with holes in his reminiscence, whereas the opposite places a gap in his double's checking account. the path leads Thane and June to high-powered company shenanigans, which threaten to wreck via improvement invaluable archeological websites which may carry a clue to the destiny of the vanished Martian race. as well as utilizing biotechnology to salary mental war opposed to the company meanies, the Knight has to conceal himself as a mystic, the Khal of Tadzhikstan, and rent a few undeniable outdated actual weaponry and its wielders. An amiable mutt named Guinness, half Lab, half Doberman, lends a few dogs curiosity. This light-weight page-turner, which calls for a definite tolerance for expository lumps, libertarian preaching and Gods from Outer area, won't make new converts for Hogan (The Proteus Operation; Endgame Enigma; etc). in spite of the fact that, the author's efficient dealing with of a couple of general issues within the SF event type will greater than fulfill proven lovers.
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