Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The Peyti Crisis: Anniversary Day Saga - Kristine Kathryn Rusch

The Peyti Crisis: Anniversary Day Saga
Kristine Kathryn Rusch
WMG, Mar 10, 2915, $18.99
ISBN: 9781561466160

Five decades before the horrific Anniversary Day terrorist attacks on the moon; at an Earth Alliance Prison employee Didier Conte enlists the help of reluctant coworker Jhena Andre.  He asks Jhena to bring evidence bags to the containment cell so that Didier can remove something of value from mass murderer PierLuigi Fremont, who just committed suicide rather than remain incarcerated isolation.  Didier plans to sell what he took to Fremont’s fanatic followers.

On the moon’s fourth Anniversary Day, a wave of bombings leaves thousands dead.  The Moon's head of security Noelle DeRicci partially thwarts a follow-up by suicide bombing Peyti lawyer clones to kill millions more though many of the attorneys’ clients die alongside them.  She works with Retrieval Artist Miles Flint and Detective Bartholomew Nyquist in search of the terrorist leadership and logistical support cells.  At the same time frustrated and angry over how close his beloved wife and child came to dying, powerful Luc Deshin also investigates using sources unavailable to the law.  He concludes that he, Flint and DeRicci need to team up to expedite efforts to uncover who planned and oversaw the terrorist execution. 

The fantastic fifth Anniversary Day Saga science fiction continues the superb monthly releases (see Search & Recovery, Anniversary Day, Blowback and A Murder of Clones) that brilliantly push forward a completed climatic storyline while also adding depth to the overarching theme.  Filled with action and a strong cast especially the lead threesome, Kristine Kathryn Rusch enhances her plot with a timely look at whether a clone should be considered a citizen.  This outer space tale is another triumphant entry in one of the top science fiction sagas in recent years.

Harriet Klausner

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