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The Elysium Commission

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2007


    First let me say that I'm a dyed in the wool Modessitt fan. I've read almost every word the man has published. Having said that, I felt that the premise was tired. I'm sick of every protagonist of Modessitt's being an ex-special ops member doing private work. The plot was thin and confusing. He used more acronyms than Tom Clancy at his worst 'most of these were unintelligible'. And his use of cute little hidden references to other authors 'C.S. Lewis, Phillip Pullman and strangely Bob Dylan' had the feel of being an inside narcissistic joke, to see if the reader was smart enough to pick them up. Over all I got the feeling that this thin volume was poorly written and probably was only published to fill some sort of contractual obligation. Despite my disappointment, I pushed through the book in hopes that in the end it would all come together and make sense¿it didn¿t. I truly hope his next effort is back to the level of writing that I¿ve come to expect.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    complex science fiction detective tale

    On the planet Devanta former military special operative turned private investigator Blaine Donne suddenly finds he has too many clients when before he had none. He is hired to find a missing heiress look into a scientist¿s patent infringement case, uncover the links between entrepreneur Eloi, city planner Maraniss, and the 'Elysium' and finally conduct a background search of Dr. Dyorr, the fiancé of wealthy Marie Antoinette Tozzi. As he starts on each Blaine assumes his cases have nothing in common. He soon reassesses his thoughts as the scientist who originally hired him is dead and the project he worked on appears to being used for some nefarious purpose by Eloi and Maraniss like perhaps a coup d¿etat. He wonders about how the fiancé fit, perhaps via a scientific connection, and why the woman who originally hired him to look into Elysium has no history at least on record. Soon the cases intertwine even further though Blaine begins to think after consulting with his sister and others that he is forcing connections as the Dr. Dyorr inquiry begins to look clean while the rest look like a cat and mouse encounter between the Civitas Sorores oligopoly and the Eloi and Maraniss squad with the sleuth being the cheese. --- THE ELYSIUM COMMISSION is a complex science fiction detective tale starring a fascinating individual struggling with his cases. The story line is action-packed as the audience for the most part follows the sleuth as people try to kill him or assist him with information (sort of mindful of Robb¿s Eve Dallas mid twenty-first century police procedurals). Readers will enjoy this puzzler as the four investigations seem separate, and then appear to tie together, only to have Blaine¿s theory unravel. L. E. Modesitt, Jr. provides a fun futuristic mystery. --- Harriet Klausner

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