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The Restoration Game

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  • Posted September 24, 2011

    science-fiction/international intrigue

    Part science-fiction (only a small part) mostly international intrigue and spy thriller. If you are intrigued by the Matrix and really like the Davinci Code and spy thrillers/mysteries you will really enjoy this.
    The main focal point is a country that doesn't exist, so don't bother looking for it on a map. The only place it exists is in our minds. Like many other real countries, the country of Krassnia is trying to find an identity. The conflicts this involves seem to be something we would be hearing about in the news today. These issues, which are shown to be deep reaching and long lasting (as with many countries today) greatly complicate the missions and the search for the truth. The main character is someone we can all empathize with. A young lady searching for her truth and finding out **********spoiler*********. And then ***********spoiler***********. Sorry, I can't tell you any more, or it will really ruin the enjoyment of a very well written story by an award winning, greatly respected author.
    If this is your first introduction to Ken Macleod, you will really enjoy the visit. If you have tried some of his work before, you will not be disappointed. Get the book, enjoy the story and wear a warm coat.
    © Night Owl Reviews

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  • Posted August 26, 2011

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    an insightful satirical espionage thriller.

    Her CIA asset mom Amanda who wrote the definitive mythology on Krassnia asks her game designer daughter Lucy Stone to create a special interactive multiplayer game based on their heritage. Lucy who has not been back to Krassnia, the former Soviet Autonomous Region since they left when she was a small child, looks forward to going "home".

    Amanda's objective is to enable the country's revolutionaries to use the game clandestinely to communicate and cohesively organize. As she readjusts to the locality's language, Lucy hears tales about a power source high in the mountains that the Soviets never could replicate, but has renewed interests from outside parties not concerned about collateral damage.

    Starting with Newton's Laws of Motion combined with Murphy's Law, The Restoration Game is an insightful satirical espionage thriller. The story line contains an incredible amount of information on Krassnia such as how the Soviets converted a nation filled with literates into illiterates with a stroke of a pen and the Post-Soviet government turned a nation filled with literates into illiterates with a stroke of a keyboard. Although there is so much going on in terms of culture, mythology and the power source, the story line rarely accelerates. Readers who appreciate a deep cerebral thriller will enjoy a visit to Krassnia.

    Harriet Klausner

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