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Posted September 4, 2012
Reviewed by Stephanie D. for Readers Favorite "Victor"
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"Victor" by Tony Ross is an impelling technological thriller with a strong underpinning of religious faith. It is set in the futuristic Sunlight City which doesn’t live up to its name. There we follow three key characters. Mona is in a lot of trouble. She has run off from her employer, the menacing and powerful Hirigawa who wants to be a god, and knows some valuable secrets which involve influential people and corporations. Victor, a Black Cat assassin, the alpha, has been set on her trail by Hirigawa. Victor knows Mona well and so can be relied on to track her down easily. But Victor is increasingly troubled by confused memories and the realization this this particular job is wrong. He faces an immense threat too. And there is the occult investigator David with his own secrets but he is Mona’s best hope. David knows beyond doubt that Victor is dead. David faces a tough challenge but as usual relies on his dependable back-up - God.
This is an imaginative, exciting book based on good versus evil, faith versus free-for-all immorality. But it is subtle and intelligently argued with no preaching or moralizing. The readers can draw their own conclusions. Cloning, advanced technology, different forms of power, religious convictions, self-image and cults are all issues that come under the author’s scrutiny as we are swept along by this action-packed and thought-provoking novel. The complex characters we meet draw us into their troubled worlds and we are there with them as they resolve the problems they face. We share their despair in the desperate hours but also their hope, optimism and trust. This is quite a book!
Posted August 7, 2012
Reviewed by Karen P. for Readers Favorite "Victor" by
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"Victor" by Tony Ross is a fascinating study of a futuristic city in which personal freedoms are taken to the extreme, placing ordinary citizens in fear for their lives. Sunlight City (which appears to be a take-off on Las Vegas) is a place where anything goes and moral absolutes are nonexistent. Hirigawa is the human controller and he manipulates everyone including Victor who has been sent to destroy Mona, a woman with deep, dark secrets who jeopardizes Hirigawa's operations. But, Victor is not the clone he appears to be. When he develops feelings and memories, he is bound and is determined to set things straight. He has help in the form of the godly David, a patient and moral man who firmly believes moral boundaries do and should exist and be followed by human beings.
The book is thought-provoking and it begs the questions raised about cloning, artificial intelligence and rampant, unchecked technology in general. The novel sets up a dichotomy of belief systems pitting cloning against a God-made world. I liked the believability of this novel and also the fact that it made the reader think about traditional religious beliefs without "preaching to the choir." One of the most intriguing aspects of the story for me was the ongoing struggle Victor had with his own identity. That struggle makes the reader think about what constitutes humanness and what makes many humans non-humane in their thoughts, feelings and actions. Well done, Mr. Ross. You have provided your readers with good fuel for self-exploration!
Wow! This book moves like Ted Dekker's and makes spiritual point
Wow! This book moves like Ted Dekker's and makes spiritual points like Frank Peretti's! This is an action packed read that nobody should miss! Mr. Ross could very well be writing about the future of our world, and he makes you think about heaven, hell and which one you're going to. Read this book!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.