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The Octagonal Raven
     

The Octagonal Raven

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by L. E. Modesitt Jr.
 

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Someone is trying to kill Daryn Alwyn. Born to privilege, with pre-selected genetic advantages and the best nanotech augmentation his father's fabulous money can buy, Daryn spurned the lucrative family Media Network to seek his own path, a crafty raven among soaring eagles. After serving with distinction as a space pilot in the military, he enjoys success as a

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Octagonal Raven 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Because of his family¿s wealth, Daryn Alwyn has been the recipient of genetic enhancements and nanotech augmentations. Still, Daryn prefers to succeed on his own, rejecting the opportunity to join in the giant media firm, UniComm, run by his family. Instead, he becomes federal starship pilot and ultimately serves as a media consultant.

However, Daryn¿s perfect world is knocked off its axle when a woman tries to kill him at a party. After recovering from 'poison', Daryn can not find the elusive culprit. His world spins further out of orbit when his sister dies in a suspicious looking accident. More attempts on his own life and other selected murders have Daryn, a raven among eagles, investigating who will benefit from the deaths of his family ands other key UniComm officials.

THE OCTAGAON RAVEN is a well written, but somewhat slow science fiction thriller. The story line is fabulous when it concentrates on the social issues of the haves vs. the have nots which involve ¿modern¿ medical techniques such as the genetic enhancements that give an added edge to the rich. When the plot focuses on a conspiracy, it teeters a bit as if L.E. Modesitt, Jr. was undecided between a social statement and a futuristic take over the world thriller. Science fiction fans will want more of the latter as that type of tale provides quite an impact when well written and Mr. Modesitt, Jr. can tell a terrific tale.

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dk3dknight More than 1 year ago
This masterpiece is one that in my mind questions the position of media in this world, while taking place in the far future its easily in most cases either going to happen, or already is reality, except exploding clones... Its a chilling piece that reveals really just how much control the media have on the people, and in my mind the pursuit of truth or the medias construed observation of the truth. The story centers around the son of a major media network, who instead of following the family business decided he want to work as a space freighter pilot, when he returns a chain of events that were planed, perhaps the greatest revolution and a control of information. He doesn't realize it but hes in the middle of it as multiple attempts on his life are assured as he attempts to solve the mystery to discover why all this is happening, and then try to prove it... A excelent masterpiece provided to us by the Master WordSmith L. Modesitt, Jr.