Archangel Protocol

Archangel Protocol

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by Lyda Morehouse
     
 

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First the LINK-an interactive, implanted computer-transformed society. Then came the angels-cybernetic manifestations that claimed to be working God's will...

But former cop Deidre McMannus has had her LINK implant removed-for a crime she didn't commit. And she has never believed in the angels.

All that will change when a man named Michael appears

Overview


First the LINK-an interactive, implanted computer-transformed society. Then came the angels-cybernetic manifestations that claimed to be working God's will...

But former cop Deidre McMannus has had her LINK implant removed-for a crime she didn't commit. And she has never believed in the angels.

All that will change when a man named Michael appears at her door.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA
Deidre was cut off from the LINK, the interactive, implanted computer web that most of her society relies upon, when she was fired from the police force and excommunicated from the Catholic Church. Now she spends all her spare credits trying to get letters speaking out against the Reverend-Senator Letourneau into the newspaper. She also is trying to forget about her former partner, who is in jail because of her testimony. A man named Michael shows up asking her to investigate the LINK-angels, cybernetic beings that claim to be the voice of God. The case will alter her life and affect the fate of the entire world. Part detective novel, part cyberpunk adventure, Morehouse's debut novel is a fast-paced read. Despite all the divergent threads, she manages to weave together a mostly coherent piece of work, although a few loose ends and inadequately explained details lessen the quality of the writing. Deidre is a strong, likeable character, as is Michael and most of the other secondary characters. The ending is a little pat—the villain is a surprise but needs to be more menacing to be completely convincing. There is a fair amount of strong language, some violence, and a rather romance-novellike sex scene. The religious views are a little radical, although well explained and thought provoking. This book is a good choice for teens who like to think but want a quick, exciting read; who enjoy obscure religious references; or who want to see just how far the Internet could go. VOYA CODES: 3Q 2P S A/YA (Readable without serious defects; For the YA with a special interest in the subject; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12; Adult and Young Adult). 2001, Roc, 352p, $6.99 pb. Ages 16 toAdult. Reviewer: Snow Wildsmith SOURCE: VOYA, August 2001 (Vol. 24, No. 3)
SF Site - Lisa Du Mond
What Morehouse has created for us is an instant classic of SF. McMannus is one of the strongest, most complex investigators in a long, long time. The rest of the characters are vividly drawn, fascinating beings. The technology seems so tantalisingly close — frightening possible. The image of a future society and government is chilling. The combination is miraculous; one of the best novels in memory.
Strange Horizons - S N Arly
Ms. Morehouse has created a cast of wonderfully believable and fascinating characters, complete with goals and dreams, but also flaws — the most important feature assigned to realistic characters. They don’t always have the answers and they don’t always make the best decisions. Their feelings often get in the way of altruism and orders, and in the end it is the things that make them most human that have the greatest impact.
Barnes & Noble Explorations - Paul Goat Allen
Morehouse’s highly descriptive version of 2075 Earth is almost as interesting as the novel’s plot. A great first novel!
Locus - Carolyn Cushman
…[Morehouse's] world is intriguing, and there are enough surprises to keep things moving, and the mix of SF and religion works surprisingly well. An impressive first novel.
Romantic Times - Kelly Rae Cooper
A brilliant first novel with fast-paced action, vivid characters and flawless execution. Ms. Morehouse serves up a futuristic thrill with a twist.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451458278
Publisher:
Roc
Publication date:
05/08/2001
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
4.28(w) x 6.74(h) x 1.03(d)

Meet the Author

Lyda is the award-winning author of several published novels including, Archangel Protocol, Fallen Host, Messiah Node, and Apocalypse Array (Roc). Her first novel was the 2001 Shamus Award winner for the best original paperback featuring a private investigator, the winner of the Barnes & Noble Maiden Voyage Award for best debut science fiction/fantasy novel, and a nominee for the Romantic Times Critic’s Choice for best science fiction. Apocalypse Array was short-listed for the Philip K. Dick Award for distinguished mass-market paperback novels of science fiction.

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Archangel Protocol 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
AdrianneM More than 1 year ago
This is an older novel that's been recently digitally published. The world building is fascinating. Morehouse got so much right with the way the web has taken over our whole electronic world. And her insights into the rise of the ultra-religious are also fascinating. Beyond that, this book includes an intriguing mystery and a breakneck pacing that keeps you hooked until the very last page. 
Guest More than 1 year ago
Archangel Protocol is an amazingly colorful book that depicts the future as a bleakly religion controlled world where the LINK (a futuristic form or the Internet)is the only real access to the world. I recomend this book for all readers, no matter your prefered genre. It has suspense, drama, mystery and heavy sci-fi. A must read!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dig it: In the future, everyone has an implanted, interactive computer, here called the LINK. Yeah, yeah, the same cyberpunk thing you've read a million times before about the honorable ronin hacker taking on the Corporation. Only this time, it isn't.

In Lyda Morehouse's new book, 'The Archangel Protocol,' the LINK quickly becomes the domain of religion, after the Net Angels appear, claiming to work the will of God and with the power to back it up. Now the US is on the verge of becoming an official theocracy, and everybody's a believer.

Ex-cop Deidre MacMannus used to be a believer. Then she and her partner got framed for an assassination attempt on the Pope, and her LINK was severed, cutting her off from almost all forms of modern communication. Living as an outcast, excommunicated from both Church and State, MacMannus scavenges a living as a detective until a stranger comes to her office, offering her a chance to find out what's really been going on behind the digital curtain.

All this could easily degenerate into the latest made-for-suburbs technothriller about the cool toys and MIBs, but Morehouse knows her story is about the human element, and the world those humans (and inhumans) inhabit. Great first book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a great read! Very fast paced. I would definitely recommend this book to a friend. The world that Ms. Morehouse has created is so vivid you feel like you could step right in. What¿s scary is that we¿re not that far away from a ¿LINKED¿ world like the one in Archangel Protocol. This book is going onto my ¿keeper¿ shelve. Great job Ms. Morehouse, I can¿t wait to read your next book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
From the moment you open Archangel Protocal you know you've entered into another world as the heroine Deidre McMannus itches the dead receiver just under her hairline. The dead receive we find out used to connect her to the LINK- an interactive, implanted computer that transforms a futuristic American society. Deidre is a former hardened cop turned detective after being kicked out of the force and excommunicated from the Catholic Church for a crime she didn't commit. The story starts heating up the minute the handsom policemen Michael walks through the door, seeking her help. Deidre sets off on an adventure that will not only put her life in jeopardy at every turn but will challenge her very belief system. Archangel Protocal has a fascinating cast of characters including some whose life only exists inside the computer, LINK angels, and real angels. The mystery and adventure keeps the reader turning the pages and the style is intelligent and at time humorous. The detailed descriptions make the reader feel like they are right there viewing things through Deidre's eyes. If you're looking for something original, fun, and intelligent that will sweep you into another world, read Archangel Protocol.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In the near future, mankind invents a weapon of mass destruction, the Plasma Bomb that turns anything organic within its wide range into glass. For instance, two decades after such an explosion, The Bronx remains a contaminated zone. Science has lost its lofty esteem with religion taking over the high rung among Americans, as the country has become a theocracy with everyone belonging to a church.

Most people are also hooked up to the LINK, an interactive computer implanted inside the human brain. Deirdre, a former cop, is disconnected from the LINK because the Pope excommunicated her, but she still knows about the mysterious LINK Angels. Agents of the Church and the government believe they are real and signify the Second Coming. Deirdre believes they are a fake, but even she feels shaken when the Archangel Michael visits her office to request her help.

Lydia Morehouse delivers a blunt message in her debut novel ARCHANGEL PROTOCOL that the Internet is a form of an addicting high no different than alcohol or drugs. The future is bleak and repressive in an Orwellian-like society. The repartee between Michael and Morningstar (Lucifer) is fascinating, but the mortal Deirdre owns the show as she adapts to angels visiting her (after the initial shock passes). This science fiction novel will keep readers glued to the very end, but keep a religious artifact like a crucifix or a Star of David handy.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
I got an advance review copy of Archangel Protocol, and I want to recommend that people pre-order early and often. You're going to want to say 'I was the first on my block to discover this one!' Ok, ok...so clearly I'm a friend of the author's. But still, it seemed to me that this review space was being wasted since the book isn't out yet. So here's a preview of what Archangel Protocol is all about: The future of Archangel Protocol is a gritty one -- some might even call it cyberpunk. People experience life almost completely through an implanted, interactive future web called the LINK. Recently, disturbing creatures calling themselves 'angels' have started haunting the byways of the LINK. And, they have a political agenda which could mean a radical change in the democracy of America. Deidre McMannus doesn't believe in LINK-angels -- in fact, she doesn't believe in much of anything since her excommunication. Deidre is your classic film noir, down-on-her-luck detective. As the novel starts, a man named Michael appears on her doorstep and, as the jacket blurb says, 'gives Deidre the chance to right the wrongs done to her -- and to the whole world.'
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was very surprised to find myself enjoying this book as much as I did. I am a firm fan of the oldstyle cyberpunk popularized by William Gibson and Neal Stephenson, and most of the newer books in the same genre have left me unfulfilled. Ms. Morehouse, on the other hand, can talk the talk, like most authors who attempt to write cyberpunk, but can also walk the walk. She has a deep understanding of what the movement was about, not merely the way it was presented. The Archangel Protocol combines technology and religion with a light balance, not weighing either subject too heavily with the other. This is a book worth reading and I recommend it strongly