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Catspaw (Cat Series #2)

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CAT: Street Punk, Psion, Telepath, Survivor. . .

Kidnapped by an interstellar corporation and dragged to Earth, Cat is forced to use his skills to protect those he most hates, those who most hate him . . . .

The taMings. A cyber-augmented, DNA-incestuous clan of such wealth and power that their family arguments change the destiny of worlds. Now one taMing is a killer's target. But which? And who would dare?

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Overview

CAT: Street Punk, Psion, Telepath, Survivor. . .

Kidnapped by an interstellar corporation and dragged to Earth, Cat is forced to use his skills to protect those he most hates, those who most hate him . . . .

The taMings. A cyber-augmented, DNA-incestuous clan of such wealth and power that their family arguments change the destiny of worlds. Now one taMing is a killer's target. But which? And who would dare?

Seeking answers, Cat finds lies and savagery, passion and atrocity—trails that lead from crystal valleys to clubs for silver-skinned beauties. From the homicidal enclaves of drug kings to a fanatic's pulpit. From the halls of the Assembly to a cyberspace hell. Seeking assassins, Cat discovers a mystery that could cost him his future. His sanity. His life.

Because Cat is no longer a bodyguard . . .

He's bait.

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Editorial Reviews

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"First-rate suspense! One of the top science fiction books of the year." —Seattle Times/Post-Intelligencer

“Intense, fast-paced intrigue.”—Locus

“Joan Vinge makes a welcome return to large-scale science fiction . . . a well-told, entertaining tale.”—Chicago Sun-Times

"Outstanding." —C. J. Cherryh

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
When murder attempts are made on a corporate dynasty of old Earth, the wealthy taMings send offplanet for help. Their shanghaied bodyguard is Cat, a half-human, half-alien telepath whose psychic powers were blocked when he used them to kill in self-defense. Given a temporary cure so that he can protect idealistic Assembly member Lady Elnear taMing, Cat discovers secrets that endanger his own life. The stuff of yesterday's headlines, these include revelations that scion Daric taMing is a drug dealer and holier-than-thou evangelist Sojourner Stryger a closet sadist. Vinge again displays her talent for weaving a complex web of relationshipspersonal, political and socialbut the mass of detail slows this romantic melodrama to a crawl rather than giving life to its bland characters. (September)
Library Journal
Hired by the powerful taMing dynasty to protect its Security Council candidate from assassination, a half- human telepath known as ``Cat'' uncovers a larger conspiracy that threatens to destroy the remnants of individual freedom in a world controlled by interstellar corporations. Political intrigue, shifting loyalties, and fully realized characters add uncommon depth to this sequel to Psion . Highly recommended for sf collections as well as for mature young adult readers. JC
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765303417
  • Publisher: Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC
  • Publication date: 11/28/2002
  • Series: Cat Series , #2
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 483,019
  • Product dimensions: 5.56 (w) x 10.88 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

Joan D. Vinge has won two Hugo Awards, one for her novel The Snow Queen. Author of ten novels and a number of film adaptations, her books have been bestsellers here and abroad. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2009

    Cat is the best character...

    I've read this book over and over through the years and I always find it refreshing and familiar to read again. I've given this book away so many times that I had re-buy it to put back on my shelf...for myself. If you've read this book, or not, get the other two books. But by itself, it's like a big, juicy meal that hits the spot every time. The biggest appeal of Joan D. Vinge, to me, is that her books are always character driven. The Sci-fi is almost like an afterthought when dealing with complex issues of loyalty, betrayal, friendship, idealism and trust...Once you meet Cat, he awakens the fearless part of your youth that needs tempering, yet recognizes the fear of loss....Buy it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2008

    Fantastic.

    I read this story years ago, when I was about thirteen, and it's completely stuck with me. Though admittedly there are some odd parts to it that not everyone may like, I still look back very fondly at it, and recall how much I adored the protagonist.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2007

    It's a great book!!!

    It's a great science-fiction, great storyline. altogether a great book!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2003

    Catspaw

    I LOVED THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!it was the best in the series i think there should be fourth a book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2003

    Catspaw

    Theres a problem i have only read the great CatsPaw but i couldnt put it down.This is truly the best book I have ever read> im goin to read the others now.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    powerful science fiction

    Though an orphan street punk, Cat used his psionic abilities to save the galaxy from a peer (see PSION), but his reputation formed that has traveled light years to earth. When someone tries to kill Lady taMing, head of the wealthy and powerful family that runs Centaur Transport, her supporters abduct Cat to provide psionic protection to her. His kidnappers drug Cat, so that the half-breed cannot use psychic powers against them, but provide an antidote so that he can protect Assembly member Lady taMing. However, while doing his new job keeping his client safe, Cat uncovers secrets about powerful individuals including taMing family members who will kill him to keep their skeletons in the closet. CATSPAW is a powerful science fiction that describes an astonishing New York City in a few centuries. The well-designed plot provides a complex multiple helix of a political and social futurology that will stun readers on its realistic but different outlook. However, in building her lush realm, Joan D. Vinge pays a price as the massive particulars that serve as the theme¿s center with its future¿s profundity also keeping the story line from attaining light speed. Still, this sequel will please the author¿s fans and anyone who relishes galaxy building as a key ingredient of a novel set several hundred years into the future. Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2002

    the best

    one of the greatest novels written by joan d. vinge!!! i would hope she would give us the pleasure of writing another book to follow the three i have already read and re-read numerouse times. the best of the three about Cat with relatable characters and changing storyline. a must read for all good sf story lovers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2002

    Fantastic!

    I loved this book. Cat is such a great character. I have read the books in this series a few times over. I wish she would write more books about this wonderful character.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2001

    A Beautyfull desplay of writing.

    I enjoyed the CATSPAW so much i couldn't put it down!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2000

    Simply wonderful

    I've read this book more than 5 times and still want to read it more. I'm reading it now for the 6th time and I love it! The detail that the author gives is just so explicit and seethrough that I can't even remember all that was written and I have to read the book again and again . I also read the 1st book 'Psion' and that was absolutly magnificent!!! This book and Catspaw are simply the masterpieces of a truelly amazing talent.

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