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In a twenty-first-century undersea city, terrorists threaten old-money banker Mayla Ling, potentially plunging her and her bodyguard, war veteran David Dai, back into the nightmare of David's violent past.

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Half the Day Is Night

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In a twenty-first-century undersea city, terrorists threaten old-money banker Mayla Ling, potentially plunging her and her bodyguard, war veteran David Dai, back into the nightmare of David's violent past.

At the publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management software (DRM) applied.

War veteran David Dai has come to ocean-bottom Caribe to work as bodyguard to Mayla Ling, banker and scion to the undersea city's old-money set. But as Mayla negotiates the biggest deal of her life, she draws the attention of terrorists who threaten to plunge her, and David, back into the nightmare of his violent past.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
McHugh's first novel, China Mountain Zhang (1992), was one of the most highly praised SF debuts in years, impressive for its well-realized future world, solid yet idiosyncratic characters and surehanded handling of assorted narrative viewpoints. Her second novel shares many of these virtues, confirming its author as one of the most promising new voices in the field-and yet this book feels a bit flat. Set in Julia, one of the submerged cities of Caribe, the story centers on war veteran David Dai, who takes a job as bodyguard to one of Julia's high-powered bankers, Mayla Ling. Terrorists make several violent attempts to stop Ling's deal-in-progress; Dai saves his employer each time, but he is disturbed by memories of his years of combat, so he abruptly quits and tries to return to the surface. He is now suspect in the eyes of the Julia police, forcing him to hide out in the city's lower levels and await a chance to escape. Ling, meanwhile, decides to leave Julia, in Dai's company if she can find him. McHugh portrays the world of Caribe with a fine detail rare in science fiction, evoking a believable sense of life in the future. The intrigue never heats up enough to produce much suspense, though, and neither Dai nor Ling is interesting enough to carry the book alone. (Oct.)
Library Journal
Hired as a bodyguard for Mayla Ling, a banker in the underwater city of Caribe, war veteran David Dai finds himself embroiled in a treacherous web of corporate and political intrigue as both he and his employer become targets for arrest and assassination. The author of China Mountain Zhang (Tor Bks., 1992) accurately captures the claustrophobia of life in a sealed environment, where the internal stresses of daily life are mirrored by the literal pressure of living beneath tons of deadly ocean waters. This fast-paced sf adventure would be a welcome addition to most libraries.
Carl Hays
McHugh's brilliant first novel, "China Mountain Zhang" (1992), received widespread critical acclaim for its astonishingly realistic portrayal of a future China. In her latest work, McHugh's knack for realism brings to vividly imagined life an underwater city named Caribe. French-speaking war veteran David Dai comes to the domed ocean-bed metropolis as the new bodyguard of banking executive Mayla Ling. As his expectations of utopian orderliness collapse under the weight of his exposure to the city's poverty and bureaucracy, David becomes the unwilling protector of Mayla from terrorists fighting against the wealthy elite. Soon David abandons his job for a spot on a diving team, only to be joined by Mayla in a desperate retreat to the surface. Although McHugh's penchant for psychological detail sometimes becomes tedious--the plot calls for more action--her skill in providing dimension to both her characters and their surroundings remains very strong.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781466865747
  • Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
  • Publication date: 4/22/2014
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 352
  • File size: 352 KB

Meet the Author

Maureen F. McHugh is the author of Half the Day Is Night and  China Mountain Zhang.
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