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Carlos has done it again. I was afraid when I started reading this book and got into the medical mumbo jumbo I would lose interest. I work in the medical field and tend to look for mistakes in pharmacology or physiology to the point I lose track of the plot, but this book was right on. No mistakes. Such a far out idea that he made work in a logical manner. His first book, "The Perfect Circle" was excellent but this one is better. I couldn't put it down.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 31, 2009
The Prisoner is a smart and slick story that speaks of a near future world where prisoners are contained in hibernation chambers, a world where a practical idea is corrupted into something beyond inhuman. Though I probably learned more about sewers than I really needed to know, it kept me wanting to turn the next page.
My favorite character was Nikola, a truly masterful character who stole every scene he was in. And while the characters are brilliant, I felt the story itself was cleverly crafted and well researched. The pace never let up and Mr. Cortes has a narrative voice that drips with sensuality as he guides you through this chess match between cat and mouse.
Articulate and witty, I found myself reveling in his use of language and choice of historical anecdotes.
I'm a reader who is hard to please, but Mr. Cortes tells a story as gripping and intelligent as Tom Clancy's best. Highly recommended.
Posted October 30, 2009
In 2059, the voice at the Hypnos prison keeps informing the latest convicts to stay calm as they are put into a suspended animation state. Three lawyers Laurel Cole, Bastien Compton and Raul Osborne are put away in tank 913 that contains 136 official prisoners but Homeland Security hides four others from Congress.
Soon after they are put to sleep, operator Lukas Hurley wakes two of them up, but Bastien died in the process from cardiac arrest. He also awakens Eliot Russo who has been in the tank for eight years, which means he is insane. He is the cause of why the lawyers entered the facility as he is proof that the Hypnos firm and Homeland Security Federal Bureau of Hibernation are performing illegal detentions. The foursome escape through the sewers with Raul carrying Lukas. The prison is aware of their escape, but fails to prevent them from reaching Nyx Corporation where Dr. Floyd Carpenter helps them, but Nikola is coming for them as nobody escapes from the reach of the FBH.
This is an exhilarating futuristic science fiction thriller that extrapolates from America's greatest growth industry during the Bush years: warehousing of prisoners to make the incarcerations more efficient and effective. The cast is solid but the most interesting is Nikola who adapts to every failure by not modifying the goal of recapture but by changing the action plan steps. Fans will enjoy this terrific cat and mouse tale while balking at the cost financially and emotionally of three strikes and you're out.