The Mirrored Heavens

The Mirrored Heavens

by David J. Williams
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The Mirrored Heavens by David J. Williams

In the 22nd century, the first wonder of a brave new world is the Phoenix Space Elevator, designed to give mankind greater access to the frontier beyond Earth. Cooperatively built by the United States and the Eurasian Coalition, the Elevator is also a grand symbol of superpower alliance following a second cold war. And it’s just been destroyed.

With suspicions rampant, armies and espionage teams are mobilized across the globe and beyond. Enter Claire Haskell and Jason Marlowe, U.S. counterintelligence agents and former lovers—though their memories may only be constructs implanted by their spymaster. Now their agenda is to trust no one. For as the crisis mounts, the lives of all involved will converge in one explosive finale—and a startling aftermath that will rewrite everything they’ve ever known—about their mission, their world, and themselves.

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ISBN-13: 9780553385410
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/20/2008
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 8.26(w) x 5.10(h) x 0.93(d)

About the Author

David J. Williams was born in Hertfordshire, England. He lives in Washington, D.C. The Mirrored Heavens is his first novel.

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Mirrored Heavens 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
vito More than 1 year ago
Williams's debut novel does not let the plot get in the way of the action. In fact, nothing gets in the way of the action in this novel; not logic, not clarity, not even the sex scene. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but be warned: Reading this book is like listening to an expert video gamer with a particularly good vocabulary narrate the action as he plays his favorite shoot-'em-up game.
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SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
In a world where memories are as likely to be manufactured as real, where "razers" link their heads wirelessly into whatever part of the internet they can find, where electronic counter-measures are hacked by electronically enhanced people, it's not surprising that life get a little confusing. Mirrored Heavens is a somewhat confusing book, but intriguing and engrossing. The author uses short clipped sentences to set his scenes, then peoples them with a cast of characters who may or may not be who they think they are, but struggle to function just the same. From the Phoenix Space Elevator, built cooperatively by the United States and the Eurasian Coalition at the end of the cold war, to buried bases on the moon, to Jaguar leaders threatening human sacrifice, a huge and complicated world is created, complete with history, rising tides and economic disaster. It's not our world, but it's a sadly plausible future. The author's blend of real-world action and brain-to-computer interface is cleverly done. Characters rush forward, driven by events, distant handlers, and an all-too-human need to find out what's going on. And the final conclusion ties many threads of half-caught mysteries together, leaving the remainder to look at those mirrored heavens and wonder what they hide. If those heavens mirror our world, I hope it's a distorted mirror, as I wouldn't like theirs. But I did enjoy the book (as did my husband, who recommended I read it).
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Mirrored Heavens is a depressing bit of dystopian futurism. At the beginning of the 22nd century the world has gone to hell in a hand basket, and this book celebrates the sort of people who sent it there. The main characters are a rogues gallery of socio and psychopaths with more than one megalomaniac leaving the reader no one to root for.. The best part of Mirrored is that the American Empire has stopped pretending to be anything else and the Rain turn out to be just as bad. Recommended for readers who enjoy mass slaughter.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 2105 the Treaty of Zurich is co-signed by the representatives of the leaders of the United States and the Eurasian Coalition. The two contracting powers agree to reduce the tensions of the protracted second cold war with some cooperation although neither side trusts the other as the environment has failed ¿Quickening¿ the potential end of the planet. --- The prime symbol of their cooperation is the construction of the Phoenix Space Elevator which will near full operations by 2110 in Belem-Macapa to enable humanity to expedite journeys off world. Central Intelligence Command counter cyber terrorism agent Claire Haskell is tracking the elevator networks as regional freedom fighters Jaguar¿s Swords have reportedly hacked inside. However, a series of explosions soon rock the elevator and devastates much of the city. The enigmatic Operator sends ¿mechanic¿ Jason Marlowe to rescue Claire as he has plans for the pair in a complex counter operation against Autumn Rain who has taken credit for the destruction while the superpowers blame each other as the cold war turns close to heating up on earth and on the moon. The Operator counts on his subordinate razor Claire and her mechanic Jason remembering fondly their love for one another a decade ago however, as the pair works together to prevent another Rain tsunami, each wonders if their love is real or an imprint by their razor the Operator. --- THE MIRRORED HEAVENS is an exhilarating action-packed futuristic counter intelligence espionage science fiction thriller with Brave New World twists and spins that will have the lead field agents and the audience wonders what revelation is next and just who road kill is. Reality is blurred by constructs to expedite a mechanic¿s assignment so Claire and Jason only know that she is his razor and he is her mechanic on the stop the Rain project. Readers will appreciate this fast-paced grim look at earth twenty-second century. --- Harriet Klausner