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The Nemesis List
     

The Nemesis List

by R. J. Frith
 

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Character-driven space opera, perfect for fans of Serenity
 
Humanity has expanded into the stars, but at the price of its freedom. An autocratic Government rigidly controls every technical and scientific advancement; deviation is punishable by death; and out on the edges of space, criminals thwart the law, making money

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Character-driven space opera, perfect for fans of Serenity
 
Humanity has expanded into the stars, but at the price of its freedom. An autocratic Government rigidly controls every technical and scientific advancement; deviation is punishable by death; and out on the edges of space, criminals thwart the law, making money out of illegal tech, their ships jumping from galaxy to galaxy to avoid detection. Ex-soldier Frank Pak doesn't care about politics or breaking the law, he just wants to keep his ship running. When he's offered a contract to escort a runaway back home to his loving family, he doesn't ask questions—but his cargo is more dangerous than he realizes. Jeven Jones is no ordinary passenger—a result of illegal human experimentation, he's a fast-tracked evolutionary leap into the future. Thanks to his ability for perfect recall and a series of mental skills that he has no control over, Jones is a wanted man. The Government wants him dead, while revolutionaries want to use him to unlock every advancement the Government has ever denied them. If Jones lives he'll start a war. If he dies the entire future of humanity dies with him.

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Publishers Weekly
In this debut novel, Frith presents an intriguing if convoluted future where an interplanetary government enforces peace and controls science. Jake Jones is abducted at age five for scientific experiments. Sixteen years later, he is a murderer, liar, and person of interest to the government, a burgeoning rebellion, and a sexually voracious spaceship captain. His powers and experiences grant him cynical insights and a knack for spirited repartee, but his constant need for medications and illness during "jump-gate vortices" make him an atypical hero who can only survive by manipulating others. Occasional acts of humanity by those who train Jake provide contrast to his belief that "he was alone. He'd always be alone... an experiment right to the end," and gradually help him reach out to Frank Pak, an adversary turned friend. Apart from this transformation, the characters are fairly static. The strength of the narrative, however, will keep readers going to the end.
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From the Publisher
"Frith's narrative voice is laconic and hardboiled, and there's much to like about his characterisation. Pak is more than just the clichéd embittered ex-soldier, Jones is murderously mercurial and their relationship evolves in interesting ways."  —Financial Times

"Frith has a light style that quietly sketches in his characters, as well as a knack for blindsiding you just when you think you know where a plotline is heading. A surprisingly intimate and personal book that sets up the major conflict still to come."  —Total Scifi Online

"Reveals a flair for characterisation and gritty writing."  —SFX

"Striking...Frith’s command of gritty action and crackling dialogue should be enough to hook readers for the entire series."  —Booklist 

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780330519977
Publisher:
Pan Macmillan
Publication date:
06/01/2012
Pages:
316
Product dimensions:
5.12(w) x 7.76(h) x 0.31(d)

Meet the Author

R. J. Frith's debut novel Nemesis List won Tor UK's War of the Words competition which was run in conjunction with Sci Fi Now magazine to find new publishing talent. Despite being dyslexic, R. J. is a prolific writer of short stories across many genres and has been published in numerous magazines.

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