Set 15 years in the future, this too labyrinthine techno-thriller posits a France (and Western Europe) overrun by the Soviets; the U.S., in hock to Japan, has sworn nonintervention; the World Peace Agreement has made nuclear war obsolete. In France, where everyone is called ``Comrade,'' Star--a mega-computer based underground beneath the Arch of Triumph--functions as Orwellian ``Big Brother,'' controlling an abject populace. Robert Landry, Star's American designer-inventor, now a fugitive, illegally accesses the computer to abet the French resistance and to help his lover, Chantal Senac, rescue her son whom the Soviets apparently ``transported'' to a remote country. The cat-and-mouse game of Russians, resisters and collaborationists is the substance of Zezza's nightmarish fantasy which, despite plenty of action and a French milieu, is not particularly effective either as political parable or as espionage tale. Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club selections; paperback rights to Fawcett. (Mar.)
Zezza's fast-moving political thriller is set in Russian-occupied France just after the turn of the century. In events that eerily parallel the current political situation, the Communist grip on Eastern Europe slips, but then things go horribly wrong. Robert Landry, architect of the supercomputer known as The Star, has lost his wife and best friends to the Russian occupation. The Star is essential to running the French government; Landry, as the one man who can use it for his own purposes or sabotage it at will, is perfectly placed for revenge. When he falls in love with a woman pursued by the government, he is finally forced to act. An appealing romance and lots of action--everything from official power plays to the machinations of sinister Department 100--make this a satisfying book for those who enjoy intrigue and suspense. Recommended.-- Beth Ann Mills, New Rochelle P.L., N.Y.