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Sunlight City is a futuristic shrine to decadent splendor, where anything is possible, from drugs and alcohol, to prostitution and gambling, and inhabitants can pursue their pleasures, without fear of retribution. A sensual paradise, and possibly hell on earth. However, as with everything else in Sunlight City, the giant corporations control life. The police force exists to protect the big money bosses. When Mona Macheski runs away from ruthless billionaire businessman Josef Hirigawa, owner of Bifrost Technologies, she unleashes a fury second to none. If Victor, Josef’s assassin doesn’t get her, Omega (the backup) will.

Victor, a gifted assassin with no memory of his past, is someone special. He’s been reported dead more than a few times, so how come he has popped up over the last thirty years, seemingly ageless. Killing Mona is the most controversial assignment of his career. The problem is … fragmented memories are starting to return and disturb his thinking. Mona developed a program for Josef’s murder squad, an elite group of super-assassins, with adjustments to their DNA that border on the controversial. When she refuses to cooperate with Josef any longer, she leaves, taking with her the vital information Josef needs to continue his genetics program. Her only hope lies in David, a detective with problems and secrets of his own. He must defend Mona, and perhaps save her from someone who is vitally important to him.

This is a very interesting novel and author Tony Ross raises some controversial questions about the meaning of life, the immortality of the soul, the dangers of tampering with genetic experimentation, and ultimately belief in God. He also includes a thought-provoking Q&A at the end of the book for interested readers. While I found the Christian elements slightly at odds with the level of violence and decadence portrayed, the plot is really gripping. The main characters wrestle with revelations about themselves and the meaning of existence; and come to decisions that reveal their ultimate understanding.

There are hints of “Blade Runner” here, but this is a unique story with fascinating twists and turns in the tale. The pace is slow at first, but then speeds up to create a first-rate, runaway thriller. It’s sci-fi with a difference, and will certainly satisfy readers looking for a stimulating read with a surprise ending. ( )
  FionaRobynIngram | Aug 18, 2012 |
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