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Wheels Within Wheels by F. Paul Wilson
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Wheels Within Wheels (1978)

by F. Paul Wilson

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A novel of the LaNague Federation - Book 2. Winner of the first Prometheus Award! A monstrous conspiracy is brewing against the LaNague Federation and the freedoms its guarantees to its member planets -- at least that's what Old Pete says. He's come to the offices of Interstellar Business Advisors, a firm he co-founded more than half a century before, to enlist the aid of its current CEO, Josephine Finch. Dubious at first, Jo humors the old man by promising to look into the matter. She does not have to look far before she is convinced that something is afoot, something that will not bear the light of day, something involving a revolutionary means of interstellar travel. And when one of the trails leads to the planet Jebinose, site of her father's bizarre death, Jo finds herself personally involved. She is soon pitted against one of the shrewdest, most devious minds in Federation politics, and against a wild-card psi who might well destroy them both. But what Josephine Finch begins, she finishes. Wheels Within Wheels follows her on a course that involves five planets and three alien races. Before she is through she will bring the galaxy's largest corporation to its knees, avenge her father's death, abort a cynical political plot, and start an interstellar war. Don't mess with Josephine Finch. (Bonus LaNague short stories: "The Man with the Anteater" and "Higher Centers" - plus a foreword by the author) "You're whirled off into an interstellar conspiracy plotted by a Watergatish bunch of baddies, with industrial espionage, psi-murder, and extortion as sidelights. Finally the wheels all mesh. If you've caught the cleverly planted clues, you close the book with all the satisfaction of a good Agatha Christie. Viva l "A fast-paced, well-written story that holds reader interest from the first chapter. Since WHEELS WITHIN WHEELS is blurbed as 'A Novel of the LaNague Federation,' I imagine Wilson is going to make a regular series out of this. If he can keep up the quality he reached in the first two novels, it will be quite an impressive series." Future Retrospective "Mr. Wilson is that rare find among modern SF novelists, a writer in the classic style of Asimov, Tubb, Heinlein, Pohl and Kornbluth -- especially the last two, whose 'Space Merchants' this book most closely resembles. Easy to follow, hard to put down." Manchester Evening News (UK)… (more)
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My favorite FPW scifi other than Dydeetown, and of course the Repairman Jack series.

Wheels within Wheels, Healer, An Enemy of the State, and Lanague Chronicles are all from the same world, but IIRC, they can be read in any order. ( )
  shreelar | Jan 3, 2014 |
I don't think you have to be a libertarian to like this book, but it helps. F. Paul Wilson is best known for his horror fiction, particularly his bestselling vampires-among-the-Nazis, The Keep. I rather enjoyed that pot-boiler, but I like his LaNague novels much more--but then I am a libertarian. This first of the LaNague books, An Enemy of the State, deals with a favorite theme of science fiction--a interstellar empire. Enter Peter LaNague and down with the empire, up with the Federation. It's very much space opera of the Star Trek/John W. Campbell kind. There are faster-than-life ships using warp drives and crystals and aliens and even time-travel tech, but above all the first book was economic fiction as much or more as science fiction, weaving in economic theory on monetary policy into the yarn. There's some of that in this second book, which takes place in the middle of Healer, the first published novel set after the events of the first book. I like Wheels Within Wheels a bit more than the first book, which I'd finished just before. I just plain like Jo Finch and Old Pete more. And this feels more like classic space opera rather than libertarian screed. Plenty of action and intrigue. ( )
  LisaMaria_C | Apr 27, 2013 |
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The Man With the Anteater
Higher Centers
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