KALEIDOCIDE by Dave Swavely


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In this sequel to Silhouette (2012), Michael Ares, the boss of Bay Area Security Service, the private corporation that runs the independent, post-disaster San Francisco Bay area, faces a prolonged series of assassination attempts.

Ares has no idea why powerful Chinese general Zhang Sun is gunning for him, and he makes little attempt to find out. Sun, however, has perfected a series of lethal strikes based on mysticism and color symbology that has never failed to achieve its aim. Ares, though protected by the resources of BASS and renegade Chinese cyborg Min, is neither surprised nor suspicious when Terrey Thorn, an old pal from Ares’ British army days, shows up to warn him and offer his services, Terrey now being the owner of an efficient high-tech security service. Terrey immediately demonstrates his worth by detecting and destroying Sun’s first assault. Ares, however, decides that the best way to protect his pregnant wife, Lynn, is to disappear, leaving behind a double to fool Sun. (The double’s plucked from a kind of cyberspace suicide club and figures he has nothing to lose.) It’s hard to see how this would work, though; Ares seems unacquainted with the term collateral damage. The assassination attempts, each with their associated color, continue. Ares wiles away his time attempting to arrange for his double to break up with his (Ares’) erstwhile mistress and mulling over the army op in which he met Terrey; meanwhile, he’s secretly holed up in said mistress’s house with yet another woman...so it goes, complete with annoying religious mutterings in the background, until the unsurprising conclusion.

A less than riveting sequel.

Pub Date: Dec. 10th, 2013
ISBN: 978-1-250-00150-4
Page count: 400pp
Publisher: Dunne/St. Martin's
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15th, 2013


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