MANHATTAN TRANSFER by John E. Stith

MANHATTAN TRANSFER

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KIRKUS REVIEW

 Unlikely sounding near-future jaunt in which Manhattan--the whole shebang!--is kidnapped by a flying saucer: Stith's hardcover debut. Manhattan island, cut free by powerful lasers, enclosed in an impenetrable crystal shell, and snatched up into the sky, soon reposes--along with dozens more alien cities--inside a vast alien spaceship. Since the abductors are supplying food, water, and power, New York mayor Dorine Underwood soon has the stunned city up and running; colonel Matt Sheehan, his sidekick Rudy Sanchez, linguist Abby Tersa, and computer-whiz Bobby Joe Brewster team up to try and find some answers. Tunnelling out of Manhattan, the four learn from another captive alien city that the Earth will shortly be destroyed. Matt decides that sabotage will slow down their captors--but then the spiderlike Archies, who are running the show, put in an appearance. The Archies claim that they swiped Manhattan only to save it from the real villain, a robot ship that will arrive at any moment to blast the Earth. So Matt & Co. must find a way to help the unarmed Archie ship to defeat the bad-guy robot. Despite the improbable premise, dimwitted aliens, and characters-by-numbers: enjoyable nonsense, with just enough narrative momentum and plot nudges to keep readers guessing and turning the pages.

Pub Date: July 1st, 1993
ISBN: 0-312-85285-7
Page count: 384pp
Publisher: Tor
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15th, 1993




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