AFTERMATH by LeVar Burton

AFTERMATH

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KIRKUS REVIEW

 Actor Burton (Roots, Star Trek: The Next Generation, etc.) debuts with a novel set in a chaotic 21st-century US, where the assassination of the first African-American president and a disastrous earthquake centered on the New Madrid fault have precipitated social and economic collapse and civil war. Dr. Rene Reynolds has invented the Neuro-Enhancer, a device that helps the body boost its immune system to banish all disease. But rival Dr. Randall Sinclair--he has ties to monstrous fascist militias who roam the countryside, abducting nonwhite citizens for use as involuntary organ donors--having decided that the Neuro-Enhancer must be suppressed kidnaps Rene and her prototype device. As a side effect of testing the machine on herself, however, Rene finds she has psychic powers and yells for help telepathically. Three people hear the summons and are drawn into a rescue attempt: derelict and former NASA scientist Leon Cane; orphan Amy Ladue (she thinks the voice in her head is her mother's); and Lakota shaman Jacob Fire Cloud, whose vision quest has shown him how White Buffalo Woman will prevent the terrible Great Shaking. Set forth in assured prose, with a well-developed plot permeated by an almost palpable sadness at the folly of race hatred. With this wise, above-average debut, Burton is poised to tackle bigger, more ambitious themes. (TV satellite tour)

Pub Date: Jan. 15th, 1997
ISBN: 0-446-51993-6
Page count: 288pp
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1st, 1996




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