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Punisher is on the run from Billingate Space Station, as well as other predators that follow: UMCP Enforcement Division director Min Donner aboard a crippled Punisher, Nick's archenemy (and slave to the aliens) Sorus Chatelaine aboard Soar, and the mysterious hired gun, Free Lunch. Corrupt cyborg Angus Thermopyle and ruthless Nick Succorso battle for control of the ship and the situation. Their trail leads to Valdor Industrial, where geneticist/engineer Vector Shaheed seeks to redeem himself by manufacturing an antidote to the mutagen used by the alien Amnioni to mutate human beings against their will. Brutalized yet resilient Morn Hyland, her clone/son Davies, tough officer Mikki, Pup, Sib, and the rest continue their suffering and sacrificing.
Meanwhile, back in Earth space, police and politicians battle for power as UMCP director Dios continues his grim revolution against the Dragon. Assassin kazes, political fears, and provocative bills threaten to paralyze the Governing Council for Earth and Space.
Ships battling in space? Laboratory space stations developing antimutagen antidotes against the aliens who seek to conquer humankind by mutation? Outrage, brutality, betrayal, and secrets? Donaldson lays it all out with sharp dialogue, tense scenes, and zippy action. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
This fourth installment of Donaldson's Gap series may at first confuse even those who have read the previous volumes, since there's no summary of what has gone before and the plot is extremely convoluted. Once it gets going, though, the action moves forward like a juggernaut. Pursued by a police battle cruiser, by a bounty hunter and by a ship commanded by human agents of the dreaded Amnion, an alien race, Angus Thermopyle heads his ship, Trumpet , for an illegal lab hidden in a chaotic asteroid belt. There, Thermopyle, once a fearsome pirate, now a cyborg partially controlled by police programming, plans to have the secret "antimutagen," which protects humans against the forced mutation practiced by the Amnion, replicated for mass distribution. Aboard Trumpet are the survivors from the pirate ship Captain's Fancy , including Morn Hyland (the series' long-suffering heroine) and her erstwhile tormentor, Nick Succorso. The larger conflict between Warden Dios, head of the United Mining Companies police, and Holt Fasner, CEO of the powerful megacorporation, moves closer to its climax; but the real excitement comes with the extended chase and battle in the asteroid swarm. Series readers will be glad to see that this installment, which at last begins to resolve the overall plot, offers plenty of thrills and an exciting finish that will leave them eager for the fifth and final volume.
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One of the reasons that I liked the gap series and other novels by Donaldson are that his main characters aren't always good. Read morePublished on Feb. 27 2004 by A. Yaeger
This book pales in comparison to the first two books of the series, and is about as bad as the third. Read morePublished on Dec 19 2001 by Chaon
I haven't read this particular book, but if it is anything like the other books he has written then I will be sure to like it. Read morePublished on July 21 2001
Donaldson can tell a story, but this series was weak. Character development is excellent; but theme clarity is muddy; and there is no climax - in fact - there is no ending, just... Read morePublished on May 3 2001 by S. Hammill
Unplug your phone, lock your doors and practice holding your breath. Like the previous volumes in the Gap series, this one is impossible to put down, once you start. Read morePublished on Jan. 24 2001 by E. Jensen
This book is not so much about the world that the characters are living in, but the characters themselves. Read morePublished on Aug. 2 2000 by Dylan Bruzenak
I think this book is the most compelling and powerful in the entire Gap Cycle. All the main characters come into their own power fully in this book. Read morePublished on Dec 23 1999
Donaldson continues to write the most engaging, thought provoking, mind-blowing science fiction around. This series is not for the lazy. Read morePublished on Nov. 2 1999 by John A
It is seldom that one sees Sci-Fi with as much attention to detail as the Gap cycle. More to the point, it is not often that one sees Sci-Fi, with the possible exception of... Read morePublished on Oct. 20 1998