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Excelsior [Paperback]

Michael Paul
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October 2003
In Spring of 2035:

An entrepreneurial wizard goes to space station Excelsior to pitch to investors and visit the bio-engineered woman of his dreams.

In Washington, D.C. a rouge intelligence agent starts the clock on a plot to destroy China.

In Bangkok, Thailand, a notorious master of human cloning cuts a deal with a shadowy patron, then pulls an obsolete model from storage and modifies it for a suicide mission.

And when these men cross paths, all eyes will turn to Excelsior, where a deadly secret could seal the fate of millions.

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By Daniel Jolley TOP 50 REVIEWER
The incredibly high quality of some self-published novels is really amazing - and Excelsior, Michael Paul's thrilling debut novel - is certainly a case in point. This novel is - in a word - brilliant, filled with intrigue, excitement, romance, science, politics, heroism, and so much more. It has enough plot material to fill several books, but Paul has wonderfully crafted everything together in one tight package that keeps the reader completely mesmerized at all times. Just look at everything going on in this futuristic thriller set in the year 2035: a bio-terrorist threat specifically targeting the population of China, the proposed building of domed habitats to protect society from future cataclysms, the black market cloning of women for lives as sex slaves, a potential catastrophe onboard a magnificent, luxurious space station, the sabotage of deep space vehicles, the increasing likelihood of war between the United States and China, and all of the diplomatic maneuvering that goes on behind the scenes to avoid a global nuclear conflict. Don't worry that Michael Paul is overextending himself in constructing such a complex plot, as he exerts an almost magical control over everything taking place - and he brings it all together for a real page-turner of an ending.

The protagonist of the novel is Miles Cash, a super-wealthy industrialist who is determined to finance and build a major domed city in the desert, the first of hopefully many such refuges that can protect humanity from worsening climactic conditions and the vagaries of evil men. He holds a big meeting with potential investors in the fancy Reston Heaven hotel on the space station Excelsior, but the trip also has a personal agenda.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An original "near future" science fiction saga Dec 13 2003
Michael Paul's gripping novel Excelsior is set in the year 2035. A deadly secret lurks aboard the space station Excelsior, and entrepreneur Miles Cash becomes entangled in a multifaceted conspiracy involving cloned suicide agents, a rogue intelligence agency's plot to destroy China, China's desperate and dangerous reaction to this threat, and much more. Miles' love of Leena Doda (a singularly beautiful bio-engineered woman) drives him to desperately defy far greater forces in this exhilarating, deftly written, and original "near future" science fiction saga.
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Read this book and you may never look at a stunningly beautiful woman with the same eyes again. That's a good thing.
Ask Miles Cash, wealthy businessman, adventurist, and "owner" of Leena.
This is a fun science-fiction love story. It is, at the same time, a touching and thought-provoking exploration of political racism, bio-terrorism, and orbital space travel in the near future.
It is a wonderful novel. I thoroughly enjoyed the story and the characters. Excelsior did for me what I need a book to do. It involved me. I forgot I was reading. And I can't wait for the sequel. Way to go Mr. Paul
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