Not being much of a "sci-fi" buff, when I first brought Excelsior home- I let it rest on my desk a few days, only taking a glance at the intriguing cover now and then until I wondered what drew me to it. As soon as I read the first few pages I had my answer as the realistic possibilities of this futuristic story hit me. Even more intriguing was the style with which Michael Paul writes, allowing our minds to clearly conjure up compelling images of the proposed giant, enclosed, bubble-like habitat on Earth, the paparazzi frenzy and the intrigue of underhandedness about to unfold right from the beginning. The potential for the mass cloning, the profit to be made, the devious plan to wipe out an entire segment of human beings, the unusual love story, the perfect presentation on a political level and the incredible, luxurious hotel on a space station, dangling out there in the dark void, lit only by stars, had me captivated. The creation of the gorgeous, more than perfect, sexual cloned females is countered by the amazing intelligence and physical strength and agility that Paul endows these women with; an ability on his part to please both male and female readers. Paul's skill in writing allowed us to become involved not only emotionally, but impressed by the energy emitted in the story telling itself.
This is not a novel to just be categorized into a specific genre, but rather shared with others, talked about for great conversations and speculation about the reality of such possibilities that are created within these pages. I'm sure we'll see this on the screen some day. I can hardly wait to see what Michael Paul brings us next!