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Excelsior Paperback – Jul 2003


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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Chancellor Pub (July 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0963010484
  • ISBN-13: 978-0963010483
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 15 x 2.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 644 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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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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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!
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By Linda Woods on Oct. 19 2003
This is a compelling tale that intertwines a futuristic love story between wealthy Miles Cash and a beautiful, intelligent clone named Leena with a fast paced Clancy style thriller. There's intrigue involving a potential pathogen that could wipe out China, a plot that involves a space station being the target of terrorism and many fascinating characters along the way.
I really enjoyed how the very detailed scientific stuff about bio-terrorism and space station technology flowed easily around more "human" stuff like the relationship issues between an odd threesome of reporters on the cloning story and the Miles' depth and passion as a human being.
Most interesting to me, though only a minor plot point, was Leena's participation in a "Goddess" oriented spiritual group of clones that was sweet and inspirational. This won't bog down male readers who may prefer the speedy pace of the narrative, but it will likely resonate with female readers because it's unexpected and gives the female lead another interesting dimension.
The afterward hints at a second novel which I greatly anticipate. This is a great read! Highly recommended.
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