The third tie-in novel to the Earth: Final Conflict TV series is a straightforward futuristic thriller, set in the days before and during the arrival on Earth of the alien Taelons. Maj. Will Boone, an Army Special Operation agent, is offered a job with the Denver Police Department. Happily, his wife, a computer wizard, is willing to leave her top-secret position to go with him. In Denver, Boone finds himself on the trail of both illegal hackers and murders suspected of being Taelon work. But nothing is as it seems, of course; there are wheels within wheels and conspiracies within conspiracies. And it turns out that the real danger lies not with the Taelons, but with a pseudoresistance organization, apparently trying to provoke an apocalyptic rebellion against the Taelons in order to rule the ruined Earth afterward. Boone, his enterprising wife and a hacker named Augur barely escape with their lives as they break up this conspiracy on behalf of the real resistance, with government backing. Boone is eventually appointed bodyguard to the Taelon Companion for North America, which clearly promises further volumes. And that's good news: the Boones make an attractive team. Longtime collaborators Doyle and Macdonald (The Stars Asunder, etc) have once more proved their versatility and skill, and fans of the series will enjoy this well-paced and technologically sound entry. (Aug.)
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In the latest tie-in to TV's popular Earth: Final Conflict, army special forces major Will Boone encounters the Companions while contacting a missing special forces team during the Sino-Indian War. Returning to the U.S., he is quickly separated from the army to become a Denver police officer, and Kate, an accomplished computer expert, leaves her secret post to join him. It is just as well that they are together, for Boone's job is actually that of a double agent. He is to force into the open a resistance organization bent on creating hostility to the Companions, so a conspiratorial clique in the government can move to suppress them. The clique then means to manipulate the Companions to establish its members as the dictatorial rulers of North America. With its second half nonstop action, this is a sound technothriller that rises above being just that, thanks to skillful characterization. Roland Green
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Augur, a sexy character already, has a very sexy conflict with Kate, Boone's wife, while Boone is chasing down bad guys. Read morePublished on July 29 2002
The writing doesn't have a pulse. The series seems to have fallen victim to drone writing assignments.Published on May 28 2002