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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing; 1 edition (April 30 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1894063163
  • ISBN-13: 978-1894063166
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.7 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,083,534 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Adult/High School–This novel blends high-concept sci-fi storytelling with flashy visual descriptions and action-packed sequences. In 2110, Xerkler, the inventor of a complex machine that grants access to all human knowledge, finds himself pulled into the service of a government council to prove the existence of the Imagofas, a race of advanced humans developed through illegal genetic experimentation. But Xerkler already knows of their existence, and he sees them as the next step in the evolution of humankind. What follows is a politically charged thriller that careens across Earth, Mars, and the nebulous world of cyberspace. Rowe's inclusion of Eastern philosophy, mostly through the enlightenment-seeking character named MAMintelligence, works as a thoughtful and interesting thread, but it may not be sufficiently explained for readers not familiar with the very casual references. The beginning of the novel is slow as Rowe explains the background of the large cast of characters, but the material is well worth digging through. Once readers get beyond the book's first third–a challenge that dedicated sci-fi fans will take on–the novel transforms into a fun and illuminating read.–Matthew L. Moffett, Ford's Theatre Society, Washington, DC
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In a future in which the MAM (molecular advantage machine) makes possible the virtuality of Novus Orbis and the sum of human experience can be found if one knows how to look, genetic engineering is illegal. Some believe it will be necessary, however, among them Creid Xerkler, one of the MAM's creators. A group of Xerkler's peers have created, in a secret project on Mars, the Imagofas, a blend of human and machine capable of immersing in virtuality without intermediary tools. Government agents determined to destroy a "dangerous aberration" kidnap two Imagofas. The Council and the Order, major powers in this future world, fight over the Imagofas' fate, forgetting entirely the humanity of their quarry. There are those on the Imagofas' side, however, including Xerkler, a gamer called the Cadet, and another of Creid's creations, Prometheus, the spirit in the MAM. Rowe's promising debut subjects some pretty standard issues of the junctures between human and machine to a thriller's pacing and, with only a few bumps along the way, sees them entertainingly through. Regina Schroeder
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RKR paints a vivid picture of life in 2010. Her dramatization of fear and ignorance is reminiscent of social commentary on par with Gibson or P. K. Dick. However, RKR makes her point with out being preachy and wraps it gloriously in the vein of a fun Cyber Punk gone nanotech wet ware novel. Her use of characters and situations form the thread of an interesting ethical and moral dilemma applicable to today's society. For a first novel this is an exceptional book on many different levels.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9e34309c) out of 5 stars 2 reviews
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HASH(0x9e41c0e4) out of 5 stars Great Pace Aug. 13 2006
By J. Bell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Hard to believe this is a first novel. Rowe's pacing in "Forbidden Cargo" pushes the reader through the story without dropping a beat. It is a 'whodunit' mystery, a crime story, a comment on social structure and 'government machinations' at every level, yet it is by no means a pondersome read. The story is well told and enveloping.

I have always been fond of stories with strong female characters. The mix of strength of character and naivete in Rowe's two primary characters is refreshing. The author seamlessly integrates artificial intelligence with humanity, and blurs the line between the two.

This book is plausible and believable, but more importantly, the story is *told well*. Kudos to the author for a smashing debut.
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HASH(0x9e3451ec) out of 5 stars Should be made into a movie! Aug. 3 2006
By mtmanner - Published on Amazon.com
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FORBIDDEN CARGO has it all. Stretching us around the corner of our neurons for a glimpse into the future. Action. Intrigue. Philosophical examination of what it means to be human. Exploration of ethical issues. Good hard fun! A clean read. When it comes out on the big screen -- and it should! -- you'll want to have read it and be able to say that you knew it would be a major motion picture hit. ~ Craig Yager, Former IB Coordinator, Whittier International School


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