Friday, July 26, 2013

Expiration Date

Tail to Contact by Leon Bruce

Disclaimer: I received this book from the author in exchange for a review. 

Summary: From the author of Tsukahara's Ghost comes a tale about Reikino Fifty-Nine, the newest assassin.

The fifty-ninth Reikino model to be concepted in MitsuiBiotech's clone manufacturing labs, Rei is an assassin of the highest order. Her abilities and intelligence are unmatched by her predecessors, however with an increase in skill comes an increase in conscience, an increase Mitsui will do anything they can to avoid.

When Rei is sent on a routine mission to catch a spy, her loyalty is tested - by the mission itself, and by the company who made her.

This short story is based on characters from the novel, Tsukahara's Ghost. While it contains back-story to the novel, it may also be enjoyed as a stand-alone read.

Review: An intriguing short story set in a science fiction world where clones and internet implants are normal.

Tail to Contact is a short story that takes place in the world of Leon Bruce’s novel Tsukahara's Ghost. It is a prequel of sorts, but Tsukahara's Ghost can be read without reading Tail to Contact. The idea of clones having expiration dates reminds me of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep and it’s not a bad comparison. I like the questions that are raised regarding obedience, the soul, and our lives truly our own? The story was action packed and I really liked how it connected to Tsukahara’s Ghost.


Recommendation: I would recommend this book to those that enjoy science fiction short stories. 

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