by Dave Duncan
Cover Artist: Doug Levitt
Review by Mel Jacob
EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9781894063470
Date: 15 October 2010 List Price $14.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK
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Product Description: Pock's World, long settled by humankind, is accused of being infected by humanoid aliens. It has been quarantined and may have to be sterilized. Five people are chosen to go there and examine the evidence: saintly but ruthless Father Andre; Ratty Turnsole, a muckraking reporter ripe for romance; ambitious politician Athena Fimble; manipulative bureaucrat Millie Backet; and shady billionaire Linn Lazuline. Some of them carry grudges - all have their own agendas.
Pock's World surprises them all. Nothing is what they expect. Quickly entangled in love, politics, religion, and deceit, they discover that the clock is already ticking and the fate of humanity itself is at stake.
(Source: EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy)