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Perfect Dark: Initial Vector by Greg Rucka
Review by Steve Sawicki
Tor Books Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 0765315718
Date: 01 October, 2005 List Price $12.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /

On the down side the book is really no more than an outline through which established characters move. I'm not sure what's actually epic about it. While the entire premise of the book is that corporations rule everything, there's no real evidence of this. Nothing really seems that different from modern day (or the very near future) except for those places the characters interact with. Take out the sparse SF elements and this is nothing more than a cheap, hack written thriller in disguise.

Joanna Dark is the lead protagonist and she's an ex-bounty hunter who's been, ironically, hunted down and, more or less, forced to join the efforts of one Daniel Carrington to exact revenge on dataDyne, one of the aforementioned corporations. Since her interests and Carrington's seem to run at least parallel, she takes on the tasks he gives her, which include breaking and entering, lot's of shooting and basically impossible feats of bullet avoidance. Eventually she has to face the idea that Carrington is not all that much better than the folks at dataDyne and that she lives in a first person shooter with no way out.

As I said in the beginning the book was an easy read that didn't hurt too much to get through. This is fine for reading on the bus, thoguh I wouldn't want to get caught with it on the subway, where people are acutally literate. If I wanted to be given only sparse information then I would have just played the video game. At least I would have been given plenty of opportunities to shoot things and blow things up whereas reading the book only allowed me the occasional groan as I worked through the places where information was given rather than shown and characters mechanically went through their pre-determined paces.

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