by James P. Hogan
Cover Artist: Allan Pollack
Review by Mel Jacob
Baen Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9781416555346
Date: 01 April 2008 List Price $23.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
James Hogan mines familiar territory in his latest novel Moon Flower. Set in the future, the United States has fractured into several nations and undergone a period of turmoil. Mega corporations rule the world and seek to explore space and exploit its resources. They have developed massive armaments including the Marduk orbiting weapons platform. The novel opens with its use against a rebel group in a breakaway part of Indonesia and the slaughter of the fighters and supporters. From official release/information:
Product Description: Something strange is happening on the planet Cyrene, which is in the early phases of being "developed" by the mammoth Interworld Restructuring Corporation. Terrans from the base there have been disappearing. Myles Callen, a ruthlessly efficient "Facilitator," is sent to investigate. Also with the mission is Marc Shearer, a young, idealistic quantum physicist, disillusioned with the world, who's on his way to join a former colleague, Evan Wade. On arrival he finds that Wade too has vanished and doesn't want to be found by the Terran authorities. Wade has arranged contact via the Cyreneans, however, and accompanied by two companions that he has befriended, Shearer embarks on a journey to find his friend that will change Cyrene -- and Earth itself.