Evan Quinn is an orchestra conductor who only wants to make music. Unfortunately, his mentor was an opponent of the repressive government that governs the U.S., as was his father, a famous writer. While in Austria on a government-approved tour, Evan defects. The police detective assigned to his case is suspicious of his motives, made all the more so because of the interest shown in him by an American intelligence agent assigned to the embassy in Vienna. What none of them know, though, is that Evan is concealing a deadly secret—one that could endanger not just his life, but the lives of everyone around him. The biggest danger Evan faces, though, is not external, but inside his own mind.
Perceval’s Secret by C.C. Yager is a chilling story of the world’s near future, with an emphasis not on the amazing technology, but on the personal relationships people have with technology, politics, and each other. Tautly written, this story takes us inside the mind of a man tormented by demons of the past and fears for the future. The author goes into almost too much detail about music in places, but in the end, it’s Evan’s relationship with music that defines the story, giving the reader a sort of musical Manchurian Candidate.
I give this book four stars.