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Review of ‘Project Mimic’

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The year is 2077, and in the post-nuclear holocaust world, only two forces are left – the United Protection Force (UPF), or what remains of the old U.S.A., and the New Nations Alliance (NNA), comprised of the Asian countries who survived the war. Europe and the Middle East have descended into barbarism.

Old hatreds, greed, and the lust for power, however, are still alive and well as the UPF and NNA struggle for dominance over what’s left of the world. Now, though, the winning edge will depend not on nuclear weapons but mastery of science and technology. UPF has placed its fate in the hands of disgraced scientist Timothy McDowell and his Project Mimic, a technique for reanimating the dead augmented with advanced technology.

An NNA attack on the Project Mimic facility, however, puts a crimp in the UPF plans, and now both sides must contend with a unit of the reanimated soldiers, led by former UPF soldier Rick Kemp.

John Black’s Project Mimic is science fiction at its near best. Fully fleshed out (though previously dead) characters, zippy dialogue, and credibly described technology and sociology make this a fascinating tale of the dangers of the unbridled pursuit of power.

My only complaint is that the free review copy I read was in a sans serif type, which is not as easy on the eyes as traditional type, and since I couldn’t put the darn thing down, I was pretty bleary-eyed by the time I finished reading. Icky typeface or not, though, I’d do it again.