The Nemesis List by RJ Frith

Synopsis from dust jacket:

Humanity has expanded into the stars but at the price of its freedom. An autocratic and overbearing Government now rigidly controls every technical and scientific advancement. Deviation is punishable by death. Out on the edges of space, criminals thwart the law, making money out of illegal tech, their ships jumping from galaxy to galaxy to avoid detection. Ex-soldier Frank Pak doesn’t care about politics or breaking the law, he just wants to keep his ship running. When he’s offered a contract to escort a runaway back home to his loving family he doesn’t ask questions. But his cargo is more dangerous than he realizes. Jeven Jones is no ordinary passenger. A result of illegal human experimentation, he’s a fast-tracked evolutionary leap into future. Thanks to his ability for perfect recall and a series of mental skills that he has no control over, Jones is a wanted man. The Government wants him dead. A fledgling revolution want to use him to unlock every advancement the Government has ever denied them. If Jones lives he’ll start a war. If he dies the entire future of humanity dies with him.

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  1. That’s okay Sarah, I’ve no problem with you disliking the blurb or even the book for that matter.

    It all comes with the territory!

  2. Hi BigFatLion. (Really?!)

    Appreciate you dropping by and commenting. Thanks.

    To put it in perspective, other sci-fi I have recently picked up and put down unread includes novels by Iain M Banks, Alastair Reynolds and China Mieville…

    It is quite possible that my sci-fi comfort zone exists somewhere in the 1950s 🙂

  3. I think it suffered from being the first part of a trilogy…but then I wrote it.

    R J Frith.

  4. Hi Michele.

    I won’t presume to speak for anyone else, but I hope it wasn’t ‘just’ the sci-fi angle.

    An unenthusiastic reaction to blurb and an unfavourable impression received on flicking through the contents can yield a valid response which is independent of genre.

    I have read seven or eight sci-fi novels in the last twelvemonth, and do not class myself as a genre bigot!

  5. michelebbc

     /  September 8, 2011

    I didn’t think this was great, but it wasn’t all bad either and I was bit disappointed by how quick the majority of the group were to dismiss the book without reading it just because it is classed as science fiction.


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