|Posted on Friday, September 16, 2005 - 08:50 am: |
Nick Gevers reviewed the book in the June Locus.
Here's Rick Kleffel's take: http://trashotron.com/agony/reviews/2005/irvine-the_life_of_riley.htm
|Posted on Friday, September 16, 2005 - 09:10 am: |
By 2034, ecological breakdown has raised water levels and temperatures and even induced earthquakes. Moreover, aliens, whom Americans call Bettys, have arrived. They are even-tempered, rational, and pacific, though capable of meeting force with force. They are popular and imitated, but some distrust them, fearing that they have a hidden agenda. They do. They are humanity's superior relations, come to put their "cousins" back on track. Although that project remains largely secret, Christian survivalists have their suspicions and now present a threat. So presidential guard Bib Riley goes missing, allegedly fleeing a murder rap. His wife is kidnapped trying to find him; the principal adviser to the Betty guiding the project needs to contact him; the last man in Davenport, Iowa, is speed-biking east to meet him; and a homeless guy encounters him in a Manhattan-to-D.C. tunnel. Irvine's ingenious, action-packed thriller so cunningly recounts those four characters' convergence that the ending precedes the last page without impairing the suspense a bit.
John Joseph Adams
|Posted on Friday, September 16, 2005 - 11:42 am: |
When the hell is that thing coming out? I pre-ordered it ages ago.
|Posted on Monday, September 19, 2005 - 01:10 pm: |
Latest word I have is it'll be out in mid-October. Here's Paul DiFilippo in SF Weekly: