2107 AD: A generation ago, Earth and the cislunar colonies banned genetic and cybernetic modifications. But out in the Asteroid Belt, anything goes. Dozens of flourishing space habitats are spawning exotic new societies and strange new varieties of humans. Its a volatile situation that threatens the peace and stability of the entire solar system. Emerald Blair is a Troubleshooter. Inspired by the classic superhero comics of the twentieth century, shes joined with other mods to try to police the unruly Asteroid Belt. But her loyalties are tested when she finds herself torn between rival factions of superhumans with very different agendas. Emerald wants to put her special abilities to good use, but what do you do when you cant tell the heroes from the villains? Only Superhuman is a rollicking hard-sf adventure set in a complex and fascinating future.At the publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management software (DRM) applied.
A healthy respect for superhero tropes is the strength and weakness of Bennett's first non-tie-in novel. In the 22nd century, genetic engineering and bionic enhancements have created a new group of super-humans, and the elite among them fight for justice as the Troubleshooters, taking their inspiration from the classic comics of 200 years before. When Troubleshooter Arkady Nazarbayev is killed in action, his sidekick, the Green Blaze, is promoted to the team. Young, impulsive, and sexually promiscuous, Blaze is hardly the ideal teammate, but her family roots in the asteroid belt make her the obvious choice for a mission to undermine an alliance of transhumanist habitats. Unsurprisingly, she falls for a habitat's leader and becomes uncertain about who is really fighting for justice. Bennett's mastery of solid fight scenes serves him well, but the painful expository dialogue is a much less charming superhero convention. Other unfortunate choices, from Blaze's portrayed-as-cute history of harassing "terrified" teen boys to utterly predictable betrayals and twists, undercut the remaining charm. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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October 16, 2012
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