Wednesday, September 18, 2013

From a Changeling Star (Starstream #1), by Jeffrey A. Carver (author), MacLeod Andrews (narrator), September 2012 (Original publication 1988)

Willard Ruskin has survived being killed twice, nearly killing his girlfriend before he recognizes her, and having his memory seriously compromised by the nanobots warring for control of his mind.

And that's just for starters.

Ruskin is an astronomer, part of a project studying the star Betelgeuse, which is about to become a supernova. But that project, Starmuse, is a cover for the real project, Breakstar--a project with a far darker purpose. But with much of his memory missing, Ruskin doesn't know who he is, or was, working for, or who, if anyone, he can trust.

Ruskin's struggle to recover his memory and identity is well developed and nicely claustrophobic, while the external contest with his unknown enemies makes a fast-paced, exciting story.

And then there's another important character, besides Ruskin and his friends and enemies--Betelgeuse, or, as she calls herself, Bright. This is another interesting challenge of characterization, and Carver pulls it off.

Altogether, this is a fun and satisfying read, and well worth the time.

I borrowed this book from a friend.

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