The Execution Channel
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I first read this in October 2008 and most recently on the 20th February 2010
It all started with a photo of a plane landing at a military base.
Well no it really all started with Al Gore winning the presidency.
Either way, life is suddenly rough and tough for the Travis family,
James Travis, his daughter Roissin and son Alex. They are wanted by
the UK government. That's not a good position to be in as the governments
of this alternate reality are just as damaged, corrupt and paranoid as
those of ours.
The Execution Channel continues to broadcast the scenes of executions
from around the world, the deaths of both the guilty and the innocent
condemned to death by their governments. Although those governments'
security systems are pervasive and powerful, they are still unable to
stop the Execution Channel broadcasting
CIA agent Jeff Paulson and Maxine Smith of MI5 struggle in their world
of disinformation, deceit and deniability to implement the presumed
wishes of their respective governments
Mark Dark catalogues in his blog the decaying world situation, and the
conspiracies underlying it. He does his best to report honestly but he
cannot completely overcome his own prejudices. And of course it is
rather difficul to distinguish truth from lies in the data he scans
And Bob Cartright and the rest of the staff at Information Management
Services have a lot to answer for
This is a brilliant and searing condemnation of corrupt politics and
right-wing extremism and corrupt morality. It's quite different in
style to Ken's more mainstream SF novels - and that had me slightly
worried for a while - but it is very good indeed.
What's it got? Conspiracies, betrayal and murder, sexy spies, mayhem
and weapons of mass destruction. Also some nice views of Edinburgh
which is clearly a city of some style.
Loaded on the 22nd April 2012.