GenreSci-Fi / Crime
Age Rating:R13
Submitted:Thursday, 6 September 2012
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(3 ratings)
Read by:411 different readers

Zane is a twenty-four year old who just wants to be himself. He doesn't believe in magic, and he's gotten a whole degree in neuroscience just to try to figure out how he can possibly alter his appearance the way that he does. Unfortunately, that degree has landed him in the sales department of Penthes Pharmaceuticals, and the more he learns about the company's dark secrets the more uncomfortable he becomes. Good thing he has always excelled at blending in. Then upper management discovers him and his life gets far more complicated.

A sales boondoggle in the South Pacific introduces him to the joys of sailing and fire dancing, and lets him learn that he isn't alone. Others with problems far worse than his are fleeing those who would control their lives, and Zane would like to help and to adopt their freedom-loving philosophy of y1. But first he has to deal with a murder charge, an unsavory boot camp manager, and serious repercussions from the fact that not everyone at Penthes likes him, or wants him to knows the mysteries that the company has worked so hard to keep hidden. In fact, it may take all the talents he has just to keep himself from going from a murder suspect to a murder victim.


List of chapters

Ch. 1 February 1993
Ch. 2 December 1999
Ch. 3 June 2009
Ch. 4 July 2009
Ch. 5 August 2009
Ch. 6 September 2009
Ch. 7 October 2009


surfingpanda7 Thursday, 27 December 2012
I like this one so far a lot better. I had high expectations and you didn't let me down. Great pace and characters. Come check out my book the Jewels of Neora
Bob Craton Wednesday, 26 September 2012
I actually have read the entire book, having purchased it on Amazon where I left this same review.

Having read Ms. Croninís previous novel x0, I had high expectations for this book and I was not disappointed. This is a marvelously complex tale combining a credible murder mystery with South Seas romance and corporate intrigue. Filled with a cast of real and likeable characters, plus a few bad ones too, it tackles major social and ethical issues without being preachy and itís all wrapped up in a highly entertaining story that grabs your attention and keeps it. Plus, I love books with multiple intertwined story lines which all merge together before the end.

Ms. Cronin clearly does a great deal of research to ensure that the realism part of her magical realism is in fact accurate, and the fantasy elements are very well done. I donít want to give spoilers so just take my word for it Ė this book is excellent. No wait; donít take my word for it. Read it yourself.
P. Clifford Mills Thursday, 13 September 2012
Very well done! A wonderfully fluent read that never feels laboured.

However Chapter One has a shifting point-of-view that is disconcerting. It switches from Zane to parents to eye-of-God. I'd love to see it all through Zane's eyes/ears.

The Peter Hulson IPO section is unrelated to the Zane story at this stage and should have its own chapter.

I look forward to reading the other chapters.

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