Fiction Reviews


Interface

(1997) Stephen Bury, Michael Joseph, 11.99, pbk, 583pp. ISBN 0 7181 4162 8

Take one upwardly mobile politician. See his and his supporters' hopes dash when he has a stroke. Get the technology to rebuild him, but bigger and better than before. What do you have..? A healed man, and a man wired in to the very pulse of the nation: the ultimate politician. Stephen Bury (who is in fact two people) has produced a powerful novel of intrigue in the near future, richly spiced with passages of the darkest of dry, black comedy. Indeed, it is frightening when one looks up from the pages to see what is really going on in the real World. Thank God the centre of the action is set firmly in the rebel colonies; yet after this year's UK election circus this book seems too close to home for comfort.

Though this book is slow to get going, such is the complex set of scenes being introduced, it draws you on. You want to see the political scum get slaughtered. You want to find out if the bionics will really continue to perform jumping each research hurdle. And above all, will the ultimate goal of a silicon enhanced President in the White House be achieved? Find out in Interface. Rated 'a damn good read' by our market analysis psycho-profile of a representative sample of readers. Would we lie to you?

Jonathan Cowie


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