Tuesday 20 September 2016

Book Review: The Traveler's Companion by Christopher John Chater

About the Book

After the death of his wife, Dr. Ryan Iverson turned love into a weapon. His creation, Angela, is an android that fools her targets into falling helplessly in love with her. As Deputy Director of Science and Technology at the CIA, his mission is to use Angela to seduce and destroy internationally wanted playboy and illicit travel book writer C.C. Go. His series of books,The Traveler's Companion, is an infamous guide for wealthy hedonists to indulge their every whim. The newest edition, however, only has one destination: the Zone, a place where mind creates matter, where the sick can be healed with a thought, and where a man's fantasies are made manifest. Dr. Iverson may be the only one who understands the potential dangers in a place C.C. Go calls the womb of creation: Reality doesn't stand a chance. 

"Solaris" meets "The Thomas Crown Affair."

My Review (4 / 5 Stars)

Pretty early on in this book, one of the characters postulates that God exists, and announces that he's going to prove it using M Theory.

There are some complicated topics around quantum physics discussed in this book, but I didn't once feel out of my depth - even though quantum physics is a subject that normally confuses the stuffing out of me! I think that's because the author researched his topic extremely well (or he's a physicist himself), and he's extremely good at explaining things in layman's terms.

I won't tell you whether this character succeeded or not, but the basic premise of this book is that a rift has been found between reality and another dimension called The Zone. 

At the same time, the protagonist, a CIA scientist by the name of Dr Iverson is working on an android woman, an artificial intelligence which he hopes to use to capture some of the CIA's most wanted criminals... by making them fall in love with her and divulge all their secrets.

It may sound a bit silly, but I actually found it quite plausible, and the situations quite believable. Other than the odd typo or grammatical faux pas, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The characters have depth, the settings are well defined, and the plots and subplots are just intricate enough to keep you thinking, but not so much as to bog you down and confuse you.

If you're into science fiction and thrillers (i.e. technothrillers), you won't be disappointed in this book.

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