|Submitted by Anonymous|
(Mar 27, 2000)
Dissapointingly, despite the title, this is not a sequel to the forever war.
However it is a fine book in its own right.
Imagine a war where troops cannot get hurt because they are merely machine
operators or Mechanics as Haldeman dubs them.
The machines in question are imensely strong remotely controlled fighting waldos,
bristling with weaponry and requiring some serious explosive power just to dent them.
Now imagine that because of the expense, only rich countries could afford to
deploy these weapons.
Haldeman takes this concept and depicts a world in which they hold true, sometime in the near future.
Being Haldeman, he takes the concept further. The machines are effectively mentally controlled through a jack
direct to the neural system.
Once 'jacked, the machine opperator is effectively mentally linked to everyone else in his platoon.
Telepathy in one sense, but more so because the feeling is that of *being* the other people as opposed
to simply communicating without words.
These concepts create a world of hypotheses to explore. The jacked vs the unjacked.
The religious theme. The shock to the system effect if the platoon is injured while jacked.
... and more.
Haldeman throws in an lots of action as well. A BIG secret that the US military machine wants to keep secret.
An ultimate weapon that could end everything, and a smaller secret which could save everything.
The action, the human side, the characters, the pain, the futility of it all.
It all comes across at least as powerfully as it did in the forever war, making this a worthy follow up... if not sequel.
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