|Submitted by Bill Stiteler|
(May 28, 2001)
Dig it: In the future, everyone has an implanted, interactive computer, here called the LINK. Yeah, yeah, the same Cyberpunk crap you've read a million times before about the honorable ronin hacker taking on the Corporation. Only this time, it isn't. In Lyda Morehouse's new book, "The Archangel Protocol," the LINK quickly becomes the domain of religion, after the Net Angels appear, claiming to work the will of God and with the power to back it up. Now the US is on the verge of becoming an official theocracy, and everybody's a believer. Ex-cop Deidre MacMannus used to be a believer. Then she and her partner got framed for an assassination attempt on the Pope, and her LINK was severed, cutting her off from almost all forms of modern communication. Living as an outcast, excommunicated from both Church and State, MacMannus scavenges a living as a detective until a stranger comes to her office, offering her a chance to find out what's really been going on behind the digital curtain. All this could easily degenerate into the latest made-for-suburbs technothriller about the cool toys and MIBs, but Morehouse knows her story is about the human element, and the world those humans (and inhumans) inhabit. Great first book.