Tanner Stransky
June 20, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Execution Channel

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Ken MacLeod
publisher
Tor Books
genre
Fiction, Sci-fi and Fantasy

We gave it a C

In a not-too-distant future where terrorism and political wars are the norm, a skittish, news-obsessed citizenry endures a string of post-9/11, post-Iraq War crises: an Iran war, a flu epidemic, and constant bombings. After a U.S. military base in Scotland is nuked, the British government tails French spy James Travis and his daughter, Roisin, for possible involvement. Few of the characters are who they seem to be, from the Travises to the crooked government agents who publicly spin disinformation and conspiracy theories. Sadly, The Execution Channel‘s fragmented and complicated storylines, unmemorable characters, and Ph.D.-level geopolitical references make an otherwise worldly tale dizzying. C

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