The Execution Channel : Novel Paperback
by Ken MacLeod
Fighting has spread across the Middle East and Central Asia to the borders of China.
In the US, refugees from climate-change disaster subsist in FEMA camps.
Images of official executions circulate on the Internet like al Qaeda videos.
State agencies sponsor conspiracy theories as cover-ups.
As the troops of the last superpower stand astride the last of the oil, China and Russia aren't the only states considering their options: certain nations of Old Europe are quietly preparing for the worst.James Travis is a middle-aged middle manager in a software company.
He has a son in the army, a daughter in a peace-protest camp outside a USAF base, and a compromising relationship with a foreign intelligence service.
When his cover is blown hours before a nuclear explosion destroys the base, Travis, his son, and his daughter are all in serious trouble. And as the spooks and disinformation specialists focus their efforts on his capture, Travis knows that all it will take is one mistake and his only memorial will be another grainy video on . . . The Execution Channel
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 416 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
- Publication Date: 06/03/2008
- Category: Science fiction
- ISBN: 9781841493497
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Review by m.a.harding
Certainly a page turner, One of those books that makes you loose sleep becase you can't put it down. But I did have trouble with the ending. ***SPOILER*** To base the ending on Einstein being wrong is well enough, but that it is such a major thing is really needs a lot of build up. Otherwise it is too much of a 'deus ex machina'.
Review by SonicQuack
The Execution Channel never really delivers on its promises. The plot is convoluted, the characters not particularly likeable and the narrative style makes it hard work to read. The final third picks up some pace, which will help you get to the end, however it is not a satisfying read. The actual plot elements should have produced an action thriller, however MacLeod shows his preference for politics and misses the mark. There is some good hints at sci-fi in there, however they are not a solid enough reason to recommend this book.