After being ambushed and betrayed in the aftermath of his latest assignment, G undertakes an extremely dangerous mission, to assume the identity of his betrayer and infiltrate his organization’s main competitor. While undercover, his focus is compromised by his memories apparently resurfacing and the man who may be his father having been kidnapped.
This first book in the Agent G series is set in a world not terribly dissimilar from ours, although there is a level of ‘black technology’ withheld from the majority of humanity. Brain implants and other cybernetic enhancements, designer ‘shells’ built to house a human consciousness; these are matters of routine for G in his line of work. It may not be quite the cyberpunk dystopia of Gibson or Stephenson but it’s only a step or two away.
It’s a fast-paced read; full of action and suspense. And, of course, has all the double and triple-crosses you might expect from this sort of story. The author keeps things relatively light, and although this might not be as laden with pop culture references as some of their other work, it’s still highly entertaining.
If I had an issue, it's that the ending seemed somewhat abrupt. If this was meant to be a stand-alone piece I suspect that would be of greater concern but with the knowledge that there are at least another two installments to come and the fun this one generates, it's easy to forgive.
4 out of 5 shell bodies.