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Hano is a gameaholic. He works when he must, to live, and plays… and plays. Tempted by money, he takes part in an online “game” that involves mind jumps. He proves incredibly good at it, so Aj’dina is sent to recruit him. A natural loner, attractive Aj’dina reminds him of his long-unsatisfied sexual need, and he takes the job. A rebel, not ex-military like the rest, he comes close to dismissal, refusing promotion and lying to continue to work with Aj’dina. His feelings for her become a love he finds impossible to express verbally, but a deeper cause of unhappiness is his outraged sense of justice that targets a corrupt US senator who is, apparently, above the law.
Based on the psychology of such as Spock and Huxley, Spectral State takes “one giant step for mankind” from the Enigma codebreakers of the 1940s to the, at present, impossible intermeshing of advanced technology and the human brain, and Senan Gil Senan does it so well, with rounded, developed, multiracial, characters, that it’s easy to believe in the visionaries and their incursion of the dreams and memories of others, and their ability to vision jump physically but invisibly into enemy territory.
The arch enemies of the United States include Russia, China, and Iran, but the most dangerous of all lie at the heart of the American government, where money is the bottom line, and one defence department is set against another by the need for funding, and they are prepared to kill.