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Author: Gerald M. Weinberg
Gerald M. Weinberg has written over forty books, ranging from Weinberg On Writing to his earliest publications about operating systems and programming languages. He co-wrote Are Your Lights On? with the help of Donald C. Gause which received many favourable reviews. Gerald’s other works are An Introduction to General Systems Thinking, The Secrets of Consulting and More Secrets of Consulting. More of his work has included several hundred published articles.
His wife, Dani Weinberg, wrote Teaching Dogs Teaching People, a book aimed at helping owners to train themselves to help teach their dogs.
The Aremac Project (which cleverly reads camera if you spell it backwards) is a new sci-fi thriller about terrorists and destruction. In the novel the designers of the Aremac, Roger Fixman and Tess Myers, hope this will be the best machine to help FBI agents capture criminals who are planning to bomb Chicago and extract millions of dollars from the city. For you see, The Aremac is a clever mechanism that is specially designed to take pictures of a person’s memory. A new and revolutionary design of the era.
Tess and Roger are also in a relationship and must learn to be business partners as well if anything about their project is going to work. When Agents Capitol and Duke call for the duo to try and delve into a suspects mind, things start to look up. The convict’s defences start to deteriorate and the end is almost in sight. However when a murder takes place, their work is left incomplete. Further bad misfortunes happen as young Tess begins to interfere with the machine, against other people’s warnings, resulting in tragedy.
A very unusual novel, personally it wasn’t my type of book. It’s a very high-tec sort of novel aimed at readers who are quite intellectual I thought. Most of the characters are very realistic and memorable. I didn’t sympathize much with them though, especially Tess, her whole manner seemed a little too mature for a young woman.
However having said that, the chapters are short and this makes for a fast-paced read. There is also humour interwoven in a plot with many twists and turns that should keep you engrossed for hours.
I loved the illustrated cover of this book, it one of those things that captures your attention and imagination. It is cunningly done so it reflects many of the aspects of this enthralling story.
My one big regret - I only wish that Gerald could invent something like The Aremac and the world would definitely be a better, safer place!
The above review was contributed by: Jessica Roberts: Jessica has been a book reviewer for a newspaper and a national women's magazine and is working on a novel.