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Reich, working feverishly on a crude, powerful bow, was planning the accident
that would eliminate Hassop. It was that bow and the sheaf of fire-tipped arrows
alongside Reich that had eaten up the eight hours start on Powell. You can't kill a
In answer, Reich drew the arrow back to the lobe of his ear and held the point on
Hassop's body. Hassop scrambled to his feet. "Ben, watch out! You're shooting at
me!" Hassop leaped to one side unexpectedly as Reich let the arrow fly. "Ben!
Reich heard and froze in his tracks, ignoring Hassop who still ran and sobbed
and screamed from wall to wall of the Barrier. The hippos hit the barrier first in a
blind, blundering rush. They were followed by the swambats and the crocodiles.
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I was set to give this story five stars throughout most of the book, but the ending threw me off. Way off.
The majority of the story is a detective story; we follow a crime from the angle of the perpetrator, and the investigating police officer. The caper is made all that much more exciting by the existence of people with esp, known as peepers, of which our investigator is one, and our perpetrator is not. A thrilling game of mouse and peeper cat made the book a quick read, and fun to follow. The inclusion of the catchy lyrics the perpetrator has purposely stuck in his head to keep himself from leaking his crime to the psychics around him interspersed throughout the dialog and action was a great touch that really increased the tension through certain parts of the story.
The conclusion however, I felt turned suddenly to a different tone altogether. The plot became less understandable, and the ending somewhat preachy. I suddenly got the impression that the author wrote the whole book as a means to state the exposition. Five stars until the last thirty pages or so.