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Denial of Sunlight

A book by Robert Troy

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A good thriller that is too heavy at the end, the subtle route would have been more interesting

  • Mar 6, 2010
In the modern world of conflict between large nations largely being carried out via industry, the premise of this book is a plausible one. Two American scientists working in a university laboratory discover a way to make solar cells that are extremely efficient. They could be used to provide the energy for almost any device operating in an environment where there is a lot of sunlight; they could easily power automobiles and electrify homes. The scientists believe that if they announce their discovery their rights will be stripped from them and they will receive almost nothing in royalties. Therefore, they agree to keep their discovery quiet and shop it internationally to the highest bidder once it has been perfected.
After some time, the People's Republic of China outbids everyone else and after the inventors hire a development team, it is transported to a remote laboratory/factory in the P. R. C. Once the group is established there, they are effectively prisoners and the leaders of the P. R. C. plan to use the discovery to dominate the world energy market and politically control all of Asia.
Analysts working for the U. S. government are able to mine the energy supply and consumption data to learn that China is up to something dramatic in the energy market and the response is to send an elite special operations team into China to disrupt it. There are some dark commentaries on the governments of both the P. R. C. and the United States, at the end it is clear that both are extremely Machiavellian, willing to violate citizen's rights and kill to preserve their positions.
This was an excellent thriller until the end, where the actions were a little too extreme to be believable. The President of the United States is portrayed as a man with little control of his own operatives and the consequences of their actions are far too extreme for what their actions actually were. A continuation of the process of subtlety would have made the conclusion more enjoyable. No matter how valuable the industrial prize, risking World War III and international condemnation would not be a sensible response.

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Chinese earthquakes, Special Forces ops, big-league physics, skullduggery in the halls of power %u2013 here%u2019s one powerhouse debut. Troy writes stealth fiction, smart, swift, and subversive. Start it at nighttime? You%u2019ll be up %u2018til dawn.

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Seeking to reestablish herself after a professional debacle, Katherine Murkowitz joins a small, eccentric electronics firm. The firm%u2019s sale to a Chinese company begins a whirlwind of layered deceptions, international intrigue, and subtle romance, as the potentially world-saving discovery of Keith Sutter, the firm%u2019s founder, becomes the focus of two great nations. Preparing to stun the world with their coming independence from fossil fuels and subsequent economic dominance, the Chinese secretly produce Sutter%u2019s solar-electric cells in an underground facility nested in the Qinling Mountains. Their excess purchases of petroleum as a buffer against an international reaction drive up world energy prices, capturing the attention of young Jim Newberry at the CIA. The American response, a Special Forces operation to deny the Chinese this technology, ensnares unwitting people and other nations to earth shaking effect.

The revelations continue in Emergence.
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ISBN-10: 1432751263
ISBN-13: 978-1432751265
Author: Robert Troy
Publisher: Outskirts Press

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