|Degrees of Freedom is the third novel in the
Samuil Petrovitch sequence by new author Simon Morden and, as the story stands, completes
Degrees of Freedom is again set in the London
Freezone/Metrozone eleven months on from the action in Theories of Flight.
Petrovitch is still estranged from Madeleine, his wife, and is working in tandem with
Sonja Oshicora in the rebuilding London. Then the clean up crew open Container Zero find
the last Armageddonist complete with a dirty bomb and trouble starts and Petrovitch
finds out one of his friends is a catspaw for the CIA and that he is being played. Mayhem
and pandemonium ensue in glorious detail.
For me this was the most satisfying of the three books in the Petrovitch series. The
action held together, the characters remained true to type throughout the situations they
found themselves in, and Petrovitch has grown and changed as person. He has become an
angry young man with a moral compass, something he lacked before.
While this book probably cant be read as a standalone the narrative doesnt
rely too heavily on details in the previous books. However, those other books do help to
understand the motives and actions of the current principal players.
With this series Simon Morden has managed to build a cohesive vision of the near
future, write three stories set in a post near-apocalyptic London and make it believable
by not over inflating the characters or the science. These are fast paced action
adventures, which I thoroughly enjoyed reading. By the end of book three I was looking
around for book four as I wanted know where to from here for Petrovitch and his troupe of
loyalists. Mr Morden did not outstay his welcome and deserves to be read a by wide
audience indeed. Put a set on your bookshelves today!