|Theories of Flight is the second book
in Simon Mordens series featuring Samuil Petrovitch, Russian émigré and physicist,
and the New Machine Jihad (NMJ).
Theories of Flight is set six
months or so on from the action of the first book, Equations of Life,
and has the London metrozone ever so slowly recovering from the trashing it received at
the hands of the NMJ. But now the world knows that NMJ exists and sees it as mad, bad and
dangerous to know. Unfortunately for Petrovitch and the London metrozone parts of the
world believe the safest course of action is to take pre-emptive action and destroy what
could be left of the NMJ which means destroying the metrozone as well. What unfolds
is a fast paced action thriller in the spirit of Michael Crichton or Robert Ludlum.
The great difficulty with second books in a series is does the author have the vision
to carry on the narrative created in the first book without comprising or parodying the
world created in that first book. By and large Mr Morden has managed to over come that
problem by having his characters move on and grow as persons. The personal problems they
are dealing with are not the same as the first book and wont be same in the third
(yes, there is a third Degrees Of Freedom: prefigured by a teaser
chapter at the end of Theories of Flight).
I found Theories of Flight to be a lovely little escapist read
and look forward to reading Degrees Of Freedom whenever it becomes