Uncovering a treacherous plot to replace the president of the United States with an android replica, investigator Jake Cardigan, the sworn enemy of the evil Teklords, is stunned when the plot is carried out before his very eyes. Reprint.
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Though told with humor and at a brisk pace, Shatner's sixth yarn featuring futuristic PI Jake Cardigan (Tek Secret) is so overstocked with cardboard characters, nearly each of them trying to do damage to another, that it's sometimes difficult to tell who is doing what to whom. Here, the head of the Cosmos Detective Agency asks Jake and his partner, Sid Gomez, to identify and track down the murderer of his daughter-in-law. The investigation takes the two gumshoes from their base in 22nd-century Los Angeles to New York and Washington, D.C., as they bump up against a plan to replace the president of the U.S. with an android while he's in rehab kicking his addiction to "Tek," a computerized, mind-altering drug. Several luscious lovelies, of varying degrees of bitchiness, comprise the female characterizations, while Jake remains a tough-and-tender PI cliche, role model and caregiver for his 16-year-old son. Gomez, too, ultimately comes off as just another stereotypical Latin lover ("I've always got time for ogling," he crows). Overall, this reads like an uninspired blend of Raymond Chandler and Philip K. Dick, but given the success of the previous Cardigan books, as well as the author's Star Trek allure, it'll probably climb the charts at warp speed anyway.
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This is the sixth novel in Shatner's best-selling series of space detective yarns starring Jake Cardigan, a twenty-second-century private investigator continuously drawn into battles against the technodrug, Tek (not to be confused with the second name of Shatner's ticket to fame, the original Star Trek). In this one, Cardigan and his allies foil a particularly repulsive scheme concocted by even more repulsive people to substitute an android simulacrum for the president of the U.S. and thereby set the stage for the legalization of Tek. The series has become predictable in the best sense of the term; each book offers fast action, a well-drawn, grittily realistic future world, some characters we know and like, some new ones, and, increasingly, a pleasant, dry wit. This installment will not disappoint the legions of Tek fans generated by the series, which Shatner is producing for TV. Roland Green
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