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Raven Dance
by Robert A Sloan   

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Publisher:  iUniverse ISBN-10:  0595164730 Type: 


Copyright:  Dec 1 2000

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3,700 years from Earth, rebels Janna and Marek awaken sleeping First Colonist Malcolm Evans who restores human culture to the totalitarian regime that grew while he slept... and human values to the revolutionaries. They should never have called it Utopia.

The subtitle is "A history of the Utopian Revolution." It is exactly that and my answer to 1984, The Handmaid's Tale and Brave New World among other things. I don't mind telling you the rebels win in the end because throughout the first read you _won't_ know which of those very sympathetic characters will live to see the end of it.

Intricate plotting, high paranoia and the slow revelation of Utopian government lies to both the reader and the rebels keep this book a thrillride up to the very end. I don't want to hand out spoilers, skim it for yourself to see if it's your flavor because I let it stand on its own merits in the category of "epics like DUNE or Star Wars."
"You did build this place." It was old. She knew that. "What did you do, hide in coldsleep?"

"Close enough" came the answer. Marek laughed again. He thought something about the situation was hilarious. Janna wanted to slap him.

The man was valuable to the resistance. He was a technician, perhaps an engineer. He'd been a rebel long enough to be experienced, to keep his head unlike her reckless partner. He sounded older. They needed people like that. If he was a blank, so much the better. Cold sleep itself would throw them off the track, they wouldn't look in files that could be centuries old. She tightened her jaw.

He was a little too perfect and he might just be a plant.

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Reader Reviews for "Raven Dance"

Reviewed by Victoria Murray 10/15/2001
A Must Read Sci Fi from this very talented author!
Victoria Taylor Murray
'Thief Of Hearts'
Reviewed by Regina Pounds 8/23/2001
Raven Dance is an action-driven novel, filled with a number of personable characters, but the main protagonist fascinated me most. I found him intriguing because his traits and 'being' constituted a paradox -- quite believably and endearingly so.

Mr. Sloan combines imagination with logic, both necessary in writing Sci-Fi. If it is conceivable, plausible, and yet fantastic, it's Sci-Fi Fantasy at its best.
Reviewed by susie harrison 4/16/2001
Upon reading the excerpt the author, Robert Sloan, had me picturing being in this far away place. The reference to the 'cold sleep' made me shudder, even though I knew it probably wasn't cold but just a term.
I could capture my mind into this other world so distant from here, that is a key talent for an author to do. I felt for the two characters and sensed their moods. I even pictured Janna in my mind, she must be a revolutionary.
Suspense gripped me as I wanted to know more, sure we know who wins in the end...but the author is right who survives till the end???
Great Sci Fi I would recommend to anyone.

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