The Graveyard Game: A Novel of the Company
And the Company itself seems to have dark origins that were only hinted at previously. As Lewis and Joseph delve further into the conspiracy, and as the 24th century and the official creation of the Company approaches, the book takes our heroes down a paranoia-laden path, as they find reasons to distrust both their human masters at the Company and even some of their fellow cyborgs. Although Baker takes us through three centuries of conspiracies and tragedy especially as we discover the fates of Mendoza's colleagues from the previous novel , she paces The Graveyard Game wonderfully, fleshing out Lewis and Joseph as genuinely interesting characters, providing some wonderfully humanizing and humorous moments along the way, including a delightful scene in which our heroes go on a chocolate bender -- chocolate having the same effect on them as alcohol on mortals.
Lewis's love of Mendoza and his obsession with Bell-Fairfax , and Joseph's anguish at losing both his father and his daughter, add a depth to their quest for the truth about who they are, and who they work for. This makes the tragic denouement all the more poignant. Baker's writing style has come a long way over the course of four novels. She has moved from writing fun romps to writing some of the best character-driven science-fiction out there. It would be a delight to see her shortlisted and even winning a World Fantasy Award in the near future. After three novels set in the past and detailing the typical operations of Company operatives, Kage Baker's series jumps into the future with The Graveyard Game.
Joseph and Lewis, brought together by their concern over the fate of Botanist Mendoza, begin an investigation into her disappearance that will last centuries, lead them all over the world, and reveal some of Dr. Some questions are answered. And the Silence grows closer. Baker really ups the ante in this installment. It is here that the Company novels become a continuous series rather than a broad milieu.
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Plot threads from the three previous books are tied together, and the shape of the future begins to emerge. The tradeoff here is that there's less time for character exploration and development. The sometimes excessively leisurely-paced historical narratives are gone, replaced by a future of political correctness gone mad and the great nations of the world gone to the dogs. The strength of this vision, and the developing complexity of the plot, are The Graveyard Game's major assets.
I have to say that Kage Baker finally got the skill back with this 4th novel. After about 8 years, I bought Mendoza in Hollywood on a whim and decided it had an interesting, entertaining feel to it, even if it was painfully slow a few times. I am so relieved to see this series picking up again! I was addicted to her story again like I haven't been since 1. If you're toying with whether or not you should continue the series after 3, do buy this one and try it out! I wasn't upset like the other reviewers that Mendoza wasn't found because I can plainly see that Baker's got plenty more books to come in the series.
There's definitely a few crazy twists and we find out a lot more about the Company.
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If it weren't drug out a bit, it wouldn't be suspenseful and interesting, right? I loved this book and I'm definitely reading on! One person found this helpful. I have enjoyed all of the company novels and this was no exception. The storyline is quite complex and has some of the most well developed and intricate characters that I have ever read; they also possess a quality that most characters in novels recently have lacked: So to the person who said "Baker may be losing his grip on the plot" well Thank you and good night!
There's a strange, electric athmpsphere in this novel, as Joseph and Lewis search for vanished Mendoza and get a glimpse of their ultimate destiny. But that investigation will run deeper than expected, from rural England to the north african desert, when they discove what's beneath the sand. The phantom of the Enforcer Budu looms large, whilst we make knowlledge of less savoury members of the Company, like supphureus Victor.
A sombre, delightfully thrilling chapter of the Company story. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Readint this book now--it's great! Another blast of adventure in the unfolding saga of the Company. Baker has really hit her stride by this installment. See all 31 reviews. Most recent customer reviews. Published on March 2, Published on January 14, I am so worried about you both. Published on October 2, Published on September 15, Published on May 21, Published on February 20, Published on August 6, Published on February 17, Mendoza is a Preserver for The Dr.
Zeus Company, living in the past to collect species for the future. But when she kills six people in California in , The Company makes her disappear. Joseph, a senior Preserver, loves Mendoza as the daughter he never had. Drunk on chocolate and fueled by rage, he's determined to find her however long it takes. Being an indestructible, immortal cyborg gives him an unlimited well of patience. What begins as a rescue mission uncovers a conspiracy stretching across fifty centuries of recorded history. Behind it lie genocide, graveyards filled with Company agents, and the roots of the ominous Silence that falls across the world in Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App.
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