“ Author: Alan Dean Foster / Genre: Crime / Thriller / Publisher: Prometheus Books „
The name of the book is basically the name of the city in India where all of the action in the novel takes place.
The book is about espionage, double crosses and betrayal and redemption.
The hero of the novel, if hero is the right word to use, is called Taneer. he is a scientist who steal something from his employer, (no clues sorry). his boss is not happy and soon taneer is running for his life.
With a population of 100 million people hiding is not a problem but surviving as an invisible will be.
Other characters are Dephali who loves Taneer, Chalcedony who is hunting for Taneer and Jena who is a killer and accidentally becomes involved in the plot.
All of the characters are well fleshed out and the background, Sagramanda, is well described and sounds a desperate and dismal place.
This book is not one of his best but neither is it that bad, a decent read but a bit slow.
Try it if you get the chance but do not go out of your way.
Author - Alan Dean Foster.
Author - Alan Dean Foster.
Alan Dean Foster is the author of numerous films, the first 3 Alien films, the Thing, the chronicles of Riddick, the Black Hole, Outland, Starman, Alien Nation and the Dig.
Other books to become movies include Clash of the Titans, Krull, the last Starfighter, Pale Rider (Clint Eastwood), and more recently Transformers.
Sagramanda is the name of the city, containing a population of 100 million people. The main character is Taneer, a scientist, who goes on the run with his employer's secret project code.
Foster as usual has a cast of characters who are all interlinked and there are several stories happening which will criss cross at some point;
Dephali would die for Taneer, whereas his own father would like to kill him. Chalcedony works for the company and would rather not kill Taneer if it could be avoided. There is also Jena, a serial killer, Sanjay a 'fence', and a troubled chief inspector.
This is apparently classed as a 'techno-thriller' but WITHOUT the 'thrill'.
I have read many, many Alan dean foster books and to be honest this is not one of his best, it is along the same lines of the 'Mocking program'.
The plot droned on, the book was unexciting, as an ADF fan I really was disappointed.
Compared to 'sentenced to prism' this was a flat read.
The dialogue, plot speed and characters are disappointing,
Not one of Alan's better books.
A DISAPPOINTING READ.
Set in Sagramanda, city of 100 million, this is the story of Taneer, a scientist who has absconded with his multinational corporation's secret project code and who is now on the run from both the company and his father. Depahli, the fabulously beautiful woman from the 'untouchable class' would die for him, just as surely as his father would like to kill him for shaming the very traditional family for such a relationship. Chalcedony 'Chal' Schneemann doesn't want to kill Taneer, if he doesn't have to, but it wouldn't upset him terribly much if it came to it, and he'll stop at nothing to recover the stolen property for the company that pays him very, very well to solve big problems discreetly and quickly.Sanjay Ghosh, a poor farmer-turned-merchant in the big city of Sagramanda would like to help Taneer unload his stolen items, for the $30 million dollars his 3 per cent fee is worth. Jena Chalmette, a crazy French woman pledged to Kali, simply wants to kill for the glory of her god, and she's very good at it. Chief Inspector Keshu Singh would like to put this sword-wielding serial killer away as quickly as possible before the media gets a hold of the story.