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Title: Game Plan
Author: Charles Wilson
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
Format: Paperback
Copyright Date: 2001

Mainstream fiction isn't my first love, my tastes running towards fantasy, sci-fi, and horror...speculative fiction, basically. However, I'm more than willing to make exceptions for books that incorporate elements from any of those genres, and Charles Wilson's latest novel more than qualifies!

Military scientists implanted microchips in five criminal "volunteers" in a bizarre experiment. It was the last mistake they ever made. Able to access encyclopedic knowledge with a thought, the five easily escaped their captors and disappeared into the populace. Now, ten years later, one of them dies in an automobile accident, and when an autopsy threatens to reveal their existence, the survivors take steps to cover their tracks by murdering the pathologist who did the autopsy. But with that murder, they have dragged doctor Spence Stevens into investigating his mentor's death, and revealed to the doctor a world of government secrecy, cover-ups, and a dark and deadly conspiracy in which you can trust no one. Will Spence see justice done?

Game Plan is one of the most suspenseful books I have ever read. I read all 305 pages of it during a five-hour flight, pausing only for meal and drink services. That should tell you how captivating it is. And even if you force yourself to take the novel at a slower pace, you'll probably be constantly wondering what's going to happen next to the point that you'll pick up the book and start reading again.

One thing which I found interesting is the way the research being done by Spence Stevens on optic nerves and artificial implants so closely paralleled the capabilities of the escaped test subjects. It's actually sort of amusing in a twisted way. Since one of the abilities of those escapees is being able to see--at a distance--through the eyes of those similarly endowed, and since they also possess practically all the knowledge known to mankind (albeit up to ten years previous), you'd think that they'd be able to put two and two together and find a way for one of their number to recover from the degeneration of sight in one eye instead of relying upon current medical research being done by a doctor whose mentor they just killed. How's that for irony?

Game Plan has a fairly high body count, something which I hadn't expected from the author after all his other books that I've read (Extinct doesn't count; the sharks were an act of nature). Still, the way some of those people died was interesting enough to make me overlook the bodies piling up and concentrate once again on the plot...and the bodies just helped it along!

Rating: Thumbs up! Microchips and conspiracies and cover-ups...great!

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